I believe the Buckeyes will look completely different from a year ago. That belief has nothing to do with the number of fresh faces and coaches in different places and so on and so forth. I believe we will see a different team because there are only a few positions on the field that are truly set in stone. You have 12 defensive lineman who want to start and are said to be playing tomorrow. No one is set to really be a starter, so you have an open competition and guys aren't going to want to lose their spot. Besides Kwon, I really don't believe the linebacker crew is set. Even though I'm sure they have their preferred choices, that isn't set. Coombs has already said he wants to play 4 corners. No one can have a bad game and expect to still be the starter next weekend. It's the same offensively as well. A young receiving corps, and other than Brown, playing time is up for grabs. It will be interesting to see who solidifies himself on the line and who pushes for playing time. How well does Weber do, and can Williams or Samuel give him a push. The best part of this season could be the fact players can not have an off game. There is too much talent available to choose from. There aren't any expectations of who will play no matter what. Everything has to be earned. I would expect a lot of scoring tomorrow. I hope anyway, and a comfortable win.
Its really interesting to see how incoming freshman react when they get their butts kicked. 5 incoming freshman, who all played. 5 freshman, who through out their high school careers may not have lost as many games combined as they did this year. 4 sophomores who did not have a good example of what leadership looks like. Then there was one Junior, Marc Loving, who is the oldest and by default leader. He was a quiet leader. I could be wrong, but he doesn't see to be the one to get in a teammates face. I would wager to say there weren't to many teammates checking each other's egos because they never saw it from the upper class man they played with.
Next year will say a lot. I think I heard Coach Izzo say this during an interview. He was worried earlier in the year because his Seniors weren't coaching the younger players. I believe you need to have that in any system. If the seniors aren't coaching and leading the team, keeping the young players straight, then winning isn't going to happen. On a team with no leaders, and no one that seems to want to step up, 24 pt losses can be the norm. The team has a lot of talent, but leadership doesn't always accompany talent. The coaches can only do so much, at some point the players have to cross that line and make the decision to win. So, it's not all on Lyle. He'll learn, he'll have too. Just like the rest of the team. A leader needs to emerge. And said leader cant be afraid to get in a teammates face when they do something wrong in practice, team meeting, and on the court in a game.
For DE and DT, the 10 split time is the most important. Bosa, 10 split was a 1.8 I believe. Which puts him with Watt. Quite honestly, the 40 is pointless for lineman. If they want to see them run, have them do a 20. I believe that is a much better way to measure explosiveness than a 40. Miller's time really surprised me. However, I'll take it with a grain of "salt" due to his game being more about making guys miss than running away from them. Although, he did do that as well. Marshall may be kicking himself for the decision to leave early. He may be looking at a round 5 pick.
It was nice to see the balanced scoring from the team. I didn't notice until the end of the game when Diop made his last two free throws that he only had 6 pts. for the game. We need his scoring down the stretch and he definitely has the ability. But when you have a young team get 5 players in double figures, that's great. Really good win and hoping they take the momentum into the Nebraska game.
I've had the pleasure of listening to Hall and Smith give their stories at the church I attend. It's great to hear these guys stories and the lives they lived before and after football. It's amazing the work they are doing now and the lives they are able to affect in a positive way. Clarrett has also been involved with Driven. He came with Hall and gave his story. It was an amazing talk and I know Clarrett messed up recently but I would say he has done a 180 from where he was and is now.
Even with the odds, I cant imagine the players really believe that. There is a lot to prove on this young team and any players coming in thinking their $hit dont stink has issues. Rae and Barrett will have each side of the ball focused. I'm not buying it, but everyone thought we were a year away two years ago. Maybe we get surprised again.
I agree Hop.Making the NIT could be a blessing in disguise for this young team. It gives them the one and down atmosphere against competition that will be on equal ground. I dont see a point on going to the big dance and maybe getting embarrassed in round one or two. Going to the NIT gives them a better chance at a deeper run, building more chemistry and an understanding of tournament play. Then next season, understanding their roles and another off-season of grinding could produce a mentally stronger team.
Maybe the NCAA can make it a requirement that a High School student cannot commit until their senior year. Or, after their Junior year of high school is over. That way you don't have kids committed for 2 or 3 years to a school that all of the sudden isn't interested and breaks all contact hoping the kid gets the hint. The last thing I want is more legislation, but something has to be done to protect the kids and schools. There will still be plenty of film and most schools are recruiting off of Junior year film. Senior year film is a bonus. I also agree with a post above talking about getting rid of the hat ceremony. These kids are being put on pedestals during a time when this younger generation believe they deserve attention they haven't earned. Another idea would be to get rid of the star system. If you, as a college cant watch film and pick out who is better than the other then you have issues. I believe that could cut down on many of the issues. College coaches know who the 5 star kids are. They know who they need and want in each class. Getting rid of this ranking system could go a long way in fixing some of these issues.
Huge news! Need to get him signed, sealed, and delivered!
I agree with you concerning Powell. His decision really surprised me. Apple on the other hand does not surprise me at all. Just hoped it wouldn't happen. He is tall with great length. If he runs anywhere in the 4.4 range he'll be a 2nd round pick.
And the mass exodus continues! Vonn Bell today or tomorrow? That will be 3/4 the starting secondary. Fun fun fun
There is no denying how huge the win against Kentucky was for this basketball team. However, tonight's game is just as important in my opinion. Ohio State doesn't need to dominate, but they have to win. I thought Loving made a very interesting comment after the Kentucky game, talking about the team playing "with a chip on their shoulder" and "playing with nothing to lose." They need to come out with an attitude for tonight's game that is similar. Young teams like the Bucks should have that mentality for all their games. Although difficult, it is necessary. I would not be surprised to see this game close at the beginning, but hopefully the effort is there and the Buckeyes pull away late. It would be really nice to see them firing off on all cylinders so the game isn't close. It will be interesting to see how much the team has matured with the Kentucky win. It will be interesting to see if they have learned what kind of effort it takes on a nightly basis to compete in college basketball.
Completely agree. Warriner doesn't need to be on the field to fire the boys up. Otherwise, why wear headsets. He can get on the horn to Cordle, tell him to relay whatever message and go from there. Also, leadership has to come into play. Next year, the line loses a lot, but someone as to step up. Typically, its the center. He's the one making all the calls. He's the one the line looks to anyway.
Now, the tempo call was not made in the box, that was game planning from the get go. What I don't understand is why the team hasn't gone to more tempo in all their games... When its as effective as it was Saturday, it makes you wonder why it isn't used more.
The team has really missed Herman, there is no doubt about that. It will be interesting to see the coaching changes after this year. I'm not calling for heads to roll, but I don't believe Beck is the answer. And if Ash is off to Syracuse, the Bucks need to look long and hard for a legit D-Coordinator. Preferably someone that runs a similar scheme. Also, there is always the surprise hire. And, lets be honest. Who knows if Warriner will be back. He has to have some interest out there. That would be a huge blow. Anyway!! Love this time of year...
I think those helmets with the black unis would look pretty damn good!