Just released - Sprinkle likely has a torn right patellar and would then be done for the season.. Very unfortunate for the young guy, but he'll get a medical redshirt and be back next year..
It's always good to see OSU receivers doing well in the NFL!
Steve Smith was the #1 in Carolina for years and he wasn't a prototype but he produced like one.
I don't want to pay "#1 money" to a WR anyway - WR's are shiny hood ornaments, and Carolina [and the Browns] aren't there yet.
Carolina has a average OL, a high-priced QB who will struggle with new receivers, and a RB who will see more stacked defenses. On the other hand, Greg Olsen may be an All-Pro, so there's that...
How many SEC people have we all talked to who say that oversigning is just fine, but Jim Tressel is the most worst evil ever?
Because SEC forevah, of course.
Gilbert had a bad games 1 and 3 this past year for Cleveland.. if you look at his ratings outside of those two, he actually played well and will be the most improved player on the team this coming year. Several games this year he played GREAT and no one even noticed, which is what happens when no balls go to his side. Out of sight/out of mind.
The only way to actually analyze a player is with the all-22 view.. which wasn't exactly played on SportsCenter. GIlbert had a -7 score for games one & three. Then earned a + score in 8 out of 12 games(and 2 evens), giving him a +5 for the balance of his play - so thats a measurable "improvement". "RED" games are really bad and Gilbert had 3. By way of comparison, Skrine had 6; Haden had 3; Revis had 3.. and Fuller had 8. Games 4 thru 16? You find Gilbert scoring +3.1 and Fuller scoring a -24.4
1) He will be very VERY good. And, I think it starts this year.
2) He would have been the 1st corner off the board this year too - MUCH higher ceiling than Trae Waynes.
3) He already IS the best CB from last years draft. He finished the season much stronger than Dennard or Fuller or Roby.
Please provide your sources conclusively showing Titus' claims to be incorrect.
The 2015 actions of Evan Turner do not disprove Titus' experience at OSU from 2006-2010.
People do make changes. People are not precisely the same today as they were 10 years ago.
It's very possible for Turner to be a calm team leader today.... and have been an incredibly selfish head case when he played with Titus.
Brax will have to play H next year.. Cardale is too good. JT will ride the pine.
Arm Cannon over all.
The NFL should impose the same penalty that they did the last time this rule was violated..
Also, here's the actual rule.. from the source, NFL.com. Choose "ball" from the dropdown.
"The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether all balls offered for play comply with these specifications." The referee decided the balls were OK.. therefore the Pats didn't cheat.
Did they break unwritten codes of conduct? Probably. I don't know that the competition committee wants to bother creating a better measurement system, though.. I'll believe it when they change the rules to show it.
Until the rules are changed, this is called gamesmanship... which is what you want your coach to do.
It's the Patriots, but this time I think they're getting judged erroneously.
1: Define Truth
NFL.com Rules - and choose "Ball" from the dropdown.
Key phrase: "The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether all balls offered for play comply with these specifications." The referee always agreed.. therefore, the Pats didn't cheat.
2: Everything Else is Gamesmanship
Everything else on the interwebs is someone's unchallenged interpretation of the linked rules. Granted, I hate the rules: they're a disgrace to measurement systems. But they're what the owners agreed on, and it's all we can measure the Pats against. And because the rules are written so inexactly, there's nothing that they can be accused of violating.
DId the Pats violate an unwritten rule? Probably! There's lots of things I don't know about football. But if it's not a written rule, violating it certainly isn't cheating.
Will the competition committee add more specifics to the rules this offseason? Probably. But until they do, we have what's at that link.
The Patriots are really only guilty of finding a loophole big enough for LeGarrette Blount to run through.
There's no way Cardale isn't the starter next year. Arm howitzer >> JT's ability to throw the 5-yard slant. And both of them are better than BM. Even last spring, the comment was: Cardale's best moments far exceeded both JT/BM. But Cardale's lows were ridiculous INT's/bad decisions. So once Cardale eliminated the negative thru maturity and repetition, he is far and away the better player.
Brax will want to start at H-back anyway: He's not a QB at the next level.. he's the 2015 Antwaan Randle El.
I don't think Cardale has a decision. He will win the starting job next year.
BM should play the H role - it's his only position for the pros anyway.
In 2015, we could be the first team to call the double pass 2,3 times a game.
I still think it's Cardale starting next year.. his arm howitzer is far beyond anything JT or BM could hope to achieve, and his size / speed combo exists in another stratosphere.
If JT formed an unholy laboratory union with Terrelle Pryor, Cardale is the result.
Also, OSU beats TCU 10 times out of 10 if they had a play-in game.
It's not too late to be the underdog again: TCU is ESPN's preseason #1 for next year.. not OSU, who loses barely anyone off this squad.
Zeke knew they would break.. he just didn't know it would be on the first OSU drive of the first quarter.
Next year, Cardale will start over JT and Brax... he's got the highest ceiling. He didn't start this year because he had too much variability: His highs were higher than anything JT/BM could do, but his lows were really bad. This year he's worked out the lows... His arm howitzer is the fastest [and tightest spiral] I've seen from any QB OSU's ever had.
This is good, because no ESPN channel is replaying it ever again.
If an SEC team won, you know it'd be replayed biweekly on ESPN2 until next October.
ESPN, however, will continue to dry-hump anyone not from the Big 10.
Did anyone else see their first t25 for next season? We're not #1. Alabama, of course, clocked in at preseason #1 the year after they won and had barely anybody leaving.
Who's #1 in the ESPN poll? TCU.
Oregon plays Pac12 opponents who simply aren't that good. Yes, they beat Sparty - by less of a margin than OSU did. Who else have they beaten? Arizona, who layed an egg in their bowl game? USC, who lost to someone named Boston College?
OSU D has faced and shut down offenses that are as good if not better than Oregon.
OSU O has performed better against defenses that are better than any Oregon has faced.
Comparing total rushing yards gained during the season, OSU is 7th and Oregon is 12th.
The top3 teams faced by Oregon are ranked 20[msu], 33, and 38. The top3 teams OSU has faced and shut down are 3, 18, and 19.
The top rushing team Oregon has faced is the 4th best that OSU has faced.
Comparing total rushing yards allowed during the season, OSU is 45th and OU is 66th.
The top 3 defenses faced by OSU are 1, 4, and 6[msu]. The top 3 faced by OU are 6, 12, 26.
It's fair to say OU has never seen a defense as talented as OSU. MSU gave up the final 28 points, but at the midpoint of the 3rd, MSU was winning. And not that it mattered, but Cook did throw for 350 on Oregon.. so Oregon will give up plenty of yards.
Auburn's rush offense finished 15th in the country in overall yardage and went 43/219 on Wisky in their bowl game. OSU finished 7th in rush yds and went 38/301 on them.
Wisky's rush D finished 24th in yardage. Alabama's was 4th.
I'm not sure Wisky's D is/was all that stellar.. Great effort by the good guys but Wisky wasn't a powerhouse.
Being a loudmouth may get attention on the interwebz, but what's the point? To troll for the joy of.. trolling?
We're better than this.
Oregon's DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu tore his ACL in practice prior to the game vs FSU.. and those terrible OU pass D statistics were compiled while they had his first-round skills.
Oregon does have 3-star CB's behind him, and they did a decent job against the FSU receivers, but FSU is no OSU.
OSU's WR's face better competition trying to get open during practice every day than they will see against OU on 1/12.
I think the first sentence out of Holtz's mouth when they cut to the Gameday desk right after the game finished was "Looks like Ohio State did belong" [Then he paused a beat] "Mark May."
It was beautiful.
Sleep number is just an inflatable air mattress.. aka what you get when you're fresh out of college and can't afford a box spring. it's not actually a thing.
It's insane that OSU didn't check this before booking that hotel.
TBDBITL is a band. Cursing and ridiculous amounts of pride are band culture - everywhere. As is the turf war, because the sanctimonious mouth-breathers who play the violin assume based on zero data that they should have equal say in anything. I'll listen to those morons when they get 100,000 people to cheer for one violin performance.
This is pure BS, and Ohio State is worse for it. Yes, worse. Waters did not deserve to go - period.
A culture of sexuality? What is that, precisely? A live cam at a frat house? Playing MTV's Jock Jams Volume 9 on a loop? If the worst thing he did is force freshmen to run around the campus in the cold with underwear on, that's less hazing than the initiation for OSU's non-varsity club sports and third-tier frats that throw terrible parties.
Everything successful has haters. That doesn't mean it's right to bring it down. Now what, 1940's morality administrators? The point isn't that Waters "was bad" - they now need to provide a solution. And I don't think they have it.