Jim Knowles addresses poor sack production of DEs, highlights promising play of 1 DB
Jim Knowles’ defense has had some ups and downs through his first season at Ohio State. Chase Brown and Griffin Strom of Eleven Warriors posted his quotes on Twitter.
One thing that has been a problem for Ohio State’s defensive ends is the sack production. Knowles understands that sacks are a key part of disrupting offensive drives, but has been pleased overall and put the blame on himself for not creating enough opportunities.
“I’m pleased with what we’re doing up front,” said Knowles. “I think it’s my job to continue to create opportunities.”
Jim Knowles on a relative lack of sack production from the OSU DEs: “I’m pleased with what we’re doing up front. I think it’s my job to continue to create opportunities.”
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— Griffin Strom (@GriffinStrom3) October 4, 2022
J.K. Johnson has been able to fill in for the Ohio State defensive backs when injuries have piled up this season. Johnson has recorded 8 solo and 2 assisted tackles in the games he’s played in so far.
Knowles talked about what makes Johnson stand out in the Ohio State DB room. He also loves the physicality of his play.
“His reach, his impact in press coverage and competition at the end of the route. That’s where JK excels,” said Knowles.
Jim Knowles on what impresses him about JK Johnson:
“His reach, his impact in press coverage and competition at the end of the route. That’s where JK excels.”
Knowles said that Johnson “throws punches at the line of scrimmage” and is a very physical DB.
— Chase Brown (@chaseabrown__) October 4, 2022