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RB Trey Sermon (2020 B1G CCG MVP, SF 49ers)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by MD Buckeye, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Transfer Tracker: Ranking RB transfers for 2019-2020 cycle


    1. Trey Sermon -- Oklahoma to Ohio State

    As a recruit:
    Sermon had his share of early offers and most assumed he was going to end up staying close to home in the SEC at either Tennessee or Georgia. But some injury concerns scared schools away and instead he ended up choosing Oklahoma over Oregon and others during the spring of his junior year.

    At Oklahoma: Sermon stepped right into the lineup after arriving in Norman, rushing for 744 yards and five touchdowns. His workload increased in 2018 and he led the team in rushing touchdowns with 13 while also rushing for a career-high 947 yards. He took a step back in 2019 as his carries were limited and he ran for just 385 yards on 54 carries before suffering a season-ending injury in November. As a graduate transfer he will be eligible to play this fall

    Farrell's Take: Sermon had good size out of high school but was also excelled in space and catching the ball which is why he was rated so highly. He had a solid start to his career at Oklahoma and showed he can be an impact Power Five runner. The fit at Ohio State could be a perfect one as he fills a huge need for the Buckeyes.

    Impact Rating: 9.1 out of 10

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    Just sayin': It's great to get the #1 guy, especially for a position of need.
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  2. Buckaroo213

    Buckaroo213 Newbie

  3. Taosman

    Taosman Your Cousin In New Mexxico

    If he can stay healthy he would be awesome to add to this offense.
  4. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Over 7.1 ypc ain't too shabby for "taking a step back"...
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  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    Sermon is the most noteworthy of the new arrivals for the upcoming season, as he is projected to be the Buckeyes’ starting running back in 2020. After running for more than 2,000 yards in three seasons at Oklahoma, Sermon adds a much-needed boost of experience to the Buckeyes’ backfield, which is replacing J.K. Dobbins while Master Teague and Marcus Crowley are both recovering from injuries.

    A graduate transfer, Sermon has only one remaining year of collegiate eligibility but is immediately eligible to play. Like Jonah Jackson at left guard last year, Sermon fills a void at a position where the Buckeyes needed a ready-to-play veteran for this fall, and he has the potential to emerge as one of the Big Ten’s best running backs while bridging the gap to a running backs room that should have plenty of depth and candidates to play in 2021.
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  6. MGMT

    MGMT Senior

    So, I saw had a second last night to watch as much as I could of Trey and there’s a lot to like imo.

    He doesn’t change direction at an elite level; he obviously doesn’t have killer breakaway speed but he is really, really good at staying on his feet; he has patience. I don’t envision many if any 50/60 yarders against good defenses but he gets — in my opinion — a good amount of yards after contact. I think he will run for a lot of first downs which is a metric Day values. I think we will see a good amount of 15-20 yard touchdowns from him. He sets up his blocks really well and that power is serious.

    I think we will really appreciate him in late October/November. I’m hoping Crowley can work himself in as a complimentary shift/speed guy since he has shown that. But wth the OL in place and the talent of the incoming starters I think there is much to which we can look forward with the run game.

    With the emphasis we place on WR blocking I think he will get nice chunks on boundary runs because corners are going to have a difficult time bringing him in singular fashion upon initial contact.
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  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    There is, however, already plenty of excitement from Buckeye fans regarding the addition of Oklahoma transfer running back Trey Sermon.

    With JK Dobbins off to the NFL, the addition of a proven running back is definitely a plus.

    Sermon has rushed for 2,076 yards in his career, and scored 25 touchdowns from scrimmage.

    Given the fact that he was averaging 7.7 yards per carry over the Sooners' first five games last season, it is baffling that he would run the ball just eight times over the next three games before suffering an injury and missing nearly five games.

    Having the opportunity to talk to former Oklahoma wide receiver great Ryan Broyles recently about the fun of being a slot receiver in a Kevin Wilson offense, I also asked him for his take on Trey Sermon.

    "I think he's a solid player," Broyles told The Buckeye Scoop. "There's a lot of competition here at OU. Anytime you're playing football it's gonna be two or three deep at every position. But Trey held his own when he was out here playing. Once he got more of a shot when he had the opportunity he produced for us. I'm not sure of Ohio State's offense, but I can only imagine with Kevin Wilson they'll find a way to utilize him in the backfield and obviously catching the ball in addition to that."

    Running backs coach Tony Alford has no problem with a committee approach this year, or any year. That also happens to be all Sermon has ever known as a collegiate tailback.

    Nobody on the Ohio State roster is going to have to get used to a reduced role or having carries taken away from them because nobody on the roster has ever been The Man for the Buckeyes.

    But rest assured, if one of them proves that they deserve that title, the rest of the committee will be watching the first two quarters from the sideline.
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  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Trey Sermon could “swing the 2020 college football season”


    Barton Simmons of 247Sports includes Sermon in his list of 20 individuals who could determine the CFB season.

    Sermon is giving the Buckeyes exactly what they need— a healthy running back who has experience playing in the Power-Five and who, when paired with the offense Ohio State has, could shine even brighter than he did in Norman. Plus, it’ll give Teague and Crowley time to fully heal.

    “The interesting thing about Trey Sermon, if you put him on a balanced offense, it’s going to be hard to gang up and try and stop him,” Urban Meyer said in a recent FOX Sports segment. “An elite offensive line, elite quarterback, elite receivers, that’s the best formula for an elite running back. If Trey Sermon stays healthy, I saw him up close and personal, he’s going to have a big-time year.”

    Will Sermon put up the same record-breaking numbers that J.K. Dobbins did? Probably not. But, if he capitalizes on every opportunity, he could be the difference between a great offense and an unstoppable one.

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  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    The way Ryan Day first described Trey Sermon, it was as if he was talking about someone who doesn’t really ever come off of the field.

    He spoke of the 6-foot, 221-pounder as a do-everything running back with few flaws. Someone with every trait necessary to thrive as a full-time starter.

    “He can do a lot of things,” Day said in April. “He’s big, strong, powerful, got good feet in the hole. He can break tackles. He can run routes out of the backfield. He can pass protect. Again, he’s another versatile guy. He’s strong, powerful and he’s very intelligent, just talking to him and understanding his football IQ.”

    With that type of scouting report, it seems completely possible that Sermon could play the majority of snaps and receive the brunt of the carries this fall. But is that actually what will happen?

    At this point, it’s fairly clear that Sermon will start. Sure, neither Day nor running backs coach Tony Alford likely promised him the starting gig. He, like Justin Fields a year ago, will have to actually earn it during practices. But everyone involved in the transfer – including Sermon, Day and Alford – also saw the opening Sermon can fill that was created by J.K. Dobbins’ decision to head to the NFL and injuries to Master Teague and Marcus Crowley. It would be a surprise if he doesn’t take the majority of handoffs from fields in 2020.

    Yet, it remains unclear whether Sermon will serve as a bell-cow running back who gets most of the touches or if he’ll just be the main part of a committee approach.

    Alford, who has used both styles in his five years at Ohio State, hasn’t spoken to reporters since April. He only got to work with the running backs for three practices in the spring, with only one scholarship running – Steele Chambers – healthy enough to participate in the latter two.

    Sermon and Alford haven’t been able to work together on the field yet. So in April, Alford didn’t have an answer as to how he plans to deploy Sermon and the other running backs.

    “I said this when J.K. was here even with Mike Weber and things like that. We don't have any preconceived ideas of, well, we're just going to run one guy so we're going to get this guy ready,” Alford said in April. “They're all going to get ready to play. They're all going to be prepared to play. We're going to do whatever we need to win games. If that's with a committee approach, then that's fine. If it's not, then it's not. To say what's that going to be right now, I think that's premature on my part. I think we're just going to go through and see how we do, and we'll do what we need to do to win games, whatever that looks like.”

    Either way, how heavily he relies on Sermon might partially be out of his hands. Outside of the Oklahoma transfer, there are a number of questions about the rest of the running backs on the roster.

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    OK, what Ohio State player are you most excited about to put up some BIG numbers this season?

    Me: #1 Justin Fields, #2 Trey Sermon, #3 Baron Browning.

    I just think he'll distance himself from the rest and become the "the guy" running back.
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  11. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I'd put Fields at 1a and Sermon at 1b
  12. Taosman

    Taosman Your Cousin In New Mexxico

    We just can't run Fields much! Got to keep him healthy to make another Playoff run.
  13. Poe McKnoe

    Poe McKnoe Senior

    Watched the couple of PFF highlights, kind of reminds me of Kareem Hunt’s running style, but maybe not Hunt’s top end.
  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  15. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

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