While I think Curtis looked great, I still have to vote for Zeke. Let's not forget how much the OL struggled in the first half, and that affected the RB too. Then there was the poor decision by J.T. to pitch it to Zeke when he shouldn't have. I'm not ready to crown any other RB better than Zeke just yet.
Rod Smith played a little bit, but I'm not sure where Dunn was.
Jalin looked great. It's nice to know both Dontre and Jalin can play and be very effective and dangerous for the opposing Defense.
I didn't notice the defender being blocked, but it was bothering that nobody seemed to be covering the pitch man for a large part of the game. Thanks for that explanation. As for the player assigned to the QB, I felt that player generally succeeded on his assignment. Still, the Defense still showed some poor tackling and allowed far too many big plays. In the end, I still think they gave up too many rushing yards for me to feel comfortable.
The Offense clearly played better in the second half, and let's hope it only continues as the inexperienced OL gets better as the season progresses. J.T. clearly made some redshirt freshman mistakes as well, but I'd like to think he'll learn from those mistakes and not make them again. I love the number of Offensive threats we have, although there was the one big missed pass that I think Dontre should have caught. Regardless, it was the first game, and I'd like to think some of the bad things that happened are now out of their system.
We'll see how the Passing Defense does next week. Here's hoping for a great game.
My DirecTV plan does not include CBSSN, although they are giving a free preview of the package that DOES include CBSSN through this weekend, so I could watch the game from home if I hadn't already planned to watch at a bar with friends.
Most of the "or" designations weren't surprising, but nice to see some young talent on the two deep. Those young guys could definitely see some time in the first few games if things get a little out of hand. Cannot wait until Saturday...
Good question that I also don't know the answer to. Another interesting battle. I would guess both Vonn Bell and Cam Burrows will play.
And now my schedule is full...
So friggin' ready for Saturday...
I had already had plans to meet up with some friends, but I will definitely check channel 221 when I get home to see if I have it. That would be awesome.
I went with VT even though there are some question marks for them. However, I still think they'll be a tougher opponent than Cincy or Navy.
I look forward to seeing the DBs in action this season. Ash seems pretty impressed. Go Bucks!
Very good stuff. Interesting that Kyle and Brady are the first two OL in this class to lose their stripes.
Let's go, JT. Make Buckeye Nation proud.
It's difficult not to say Devin Smith, but it's almost an embarrassment of riches (or at least potential) at the position with Dontre, Mike Thomas, Corey Smith, Johnny Dixon, Jalin Marshall, not to mention Jeff Heuerman. This really should be an exciting year to watch assuming the OL steps up and the DBs are greatly improved as expected.
As for the physically imposing corners, I think we'll be okay. It seemed to me that Eli Apple was playing a very physical game in the Spring.
He averaged 8.1 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per reception, and most of his receptions were shorter passes. Yes, he needs to get a little bigger and much better at blocking, but he was quite effective. Opposing Defenses seemed to think he was dangerous or they wouldn't have targeted him when he was in the game.
I'm sure I've forgotten a few players (like Worley), but I haven't forgotten that Bogard has had season ending injuries in his first two seasons. I hope he fully recovers, but that remains to be seen.
OL - This is the biggest question mark, but I do believe in Warinner to coach them up. I wouldn't be surprised if they struggle a little early on, but they'll get it together during the season. I think Decker, Elflein, and Boren will start, and the big question marks are who will start along with them? Dodson? Lisle? Underwood? Price? Trout? Jones? Knox?
WR - We now have so much young talent at this position, I feel like it's about time for them to prove they're a force to be reckoned with. Corey Smith? Marshall? Thomas? Clark? Dixon? Samuel?
RB - Again, some quality depth here, although I expect EzE to be the primary RB. Still, the competition should be fierce.
QB - I fully expect Braxton to be more consistent. He was fantastic mis-season 2013, so I'd like to think he can do that consistently. I think the competition for the backup will be fierce, but my gut feeling is Barrett will win that spot.
DL - Exciting young players with a new coach.
LB - Again, we need some of the young talent to step up, but the depth keeps improving. Perry may be a lock, but I think Grant will be challenged. Mitchell? McMillan? Johnson? Williams? Booker?
CB - I think Doran and Armani will need to be beaten, and I do still feel both can and will improve. Still, I think Apple, Conley, and others are going to make it very competitive.
S - Bell, Powell, and Burrows. That sounds like quality to me, and there will be some good depth building behind them as well. Plus, they have a new coach to prepare them.
I'll be curious who calls the shots on D, but I'm optimistic it will greatly improve. I feel confident our coaches will have our guys prepared and ready to play.
One step at a time; is it Spring game time yet?
I'm definitely looking forward to the competition at RB this year, but I would agree with many others that EzE will end up being the primary RB. Should be fun to watch.
Yeah, there have been a lot of transfers and injuries. Also, don't forget that Luke Roberts transferred to Harvard.
The website also still has Vrabel, Mehringer, and Fleming still listed, but they're all gone. I wouldn't freak out just yet. I have a feeling we'll get an official answer on who will call the defensive plays in the coming weeks.
I'd say C as well largely until I know whether or not Ash will be calling the plays. Fick has proven to be a good LB coach in the past, but he's come nowhere close to proving he can be the defensive playcaller.
I am not terribly confident in my "Yes" vote, but it seems more likely to happen. Let's go Bucks!
Personally, I think Perry may be the most likely to keep a starting position. I'm not so certain about Grant, plus he seems to battle injuries regularly. Regardless, I think the competition for a starting LB spot should be quite intense.