Many people expect that sophomore Jalen McCleskey will be one of OSU’s breakout players in 2016. McCleskey had a respectable freshman campaign, and now with slot receiver David Glidden gone, he will presumably play a bigger role in the offense. So how can the Cowboys get McCleskey involved? They could do so in any number of ways, and that’s what this week’s Chalk Talk will be about. Today, we’re going to look how No. 1 can get easily involved in the screen game.Screens are a great way to get talented players in space. There are a lot of different kinds of screens, including the traditional jailbreak, slip or slow screens. Your most basic wide receiver screens include the tunnel or middle screen:Or some type of attachment bubble or now screen.A lot of true wide receiver screens include pulling lineman. But there are many air raid coaches, including famed air raid coach Bob Stitt, that favor screens with no lineman involved. One of those said screens is the drag screen, which is prevalent in spread offenses both at at the collegiate and professional level. In this post, we’re going to focus specifically on this kind of screen. Here’s a still of the old OSU Holgorsen offense running the play with Justin Blackmon as the primary receiver:As you can see, the play features one receiver ‘dragging’ across the field. The running back’s job is to block the strong-side linebacker or, if it’s against man coverage, block the receiver’s defender and take his own defender with him. All the other receivers run streaks to get the defense upfield, and the inside slot receiver tries to pick off the dragging receiver’s defender if against man coverage.The play is a high-percentage throw and a good way to get easy yards after the catch. And if the run game isn’t working out, easy completions like this can act as a substitute. Additionally, teams can run this out of pretty much any formation.Some teams run it from trips (but from the weak side):And some from an empty set:The best part of this play is that it’s flexible. Against man, it becomes a race to the sideline, and the defender has to try and catch up to the speedy receiver. Against zone, the quarterback just has to time the throw correctly to allow the receiver to catch the ball with the other players in position to block.With his speed and elusiveness, McCleskey would thrive on plays like this; when not overused, it’s practically free yardage. Hopefully easy plays like this will be installed to both give the right players the proper touches and to take pressure off of Mason Rudolph; they are quick and easy and could jumpstart any drive.How would you use McCleskey in the screen game? Leave your opinions below in the comments!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
WC Qualification Africa Nigeria vs Cameroon: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview 18:45 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images WC Qualification Africa Nigeria Nigeria v Cameroon Cameroon With only one team progressing from the group, the upcoming fixtures will have a defining effect on who makes it to Russia in 2018 Cameroon’s hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup rest on securing back-to-back victories over Nigeria as the two sides meet in a double-header on Friday and Monday.The Indomitable Lions are four points behind their rivals in Group B and failure to close the gap would mean the African champions would miss out on a place in the tournament.The Super Eagles, on the other hand, have surged into a formidable position after collecting maximum points from their opening two games and they can further extend their lead with wins over their rivals in the coming days. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Uyo’s Godswill Akpabio International Stadium hosts the first game on Friday, with Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde the venue for the second meeting on Monday. Game Nigeria vs Cameroon Date Friday, Sept. 1 Time 17:00 BST / 12:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2, as well as being available to stream online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport Player In the U.S., the match will not be available to watch live on television or using an online stream. US TV channel Online stream N/A N/A SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Nigeria players Goalkeepers Ezenwa, Akpeyi, Alampasu Defenders Echiejile, Abdullahi, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Awaziem, Ebuehi, Aina Midfielders Mikel, Onazi, Ogu, Ndidi, Agu, Oghenekaro Forwards Musa, Moses, Simon, Ighalo, Iheanacho, Nwakaeme John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo have returned to the Nigeria squad, while Leon Balogun also resumes his place in the panel after missing games against Algeria and South Africa.Chelsea winger Victor Moses has also been called up again after sitting out the clash against South Africa due to injury. However, Alex Iwobi has been forced to withdraw and has been replaced by Aaron Samuel.Potential starting XI: Ezenwa; Echiejile, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Abdullahi; Mikel, Onazi, Musa, Moses; Iheanacho, Ighalo. Position Cameroon players Goalkeepers Ondoa, Bokwe, Goda Defenders Ngadeu, Teikeu, Mabouka, Castelleto, Leuko, Fai, Banana, Nouhou, Midfielders Djoum, Mandjeck, Siani, Anguissa Forwards Choupa, Aboubakar, Moukandjo, Bassogog, Toko, Nsame, Ngamaleu, Olinga Cameroon boss Hugo Broos has called up 23 players for the qualification double-header and the Belgian has stuck largely with the panel that competed in the Confederations Cup.They will look to Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar for goals, while captain Benjamin Moukandjo, who plies his trade in China with Jiangsu Suning, will be expected to provide inspiration in midfield.Potential starting XI: Ondoa; Mabouka, Fai, Teikeu, Ngadeu; Anguissa, Siani, Djoum, Moukandjo, Bassogog; Aboubakar.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Nigeria are 17/20 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Cameroon priced at 3/1 to overcome the Super Eagles. A draw is available at 9/4.Click here to see the full list of markets available for the World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Cameroon.GAME PREVIEW Nigeria can deal a serious blow to Cameroon’s chances of reaching the World Cup when the sides meet in Uyo on Friday as a win for the Super Eagles would see them move seven points clear with just three games to go.However, victory for the Indomitable Lions could see that lead scythed to just one point, so this double header is crucial for both teams. Indeed, Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel is fully aware of the task that lies ahead of his side.”As everyone knows, they are a very good team,” Mikel told FIFA.com ahead of the game.”They are strong and they play with confidence. We must get ourselves well prepared for this game and try our best to get on top against them. It won’t be easy but these are important matches. If we win both, we will be almost there.”Reigning African champions Cameroon may have competed in the Confederations Cup in Russia this summer, but they could well be denied a return to the country should they fail to overturn Nigeria, with only the group winners progressing. And Christian Bassogog has urged his team-mates to battle for the victory.”Nigeria are a strong team,” the Henan Jianye forward told FIFA.com. “They have very good players and many of them are playing in Europe. But we must defeat them if we are to maintain our qualifying hopes. We should take the game to them. We need to fight to defeat them.”