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Comment 20 hours ago

A forced apology isn't an apology. I happen to think he's wrong (not that there isn't room to make improvement in the opportunities African-Americans receive), but free speech is free speech. And the public is free to respond as they choose.

Comment 21 hours ago

Not good if the one scholarship long snapper were not "part of the team." Congrats to the young man! May the only time we ever hear his name again be when be makes a tackle on a punt return. Given the man we have punting, though, there won't be many opportunities.

Comment 21 hours ago

Meyer has shown himself willing to move players around, including between offense and defense (see Baldwin, Carter, Farris, Price, Hubbard, Berry).  I'm sure, though, that it'll come down to what's best for the team, rather than what's best for an individual player.  There is talent on both sides of the ball, but if Meyer determines that the defensive backfield is more loaded than HBs or other offensive playmaker positions, a switch could come for a talented player like EGW. 

Comment 22 hours ago

How many of the kickoffs during Tressel's last three years were downed inside the 20 (or inside the 15 even), and how many in Meyer's most recent three years? And what was the average field position afforded teh opponents in those years?  I don't have the specific answers, but I suspect that far more of Meyer's team's kickoffs left the opponents pinned deep, and the with worse (for those opponents) average starting field position.

Picking one number - "how many failed" (because they went out of bounds) - doesn't show the whole picture.  As another example: Woody Hayes's teams had far fewer incomplete passes per season (or per game) than Meyer's teams. Does that mean those teams were better offensively? A look at final scoring totals will tell you otherwise.

Comment 22 hours ago

North. Morris County.

Comment 22 hours ago

The other intangible thing it does is give young players who wouldn't otherwise see the field much an opportunity to make a contribution and impress their coaches rather than feel buried on the depth chart. And besides, without returnable kick-offs, we would never have had moments like Zeke demolishing that one returner (from Purdue was it?).

Comment 23 hours ago

way-too-old/M/in-exile-in-NJ

Comment 23 hours ago

A touchback gets the ball spotted at the 25, not the 20, so that the "penalty yards" are much less than you state. I believe the Buckeyes gave opposing teams an average starting position inside the 25 on kickoffs, even considering the out-of-bounds kicks, so that the strategy proved more effective than simply kicking the ball into/through the end zone. And given that some of the "pins" were inside the 15, I consider it even more a success, since if had the choice of starting the opponents once at the 35 and once at the 15, OR twice at the 25, I'd take the former.

Comment 26 Aug 2016

Went from looking like we'd have the smallest group of captains to the largest - Burger (for special teams, I guess), plus every returning starter (three on offense, three on defense). I hope the quantity of leadership isn't an attempt to make up for a perceived lack of quality. I can't say any of these guys aren't deserving