Assistant Head Coach for Offense | Running Back Coach Tony Alford

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    Tony Alford: “We'll be fine”
    Ohio State tight ends, running backs and linebackers were made available to the media Wednesday evening, marking the first time Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford would address the media after Bijan Robinson and Jaylan Knighton’s sudden flips to Texas and Florida State.

    He couldn’t talk about each prospect or situation directly because of NCAA regulations and, in fact, said he wouldn’t anyway, but he was asked about similar hypothetical scenarios.

    Alford is honest within his work. That’s what much of his reputation stands upon.

    “This is a very transparent program,” Alford said Wednesday about how he interacts with his running backs. “You’re not going to have to guess how I feel.”

    So when he was asked by 247Sports’ Dave Biddle about a scenario in which a recruit calls Alford telling him he has suddenly decided to move away from the program after having nearly committed in the days before – very similar to Robinson’s situation – Alford was honest.

    “It happens. That’s life,” Alford said. “It happens in every walk in life and in every job. Is it frustrating? Yeah. But at the end of the day, people have to do what they’ve got to do. It is what it is.”

    To connect the dots, Robinson was nearly a lock to commit to Ohio State less than a week before his commitment date Aug. 2, but the Sunday before, he called the Buckeye staff, notifying Ohio State that he would not be committing to the program. He committed to Texas the following Friday.

    It didn’t make things any easier when the Saturday before Robinson’s call, Jaylan Knighton had a major Florida State visit that convinced him to also commit away from Ohio State. Suddenly, the running back recruiting board was wiped clean, and the Buckeyes began scraping any relationship they could to make up for the losses.

    DeaMonte Trayanum appears to be solidly committed to Arizona State. Kendall Milton committed to Georgia the Monday after Robinson’s call. Then other running backs, like Sam Adams, Tank Bigsby and Lawrance Toafili committed shortly after. MarShawn Lloyd, who had been interested in Ohio State at one point, has been said to be locked into his South Carolina commitment.

    Options are running short for Ohio State, and those options have been well-documented. But now in-state all-purpose back Mike Drennen is receiving crystal balls to Kentucky as recently as a few days ago, and EJ Smith’s future is still cloudy as well. Ohio State reached out and offered Texas No. 18 running back Tre Bradford without having talked to him before, so that relationship continues to grow.

    The waters are still murky for the Buckeyes in running back recruiting, but Alford remains steadfast in his confidence within the room, after he named Demario McCall the No. 2 running back, followed by freshman Marcus Crowley, with one week to go until the season.

    “We’ll be fine. I’ll put it that way,” Alford said. “And we’re going to get the guys that want to be here.”
     
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    Sounds like several members of this staff have eyes elsewhere.... CSU could’ve blown this staff up by hiring Wilson. Yurcich is already going there, and Alford could’ve followed.

    Talk about a complete nightmare going into the playoffs ...
     
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    Tony Alford said he was extremely frustrated with Ohio State’s struggles in the running game during season-opener against Nebraska. "I wanted to run my head through the windshield of my car."
     
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    TONY ALFORD RADIO SHOW

    ON MASTER TEAGUE AGAINST PENN STATE
    • "Master obviously ran better. I think he ran harder."
    • Alford said he thinks Teague was a little more definitive in his decision-making.
    ON STRUGGLES AFTER THE FIRST GAME
    • "I wanted to run my head through the windshield of my car," Alford said after the first game.
    • Alford notes that they did win by five touchdowns, though, so you have to appreciate the wins when they come.
    • "In their defense, we hadn't been banging on them at all," Alford said, noting they hadn't really been hit until the first game.
    • "We just weren't running through stuff the way we needed to."
    • "But we're getting there. We're still not a finished product by any means."
    • "If your players aren't doing well, you have to look at yourself first as their coach," Alford said.
    ON TREY SERMON
    • "He's really worked diligently just to fit in with the guys."
    • "The guys took him in, and he's fit in with everybody really well in our room."
    • Alford notes it's been almost a year since the last time he played, after his injury at Oklahoma.
    ON SPLITTING THE REPS
    • "We've got guys, and they all want an opportunity."
    • Alford said everybody is confident and thinks they can play "or they wouldn't be here."
    • "Everything is earned. Everything you do is earned, as far as your reps and carries and things like that."
    • "It's not an exact science."
    • "Those guys all practice hard and they're all ready to go when they're tapped on the shoulder."
    ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE
    • "Those guys are amazing."
    • "They're hard-nosed guys, they're tough guys."
    • "It's a great group upfront. Our running backs know that. Our whole teams knows that."
    • "You want to check the pulse of your football team, look at the offensive line."
    • "I couldn't be more proud of how those guys are."
     
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