I just read an interesting topic on ESPN and since I have no journalistic ties, nor journalistic pride I can admit that I stole [copied] this idea from Adam Ritenburg. Which player on defense and which player on offensive for any team, do you think will be the latest and greatest and give me your reasons why. Furthermore, I will expound on his idea since this is THE OHIO STATE FOOTBALL site, which players on our team do you think take the honors? I'll start things off with my predictions.
1. Marcus Coker - This Iowa Running Back has a new starter at Quarterback in Vandenburg. While I think he can be effective at quarterback as the year plays on I think the Hawkeyes are going to ease him into the position and will utilize Coker in abundance. I have to admit Iowa is more than capable of forging themselves an impressive offensive line and this can only benefit a capable Marcus Coker.
2. Chris Borland - This Wisconsin Line Backer was a phenomenal do it all athlete for Wisky in his freshman year. He was sidelined by injury last year and my decision and its accuracy is contingent upon his healthy return to the field. I saw it in his recruiting tapes, I saw it in his play on the field. What makes him special is not just his tackling ability and hitting prowess, it is his ability to cover the pass and read defenses. JJ Watt is gone and that means other people will have to step up and I don't see anyone on the defensive line that will fill the void left by Watt. That means that at the next level, the Line Backers will have to step up. This gives Chris plenty of opportunity. I forgot to mention the best thing about Chris. He is a native Ohioan. Who do I want the Buckeyes to destroy more than anyone else? Nick Saban, but a close second is Wisconsin. I can't root against this guy though.
Now for our team:
1. Jordan Hall - While I admit that Jamaal Berry will likely be the most productive Running Back, followed closely by Hall and Smith, I think that Hall tips the scales by use of his hands and catching balls in the flats. I see our offense with a young Quarterback utilizing a lot of screens and quick pitches to our Running Backs. Hall is electrifying in the open field but even more so in traffic. He has moves that remind me of Barry Sanders yet lacks Barry's ability to break away with excellent speed. Great vision and feet doth this one have.
2. Storm Klein - Like Chris Borland, my opinion on Klein is wholly dependent upon him making first string and seeing if he can rebound to 100% coming off of his hamstring injuries. That type of injury sidelined Jamaal Berry for an entire season the year before last. Here is to hoping Storm heals quicker, especially with the swirling rumors that state Dorian Bell will soon be leaving our Warriors. I fell quickly into fandom with Storm after watching him play on special teams. His speed and ability to hit are top notch but what gives him the edge, in my opinion was that he always had a nose for the ball. Every tackle on special teams held Storm in the ball carriers presence. Maybe that was because no one else wanted to tackle the return men or maybe he is just that good? Time will tell.
I am interested in hearing the opinions of every Blogger on this board [Except for Denny]. What say you mighty Buckeyes? Who will rank greatest amongst your brothers? Who will rank greatest amongst your peers?