Urban Meyer Has High Expectations For Joey Bosa
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound freshman wasn’t just a “throw in there freshman” because Ohio State needed him to due to an injury up front. Bosa deserved to play.
“He’s an impact player, and I’ve never really had a freshman D-lineman do that," Meyer stated during a radio call-in show on WBNS-FM. “Usually a cornerback, receiver, running back can step in and play, but his future is kind of silly around here if he keeps going.”
Bosa came on strong at the end of the season, but also seemed to thrive in bigger games for the Buckeyes. He registered eight solo tackles in Ohio State’s last three games (Michigan, Michigan State, Clemson), while also totaling 3.5 sacks.
Did I mention that he was named to the Freshman All-American Team and an honorable mention for All-Big Ten Conference? But even before Bosa began to receive these accolades, Meyer believed that he could be the best defensive lineman he’s ever coached.
Despite Bosa having a successful freshman season and Meyer continuing to praise his potential, he will play less in 2014.
New defensive line coach Larry Johnson is the man behind the plan.
“You can’t play 70 plays full speed,” said Johnson, according to Cleveland.com. “(Guys) like to say they can, but that’s not going to happen. You can play 40 or 50 plays full speed and get (other) guys to come play 20 plays full speed, and that’s what we like to do.”
So with less snaps in 2014, Bosa will be able to make his presence felt more consistently. But there won’t be any freshman surprises next season, offensive coordinators around the country know about him now. We saw the same thing happen to South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney; early success translates to double teams the rest of your career.
So how will Bosa counter the extra attention he’ll receive this season?
“I think the key is that he doesn’t stay the same,” Johnson said. “He’s got to move forward. Every time you step on the field, you’ve got to be a better player, because he’s going to be a marked guy. They’re going to turn protection to him, they’re going to chip him, so he’ll see a different game than he saw last year, because they know who he is. So he’s got to get prepared for that, and right now, he’s done a good job.”
I expect Bosa to continue to do great things despite the extra attention—I mean the guy is a beast, and is about 20 pounds away from becoming the next J.J. Watt.
If Urban Meyer feels that strongly about Bosa, watch out.