That was my first Game in AA and our seats were on that 5 yard line, about 40 rows up, so we had an amazing view of Gonzo. I'll never forget that catch or the feeling of knowing we were about to shut all of their fans up (for many years to come).
No burning log above Kwon's head? That's a questionable call...
Ask Coach Mick
I agreed on a talent gap, I just don't see it as extreme as you seem to. Agree to disagree. In my mind, JT is the better passer and decision maker and it's not terribly close. Braxton, however, had/has that extra juice that you simply can't teach.
I wish that were the case, but seeing as most posts on this thread have 1 downvote, I'm assuming we have an anti-Matta person who feels that downvoting is the best way to passive-aggressively #FireMatta
Braxton had Philly (senior), Devin (junior), Spencer (junior), Dontre (frosh), and Heuerman (junior) during his healthiest and most productive season. As much talent? No, the lack of Michael Thomas seems to be the difference there, but certainly not a tremendous gap.
BPL, I've read your comment about 5 times and I'm trying to figure out how someone possibly included it in their chronic downvoting pattern on this thread. Maybe they hate fire or bellies? They love individual/ISO basketball and hate team play? So confusing.
I'm not a big fan of the "what would his numbers be without ___" since that turns accomplishments into hypotheticals. What would Troy's numbers have been without 4 WRs that made it to the NFL? They play with whoever's on the field with them.
No argument with what he's done in total, and I suppose I should wait and let it play out with JT's remaining eligibility, but what he did in 2014 was better than anything I had seen Braxton do in that same role in his 3 seasons as a starting QB. Not only that, it was better, in many cases, than any B1G QB had ever done in that role. So, yes, it may be a tough call, but calling it crazy talk to award the guy that broke our school's passing TD record in 2 less games than our last Heisman Trophy winner, has 4 300+ yard passing games, the 3rd most passing yards in a season (despite breaking his ankle), and the most passing yards per game for their career, as the starting QB is also a bit of crazy talk.
I love debates like this because it shows just how damn good this team is and has been!
Braxton had Philly and Devin, two NFL guys, so he wasn't lacking in talent at that spot either.
Great concept, Chris.
My team is going to be: JT (QB), Zeke (RB), Braxton (H-Back), Smith and Thomas (WR), Stoneburner (TE) - maybe a stretch there, but I'd like to have seen him with a more open offense and JT slinging the rock, and the OL seems to be as good as it's gonna get.
I think we'll agree to disagree on that one. Barrett's career completion percentage is higher than any single season that Braxton had at OSU.
Ohio State could conceivably have a Kwon, Quan (both pictured above) Conn and Con all on the field at the same time.
You sure that's not Jalyn Holmes pictured with Kwon? Could be wrong... Regardless, it doesn't impact the crazy possibility of Kwon, Quan, Conn and Con.
Fantastic article, Kevin! You absolutely nailed it.
Regardless of the reason behind it, it's obvious that he was the emergency plan, as you mentioned.
He was probably a Buckeye at birth, but didn't officially commit until 2010. I just think it's a stretch to put that reasoning on why we didn't have anything better than Bauserman.
I get the Pryor part, but not sure you can really throw Braxton into that mix, since he didn't even commit for another 3 years after Joe B. was on campus.
Don't blame the grip... some players can make it work.
Not many players, if any, in college football can do what he does on the football field.
I disagree. I think many of the players that we put on the field could do exactly what he does. However, because we've recruited and then developed our players, we're not in a position where we need to put people out there that much. For instance, I feel confident that recent players like Bradley Roby, Ryan Shazier, Curtis Samuel, Ezekiel Elliott, Vonn Bell, etc. could be two-way starters if needed.
That said, Peppers has the talent and potential, but I don't see anything that he's done yet to consider him great. He had 18 rushes for 72 yards, 8 receptions for 79 yards, roughly 50-55 tackles and no INTs. Those stats don't scream "flat out stud" just yet.
Ahhhhh, Felicity Smoak..... very nice
Very well said. Agree completely.
Technically it was a game winning drive, though it happened just 2 minutes into the 1st quarter.
Beat me to it, BTB.
I don't know on this one... Zach is a heckuva a social media guy, but Williams had some pretty good comebacks. This one may be going to OT (and by that, I mean on-field performance on 11/5).