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Comment 15 hours ago

Absolutely agree on the preseason rankings. The season has to play before you really know, and then on each gameday it can be different.  You have to play the game.  The better team doesn't always play better on a given day..

Comment 26 Aug 2015

Nah, He's on "My Cousin Vinny."

Comment 26 Aug 2015

Thomas, Miller, Samuel, Vannett, Baugh, Dixon, Campbell, McLaurin, Clark, Elliott, Hill.  It's crazy that there are still plenty of targets.

To me the bigger issue is Brown's physical well-being.

Comment 26 Aug 2015

I have lived outside Ohio my entire adult life, but grew up in the state, with my father being an OSU alum.  My first experience in the Shoe was watching Tom Barrington run roughshod over the Fighting Illini in 1965.  I never since stopped following the Buckeyes.

Comment 24 Aug 2015

It's only the American mispronunciation of the name of the movie (pronouncing "Boot" as the English word "boot" rather than, properly, to sound like the English word "boat") that gives rise to the nickname.

I have no reason to doubt that Sean will develop into a fine FG kicker, but it's great to have an alternative (and competition) this year in case it doesn't happen as soon as we (and he) would like.  FG is all about performance under pressure, so that the pressure of competition for the job will help determine who's best ready to go this year.

Comment 22 Aug 2015

"As you'll note from Mullin's video - reads are not always crystal clear. At the "mesh point", Cardale tended to err on the side of the "give read". Give the ball to Zeke. That's just smart football."

I agree: give the running back this work, especially a good one.  That's what he's there for.  As I recall, one criticism of Braxton as a QB was that he tended to err (predetermine?) on the side of keeping the ball.

Comment 22 Aug 2015

Noah Brown.  He's the real deal as the complete player Mayer is looking for.

Comment 22 Aug 2015

This was my concern as well.  If I recall, 4-5 days ago when Hill lost his stripe, I think I remember reading that by the same time last year something like 8-10 players had lost their stripes. Perhaps, though, that was looking at the calendar date, and with the first game being later this year, camp started later. 

Comment 19 Aug 2015

What I've thought were realistic 2015 targets, before reading this article: 275 passing yards/game (247 last year), and 275 rushing yards/game (264 last year). I didn't realize that, with 15 games, the OSU team records for passing yards, rushing yards, and total yards would all fall in 2016, as well as the NCAA record for total offense.

An even better Silver Bullet defense this year, limiting the length of opponents' possessions, should get the offense more possessions than last year.  Ironically, it could also hurt the offense's yardage by getting them better starting field position, shortening the yards gained on the average touchdown drive. 

Comment 06 Aug 2015

El Guapo was also a good blocker.  With Zeke building on that, I think the standard is set. 

Meyer's tight ends have been blockers as well (as pass catchers, unlike Tressel's who were pretty much ONLY blockers), and of course with Spencer (and also Smith and Brown), there is a standard being set for wide receiver too.  We talk about our "weapons" with the ball in their hands,  but one of the things that makes an Urban Meyer offense function so well is having these "weapons" be effective as blockers when they don't have the ball. 

Comment 04 Aug 2015

We have an even dozen scholly srs - Decker, Boren, Farris, Vannett, Miller, Smith on offense; Washington, Schutt, Perry, Hale, and Williams on defense, and long snapper Haynes. Four players with eligibility remaining are virtual locks to turn pro (Bosa, Elliot, Thomas & Jones). That's 16 virtually assured to be gone.  I think it's a good bet that 2-3 more will go pro, with an outside chance of as many as 5-6 (Lee, Bell and Elflein being more likely, Apple, Marshall and Powell being less, and still others being theoretically possible - Johnston, Wilson, Price, Barrett).  To get to 25 open slots would mean that 3 to 7 more would need to leave for other reasons - medical; red-shirt seniors not returning, disciplinary or academic problems, and transfers.  Based on experience, these numbers are not out of the question. From the beginning of training camp last year through this summer I think we had at least 9 players leave for reasons other than using up their eligibility or turning pro.