Versatility A Must When It Comes To Playing Time For Buckeye Linebackers

One of the more entertaining aspect of new Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ defense is how active and disruptive his linebackers are throughout the course of a game. After all, if you’re only going to play two at a time, you may as well make the most of it. Knowles doesn’t ask much of …

Buckeye Defense Accomplished More Than Jim Knowles Could Have Hoped For In Spring

The last three times Ohio State has overhauled its defense during the offseason, things have gone pretty well. In 2014, Urban Meyer hired Chris Ash to install the quarters defense. The process started early and went late, but from week to week the results kept improving. When it was all said and done, the Buckeyes …

Ryan Day, Jim Knowles Recap Buckeyes’ Spring Game Performance

Following Ohio State’s spring game, which was won by the Scarlet team 34-26, Buckeye head coach Ryan Day and defensive coordinator Jim Knowles spoke to reporters about the game and the spring as a whole. The highlights of everything that was said can be found below. Ryan Day + Impressions of the defense? “Today was …

Buckeye Safeties Taking Shape This Spring

Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles has said that this Buckeye defense is going to be driven by the safeties, and while football may start up front, it will be the back end that keeps everything under control. Fortunately for Ohio State, they return nearly all of their safety contributors from last season, including a …

From A Jack To A King? Not So Fast For Buckeye Defensive Ends

When Ohio State head coach Ryan Day hired Jim Knowles to be his new defensive coordinator, many in Columbus went to the internet to learn more about Knowles and what he would be bringing to the Buckeyes. One of the first things that was learned about was the “Leo” position, which is a hybrid weakside …

Ohio State Offense, Defense Happily Frustrated By Each Other

Any time a college football team changes its offense or defense, the “So, how are things going?” kind of questions come fast and furious. People want answers immediately, even though installing something new — and subsequently activating it — always takes time. This spring, new Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles brought his 4-2-5 defensive …

Jim Knowles Provides Updates On The Ohio State Defense

The Buckeyes are only six practices into spring camp, which means there are still plenty of questions to be answered. Following practice on Monday, Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles met with reporters to attempt to answer some of those questions. The highlights of everything that was said can be found below. + In order …

Jim Knowles Has Happily Changed With The Times

New Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles began his coaching career in 1988. This was before the internet and before social media. It was a much simpler time to be a coach. As times change, however, so must coaches. Adapt or die, as they say. Knowles’ ability to change has allowed him to remain in …

Buckeye Football Notebook: ‘I basically have everything I ever wanted’

Kid, Meet Candy Store When Jim Knowles left Oklahoma State to become Ohio State’s new defensive coordinator, it wasn’t just the $1.9 million per year salary that made the Buckeye football program such an enticing leap. Granted, it would be more than enough to convince most assistant coaches to jump ship, but the added benefit …

New Ohio State DC Jim Knowles Discusses Being At OSU, First Day Of Spring Practice

New Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles met with reporters on Tuesday following the first spring practice of the year for the Buckeyes. He talked about being at Ohio State, his defense, his style, and where things are headed. + You don’t need to practice bringing guys to the ground when working tackles. It’s about …

Jim Knowles Wants To Provide A Simple Picture, Complicated Results

When Ryan Day hired Jim Knowles as Ohio State’s new defensive coordinator, he didn’t do it simply to improve the defense. He did it with the intention of the Buckeyes having one of the best defenses in the nation this coming season. After all, if Ohio State can have the best offense in college football, …

Notebook: ‘You might think it’s corny, but the players love it’

Who Is Jim Knowles? Today’s generation of kids and young adults probably don’t appreciate game shows the way the rest of the population does. Sure, Jeopardy is still going strong and The Price Is Right is blasting through its 50th season, but back in the day game shows were the bridge between the morning news …

A Long Way To Go And A Short Time To Get There For Jim Knowles?

A famous American bootlegger once wrote, “We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.” But that man was just trying to get a truckload of Coors from Texarkana to Atlanta. It’s not like he was trying to build a national championship defense in less than one calendar year. Based …

Fulton Analysis: Knowles’ Defense

After two years of Ohio State often being held back by an overly simplistic defensive scheme that was repeatedly exploited—a situation that Ryan Day and Matt Barnes could only partly address in-season following the Buckeyes’ week two loss to Oregon—Day made perhaps the most important hire of his young tenure by bringing in Jim Knowles …

Incoming Buckeye defenders excited about Jim Knowles

Ohio State recently zeroed in on Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles as its top target as the Buckeyes look to revamp their defense. Early on Tuesday evening, the Buckeyes landed their guy as the program announced Knowles will be joining the staff officially on January 2nd. Knowles coordinated one of the top defenses in …

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