Wednesday Practice Update: Indiana Week

By Kyle Rowland on November 20, 2013 at 7:00p
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Bradley Roby: He gone.

Nearly two dozen Ohio State seniors will be honored before Saturday’s game against Indiana. There will also be one junior take part in the festivities: Bradley Roby.

Head coach Urban Meyer made the announcement official following Wednesday’s practice, telling the media Roby will forego his senior season. The redshirt junior cornerback struggled with the decision last year before ultimately deciding one more year of experience and learning would benefit him.

"We’ve talked and he is going to move on," Meyer said. "That’s all you ask. You don’t ask for five years nowadays. It’s no secret, there’s nothing wrong with that. [He said] 'Coach, here’s my plan,' so you say, 'Great, let’s go and keep playing.' It’s great for him and great for Ohio State. I think we’re set to get his degree, too, in the spring."

Meyer’s announcement wasn’t all that surprising. It was a foregone conclusion before the season that this would by Roby’s final year.

Two other juniors – Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier – could also play in their final game in Ohio Stadium. When Miller was prodded, he smiled, laughed and said he’s not talking about it. Shazier gave a similar answer, saying his attention is on Indiana.

Notes:

  • Curtis Grant, Joshua Perry, Jack Mewhort and Joey Bosa are all practicing and good to go Saturday, according to Meyer. He said he feels much better than he did on Monday about the health of the team. Perry returning to special teams is vital, Meyer said.
  • Meyer said you come to Ohio State to play for championships in November. That’s the opportunity the Buckeyes have if they beat Indiana.
  • Saturday will be emotional for Meyer. He said it’s not always that way. Sometimes you have a group that needs to leave. But he said it’s tough to see the current seniors go because of what they’ve accomplished and what they’ve meant to Ohio State.
  • Miller said the only thing Ohio State controls is winning and hopefully dominating. He said they need to make it look easy.
  • On the win streak and reaching the Big Ten Championship Game, Miller said it’s a blessing. He said if you play well at Ohio State, records will be broken but added you have to focus on game at a time. CJ Barnett said reaching Indy would mean a lot and be an honor to be first Buckeye team to play in the Big Ten title game.
  • Shazier said last year’s 52-49 game at Indiana still sticks with him and his teammates. He said they have a lot to prove after that performance. It proves you can’t sleep on anyone.
  • After dabbling in national discussions for a few weeks, Shazier said it’s noticeable that the Buckeyes have re-focused.
  • Marcus Hall said offensive line should get a steak dinner after Carlos Hyde gets 1,000 yards. He joked that Meyer needs to find a way to work it out with compliance.
  • Hall credited Mickey Marotti with his resurgence the past two seasons.
  • Barnett said personnel isn't the issue on defense – they need to execute better.

 

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ChazBuckeye's picture

I like what I'm hearing. Now I hope they put it together for four quarters. Steam rolling into AA;-)

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osu07asu10's picture

I like that Urban and Roby are forthcoming about his decision. I hate when the obvious is shielded for weeks/months until the decision is "made". I look forward to honoring Bradley for his contributions on Saturday!

Also, that is not a dig on Shazier or Braxton, those are both different situations however I believe that Shazier is probably gone as he is projected as a 1st rd selection by many mock drafts and I also think that Braxton is leaning towards leaving.

I think something that will be an interesting dynamic is that if tOSU gets shut out of the MNC game...

Herman stays....

Braxton stays....

Kenny G joins as a GA....

I guess I see something special in that trio sticking around to do something REALLY special. At this time last year, we were all sitting here saying, 26 in a row, THAT'S a national championship....
40 in a row...that's a damned dynasty my fellow buckeyes!
 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Seattle Linga's picture

Even though he can't play next year - can we at least suit up Smooth Jazz and have him just throw before and during the game to let Braxton know he's there just in case 

Spider1944's picture

40 in a row...that's a damned (Big Ten)* dynasty my fellow buckeyes!
* ESPiN clarification seconded by Mark May

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

fear_the_nut70's picture

Braxton has recently made a few comments about getting back into the Heisman race.  I think that is probably unrealistic in that stats play a huge roll in who gets considered, and you just can't compete on that level when you miss 3 games.  In addition to what you said above, I wonder if that matters to him at all?

CC's picture

I hate to say this, but Urban looks tired in that picture.

charles's picture

Actually, Kate Upton was doing her Cat Daddy dance right in front of him.  He got lost in the moment. Happens to the best of us. 

CC's picture

I'm glad to hear that!

Hovenaut's picture

I'm glad to see that....
(and I have seen it - no need to throw it up here. Steensn, if you're out there....)

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Buckeyeneer's picture

I miss Steensn. Sniff

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brandonbauer87's picture

People who downvoted this comment have no soul. The man made an observation, and an accurate one at that. 

rdubs's picture

I think it is more the fact that he has very little basis for what he is implying by his comment.  At one split second in time anyone can look like almost anything.  I didn't see video, that would be much more telling.

brandonbauer87's picture

Still not justification to downvote. He didn't say anything offensive or out of line. Disagree with him if you like, but that's not why downvotes exist. 

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Thought the same thing. Then I thought that it's a damn good thing that people don't follow me around snapping my picture as I look old as hell some days.

Spider1944's picture

"I hate to say this, but Urban looks tired in that picture."
CC I agree and I am worried about Urban. Ever since the Northwestern game when he initially sent the field goal team out on fourth and 1 foot at the goal line. Evan Spencer (who was on the goal line and therefore had a birdseye view) was imploring Urban to review it. That it was a touch down. If you saved the tape go back and look at it. Coach had a blank stare on his face. Love Urban and what he has done. But I worry about him. IMHO. 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

ScarletNGrey01's picture

The thought of Braxton Miller leaving after this season is pretty depressing.  I think he could have a really break out senior year.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Toilrt Paper's picture

The day Braxton signed his offer sheet, the next day I started dreading the day he left Ohio State. REGARDLESS of what day or year it came.

DenBuck's picture

It's SCARY how many experienced players we will be losing...we are going to be so young next year. 

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yrro's picture

Yeah, for everyone talking about "next year" .. our defense should be ok, but it's going to be tough to replace that O-line.

Spider1944's picture

I think the giant elephant in the room is our defense. I don't think Urban can ignore it for another year. Expect changes. It comes with job. 
GO BUCKS!!! Bring on the Hoosiers!! 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

Tanner's picture

Braxton and Shazier are both gone imo. Shazier should go and Braxton should stay, but I'd bet they both go.
 
Next year is going to be rough trying to replace Brax, Hyde, Hall, Philly and 80% of the line. 

Frankly Scarlet's picture

If Braxton goes, who is next up at QB? 
Minus the Bauserman experiment, we have had a pretty amazing run of QBs, starting with Krenzel. 
 

 
"Buclkle your chinstrap, we're gonna grind meat!" - Woody Hayes  
 

Tanner's picture

I'd guess Barrett.

otrain2416's picture

IMO its going to be a battle btw Cardale Jones and JT Barrett

Spider1944's picture

OUCH!

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

BKshepherd's picture

I'd say we have some interesting and promising options.  JT Barrett should be very dynamic next season.  He should be all healed up and has had a full year with the redshirt to get ready with the offense.  Cardale has a ton of potential in my opinion.  His HS tape is impressive.  He can make all of the throws and he has an awesome frame.  All he has been allowed to do this year is come in at the end of a blowout and run....and he has done a nice job doing that.  I'd say we are fine without even considering Colier next season.
 

nm_buck's picture

I like the news of JT sticking around after practices for more reps... plus the reports of his cannon like throws tight spirals and accuracy.  really looking forward to seeing a good competition at QB next year.

fear_the_nut70's picture

I personally think Collier is going to be a stud.  It's something in his DNA, the things he says, and the way he buys into being a champion.  I see him being one of the hardest workers on the team, a perfectionist.

Seth4Bucks's picture

Whoever it is, I am confident of two things.
1. I trust the coaches to make the correct decision regarding who should start.
2. Whoever he is, he will get great coaching.

The Buck Guy's picture

My guess is Barrett.
Jones is a stud physically, but from what I've heard he hasn't "taken care of his business", which, as we've seen from Meyer already, would move him to the back of the que. I thought he overcame that at Fork Union, but then his attitude about academics was revealed poorly in his publicized comments earlier this year. So hearing anything other than about "amazing progress" makes me doubt he can be considered for next season.

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Spider1944's picture

My guess, make that WAG, is Braxton will be back and his heir apparent ? will get plenty of snaps next year. Then again maybe not. I give you AJ McCarron at Alabama. His backup has hardly played. 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

RunEddieRun1983's picture

I have to say in terms of Braxton, I'm a local, Huber Heights is my home town, and it's been an absolute honor watching him work, and grow.  He's a hell of a guy, a hell of a man, a fantastic football player, and an example of true class.  Looking back, knowing that I got to see him play at Wayne in front of 500 people or whatever it is, and seeing where he is, possibly on the cusp of being an NFL QB...  it's crazy looking back.  Same thing with Kurt Coleman...  Watched that dude in HS, all through his college career, then he got drafted to the Philadelphia Eagles who happen to be my favorite NFL team.
 
Love how this game is cyclical.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

Buckeyetml's picture

I, for the life of me, cannot see how anyone thinks that brax is ready for the next level. Outstanding college quarterback, but do not think his game translates to the pros just yet. His biggest attribute is his feet, but he is fragile. If he goes to the pros, he gets hit harder by bigger. Don't see where his arm is ready yet. 

BKshepherd's picture

I'd like to argue that Braxton is better than Russell Wilson is and Russell has done very well in the NFL.  He was better last year than Wilson, and he can be better next year.  He just has more raw talent.  The NFL is more open to dual threat QB's in my opinion, and he is an awesome example of such.  Yes, he could continue to progress as a passer.  But he is stable, willing to work and has an awesome skill set.  I think he will do fine in the NFL.

iball's picture

No chance in hell Braxton leaves...mark it down

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Kwanblaze's picture

Russell Wilson set the FBS passing efficiency record that year he was at Wisconsin. I love Braxton, and he's got better feet, but he's not the passer Wilson is. 

BKshepherd's picture

Wilson had a passing efficiency of 147.  Braxton is now at 165.  What am I missing here?

Brandon26841's picture

As much as I love Braxton... he's nowhere near as good of a passer as Russell Wilson was and is and he likely never will be. You're comparing Miller's junior year to Wilson's sophomore year, and I don't care what their passer rating / stats say anyway.
 
Wilson would have been a 1st round pick had he not been just a shade over 5'11". He was a very polished passer. 

Maestro's picture

Wilson's efficiency was 191 that season.

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Kwanblaze's picture

Thank you Maestro.

HYDEYOKIDS's picture

Also it was somewhat of a notion in the draft that if Wilson was the same height as Luck or RGIII, many would have considered him the best quarterback in that draft.

fear_the_nut70's picture

I know everything would have to go right, but if he came back, proved he could stay healthy, and made a Heisman run, his stock would go way up.  To me, there is almost no chance he is a first round pick now, but could work his way into that.  Plus, there are a ton of good QB's that are entering the draft next year and only so many teams in the market first round for a QB.  Maybe this is just me wishing he would come back for his senior year.

KLF Buckeye's picture

The number of Buckeyes potentially taken in the draft this year is impressive and certainly flies in the face of the "narrative" we have grown so tired of hearing about our beloved team.

fear_the_nut70's picture

What narrative?  I don't know what you are talking about.

KLF Buckeye's picture

"narrative"has been used in articles and the message board on this site to reference the tired line of reasoning given by the media that OSU is not as good as advertised because of the relatively weak strength of schedule this year. Sorry for any confusion.

Hovenaut's picture

Happy to hear guys are getting healthy to close out the regular season. 
Indiana or no, last year aside, I am so ready for Saturday.
GO BUCKEYES.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

JBuckeye's picture

Call me silly, but I think Roby has regressed immensely this year. I imagine he's probably dropped on a lot of draft boards. Not sure if another year would help him if he keeps regressing.
Braxton is no where near NFL ready. I don't think he's even on anyone's draft board. 
Shazier is a grown ass man and should definitely leave and make bank as the next graduate of  the real "Linebacker U"
 

Spider1944's picture

Roby is hands down the best tackler on the team and i believe the fastest player on the team as well. I think he is going to be making a lot of money on Sundays. JMHO. 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

bigbill992001's picture

He HAS regressed in some areas.   He's not the shut down CB we thought he'd be, but he's physical and brings the lumber in run support.   I think Urb noted early in the yr. that maybe Roby had "buyer's remorse".   I think thats right.   He's thinking about Sundays, not Saturdays.   For sure, his stock dropped this yr.

fear_the_nut70's picture

I do not know if he has actually regressed.  He tweeted about a month ago that our secondary coverage scheme has made it difficult for him to showcase his talents (I didn't care for the tweet at the time, but I think it might be true).  From what I have seen this year, our DB's have given opposing WR's too much cushion, and that makes it hard to showcase your talents IMO.

Notthatguy's picture

Good luck Bradley, and Godspeed. Now close the season out like a champion!

Mention Michigan in this house and I'll smack you so hard you'll wish it was two months later so the pain will go away...

Toolface4's picture

I think cardale will surprise a lot of people if braxton leaves

Seattle Linga's picture

I sure would like to see him throw the ball occasionally

BeijingBucks's picture

You let Cardale stop 'playing school' and get the 1st team reps with Herman (who is the key if you think Brax might want to stay) he will probably be great.
But, Brax next year with Herman staying has a legit shot at Heisman hype and, frankly... we're gonna need an experienced mobile QB with a brand new OLine getting worked together and El Guapo gone.
I think staying another year will earn Brax a lot of money in draft stock vs. being forgotten on a practice squad.  Of course it's his call -- perhaps he's more worried about an injury or buyer's remorse.  wish the best for him regardless.  he's been stellar.  shame he and KG could be leaving the same year though.

stittracer99's picture

I'm trying not to read too much into the "no comment" from Braxton and Shazier, however my gut tells me that means that as of now they are not in the "I'm definitely coming back next year" camp. If so, why not just come out and say that and eliminate any unnecessary distractions? So that leaves two options; they are either both still considering it or have already made up their minds to go. Either way, it's been a hell of a ride with all of these guys!!
BTW, I'm not faulting these guys in the least for being noncommittal, as this is a huge decision and they are totally justified to take their time and make the announcement when they choose.

Spider1944's picture

I think a lot of it depends on who comes a calling after the bowl games. And whether or not you are a projected first rounder or not. Remember when Anthony Gonzalez said he was coming back and then was projected as a first rounder and Tressell advised him to turn pro. 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

36buck's picture

Too many good qbs this year. Next year would be better for him

AZVO's picture

By this time in the season everyone is running on adrenalin - and they are tired!  Lots of games, prep, recruiting, late nights, no weekends - that is the grind that is college football when you are winners.  Let the less determined look fresh and relaxed at this point in the season.  This team knows that the extra effort and dedication will pay off.  Thanks Buckeyes!

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btalbert25's picture

I think Cardale could be the next big star.  He looked really good in the Spring Game.  He is huge, can run, and from what I saw at the Spring Game can really throw the ball.  Braxton isn't leaving, but I think Cardale is the next man up at QB. 

btalbert25's picture

Doesn't Kenny have a shot at making a team as a FA signing?  He throws a great ball and is mobile.  He's not as electric as Braxton but there are some really bad 2nd and 3rd string QB's in the NFL.  He could definitely move on to play ball in Canada.  Seems like he would want to pursue that first before giving up football to be a GA next year. 

btalbert25's picture

Honestly he has to be as good as McGloin right?  

ibuck's picture

Agreed, BTalbert. When (not if) Kenny gets into coaching, he'll make next to nothing as a Grad Asst. But a year at backup QB in the NFL would let him bank enough money to get through the 1st couple years. What's the league minimum salary now? Over $400K?

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Idaho Helga's picture

Kenny sees the field as well or better than anyone.  He is excellent at the option.  I could see him getting drafted in any other year but this year the "talking heads" are all saying the draft will have a bunch of quality quarterbacks.   He'd be a smart gamble for a team in a late round.
But, they have also noted that about 1/2 of the NFL starting QB's aren't starting due to injuries.  It's pretty bad when you hear teams considering calling Brett Farve out of retirement. 

m5987usus's picture

Ryan shazier is really just pure class.

WOLFofOHIO's picture

all of the defense is back....good..good. time to pounce on some indiana kittys.

 

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

That gif is awesome. I'd be tempted to pick one of those up to mess with my cat but I know she's just leap up and shred it.
She's an assassin.

The Buck Guy's picture

Senior game day is always bitter sweet; some are more so. We will miss this class. Not only because of the streak; but because of the character of these guys. They will live on in pages of future books that will be published in the future. And I'll predict it now: Kenny G will become a Legacy Coaching Legend someday, and his exploits as a star back-up QB and team Captain will be talked about in the distant future.
Roby was a foregone conclussion. Good luck Bradley.
IMO, Brax and Ryan should remain for another year. They will both improve more with another year at school. I don't think Brax projects any better than 6th or 7th round. The projections I've seen just has way too many other QBs considered ahead of him.
Shazier should go in the first two rounds. But, since he still has tremendous upside with a lot of physical growth potential, as well as a tough / durable constitution, I think he can safely avoid injury risk. If his family is in dire straights financially, no question he should go now; but, I think he has more to gain by staying if it isn't critical for him to go early.

~ The Buck Guy
Go Bucks!!!!

gobucks96's picture

Good to see you, my friend..

angelique's picture

Now for something important:   I believe that Beth Mowins is the finest play-by-play college football announcer in the country this year and should be so awarded.    Please, everyone that agrees with me please give a brief statement about Ms. Mowins.   thank you all very much.

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mobboss1984's picture

Bradley Roby will get a standing ovation from me. I hope Braxton stays, and Shazier so we can have another year run at the championship and a record in wins. If they go I will be deeply saddened, but overjoyed for them for sure. Either way this is Ohio State! We will always dominate and rebuild. Can't wait for Dontre to break out next year!

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