You are forgetting T. Sprinkle being back from injury which should be huge. I think our DL will be good enough to compensate for a lack of experience at MLB. As for Hubbard, he is a DE, he would not do well at MLB... too tall and not fast enough IMO. Not saying he is slow overall, just not the speed or agility needed at the MLB position. Hubbard is going to ball out at DE this year.
Winfield being my all-time favorite... you cant forget S.Springs & M.Doss as 2 other greats from DBU.
Seems like he decommitted on a whim and the coaching staff feel if there is a shot, hit while its hot. Teenagers change their minds every 30 seconds.
I felt the same way. It seemed like he had doubts, like every teenager will have making this big of a decision. To be honest my candid thought after this video was he had some hesitation with the big decision, and a coach (NEB most likely) really took advantage of the situation and drove home his insecurities. I hope thats not to case. I would hate to think an adult would manipulate a teenager in an emotional decision, and should be there for support... but D1 coaches all have their own agenda.
Agreed.... pretty sure everyone was wondering how we were going to replace Bell, and Apple... and even Powell this past season and that turned out ok.
Even though this was inevitable... it still stings a little knowing its official.
All 3 of those teams have more loses and the same or zero National Championships then OSU in last 5 years. My point remains, not having a Big Name Big DT hasn't damaged OSU... we have faired well with our talent on the DL and our wins and success prove just that, not to mention consistently being a top tier rush defense. Even in the game we just lost, it was not due to DTs. People need to stop being so infatuated with a top position ranking player. It is overrated IMO.
How will *ichigan replace all that mediocre production???? They will probably have harder time finding someone to fill the "hype" void then the actually on field contribution.
Although we may have missed on big name DT recruits I would hardly say DL or DT have been a weakness for OSU in the past few years. We may not have 1st Round talent, but Johnson has done a hell of a job prepping a team of DT to rotate and play solid. They may not be game changers, but they are not losing games for us either.
Dabo is definitely a good coach, but having a QB like Watson changes everything. Now if Clemson can continue without him it will really show the level of coach Dabo is, but I anticipate a drop off.
OR the crazier thought that they all could have still been playing for OSU this past year.... disturbing...
In all seriousness... can the player file sexual assault charges against this?
I hope he sticks around so he can benefit from better game plans next year. It was amazing to see what he could do with the crap cards he was dealt this year. Next year he could surpass 2000 yds. If we had more weapons show cased in offense with proper play calling, defenses cant just key on him every play allowing him to have more opportunity for big plays.
That's the nice way of saying it... I was going to call them ungrateful pricks... I usually go over to Mgoblog to watch this kind of mindless melt down.
I'd rather have a QB whos stats are top notch where it matters... the W column! I could care less how many TDs he throws and how ugly they look. He gets the job done on the field more so than any other QB in college football, not to mention the most prolific in OSU history.... but people on here want to say he is not good enough. Have we really become this jaded and ungrateful?!?
How many big games did they win again? Count me as one who doesn't care about bloated stats against subpar teams. What did they do when it mattered... Martinez and Beck alike were choke artists.
I am all for open competition as well. The past couple days "fans" have been going off on JT as if he is the sole problem of this offense. All I am stating is that his supporting cast this year is below what it has been the past 2 years and he has still performed well enough to win games. I would have liked more development, but he is restricted to the skill set of his WR and OL which both suffered declines this year.
Wow.... there are a bunch of clueless people around here. The kid has lost what, 4 games his entire career and we are calling for his head?! Let's not forget the drop in talent at OL, WR, and RB... but expect him to trend up, that makes a whole lot of sense. He has not progressed as people would like, but he also had the crappy QB coach and not to mention had to deal with dual QB system last year, and terrible play calling this year and last. JT has his short comings, so I wont discredit those, but people are here are rather ignorant to be calling for a new QB without realizing how difficulty it is to find his kind of talent. Stop being a bunch of assholes.
Beck was overall terrible at Neb (in games that mattered) and continued his lack of development here at OSU. Wernier showed he is not ready for next step, although I would be happy to see him back at the OL level, where we have struggled a bit this year obviously. JT is still a leader and given the opportunity to win games he will. Lets be honest here... that game Saturday was not on JT, he was never given a chance to play well... he wasn't even able to settle into the typical option offense we run. JT can do better, our WR need to do better, and we need an OC that knows how to call plays.
I still am confused how this Alabama team is seen as "unstoppable"?! Obviously statistics point to them being one of the most dominant teams in Alabama history... but if you look at their schedule it was one of the weakest schedules they have played in recent history. Most importantly they have played only 1 team with less than 4 losses (USC beginning of season train wreck). For comparison sake, OSU has played 6 teams with 3 or fewer losses.... to me that is insane. Additionally, Clemson and Washington have both only played 2 teams with 3 or fewer losses. This Buckeye team is the only battle tested out of the 4 in my opinion.
Typically I am in agreement with Championships being a deciding factor... but if LBJ does not match MJ rings I am not sure it would hold him back from being a better player. Case in point.... No one on earth will convince me Eli Manning is a better QB than Dan Marino because he has more rings.
When they started letting any team with only 5 wins be bowl eligible it opened the doors to degrading the entire bowl game system. I don't think all bowl games are meaningless, but there are way too many uncreative BS marketing bowl games. And it doesn't have to be an old bowl game to qualify as quality to me, I am a fan of the "Pin Stripe Bowl", it is innovative to a degree and interesting. But call me crazy for thinking its a joke to have the Little Ceasars Bowl game, or any of those other crap food commercial games to a 5 win team where only 5k people will go to.
So let's put this in perspective.... You are a power line technician who sacrifices body and overall well being daily, then you get a multi million dollar contract to move up to a corporate office... do you think you are going to go back to field and risk anything more than you have to?! The hypocrites and judgmental people are here are quite comical. I am not saying I agree with the decision, but I sure as hell am not going to judge or fault the kid.... and there isn't a single person on here who has any experience with this type of situation. Opinions are fine, but questioning the kids character is uncalled for, IMO.
A.Petterson runs very similar and has done pretty well for himself in the NFL... less the recent injuries. I think you are a little crazy to think Fournette will not be successful at the next level, but that just my crazy opinion.
You would likely not do well as a GM if you are going to hold this against a kid. At the end of the day Fournette is making a business decision.. if I am a GM I can appreciate the kid being smart. The NFL is not about team, its about winning and making money.