I wonder if Will Muschamp coming to Auburn as DC has anything to do with flipping these Florida kids.
Losing is certainly painful, but often, with the right mental approach, much more can be learned from failure than success. There is no doubt in my mind that the VT game is a perfect example of this.
I think there are high school stadiums that big in Ohio.
Drove up from Tampa, Florida. Damn glad I did too. I hear it's cold in Tampa this week.
Woody said "Nothing good ever happens after midnight". If he were here now, he'd add "and on Twitter / Facebook".
Now, get off my lawn.
Is there anybody out there that thinks Braxton is better passer than runner? He's the most elusive guy I've seen since Barry Sanders. I don't know if he can catch passes, but I'd be shocked if he can't. He is a fantastic athlete. Fear of injury seems to be a strange reason to say Miller should stay at quarterback if he is better suited to the slot position. He is listed as 6'2 and 215 lbs. A bit of additional quality time in Mr. Marotti's area could easily add 10 to 15 lbs of muscle.
My prediction: Miller changes to the slot and wins the Heisman. Before you scoff at this, think about the likelihood that a team loses 2 Heisman quality quarterbacks during the season and then wins the national championship with their third quarterback playing in his first three starts in college.
I wonder if regular sessions with Mickey Marotti in the weight room wouldn't help this teams intensity. I'm betting Matta has tried just about everything else.
The urgency this team lacks needs to start on defense. A passive zone is the worst thing this team can be asked to run. They have more elite athletes than most teams they play. That's why they need to play a full court trapping man to man press for 40 minutes. Let Amir sit. Run the other team off the floor.
This is truly amazing. Reading the article and then the comments, I find myself continually saying,
'Oh geez, I forgot about him (whoever is mentioned next). He is going to be a stud." This team has more quality deeper into the roster than any Buckeye team I have ever seen. Given the talent here and what's in the pipeline, and if the coaching staff can keep them motivated, the next 4 or 5 or ??? years have the potential to be one of the great runs for any college team in history. Book it!!
I saw Tatum play and he was the hardest hitter I ever saw. When he hit someone, they rarely got up quickly. A couple of Bosa's hits (those crack-back blocks in particular) were in Tatum's style.
Nick Bosa has an unbelieveably quick first step and he sheds blocks like he's covered with Teflon. He can run and tackle like a strong safety. I wonder if he can catch a pass? He might make a good tight end too. I wonder how many years it's been since a lineman played both ways at Ohio State.
I was a freshman in 1968. The Bucks rolled over everyone. There would certainly be many more National Championships. The next year, fall of 1969, I went to Ann Arbor, fully expecting to see scum beaten and another Championship. Disaster struck.
I went to the Rose Bowl after the following year1970, prepared to see the Bucks beat Stanford and win another National Championship. Disaster struck again.
I suffered through all the great teams seasons and painful losses for the next 42 years. I had always hoped to live long enough to see the Bucks win one more Championship. 2002 was the answer to that prayer. I remember sitting in the dark in my family room, watching the game end, and thinking it had finally happened. I was as happy as I had ever been in my life. In the 12 years since that night in 2003, I've seen 2 more disappointing losses in the championship games, and now a wonderfully unexpected championship. This one completes a season of the most unbelievable circumstances I have seen n 50 years of watching football. Winning another one this way will never happen again. It was truly a joy to watch.
Now everyone expects the run of championships to continue over the next few years, and they should, given coaching and the talent on this team and in the pipeline, just like I did in 1968. Nothing is certain though. Winning one championship is unbelievably hard. Only a very few teams are good enough and fortunate enough to win several in a short period of time. We all need to revel in this one and be happy. 42 years is a very long time to wait.
Does anyone else think Saban vs. Meyer may be the reincarnation of the 10 year war?
I love your comment at the bottom: "The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin". I lived there for a long time and struggled to explain to the Badger fans what separated them from the Bucks in terms they'd understand. They expected greatness on game days a couple hours before the game, and an occasional Rose Bowl, but accepted average the rest of the time. This says it perfectly. Thanks.
Braxton is listed as 6'2" and 215 lb. That is the perfect size for a slot back. With his speed and running ability, it's a no brainer. He goes that way and the "Percy Harvin " position / role would have a new name. It seems so obvious to me and all I do is watch football. Seems like smart coaches and "advisors" paid to see these things and advise kids before they go pro would see it too.
I've watched the Packers for an awfully long time, and this line is the best from tackle to tackle that I have seen in many years. It's great that a Buckeye was the final piece to the puzzle. The good thing about great offensive lines in the pros is that they just keep getting better the longer they are together. Baring injuries, this line is young enough to be a real force in the NFL for the next 5 to 7 years. With Rodgers behind them, there could be lots of trips deep into the playoffs to come.
Does anyone else see any parallels between TP's career and what might be in store for Braxton Miller when he gets to the pros? I think Miller is a more elusive runner, a marginally better thrower, but not as big and strong as Pryor. I don't think the differences are so stark though that guarantees Miller is going to be any more successful as a quarterback. I'd still like to see Braxton take on the challenge of utilizing his exceptional athleticism as a slot receiver / runner nest year for the Buckeyes. He is a natural for that position and be nearly unstoppable in the open field.
Had a Dr. appointment here in Florida yesterday and it turned out that he was a Gator alum. I had my OSU hat on so he immediately asked me about Urban Meyer and what I thought of him. I said he was a hell of a good coach and was very happy to have him in Columbus. I also said he did a great job for the Gators when he was here and that time was a great run for that school. All he could say was "Meyer lied to us." No acknowledgement of the championships he won or any appreciation of the time he was there. He isn't the first guy I have talked to here that absolutely hates Urban and didn't seem to give a damn for the championships he brought them, or his physical well being when he left.
It's a completely different outlook here in Florida compared to the one I see with Buckeye fans and our ex-coaches. John Cooper or Earle Bruce never won national championships, but they are still respected as having led the Buckeyes to many great wins and representing OSU in a positive way. Tressel and Woody are loved and revered for their successes, even though they exited their positions in less than desirable ways. I like our way better.
I remember watching that game on TV. The attack on Luke Witte was the worst basketball violence I've ever seen. Hated Dave Winfield and had no respect for Minnesota basketball ever since.
He expended more energy and showed more enthusiasm jumping around and mugging with his teammates after the game was over than anytime during the game itself. I bet Matta would say Amir is the most frustrating player he has ever coached.
Moved to Fla last year. Boy, are you right with that comment!!!
Barry Sanders was the most elusive guy I've ever seen run with a football. I think Braxton Miller could be almost that good from the "Percy Harvin" position. I wish he'd give it a try next year. He'd be nearly unstoppable.
I am really glad there was no such thing as the internet or you tube when I was young and stupid. Beginning in 1969 with the loss in Ann Arbor through the losses in the Rose Bowls in the 70's that would have given the Bucks National Championships, there were more than enough chances to record stupid stuff that would have followed me and my friends for the rest of our lives. I feel a bit sorry for people that record permanent, public over the top stuff that they may regret later in their lives.
A pressure, match up zone can be a great, effective defense (see Syracuse). A passive zone is a disaster. This team is playing a lazy, stand around passive zone. I see no scrap at all out of these guys. Amir can't / won't defend the paint, so the inside and the baseline are open to cutters . There is no blocking out cause no one has responsibility for a man, so the other team consistently get multiple shots. Plus this passive attitude leads to the same on the offensive end. Jump shots and one and done. If the zone or the attitude doesn't change soon, there will be no tournament for this team this year.
Braxton Miller does things running on the football field that very few players in history have been able to do. He stops, changes direction, and accelerates faster than anyone I have seen play since Barry Sanders. Sanders was the most elusive runner I have ever seen when he played with the Lions. He is bigger than Sanders and I think, faster in a straight line. The only issue with Miller is his durability. I don't know if he can take the pounding at the running back position in the NFL, but he certainly can be an slot receiver like Percy Harvin or Randall Cobb. Imagine his production running and catching passes in an open field from that position. Throw in an occasional option pass from the jet sweep, OH MY!!! His future value to an NFL team would be best served to come back to OSU, learn the slot receiver position from Urban Meyer, and win the Heisman Trophy next year. I think he can do it.
M-Man: I thought that might have been a typo till I realized "a" and "y" are quite a ways apart on the keyboard. I'm beginning to feel the same way about the Spartans.