Five Things: Miami

By Jason Priestas on September 13, 2010 at 3:22a
51 Comments
The 17th State Burns

Saturday's tilt with Miami in the Horseshoe brought about the result many of us were hoping for, even if the script didn't exactly follow what we had anticipated. In the end, you can't help but be satisfied with a solid win over a very a talented Hurricane squad. If you're keeping score at home, Ohio State now has wins over four top 15 teams -- with just one of the games being what you'd consider close -- in their last six outings.

Bend, Don't Break, Then Counterpunch

The prevent zone the team went with in the second half was frustrating from the perspective of the fan, but Jim Tressel was playing with Jim Tressel's money and it's his prerogative to bet however he sees fit. Manning up and pressing has its draw, but also its downside. During the Cooper/Pagac era, we heard a lot of talk about putting Ohio State's fine corners (Springs, Winfield, etc.) "on an island", with the assumption the front seven would get to the quarterback first. Most of the time it worked, but all it takes is a slip on a pass to Tai Streets to ruin a great season. Saturday, the Buckeyes sat back, tried to confuse Jacory Harris with stunts and blitzes, and reaped the dividends to the tune of four interceptions.

The highlight, of course, was the rumbling, stumbling -- wait, he actually showed some moves for a big guy -- 80 yard interception return by Cameron Heyward at the start of the third quarter. Trailing 26-17, Miami marched 70 yards on the opening series of the second half before running into a 3rd-and-goal from the OSU nine yard line. The defensive call was a zone blitz, and Heyward dropped eight yards into coverage before coming up with the pick and a scamper that would have made Ironhead proud. Pryor would score two plays later, essentially putting the game away via a 33-16 lead. From a momentum standpoint, it's hard to overstate how important Cam's play was. Miami went from a potential two point deficit to 16 down in a little over a minute. Beyond the interception, Heyward wreaked havoc rushing Harris all afternoon. There were at least three holds that could have been called on Miami's line as they attempted to slow Heyward down.

Safety C.J. Barnett, a Northmont product like Kurt Coleman before him, had one hell of a game before suffering a knee injury in the second half. His coverage was instrumental in Nathan Williams' first quarter pick and he brought the wood all afternoon. His blast on Cane wide receiver Leonard Hankerson early in the game set the tone for the entire defense in what would be a day of hearty hits. Here's to hoping he can get back on the field soon, but if the rumors are true, and it's season-ending, he will qualify for a redshirt.

Chekwa's two second quarter interceptions (just six minutes apart), were equally huge and for one game, at least, he appears to have inherited Kurt Coleman's ball magnetism powers. The pick on Travis Benjamin's bad route was routine, but the theft that took place on the other one was a beauty to watch. He, Torrence and the rest of the secondary did a fine job against what should be the best receiving corps the team sees this year. Williams' interception was touched on above, but it's worth pointing out how versatile this team really is when their two most potent pass rushers both record interceptions on the day.

Other highlights from the defense included John Simon getting good push for most of the day and the fact that so many youngsters, from Solomon Thomas, to Travis Howard and He Ate Me Hankins, seeing quality playing time. On one fourth quarter play, Hankins drove Miami's center Tyler Horn five yards into the pocket, forcing Harris into an incompletion.

The bottom line is this is a very, very good Ohio State defense that has surrendered just one touchdown in two games -- one coming against what should be one of the top offenses in the nation. And even that touchdown was a mere inches from Brian Rolle's fingers.

Is "Not So Special Teams" Too Easy?

If this team doesn't address their kick coverage issues soon, it will come back to haunt the Buckeyes. They will be in a dogfight with Wisconsin or Iowa, or some other team playing OSU closer than expected and they will be handing out field position like it's free. The coverage problems first popped up against Iowa last season, and then continued in the Rose Bowl against Oregon. Saturday, Miami had the burners to make the Buckeyes pay. I realize OSU doesn't have a dedicated special teams coach and that's probably not an option with Tressel insisting several coaches contribute, but perhaps he might consider putting more starters in to cover in big games. While some starters do play on the units (Rolle and Homan to name two), we're also getting a heavy dose of second and third-teamers, and even walk-ons (Ebner). There's an injury risk there, sure, but it might be a tradeoff worth making.

One thing that would help is getting a little more leg on Ohio State's kickoffs. Basil is young and might develop into a strong kickoff man, but I don't understand how he can be the 50+ guy on the team, yet consistently fail to get his kickoffs past the 10 yard line. If he's not up to the task, surely one of the 50,000+ students at OSU can hammer kickoffs, right?

As bad as kick coverage was at times -- and it truly was bad -- there were some bright spots. Barclay's five field goal afternoon tied a school record, Torrence's field goal block was huge and for the first time since the departure of Ted Ginn Jr., the Buckeyes have legitimate return threats. Both Berry and Hall were inches away from taking returns to the house and I'm really excited about the possibilities moving forward with those two.

Despite Red Zone Blues, Offense Had Its Moments

Much like concerns with the coverage game, the lack of finishing move fatalities in the red zone is a cause for concern. I doubt the team faces a defensive line/cornerback combination as talented as Miami's the rest of the season, but settling for five field goals inside the Cane's 15 -- four inside the 10 -- is a tough pill to swallow. Pryor just missed on a couple of plays, one being to Stoneburner on 3rd-and-goal from the four with just over a minute to play in the first half, and the other being a slant to Philly Brown later on that might have converted, so it's not completely broken, but you have to wonder if a guy like Tyrone Williams can help out here. It looks like the staff wants to redshirt him, but if these problems persist, don't be surprised to see his name called.

Overall, I thought Pryor played a good game. The key number from his stat line was the zero turnovers, but the 113 yards rushing against a stout and fast Miami front seven is very impressive. The 44% completion percentage is a little cringe-worthy, but he had his share of throws on the money. The bomb to Posey was a work of art, followed up by perhaps and even better toss to Saine for an 18-yard touchdown to tie the score at 10 early in the second quarter. As I said earlier, I doubt he'll see another DL/CB package as talented as Miami's and the fact that he has that sick, sick scamper to fall back on when other aspects of the offense aren't clicking is a godsend. He bailed us out time and again with his feet.

While Saine had a rough outing on the ground (12 carries for 7 yards) outside of the spectacular touchdown catch (and two others), Boom stepped things up finishing with 66 yards on 14 attempts to go along with a nice 47-yard reception (via shovel) of his own and a nifty juke to score on a four yard run in the second quarter. He also had a touchdown wiped off the board on OSU's second possession due to a close holding call on Posey (it was holding, but Boom just for a second). The line had troubles run-blocking on first down, forcing the offense into two many 2nd and 10+ situations, but also opened up some huge holes on the afternoon, particularly in the second half. Bottom line, it's nice having depth in the backfield. Some unfortunate team is going to see Boom and Zoom go off on them in the same game soon and it's not going to be pretty for them.

Scheme-wise, I loved the playcalling and think Tressel and Bollman did a heck of a job mixing things up and keeping Miami honest. I love the way they attacked deep to Posey when the Canes were getting confident with their early press coverage and the shovel pass to Boom setup by the earlier option plays was just brilliant.

Most Importantly, Eat Too, Brutus is 1-0

The tailgate was a smashing success and it was great to meet and talk football with so many of you. We're looking to make this an annual event and currently eyeing the Penn State game in 2011 for the second edition (because of the new expanded schedule, they visit Columbus two years in a row). I apologize for not having anything in the way of photos or video for you, but poor planning on my part on Friday night led to too many beers and a mostly dead cell phone battery on Saturday morning. Ah, it's almost better that way as you have to really see the event for yourself.

Frankly, I was surprised to see so many Miami fans up for the game. If it's true that the Hurricanes only have 2,458 fans, all of them were in town. A few stopped by the tailgate and it was sad how true to stereotype most of them were with their green and orange Nikes and black socks pulled up to their knees. Of the three Canes that did stop by to hang out before the game, one had Donnie Evege hair (not that there's anything wrong with that), while the other had the "U" carved into the back of his head. They invented swagger sure enough, but to be fair, I must give some credit to them for (most of them) sticking around to the very end of the game instead of filing out early. Also, the Miami section of the Shoe chanting "U" everytime the north end of the stadium was doing the "I" in the "O-H-I-O" cheer was good for a chuckle.

We passed Wally Szerbiak on the way into the game and spotted Brandon Schnittker and Ben Person sitting a few rows in front of us. The Horseshoe was loud for most of the afternoon, and the rain that passed through was tolerable in the sense that it was sporadic, allowing the sun to return late, but the NBA-ification of Ohio Stadium is disappointing. I didn't like seeing Rascal Flatts sing the national anthem, but can live with it (grudgingly) because they are the biggest name in a town full of country fans. The t-shirt cannon and the guy going around the stadium with a microphone trying to stage noise contests -- all shown on the scoreboard -- have to stop, however.

How Good Is Miami?

Despite the four picks, I'm still pretty high on Jacory Harris. Sure, he's likely out of the Heisman race, but the kid throws a nice ball with good touch and accuracy. He's a great distributor, too, completing passes to nine different Hurricanes. I really do believe when it's all said and done, Miami will be a top eight team or so and could potentially find their way into a BCS bowl at season's end. The Hurricane front four is deep and talented, the secondary, particularly, Brandon Harris, is the real deal, and their receivers are physical, deep and quick.

The Hurricane offensive line did a fairly good job of keeping Buckeyes out of the backfield (thanks to a bit of opportune holding) and running back Damien Berry ran with quickness and determination. He'll do some real damage in the ACC this season. Oh, and those special teams? Wow. Lamar Miller will be racing down the sideline of another highlight soon, you can bet on that.

A play here and there and we're talking about a blowout of a pretty darn good Miami team. It was an impressive win no matter how you cut it, though, and went a ways towards boosting Ohio State's and Terrelle Pryor's reputation nationally, despite what some of us more critical fans took away from the performance.

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buckeyedude's picture

I think it's time to look to the OSU Soccer team for a kicker that can get it past the 10yd line. Hell, if there isn't one on the men's soccer team, check out the OSU women's soccer team(my daughter's high school soccer team had a girl that was the #1 FG kicker for the boy's football team, and she did very well), you never know what you might find.  And if that doesn't work, like you said Jason, " surely one of the 50,000+ students at OSU can hammer kickoffs, right? " Open it up to the student body. TTUN recently did just that because they've lost so many DBs.

If you look at the video of Heyward's INT, he had a WALL of blockers to his right. All he had to do was continue down the sideline, and he had 6. Still, HUGE INT!

I was OK with Rascal Flatts singin' the Anthem. And speaking of "NBA-ification" of Ohio Stadium, I haven't heard anything about LBJ. Was he at the game?

 
 

builderofcoalitions's picture

I've felt the special teams have been suspect ever since Fickell was given more defensive responsibilities. Don't get me wrong, he's a big reason the D has been so dominant the last few years. Fickell's a great coach and until someone is solely put in-charge of the special teams again, there will be mor gaffes.

It seems they also need to adjust to their personnel much the same way they do on offense every year. For example, the zone-read was nonexistant with Todd Boeckman in there but was a staple as soon as TP took over. The same kind of adjustment should be made for kick-offs and punts. Until those guys can crush the ball (or they bring in someone who can), coverage will have to be adjusted.

I predict this won't be a problem next week.

Because we couldn't go for three.

NW Buckeye's picture

Several queations that I would like to see answered.

1. When was the last time that the 2 starting DEs both had int's in a game?

2. What conference were the refs from?

3. There were several holding infractions that should have been called but seemed to be intentionally ignored. They finally called one in the 4th quarter and the flag was thrown by the line judge (this is usually a call made by the white hat or the back judge). There was a rather animated discussion by the white hat and the line judge before the call was signaled to the stadium followed by a long expllanation to JT. What the heck was that all about? It seemed as if the white hat was rather intent on letting Miami get away with all the blatant holding and was pissed that the line judge got involved.

I was at the game and that peticular exchange generated a lot of disscussion in the stands. I have not had a chance to view my recording of the game. Was wondering if any of these q's were addressed by the broadcast crew or subsequent analysis.

Thanks in advance for any explanations about this. Will be in blackout for the next few hrs as we are on a flight back to Seattle

Go Bucks!

E-roc's picture

I know the answer to question #2: ACC refs....

The answer to question #2 clearly answers question #3.

flipbuckeye's picture

EDIT: E-roc beat me to it.

PALM BEACH BUCKEYE's picture

Miami got a couple of great ball spots too.... but OSU got some calls also.. so forget the refs guys.  Our coaches did a great job watching film on Harris.....  soft zone allowed more bodies to confuse him and it paid dividends.  Yea, Yea.. "but we gave up so many yards".  I counter with, Miami picked up yards but ran alot to time off the clock--that was part of the plan.  Harris locked onto guys and used the double clutch to try and fake our D out....  anybody think they saw that on film too??  Personally, I loved the fact that OSU took the ball with 6 mins + (I think) left to go in the 4th and never gave it back to Miami... great calls JT.  Too bad Boom didnt punch it in near the goal line just to make a point.  I think the coaching was excellent (minus the kick coverage--but I think that gets fixed in a hurry).

Nappy's picture

Saine is going to make a nice living for himself as a 3rd down back in the league. Great hands and very quick.

Can't wait to see this team firing on all cylinders

Fan of bacon since 1981

PALM BEACH BUCKEYE's picture

Saine may be playing the wrong position...  he may be the #3 WR we need.....  kinda like a Percy Harvin kinda guy... can catch and run out of any formation. 

Buckeye in Athens's picture

I agree with the Percy Harvin comparison. It was nice seeing him line up in the slot and out wide Saturday. 

741's picture

You stole my icon!

BuckiGirl's picture

I wonder what Randy Shannon now thinks about our small town with our little traditions. I was proud of our fans for staying loud all game, and while I know we can't take full credit for these types of things, I loved hearing Shannon admit that on two of their interceptions his receivers ran the wrong routes. Coupled with the false starts, it's nice to think that our quiet little stadium maybe had an effect on the Canes.

The Canes fans lived up to their stereotype for sure. Chanting during Carmen Ohio sure was classy. They almost failed to stop during the 9/11 moment of silence. Not surprising, that was the loudest they were all game.

SonOfBuckeye's picture

Getting 'image not found' for the pic at top.

edit:  didn't know Kornheiser is a Bucks fan.

TLB's picture

I am still worried about Pryor.  There were times he looked scared and indecisive.  He's in his 3rd year as a starter, that should not be happening.

We also need to find one back and go with him.  I don't know that we can beat a top 5 team (not counting Boise and TCU) if Pryor is the leading rusher.

Northbrook's picture

Pryor may end up being a good QB but right now he is still a great athlete playing QB.

RoweTrain's picture

Mack Brown can help you figure it out.

iball's picture

The ST's are scaring the crap out of me. Thankfully we have a couple easy ones to work on things, but with guys like Gilreath and DJK coming up, we're gonna have to find someone who can tackle.

Am I wrong or was Sweat the one who wiffed on both TD returns? I know Storm Klein was the culprit in the Iowa game last year. A little scary considering these guys are supposed to be our "future".

I still think Sabino is a playmaker. That means a guy who "MAKES" things happen and not one who sits back and waits for the play to come to him. Coupled with the ST struggles, I can't help having early season issues with Tress, ALREADY.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

btalbert25's picture

I have to wonder where the great legend of Sabino comes from, a couple of good special teams plays?  High school reputation?  I don't know.  I'm not doubting his talent or how much of an athlete he is, but don't you think if he was the game changer he is perceived to be, the man would see the field?  Look at some of the young guys who are in the games making an impact.  Until Sabino shows it other than on a couple of kickoff returns here and there, I'm not convinced he is the superstar everyone else thinks he is.

Chris Lauderback's picture

I've been saying the same thing for two years, BTA25. I'm not saying he won't pan out but I don't understand why so many are high on him. Good players see the field. Now, he may be of help on special teams but Sabino nor the coaches want to burn a year of eligibility on just Special teams play but if he was good enough to play on D, he'd be out there. If I had to guess, I'd say he'll never start for the OSU defense.

BucksfanXC's picture

Didn't he block the punt that Coleman or Freeman ran in last year? Cuz one play like that gets you remembered by a lot of ppl. (Obviously not me since I'm totally shady on the details)

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

RoweTrain's picture

Malcolm Jenkins was the one who blocked it against Purdue in '08.

BucksfanXC's picture

Ah yes! Jenkins blocked it and Sabino ran it in, atleast I think. That's the only thing I've ever seen the kid do.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

btalbert25's picture

I think it mostly comes from the fact that he was highly recruited and from Florida.  Now that he is a Jr and still isn't seeing the field shoots holes in the theory that Tressel won't play him because he's young.  There are guys younger than him making contributions on this defense.  IF HE WERE GOOD ENOUGH TO BE ON THE FIELD HE WOULD BE THERE.  Sometimes recruits pan out sometimes they don't.  This could be a case where maybe the guy was rated higher than he deserved, he could've peaked in high school, or he could be lazy and not willing to put in the work it takes to start for a program like this.  Let's please, please, please stop raking Tressel over the coals for not playing a guy who has never made a contribution to the defense that was signifcant.  I trust he knows his personel better than any of us.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

1. Our special teams may seriously be our downfall one game this year *knock on wood*

2. TP3 is still one of the most dangerous weapons when he is on the run. I thought he would lose a step while focusing more on his passing, but that doesn't seem to be the case. As for passing the ball? The past 2 games he seems to have perfected that back shoulder pass..great touchdown to Saine

3. On the other side of special teams, i am extremely excited about our return game. Hell, Berry had 6 if he wouldn't have been excited and tripped his own self up.

4. CAM train rolling down field? get the F*(K outta the way!

5. FGs = F'or G'od S'ake, someone do something...5 fgs? is that correct?

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Nick Buckeye's picture

From CanesPundit.com  "I will say this – the Buckeye fans impressed us with their kindness and congeniality.  We weren’t expecting that.  Sure there were some bad seeds, but for every F bomb hurled our way there were 8-10 people coming up and welcoming us and wishing us well.  Also, for those reports that the Shoe isn’t loud…uh, it is.  105,000 strong and it sure sounded like it."

Jason Priestas's picture

At least he sacked up.

741's picture

Interesting comment we overheard while walking to the 'Shoe Saturday:

[Miami fan speaking to another Miami fan] "I don't know what to say to these people. They are not going to be treated down in Miami next year as well as we are being treated up here."

Nick Buckeye's picture

"NBA-ification of Ohio stadium is disappointing", sigh, I couldn't agree more.  Why are they forcing the "Let's"(north end) "Go" (east and west) "Bucks" (south end) cheer?  We have a great fan base, there are plenty of cheers that happen organically, it's stupid to try to force this cheer. I shouldn't complain, we have a great team that we can be proud of, this stuff in the stadium is a minor gripe.

741's picture

+1

I also really dislike the the thing were the kid emcees the intro to "Hang on Sloopy" at the end of the 3rd quarter. We all know how it works, and it's impossible to hear the kid's silly intro bit anyway. They are just watering down a tradition that is already working fine on it's own. If you aren't adding anything positive to the process, stay the hell out of the way!

NYC Buckeye's picture

I think most people are overlooking a huge issue here...Dont worry about special teams, Miami has an outstanding unit...5 FG's inside the 15 yard line is what we should all be worried about...the failure to put the ball in the endzone is going to end up costing us a game, sooner rather than later...think we can beat Alabama or Texas by kicking 5 FG's?

The final score of this game should have been 44-24.  The early 4th quarter drive by Miami was still relevant to the game's outcome and it should not have been...

I dont mean to be too critical here, we won and we are all happy about that, but the game was closer than it should have been due to our inablility to score TD's rather than Miami making plays...

 

Bucksfan's picture

The redzone woes have got to stop!

bdegroff's picture

I dont think true Buckeye fans are overlooking the offense. The Bucks put 36 points on a Miami defense that is going to be very good this year. However, NYC, you are right. The bucks were held to field goals to many times. I attribute that to not getting the running game going. Then once in the redzone the field shrinks, not allowing for good seperation between receivers on routes. Its still early, and it will get fixed.

However, what bothers me about special teams is they've given up 21 points in two games. That has to stop. I dont know what happened on the punt return. It looked to me like the gunners thought the guy was going to fair catch the ball and never broke down. Once they realized he wasnt going to, they over shot and he was gone. Definetly need a solid kicker. There is no reason a college kicker cant put every kick in the back of the endzone.

Our d will save this team though. They are fast, and can hit. They are very smart as well. giving up ten points to miami will probably be the best any team does this year.

RedQueenRace's picture

"I dont think true Buckeye fans are overlooking the offense. The Bucks put 36 points on a Miami defense that is going to be very good this year."

Well, when you have "drives" starting at your opponents 25, 19, 28, 27 and 15 you should put up some points.

Outside of the special teams the non-Pryor running game was the most disappointing aspect.  When the line was not getting dominated the backs were not hitting the holes and Miami closed them down fast.

bdegroff's picture

I'm not saying that they shouldnt. It would help that we dont shoot ourselves in the foot with stupid penalties. Whether they were legit or not. The holding on Posey was iffy, but still holding. The bucks played a solid game. Still have a lot of kinks to work out.

RedQueenRace's picture

Fair enough.  You just provided a post for me to touch a little on the things that disappointed me.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

5 FG's and special teams concerns me greatly. But Miami is in the top 15 for a reason...they were a solid football team. We may be their only loss this season barring injury or implosion. I think we would destroy Texas. But I think Alabama would beat us by 21 easy.

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RedQueenRace's picture

They certainly have the talent for that to be the case.  But they will probably lay at least one egg in the ACC, which I do not believe is as bad as it looked this past weekend.

osujake9's picture

Alabama is a GREAT team but do you really think they would beat us by 21? They only beat PSU by 21 at home and everything is pointing to them being very average this year. I understand your point though Alabama would be a real test.

btalbert25's picture

NO ONE would beat this team by 21 points.  Bama is a good team and so are the Bucks.  Bama may win the game, they may not but by the end of season if this team is firing on all cylinders look out.  It was only the 2nd game and offense typically is a little off this time of year.  Good news is the next few weeks they'll get to work some kinks out.  I honestly think this season comes down to the Iowa game.  I'm not too terribly worried about Wisconsin after seeing how they've played and by the time we get to Madison TP will be ready to light up that secondary.

dr green's picture

Iowa's, Wisky's and Bama's offenses should also improve as the season progresses. Don't you think?

BuckeyeSki's picture

Thanks to the 11W crew for the tailgate hospitality. Other than the game itself, the tailgate was def. the best part of the day. And might I add, that being from NY, Ohio natives are waaaaaay too nice. LOL not that its a bad thing, just not used to such nice ppl all around. I bumped into ppl and got a "sorry man" instead of a "go eff yourself"

 

The parties after the game were awesome too. Big ups to the bartender at Dick's Den ? for hooking me up with free shots for most of the night. I think he liked my gf to be honest....

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Chris Lauderback's picture

'Ski...It was great to meet you and your lady. Glad you guys were able to make it. Also happy you apparently survived your first two plane rides. Dick's Den is a pretty cool place. We ended staying very low key saturday night since Friday night and the tailgate took a toll on my liver.

BuckeyeSki's picture

Likewise bro Im at work and can barely talk today

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MoonDragons's picture

OHIO SPEED needs to be a t-shirt

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

+100000

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Dahood55's picture

If I was more industrious (and had thought of it prior to 2am on Friday nght), I would have gone with T-shirts instead of just the sign...

Go Bucks!

Jason Priestas's picture

Wait, the sign was your work? Awesome-o.

Dahood55's picture

Yep. I'm the doofus in the scarlet visor with my head turned to the side. I have never taken a sign in beofre because I was afraid of getting kicked out of the stadium. I just couldn't resist this time! The "Florida Speed" crap really drives me nuts, so I decided to make a statement...I'm kinda' shocked so many people have commented on it (including the booth announcers).

RBuck's picture

I posted in August that kick coverage and continuing red-zone fails worried me the most. I wanted to believe these were going to be addressed before the season started. I think that personnel changes are going to be needed on the kick coverage units. I scratching my head on the red-zone problem though....play calling?" A lot of work needs to be done before Wisky.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

741's picture

I'm just now watching the replay of the game from DVR and the kickoff return for a TD Miami pulled off in the 1st quarter was clearly set up by an illegal block in the back that took out two OSU coverage guys (someone got pushed from behind who then took out Dorian Bell) who were in position.

The TD should have been called back.

andyr78's picture

I know I may be in the minority.  But I don't think Saine, or Herron should be starting.  They cannot break a tackle to save their lives.  I would really like to see Hall get the opportunity to run with the first team.  I get sick of watching Boom and Zoom get taken down by arm tackles they should be running through.  Saine is very fast but against Marshall he was barely touched.  The same for Herron on that shuffle pass this past weekend.

Why don't we see more starting defensive players on special teams?

Dahood55's picture

I visit this site occasionally, but have never posted before. I am a LIFE-LONG Buckeye and was trying to think of a sign to express my frustration with the mainstream media bias against the Big Ten and OSU. I hope you guys liked the "OHIO SPEED" sign! I have received TONS of positive comments. My second choice was "Buckeye Swagger". I think I'll go with that sign next year in Coral Gables!

Keep up the great work and Go Buckeyes!