Tuesday Skull Session

By Danny on April 24, 2012 at 6:00a

Good morning Buckeye faithful and welcome to your Tuesday Skull Session.

What a weekend it was for Ohio State football. A huge showing at the spring game, a non-stop party leading up to the game and after, and oh yeah, the game itself.

Seeing such a fantastic showing from fans and a great atmosphere around campus only makes me yearn for football season to be back. I consider this weekend to be only a drop of excitement in the bucket that will be the 2012-2013 regular season.

Something that I noticed which was great, though, was seeing some of the players still hanging around campus to support the spring game. Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts were regular sightings for me all weekend. It's nice to see they both still have a connection to the campus and the program.

So no matter how you enjoyed this weekend and all the joy that it brought, remember that there is so much more to come as we begin counting down the days until football is officially back.

Let's get rolling:

BUCKEYE BROWNIES. As delicious as the title sounds, this article has nothing to do with food. But if you care about the Buckeyes in the NFL Draft, stay tuned. 

In a recent mock draft, Clifton Brown of SportingNews has the Cleveland Browns selecting Mike Adams with their 22nd pick in the NFL Draft. The Browns currently have two first-round selections after a trade with the Atlanta Falcons last season.

Mike Adams is certainly a first-round talent. He's big, athletic, and has played on some pretty impressive Buckeye teams. However, I just don't see the connection between the Browns and Adams. Especially since Adams recently failed a drug test at the NFL combine and also was suspended five games during his senior season for off-the-field issues at OSU.

I think Adams will be a fairly decent player at the next level but his "character" issues are certainly not making him look first-round worthy to a lot of NFL teams. It would be great for the Browns to pick up Adams, but I believe there is better talent in the first round to better meet their needs.

Adams will still be drafted relatively high, but I just don't see the fit in Cleveland.

ADVICE FROM GATORS. The Florida sports blog BourbonMeyer.com recently wrote an article about what Buckeye fans should expect from Urban Meyer as head coach.

The first point that the article brought up is that Meyer will try to connect his team and the fans to inspire enthusiasm about the team. We've already seen a little bit of this with the student practice that he organized. There is also another event scheduled in which Meyer will field questions from students in a town-hall meeting format. The message here is that Meyer is trying to make his presence felt in the community.

Another interesting point that the article brought up is that Meyer isn't afraid to switch players out of their natural position to fill a need. The article mentions how Joe Haden originally committed to Florida as a wide receiver but was moved to cornerback because the team was already content with their depth at wide out. It'll be interesting to see how he uses this technique with future Ohio State recruits. 

Additionally, the article mentions how Meyer's offense never relied heavily on the tailback as a feature position. In fact, the article points out that Meyer's best two "running backs" were Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin. This is good news for Braxton Miller who is always ready to run.

The article is a great read and points out a variety of things which you should be on the look out as Urban transitions to his new home.

Hopefully Meyer can bring his Gator success to Columbus.

LONDON BOUND. Three Buckeyes are on their way to the summer Olympic Games in London. 

All three Buckeyes are members 2011-2012 champion fencing team. Their names are Zain Shaito, Mona Shaito, and Margarita Tschomakova.

Zain and Mona Shaito, who are brother and sister, will be represnting Lebanon in the upcoming games. Margarita Tschomakova will be representing Bulgaria as all three compete for Olympic gold.

The last Buckeyes to represent Ohio State in fencing at the Olympic games were OSU alumni Hannah Thompson and Jason Rogers. Both represented the United States in Beijing in 2008, with each winning a silver medal for their roles on sabre teams.

PARKER TO UCLA. Tony Parker, one of high school basketball's highly rated recruits, has chosen UCLA over Ohio State.

ESPN has Parker ranked as the #7 center in the country and #26 overall player for the class of 2012. Parker's commitment certainly solidifies UCLA as the top recruiting class in the country as of now. Parker chose between UCLA, Ohio State, Duke, Georgia, Kansas, and Memphis for his final list of schools.

It would've certainly been nice to have someone step in and replace the departing Jared Sullinger but sadly Thad Matta came up short here.

LOS LINKS. Buckeye Lax player picks up an award... The spring game ushers in a new era... A report card from the spring game... Virginia Tech fires their mens basketball coach... Arkansas brings back a football coach.


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lamplighter's picture

While Adams may have character issues, he would be an improvement over the fact that they really don't have a right tackle at this point.

Of course, that would have to mean that the Browns "braintrust" figured out that you can't win without a o-line  I figure we'll' take Richardson and the Stanford tight end, and end up running a 4 tight end offense next year.

DefendOhio's picture

Richardson 4th, then a WR at 22 and Adams in the 2nd. That's my ideal first three picks

Lincoln's picture

I am kind of rooting for OL @ 22 if the Browns can not trade up to get Floyd. Not sure if that means Adams or someone else.

The pack of WR after Floyd is all kind of the same to me, Browns should be able to have a pick of a couple at 36.

Squirrel Master's picture

How about Richardson at 4, Weeden at 22 and then you could probably get Adams in the second round.

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

way too high for weeden..he will be there in the 2nd...if we even want to go down that 28 year old path

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SouthBayBuckeye's picture

and he's well beyond retirement age.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I would take Weeden at any age over McCoy. and I don't think Weeden will fall to 2nd round. Gotta remember QBs always get picked earlier than they should. Last year it was Ponder. This year it will be Tannehill, who should not get picked in the top 15 but will, and Weeden who will go in the first round!

I have seen many mocks with the Browns taking Trich, Weeden and Rueben Randle. That would be a huge upgrade to what they already have. Oline does need some work though.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

NoVA Buckeye's picture

so will tannehill

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Buckeye06's picture

I know this is not an issue at all, but H. Thompson fenced on the women's foil team in Beijing, not sabre.

Chad Peltier's picture

Re: BourbonMeyer's article: While I understand that UFM's offense didn't necessarily feature tailbacks while he was at UF, I'm thinking that'll change to some degree here. Great coaches adapt their system and strategies to great players. If Tebow is the best powerback, then absolutely, feature him as the powerback. Here, however, he's got Hyde, Smith, and Dunn to work with. They'll get their carries in the inside zone game. 

I think the broader point - that many players will carry the ball - is valid, but not necessarily a bad thing for running backs. Hyde, Dunn and co. should want Braxton and others running the football because it can open up lanes for them in the middle. 

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I hope this is correct. The Spring game left me feeling a bit empty not seeing these guys get their carries. My other concern is Miller carrying the ball too much. He was hurt in high school and I don't want to risk him running it by design too often.

FortMeyer's picture

Saturday, you do know it was a "throwing" scrimmage I assume. They hardly ran the ball due to that fact. Urban said post spring game that it in no way was how their offense would operate in 2012 and it was only for passing practice basically. Don't get too down. The ball will be ran plenty and Urban even said as much. Cheer up!

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I know they wanted to work on the passing game because it was such a huge area of concern from the previous season.  I can imagine Florida fans being dissapointed, expecting to get another Emmitt Smith, hense the writer's comment regarding tailbacks. I will be dissapointed if we don't get another Beanie or Eddie.  Dunn, Smith, Hall, Hyde.....that has soooooo much potential.  I know everyone expects Hall to be more like Harvin was in Florida and that's fine, but give those other guys the rock and let the stiff arms of justice commence!

Grayskullsession's picture

I dont undestand why everyone thinks UFM is going to run the offense EXACTLY like he did at Florida. He is smart enough to realize he will need to tweak the offense according to the personnel. I think that a power running game from the RBs is only going to make Meyer's and Herman's offense better. I shake my head at articles like that.

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Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Holy Eternia! Remember when the Broncos had Terrell Davis and the smallest offensive line in the NFL? 2 Super Bowl wins.

Squirrel Master's picture

I for one would love a mix of both. As tired as I was of seeing the dave, dave, dave, punt offense of the bollbutt era, I would love to see them line up in a power I when called for and basically say "Try to stop this!". An all out Oregon run spread is just not a winning formula to me. A great offense can spread it out and fly AND get tight and power through. This team almost has the personal for both. 


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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

my name is extremely relevant...that is all

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

Bucks43201's picture

The AFC North is a division where the weather can certainly affect the games in the latter half of the schedule, esp. in Cleveland. The Browns would be very, very, very wise to take RB Trent Richardson with the 4th pick. WR Justin Blackmon would be a mistake. He's great & all, but there is a chance he could be under-utilized at times, i.e.: inclement weather, erratic QB play. It's a much safer pick to take a tough RB like Richardson. Richardson will ground & pound, move the chains and shorten the game by chewing up the clock. He is just what the Browns need. And...if they have a chance at a solid OT with the 22nd pick -- that may be a better choice, too. Although Floyd is great & he's got great size. This draft is deep on WR.

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