This the one guy I hoped would stay, would have been a terror with Gibson on the other side. Next man up, thank you Mr. Thomas!
We love you Joey, thank you for your 3 years of wrecking opposing QB's.
Only thing that would've made this better is if all the fans in the stands shrugged back at him. Gonna miss you Zeke, thank you for three great years of your hard work and unselfishness. Good luck in the league.
If someone poaches Warriner, Beck and Fickell are going to be the blind leading the blind
Netflix n chill?
Love Zeke and he probably has more power, but he's not quicker than Curtis Samuel. Very few guys on this team are quicker than Samuel, don't think anyone is honestly, not Wilson, Miller, Zeke.. maybe one of the younger guys like Clark or McLaurin but Curtis Samuel is a legitimate 4.3/4.4 guy. Also, Samuel runs very hard and he ain't no tumble weed, the kid always puts his head down and doesn't shy away from contact.
That is Mr. T-ish.
I think Curtis is the best RB on this team, not to say I don't think Zeke isn't great, he's a GREAT RB but if he were in a pro style offense, like USC, he'd be doing things a la Reggie Bush, but he also makes one hell of a receiver, by the way, he's turned into a machine a testament to Coach Mickey Marotti and his work ethic. Love the character and type of guys we have.
Valid points, but considering JT split the spring ball reps, I'd say No. 3 was probably the most valid point. He probably felt an obligation to Cardale for coming back, knowing he could have potentially gone in the first round or two had he come out.
Really wondering how it took Urban this long to see that JT was the better man for the job.
JT.. slayer of Rutgers
Leadership just oozes from JT Barrett
Ace Boog is cute as hell (no homo)
Baugh is a really good receiving TE and if he gains traction blocking he'll be a force to be reckoned with. He has held himself back with mistakes but his potential is enormous.
You're right, I don't know him personally but I do know that he's had some issues and made some bad decisions as we all have. I do also know that the coaches year in and year out have questioned his work ethic and whether he really wants it. When there's no change and when it happens over and over again, that's when you worry. That's what I'm going off, not trying to be some a-hole, when you can't put in the work needed and are lazy, etc that's the sign of a mentally weak person psychologically, I'm not psychologist but mentally weak people usually lack motivation and have issued with their work ethics and getting things done. Football is no different, especially as a D1 QB, he's got a lot of responsibilities.
I don't think it gets more nurturing and more of a father figure coach than Urban Meyer. The man for one, loves all of his players and you can see that. Two, he's a master motivator and a psychologist but unfortunately as much as everyone loves Urban and as much of a badass coach or teacher anyone may have, you can't save them all. Its a sad reality in education.
Disagree, Cardale has had plenty of opportunities to throw downfield and missed on lots of them. Our WR's are getting open downfield, its hard to tell if they're getting open in intermediate routes but they are getting open on deep routes, Cardale's just missing on them. I don't buy excuses for Cardale, if he wants to succeed he will put in the work in the film room and the practice field, I somehow think he just doesn't have the mental toughness and stamina to make it through a season putting in a couple hours in the film room and 100% on the practice field. He seems like a guy who wants the fame but won't work for it and I say that because of his line of behavior, most recently changing his Twitter to 3rd string QB a couple weeks ago and not acknowleding JT last night after a score. JT is just a selfless young man and the much better QB and has always been.
A great offense always is reliant upon a running game and vice versa. You still have to have some sort of balance if you want to be a great offense. Look at Oregon, Texas Tech or Baylor, they flop when they face a team thats tough in the trenches. Teams will always try to confuse an opposing QB but they aren't going out of their way to throw crazy packages at Cardale. He was bailed out last year by Devin Smith time and time again, our offense did not secure the ball while he was in the game and he is and has always been a liability due to his indecisiveness. Last year a lot of his runs developed from passing situations and everyone downfield, they respected Devin Smith who opened up lanes over the middle for Marshall and others. Now, teams have no reason to respect his arm as he has missed on multitudes of deep throws where he had a man. JT has always been very efficient and methodical in the passing game and making good decisions, he's the better quarterback ANY year.
Its easy to blame the departure of Coach Herman and easy to blame Coach Beck but I've said all along Cardale doesn't seem to be the kind of guy that's going to last mentally throughout the season or even put in all the work he needs to to succeed. If Barrett returns to his old form in terms of passing which I think he will, no way you cannot blame Coach Beck. I don't think it was fair to bench Barrett the way he was benched, breaking nearly every record in the book, didn't take snaps in spring ball and you don't try to get him back to his old form? How do you do that knowing he's a freshman and knowing we've just seen the tip of the iceberg? Unless the other guy is leaps and bounds better, that's very unfair to me but I am glad he made the most of his opportunity last night. I'll always support Cardale, but in my opinion he doesn't have what it takes week in and week out to go in the tape room, prepare and put in the work everyday and give 100% everyday, and the drive to get better, make better decisions, execute the offense efficiently etc. Judging from his past he still has work to do in the maturity department. Even things as coy as changing his Twitter to 3rd string QB, shows what kind of attitude he has and his lack of ability to take things seriously and is not the selfless guy he hoped he would be especially after ignoring JT last night when JT has shown his support for CJ's successes. I have rooted for him to do well but I have always been in the JT camp and think Meyer made a mistake starting CJ till now. We need maturity, leadership and good decision making at the QB position
The whole point of a great talent like Dolodale is to take chances in the passing game when the box is stacked."
We've taken plenty of those chances this year, I've seen Dolodale have receivers breaking open all year and miss on them time and time again. They don't respect his ability to run and they don't respect his ability to pass and he hasn't given defenses any reason to. He managed the games which allowed us to win a National Championship and that in itself deserves recognition and respect but you don't bench someone who has broken record after record as a freshman because he was injured, you get him back into his rhythm. CJ didn't "quarterback us there" he made big plays at times but he has always been a liability. Meyer is my all time favorite coach but I will forever disagree with him on this issue and I think he has made a big mistake this year starting Cardale Jones instead of getting JT Barrett back to last year's form and at this point if he doesn't hand the car keys over to JT like Herbstreit and so many others are saying he should, I think its a matter of pride and ego.
It doesn't take a head coach of Urban Meyer's talent or a rocket scientist to see that JT is and has always been the best option for this team. He's the better quarterback period. To all of those saying Cardale hasn't had the opportunity to throw down field, go watch how many deep balls he has missed on this year. I will always support whoever is out there but Meyer has made a mistake putting CJ out there game after game, this team could be 5 weeks ahead in progression of where we are right now.
we my need to start plucking recruits from UTEP (my alma mater)
This story had me tearing up, I love how they all mean the world to each other and some people don't get it. Having a family is the most beautiful thing one can be blessed with and I'm glad the Lewis family love each other to pieces. It hits home because my brother and I grew up in a broken home with a single mother and I pray she will wake up and smell the coffee one day. All I can do is love my kids to the best of my ability. Go home and give your kids a big hug and kiss tonight, one day we won't be on this earth anymore.
As much as I love Braxton and as much as I'd like to see him make huge plays you just can't force the ball to him if he's not open or continue having him take direct snaps when the defense knows what's coming. It hasn't amounted to anything since the Virginia Tech game and its way too predictable right now. We need to focus on getting Eze and Curtis Samuel the ball more, they have been our most consistent H-backs and we just need to target Michael Thomas more and make him first read more often. I'd like to see Wilson take more of Marshall's touches because for whatever reason as good as he was last year he's been very inconsistent this year and not as sharp, even though both had fumble and drop problems last year that has continued with Marshall while it has not with Wilson, at least in his limited touches.