I am in complete agreement with you. MSU is very workmanlike and will have to be beaten. A Dantonio coached team will not beat themselves with mistakes. That environment on the road for an OSU team that still has many players logging big minutes who have never been on the road in a marquee game will not be easy. It isn't supposed to be! Go Bucks!
BOOM! Go Bucks!
I agree completely about keeping great young men and prospects at home. Welcome, Jerome Baker! Go Bucks!
Short-yardage offense was one of my big concerns coming into this year and continues to be. The big games, the ones that really count, require teams to convert on 3rd and short. The play-calling and lack of direction in this area were evident again inside the 10-yard line yesterday.
Otherwise, am pleased with the progress of the team in most regards. With 9 new starters on "O" there had to be a learning curve. That's also true on "D" with the schematic changes and new faces in the back end. Progress is being made and the problems that were seen on "D" last year won't be fixed in a few games. Most likely, there will be a few more bumps in the road in the coming weeks. I'm hopeful the "D" is rounding into top form for the trip to MSU. Go Bucks!
In tight quarters, body mass and girth mean possibly moving the pile for an extra foot or yard. Hyde's size and strength are significantly dfifferent than the smaller, faster backs featured today. Though I really like the potential of both Elliot and Samuel, we need a bigger body in 3rd and short to convert. Both Rod Smith and Bri'onte Dunn are big ernough to absorb contact and still move forward IMO. Go Bucks!
I agree with you completely! Cardale would be very difficult to stop in a short yardage situation. Go Bucks!
My two big concerns prior to and post-game are the same. They are:
1. Losing a player like Braxton Miller really hurts not only from an experience and talent perspective but also because it thins the QB group by a body. Any type of injury to JT will really be magnified.
2. While I really like the potential of Elliot and Samuel, I do not think either has the body mass needed when games are tight to 'move the pile' forward that little extra that is needed on 3rd and short. I am very hopeful that Rod Smith or Bri'onte Dunn can emerge as key players going forward because their size and strength are, in short, tough yardage situations, critical for this team to be great.
Otherwise, I really like the young talent and look forward to this team continuing to improve. Go Bucks!
Happy Birthday 11W! A special 'thank you' also goes out to all current and former staff members at 11W who have created THE site for all things related to Buckeye sports. Your selfless efforts put us fans at the forefront of Buckeye coverage 24/7/365. Go Bucks!
Like many, I was not expecting the end of Braxton's year and, most likely career, to be this week. I am grateful that we were able to watch Braxton grow as a young man and QB.these last 3 years and will always have fond memories of #5. Braxton will always be a great Buckeye and tremendous ambassador for OSU going forward.
My best wishes for a full recovery go out to Braxton. Go Bucks!
Players follow their leader. Hoke's actions, or lack thereof, in NOT dismissing this POS York from UM's squad immediately speaks volumes about why UM may NOT be tough. A leader exhibits toughness via action(s) and is willing to fight where others dare not go. Hoke wants to allow the 'brutal assault' we've all seen on video to play itself out in a court of law. Disgraceful and gutless are words to describe that 'action.'
Go Bucks, and Thank God for Urban Meyer!
IMO, this is an example as to why Brady Hoke is NOT the right man at UM. Leadership is about taking tough stands and doing the right thing under any and all circumstances. Regardless as to what occurred prior to the violent assault we all have witnessed on video, it is indisputable that York sized his victim up and threw that punch to inflict maximum pain. If Bo Schembechler were alive and coaching at UM today, you can bet the house that York would have been gone as of August 3, 2014.
"We're going to go through the process" says Coach Hoke. How gutless can a man be? As much as I dislike UM, I have always had great respect for what that program has stood for over time and for many of the people who made it that way. What a punch in the gut this is to them, their tradition, and to UM fans everywhere! Go Bucks!
Great looking prospect who also seems to be a nice young man. That film for a freshman is certainly impressive! Go Bucks!
If this punk is still 'suspended for failing to meet team standards' a full 9 days AFTER this brutal assault, I will say without reservation that Coach Hoke has completely failed society by NOT kicking York off the team. York did not violate team standards, he violated any reasonable standard of behavior in a civilized society! I hope he goes to jail and serves hard time. There is no place in America, or on this planet, where this level of barbaric behavior is acceptable. Go Bucks!
The essay LBJ sent to Lee Jenkins is, IMO, a MUST read. LBJ's growth and maturity as a man is highly impressive. Go Cavs!
BOOM! Go Cavs!
I agree that Muschamp is gone after this year at UF. The decline in that program, in combination with the tremendous work being done at OSU, has to serve as a constant reminder to Gators everywhere just how good life was just a few short years ago under UM.
I wish Jerome Baker well if he does commit and enroll at UF. I'm also confident and excited that Elite15 will be just that when the dust settles next February. Go Bucks!
I'm probably older than many who post here but have only experienced two NC's in my lifetime (1968 & 2002). I'll never define a season as 'NC or bust' simply because many more seasons would be defined as 'busts' than end in a NC. I've witnessed many great Buckeyes fight to the bitter end of a season (Coach Bruce's final game vs scUM immediately comes to mind) and hope to never lose sight of such great efforts made by all involved.
I am grateful the Bucks are in the conversation again this year and love the direction the program is headed. I believe, as many do, that great days are ahead and that a NC will be within reach multiple times in the coming years. Go Bucks!
Yes, that was moving and brought back some great times in Cleveland. Though I doubt it will ever happen, I for one would love to see Lebron make a return home. Go Bucks!
Congratulations to Nick Conner! As many have already pointed out, I love seeing Ohio kids who grew up dreaming of playing at Ohio State get the chance to do so. Nick certainly earned the offer and I am grateful he had the confidence and patience through the recruiting process to let this play out.
From someone who is not much into social media, Nick's Instagram announcement is pretty cool. Go Bucks!
I was very excited about Eli Apple being a Buckeye and look forward to great play from him going forward. I'm sure having that black stripe removed will be a significant boost for his confidence It's not how you start, but rather how you finish, that matters most.
It was also very exciting to read that veterans Doran Grant and Armani Reeves have been so instrumental in Eli working through the difficult times. For all the the crap Armani Reeves has taken for his play, it sure sounds like he is a great teammate. Go Bucks!
Thanks for sharing this link. Both of these young men would be great additions for 2015. With Hilliard being from Ohio, I am especially hopeful he ends up a Buckeye.
I am not at all worried or concerned about the lack of verbals to this point. I trust this staff will again bring another very talented group to tOSU once national signing day has come and gone. Go Bucks!
Thank you for your respectful response. I don't think I am getting too far ahead of things here nor painting with too broad a brush. In recruiting basketball players, the work and eyes of an assistant coach are instrumental in bringing a young man onto the radar screen. Kids are exposed through not only their high school seasons but also through AAU competition during April and in summer evaluation periods, including summer league play, team camps, and on the summer all-star circuits. Assistant coaches are a significant part of the process.
Recruiting is a staff event and Coach Matta is the leader. His tenure has been marked by great consistency. However, the lifeblood of any program is recruiting and Coach Matta can't see them all. He needs eyes and ears he can trust for good information and to find recruiting nuggets like LaVert along the way. It's just my belief that far too many Ohio kids are playing well at other major programs and I honestly do not recall that ever happening before the last couple of years.
While Groce may not have offered LaVert at Illinois, though I do not know that for fact, that doesn't mean he didn't see him as having a big upside. He may have had scholarship limitations at Illinois to deal with, too, or players already offered by the previous staff he had to honor.
If LaVert was always known as a shooter, and having watched just about every Buckeye game this year, it puzzles me even more how he wasn't recruited at tOSU. This Buckeye edition was devoid of shooters, as we all know, and that issue should have been rectified in recruiting along the way. Go Bucks!
I also agree completely. Like it or not, this staff is not what it was just a couple of years back. In particular, we have really missed Chris Jent and John Groce IMO. John Groce saw something in LaVert as the OU coach and I believe had he been on the staff at tOSU that he would have recruited LaVert here, too. To me, this one example represents a pattern of misses in terms of evaluating talent that is at the heart of what's missing at tOSU.
Not every young man in Ohio wants to be a Buckeye, but you have to believe that many more do want to be Buckeyes than don't. In basketball, a 'miss' in recruiting is HUGE, and, to me, far too many kids from Ohio are excelling in other places for this to be anything but a staff issue. The lack of development is another issue but also a significant shortcoming at this point in time.
That said, Thad Matta has done a terrific job at tOSU but any head coach is only as good as his staff. I also believe that it will now take two good recruiting classes in a row to make up for the misses and lack of depth/experience that will be on next year's roster. I surely hope I am wrong. Go Bucks!
Congratulations to Aaron Craft! IMO, he should have at least been a two-time Defensive PoY. As mentioned above, that dive to the floor in the last minute captures who Aaron Craft is as a player...selfless, driven, and a winner.
I've thoroughly enjoyed watching Aaron Craft play and hate seeing his career end. I'm sure that he'll go out in style. Go Bucks!
Mack is impressive. His tape reminds me of the one we all saw here on 11W of Jamal Marcus when he was in high school. Once JM got his hands on a ball-carrier, he never seemed to go forward. That's also what I see with Thee Mack Truck. Hopefully he will realize his childhood dream and be a Buckeye. Go Bucks!