Thursday Skull Session

By Alex on September 30, 2010 at 6:30a

I Will Eat YouRemember Seantrel Henderson? I know, not how you wanted to wake up this Thursday morning, but the mammoth freshman tackle is making some waves. Last seen hanging his head after the Hurricanes' loss at Ohio State (and probably regretting not coming to OSU), Henderson finally has popped his head to the surface. After seeing just eight snaps in Miami's domination of Pitt, Henderson worked with the first team this week in practice. First team reps usually hint something significant in the form of playing time, so don't be surprised to see Seantrel starting at Clemson this week. It will certainly be interesting to see what, if anything, the Buckeyes missed out on with this super prospect.

Speaking of big, the Big East apparently has targeted TCU as an attractive potential member to strengthen it's football league. TCU has shot down the rumors for now, but where there is smoke there is fire. The move would not make sense geographically, but would be a big win for TCU in terms of being able to secure an automatic BCS bid in football and possibly joining for the conference's other sports. I personally think the BCS committee has to consider retracting the Big East's automatic bid, as the conference is just horrible. There are currently 8 teams playing football there, so adding TCU and another competitive school could be a good move for the conference to prevent expansion armageddon. Boise State, feel like traveling across the country every Saturday?

 And for more expansion news, go to The Lantern, where Gene Smith claims the Big Ten is done looking for more members. Smith didn't close the door completely, giving the caveat of "unless someone contacts us", but it seems that adding Nebraska to make 12 members satisfied Jim Delany and company. Lloyd Carr, on the other hand, feels that Notre Dame will eventually end up as a member of the conference. I'm not sure what's going to happen in the next 12-18 months, but for now I side with Gene Smith. The only way I see Notre Dame or anyone else coming into the Big Ten is if a conference armageddon is forced upon college football.

 I really can't stand that team up north, especially this time of year, but I have to give some props to Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewand. Dude has the best "mustache" I've ever seen. If you're too lazy to click the link, Lewand actually has a little mustache tattoo on his pointer finger. When curling his finger over his lip to create a finger mustache, well, you can picture the scene. When asked about the tat, Lewand said "I mean it's the best icebreaker in the world. You go up to them [and say],'Miss, let's be serious, I just want to dance'."

 Want to laugh? After starting off your morning talking about Seantrel Henderson, I have to give you something to chuckle about. Tim Brewster legitimately thinks his team should be (and could be) 4-0 this season. Tim, I know you're trying to pull the old "this team was one play away of winning in each game" card, but sorry, that's not going to save your job. There is no way you can argue that your team should have beaten USC. You also got dominated by South Dakota for most of the game, lost by 11 to Northern Illinois, and almost lost in your only win to Middle Tennessee State. And Gopher fans, if you think you're getting Tony Dungy, you're wrong. Charlie Weis may be available though?

 Finally, Bucknuts is reporting that Jadeveon Clowney will be making an official visit to Ohio State ($). The nation's top high school prospect was not even on the radar in terms of interest in the Buckeyes, so this is definitely surprising and warm welcomed news. Clowney is a 6-5/235 defensive end from South Carolina who has long narrowed down his list to Alabama, South Carolina, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, and Miami with the first two out in front. The fact that the Buckeyes will get an official could mean one of two things. First, the pessimist, it could mean Clowney is looking for a free trip just to check out one of the nation's most storied programs. Second, the optimist, is that Clowney realizes that Ohio State can truly be a viable option for him. Jim Tressel has proven he isn't scared to put freshman on the field on defense right away and has continually churned out NFL talent on that side of the ball. It helps Ohio State has been one of the best and most consistent programs this decade, and maybe Clowney is thinking he needs to at least check out OSU before he decides. Late interest from both parties here, but you know what they say, better late than never.


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RBuck's picture

Continuing on the running game post from yesterday, this if from today's Dispatch:



The question is whether Hall's role will continue to expand.

Tressel sounds as if it could. He said Saine could be used more as a receiver out of the backfield, "so the more you do that, the more Jordan could maybe play some pure tailback."

Long live the southend.


I have been thinking that Saine has been used wrong ...  Percy Harvin comes to mind....  quick passes and then run.  Saine is def. not a between the tackles kinda guy.  Hall has earned the playing time. 

Buckeye in Athens's picture

I hear ya, but I just remember Saine really hitting holes hard last season and moving the pile after contact. He seemed to dance less and hit more. I think he'll improve as the year goes on, whether as a Percy Harvin-esque guy or as a through the tackles runner. 

Squirrel Master's picture

I like the Percy Harvin comparision. Saine can run between the tackles but from the I formation he just goes and hits to it to fast. When that doesn't work, he starts to dance. I think he would be much more effective if there was a delayed handoff from the shotgun. That way the line can get on their blocks and he can just bolt straight to the hole.

Continuing on this, Hall or Herron should be more of a primary back. I like Saine more for third downs. Berry for a change up or special packages. I like Herron in the option. He is great at that.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!


My opinion is that the Canes are showing some desperation here putting in a True Frosh. Offensive lineman almost mid season as a starter.  I think they are starting to realize that Ja-Foury Harris is not the answer and they need to go to the ground game in order to avoid games with multiple interceptions by their QB.  I think they see that big body as a way to get running room--  again, my opinion is that it will not be good for this young man's development.  Randy Shannon must win his bracket of the ACC this year otherwise his seat is gonna get real hot---  the Canes have never been to the ACC Championship (let alone win it) since they arrived in the league. 

blazers34's picture

I dont think it's desperation at all.  They just steam rolled Pitt, and play in the ACC.  They will have a good year.

I hate to admit it, but when I have seen 77 in the game, he has steamrolled people.  I think its safe to assume he is just now getting into good shape after showing up overweight.

buckeye33's picture

 Agree.  Like Saine out of the backfield, but not desperation with Henderson. He would be seeing significant PT on the Buckeyes.  There are numerous true freshman that are getting real playing time on some big name programs.  Hard not to see why Doran Grant (CB) & Anthony Wallace (MLB) don't committ to tOSU, they both could be playing as true freshmen.

Joe Beale's picture

The guy with the mustache tattoo is pathetic.  If that's your best icebreaker line, you should stay home.

chaoscrusader's picture

A mullet with a stink finger tattoo - swell....

btalbert25's picture

I think this is extremely good news about Clowney.  The fact that he was never interested in Ohio State, and now he's making an official visit to me, means he's more than just trying to get a free trip to Columbus.  If he were out for that, I think he would've come for Miami weekend.   They may not land him, but what kind of class would it be to get him an Bennett in the same class?

I think it's hilarious that Boise joins the MWC and Utah and BYU leave, then TCU is talking about leaving.  That conferece is going to be as bad as the WAC.

slippy's picture

I don't know, from what I've seen of him I'm not impressed.  He's definitely not the #1 recruit.  They showed highlights from his last game on Sportscenter over the weekend and every highlight was him getting through because no one blocked him.  Then to tackle the QB half his size he jumped on the guy's back.  I think he's going to be a work in progress because he never had to learn since he was always just bigger and so much of a better athlete than everyone he's played with/against.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Seantrell is a gonna be a beast. But with all his and his daddy's shenanigans, he isn't worth it. And you gotta wonder, if he left USC for Miami, did Snoop Dogg call off daddy's stupid little rap video? LOL.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

btalbert25's picture

I don't really know how much of a distraction his dad really is.  All through recruiting it was said Seantrel was a good kid and very mature.  Lane Kiffin BS'd him into coming to USC.  Then he chose Miami over Ohio State.  Sure his dad said didn't make any friends by talking about Tressel being boring and all that, but honestly if the kid wanted to go here, we would all have been happy about it.  He chose to go elsewhere and it sucks, but I'm not going to say he's not worth the trouble to rationalize it as not a big loss. 

Matt's picture

I didn't know that Mike Adams had separated his shoulder on that blown block play that resulted in a hit to Pryor's knee:

Apparently TP's knee was sore after the hit.  With Andy Miller's elbow giving him problems, I wouldn't be surprised to see Norwell and/or Shugarts get time at the left tackle spot.  We need to protect TP's blindside/left knee, and we don't seem to have the bodies to do it.


clowney at Ohio State he is the next Julius Peppers.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Jadeveon being hopefully "interested" is sure a great surprise..haven't seen to much on the kid but there is a reason he is being touted the #1 recruit, that isn't thrown around lightly. but sidenote...can we do something with that first name?

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

M Man's picture

Re:  Big Ten additonal expansion. 

I too would believe Gene Smith, and Jim Delany, over Lloyd Carr's "just personal" observation.  Carr has been just-recently freed from any institutional responsibility, by virtue of his formal retirement as a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Michigan.  He can say a bunch of "just personal" stuff now.  I think the story was filler for the Detroit News, which is not nearly as malignant as the Detroit Free Press.  I note that they didn't even send Angelique Chengelis (who is an okay reporter) to the dinner meeting in Alabama where Carr spoke.  Hers was a report of a report.  The Detroit papers love any chance they can get to put "Lloyd Carr," "Rich Rodriguez" or "Michigan football" in headlines.  It is a win/win/win.  Those headlines get the Michigan fan-base to read; they get the Michigan-hating Sparty (and OSU, and even ND?!?) fan-base to read; then they get the two sides fighting, and producing more website hits in the Comments sections.  "Michigan" is money for the Detroit papers.  See, e.g., Stretchgate.

btalbert25's picture

I think the Big 10 was only  out to get 1 target the whole time anyway.  It was only late in the expansion talks that people started speculating 14 or 16 teams would join.  I really think the Big 10 wanted to go out and land a huge name, with a huge fan base, that would bring ratings.  Nebraska adds to the footprint, although not much, but really adds value to advertising dollars as a game between Nebraska and anyone is usually going to be watched.  Notre Dame or Texas may have been the big fish, but Nebraska was much better than adding Pitt or Rutgers in my opinion.

Squirrel Master's picture

If Clowney was smart, he would take a serious look at tOSU. He would be next to Simon, He ate me and probably Fellows. That would be a huge line. Just the respect those guys would get would give Clowney 2-3 sacks a season.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Jason Priestas's picture

We're obviously a longshot to land Clowney, but one plus is he could keep his high school helmet and colors:

Jimmy's picture

Is may just be me, but it seems that Mustache Wednesday would be a lot better as Mustache Monday.