Jim Knowles highlights DT Taron Vincent, admits one important role 'not very sexy'
Jim Knowles speaks on Taron Vincent and what he brings to this version of the Ohio State defense. During his Tuesday press conference, Knowles admitted some aspects of Vincent’s play are “not very sexy” but are vital to the defense.
Per Chase Brown of 11 Warriors:
Jim Knowles on Taron Vincent:
"He has been absolutely consistent since I've been here," he said. "We joke all the time about the double-teams he has to take on. It's not very sexy, but he does the work, and he's been incredibly consistent with it."
— Chase Brown (@chaseabrown__) November 8, 2022
Knowles recognizes that playing defensive tackle isn’t glamorous and rarely do you get rewarded publicly but Vincent earned praise for his consistent performance this season. So far this season, Vincent has recorded just 15 tackles but what he provides is just as valuable for Knowles.
Taking on two offensive linemen or a double-team is critical to open up options for other guys to make plays defensively. It also makes it easier for linebackers to make the correct reads or fill the right gap when someone like Vincent is able to disrupt the line of scrimmage.
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Vincent’s selflessness as a player makes a big difference and Knowles recognizes that.
This week Ohio State will play Indiana as they hope to move to 10-0 on the season and Knowles understands that guys like Vincent are the ones that make it possible.