Backup Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall went on TV last week and gave some less than rave reviews on the Ohio State defense his team would face on Saturday.
"I think they have a really basic defense," Kendall said during an appearance with SoonerSports. "Baker [Mayfield, OU’s starter], he'll light them up. I'm really looking forward to it, and if my number's called, I think I can do the same."
A couple of nights later, Ohio State won in Norman, 45-24.
Stoops said media won't be able to talk to some players because of Kendall's comments. Kendall made the comment on an OU produced show.— John Shinn (@john_shinn) September 19, 2016
Few things here:
1. Saying that a defense is "basic" is not necessarily a grave insult. Lots of football schemes are really not that complicated. It’s why we’re all able to play realistic football video games and not get totally confused. "Cover 2" is not that hard to grasp, for instance. It gets much, much more complicated, but some teams dominate with simplicity.
2. Words don’t always come out how you mean them.
3. Having confidence in yourself and your teammates is not an intrinsically bad thing.
Few more things here:
4. Mayfield did not, in fact, light up Ohio State. He was 17-of-32 passing for 226 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. It wasn’t great, as he acknowledged.
Baker Mayfield: "We got our asses kicked."— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 18, 2016
5. Kendall did not play.
6. Whether Ohio State’s defense was "basic" or not, it had one fewer touchdown than Mayfield himself.
7. Kendall is probably a good guy. I don't know him.
8. Kendall probably should not have said these things.
9. Ohio State was rightfully and fairly having fun at his expense.
Ohio State enjoyed that one, I think. pic.twitter.com/kgdGtSDY6u— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 18, 2016
10. Kendall absolutely should not take this dude up on his offer.