Skull Session: Marcus Freeman Gets Newsletter Material, Eddie George Won’t Let His Son Play for Michigan – Eleven Warriors

Eddie George

Four days. This is it. That’s the introduction.

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Whenever Nike embraces using gray in an Ohio State uniform concept, I think it’s a huge win. In recent years, you’d think black is one of the primary colors with how much they use it, so it’s nice to see them go back to the roots.

Anyway, let’s have a good Tuesday, shall we?

BULLETIN MATERIAL. There’s an old sports saying, “Good teams win. Great teams cover.” That means Ohio State will have to be 18 points better than Notre Dame on Sept. 3 to be considered great, as weekly odds are set at 17.5 points in favor of the Buckeyes.

Now I will offer some rebuttal to that adage. The Buckeyes don’t need to beat the Irish by 18 points to be named one of the best teams in college football. It will be enough to simply add a number in the win column. This is a top-five matchup in the season opener at Ohio Stadium – the first of its kind for the Buckeyes.

However, there has also been a lot of buzz surrounding this matchup during the offseason, which would make a big win over Notre Dame even more meaningful for Ohio State.

From Marcus Freeman insinuating in The Players Tribune that he chose the wrong school when he played college ball for Ohio State, to his critical comments about his the academic standards of alma mater (which he later claimed was a misquote), Buckeye fans would love to see their team cover the spread.

As more fuel for the fire of an Ohio State supporter, Freeman added another story in a press conference on Monday, when a reporter told him that several punters made a point to spread the Buckeyes in the matchup. Freeman’s answer?

“I didn’t know that,” he said. “I’ll write that down. You said 17.5 points, right? We’ll use that in a team meeting today. Good to know.”

Freeman’s words indicate he has no intention of his team losing by more than two touchdowns and a field goal. However, BetMGM’s John Ewing claims it’s more common for a favorite to cover the spread in a Week 1 top-25 matchup than not.

Ewing’s odds have Ohio State as 15.5-point favorites, but the message still stands. With all the intensity ramping up for the game, Buckeyes fans will no doubt take a win any way they can get it, but I think they’d also like a blowout.

EDDIE IS A BUCKEYE FOR LIFE. Eddie George’s Ohio State roots still run deep, and so does his hatred of Michigan. The Heisman Trophy winner and current Tennessee State head coach reminded Buckeye fans of that fact over the weekend when he discussed his son Eriq’s future in college football.

Eriq is a defensive lineman in the class of 2023 from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. He has offers from Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky, Marshall and UT Martin, among others. He will likely get more during and after his senior season of high school ball.

However, Eddie said he doesn’t want Eriq to play for two schools at the next level. He wouldn’t want Tennesee State rival Jackson State to show interest, and — as you can imagine — he wouldn’t let his son take any calls from the Wolverines if they came knocking.

“He can’t go to Jackson State,” Eddie told the Mississippi Clarion Ledger after his son’s game in Nashville. “He’s not going there or to that team up north. But I tell him to see everything that’s out there and ultimately trust your intuition, trust your gut.”

Eddie understands that his recruiting presentations to his son must always be part Buckeye, part coach and most importantly, part dad.

“This is his deal, his process, his career,” Eddie George said. “He knows what I’m doing (at Tennessee State). He’s around me every day, and he knows how he’s going to be coached (if he chooses TSU). I tell him to go and see what’s out there. Go where you. the heart’s desire is.”

Still, it’s hard to imagine Eddie George being all that excited about his son ever wearing corn and blue with a winged helmet in Ann Arbor. That would make Thanksgiving and the days after that a bit awkward.

OH CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN! There will come a time when Ohio State will run out of these videos to post for their captains. By my count, the Twitter account has covered Cade Stover, CJ Stroud, Kourt Williams and now Tyler Friday, leaving Tommy Eichenberg and Kam Babb as the final Buckeye captains without a video.

As has become customary for the Skull Sessions, when those videos are posted, you’ll know where to find them, and that’s right here.

Friday’s video features the fifth-year defensive lineman and his position coach Larry Johnson telling Friday’s parents that he has been named a team manager for the 2022 season. As was the case with the parents in the previous clips, Friday’s mother and father were overwhelmed with excitement for their son.

Johnson said during preseason camp that Friday has been a fantastic leader in the program since arriving on campus in 2018. Johnson also said Friday was on track to become a captain last year before he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in summer workouts.

“We thought Tyler had great leadership skills before he got hurt. I mean, he’s really emerged as a leader. I think he turned the tables when he got hurt and how hard he worked in the rehab to get back to where he was. ” Johnson said on August 16. “If you saw him every morning, every day grinding to get himself back. That was impressive to a lot of kids. It set the bar for who he was as a young man. I think that’s why his teammates voted him captain.”

OLYMPIC VILLAGE. Former Ohio State men’s tennis star JJ Wolf secured the first upset of the 2022 US Open in New York when he defeated No. 16 Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-4) to advance to the. second round of the event.

Lupo collected 14 aces during the match and used his powerful serve to gain momentum against Agut, a Spanish national with 11 ATP Tour titles and a win over 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic in his career.

After Wolf’s win, the former Buckeye jumped and threw his fist in the air to celebrate — something he made a tradition during his playing days in Columbus.

At Ohio State, Wolf was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree. He capped his Buckeye career with a Big Ten Player of the Year award and All-American recognition with a 35-2 singles record and an 11-0 mark in conference play in his junior season. Wolf turned pro after that season.

As of August 29, Wolf was the No. 87 player on the ATP Tour with a 7–7 record in 2022, and his career record of 9–13 earned him $678,060 in prize money from singles and doubles tournaments in the professional ranks. .

SONG OF THE DAY. “Free” by Zac Brown Band.

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