Fans, media react to disastrous first half by Shaun Wade in National Championship Game
Ohio State is down big at the half, and a big story in the first half against Alabama has been the play of defensive back Shaun Wade.
Slowing down the Crimson Tide offense and Heisman-winning receiver DeVonta Smith was always going to be tough, but Wade was asked during the week about which player he was most looking forward to facing in the title game. He was coy in his response, but the assumption was that he wanted to face Smith:
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Shaun Wade wants the Heisman Trophy winner pic.twitter.com/DRrYFvfaaF
— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 7, 2021
Entering the half, Smith has been unstoppable, putting up 215 yards on 12 catches and three touchdowns. That is just unfathomable with Alabama finding a variety of patterns to get Smith open with the ball in his hands.
Though Wade hasn’t been the only one to cover Smith, he has certainly had his chances against the Heisman winner. He has struggled, to say the least, and those on social media have not been kind to the performance.
Here is a taste of the reactions to the first half:
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Wade better pull a hamstring , if not he’s going from 1st round to undrafted free agent
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) January 12, 2021
Shaun Wade asked for this😭😭
— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 12, 2021
Let’s check in on Shaun Wade pic.twitter.com/wHdmiMc3gH
— Jack Soble (@jacksoble56) January 12, 2021
“We’ve got Shaun Wade here, Shaun tell us about your first half strategy on Devonta Smith 🎤” pic.twitter.com/NwHwvobfzg
— Trill Withers (@TylerIAm) January 12, 2021
Desmond Howard just went off on Shaun Wade “If Shaun Wade grade is a 1st rounder after 4 quarters of this game he gone be a free agent” pic.twitter.com/FZhvCspVR3
— 🧹 (@_taaayylloor) January 12, 2021
Shaun Wade tonight pic.twitter.com/39amHKVpCK
— Jtog (@Jtogx) January 12, 2021
Shaun Wade. Be careful what you ask for
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 12, 2021
I’m not a defensive genius, but maybe Ohio State should put two — or three — guys on Devonta Smith. Shaun Wade is getting embarrassed.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 12, 2021
If Ohio State is going to have any chance in the second half, Wade and the Buckeye defense has to be much better.