To be fair, the article you referenced did say that they didn't know if the H-Backs were considered a part of Smith's 6. With that in mind, if you take Samuel and Wilson out of the mix, you're left with Brown, Smith, Campbell and 3-4 more. Likely candidates would be Mack, McLaurin, Dixon, and Gibson, but it seems within reason that Victor could make a push. Not saying it'll happen, but... maybe.
You're probably right, and I should have a caveat in there about Samuel and how he ends up being used. Obviously mine is based on him being on the field as an H-Back, but if it truly ends up with him splitting significant time (I'd say 33% of the carries is significant) in the backfield, then I'd probably swap Smith and Samuel as well.
That said, I'm still putting my chips in on him getting less carries than what you've suggested. The only season under Meyer, thus far, that we've seen a #2 RB get over even 23% of the carries that the #1 guy gets was in 2013 when Hyde was suspended the first 3 games.
Huh? I must have missed something. What is this in reference to?
I agree 100%, but I'm going to defer to Barrett and the rest of the DBs (who are now in the NFL) who said that he was unguardable. If 3 current and 1 future NFL baller couldn't guard him, I'm betting on him big time!
The topic is choosing the top receivers. While the extras (stats) are probably more interesting, he did manage to get the top 3 exactly right and 4/5 were remarkably close, considering Braxton jumped into the H-Back role and Smith got hurt.
I noted him in my little EDIT section a few minutes ago, but I hope he makes it onto the field a lot this year.
"That's the truth, Truth!"
So, to recap, the biggest question marks for the upcoming season are:
- Who will run the ball?
- Who will catch the passes?
- Who will stop the run?
- Who will stop the passes?
And somehow, I still feel pretty darn good about 2016. Go Bucks!
Not sure if I'd go that far, since both occurred in the first half, but they were definitely bad (read: good for us) calls.
Not sure if anybody saw this, but Bill Murray's Twitter idea for the Olympics is phenomenal!
Every Olympic event should include one average person competing for reference.— Bill Murray (@BiIIMurray) July 19, 2016
How cool would it be to see an average Joe swimming alongside Phelps or running a few lanes over from Bolt just to give the rest of the viewers a reference for how insanely talented these athletes are?
I'd say a good balance of both types is healthy for the players and other coaches
C'mon, people, no mention yet of McCullough's awesome shirt? Next year's could be truly Inception-worthy.
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.