But to do it every single year of your coaching career? I'd say that's impressive. I hope it doesn't get snapped. I pegged them for probably 4 wins out of the remaining games as well, keeping in mind that 4 of those games are against top 12 ranked teams and one is on the road at Wisky, which isn't an easy place to play.
Personally, I think 20 wins is a decent accomplishment with this team anyway. This is the youngest team Thad's ever coached and I believe I'd read that we're one of the 5 youngest teams in the country. We have no seniors (walkons who don't play don't count) and one junior. Rebuilding years aren't 20 win seasons for a lot of schools.
Probably all 5'7" 175 lbs of Maurice Wells. Pretty sure his hair alone accounted for 15 lbs of that.
I've never seen anything like what they're doing this year. And all I can do is just get the popcorn and watch and enjoy...even though I'm a Cavs fan, I'm also just a fan of basketball in general. Really was interested to see what would happen between them and SA...and they just keep roundhousing their way through the NBA. It's impossible to go undefeated in an NBA season...but they're showing the only team even remotely capable of beating the Golden State Warriors is the Golden State Warriors.
Woah, another Gooner!
Do Brees and Manning have reputations for having weak arms? I never thought that was the case. Sure, now Manning's arm at age 39 and several surgeries later looks like a wet noodle...and you can see how much he's struggling in comparison to several years prior. I thought Brees was always known to have a stronger arm, the knock on him was just that he was too short. And Montana? I mean, he didn't have the greatest arm, but we're also talking about one of the best ever, not just some common case. And you're talking an infamous bunch with Kaep (who still took his team to the SB), George, Leaf, RGIII and Cutler...the other common thread among those guys is they're headcases. Let's not let the exceptions define the rule...a lot of successful QBs have strong arms and sometimes successful QBs have weaker arms.
JT's going to have to fight more than just the arm strength stigma. He's going to have to fight the height stigma and he's also going to have to fight the "spread QB doesn't translate to the NFL" stigma. Unless he has a Manziel-esque season in which he goes berserk and puts up video game numbers, I don't think he's widely considered a top QB prospect coming out of his RS junior season next year. If you're projected to go highly if you leave early, right or not and fair or not, it's typically because you have that freakish cannon arm and the measurables that scouts and GMs drool over. I think he can make it in the NFL too, I just don't think there's a market for him leaving early unless he goes flipshit on everyone this year. He'd be better served to come back as a senior gain more experience and get better, instead of going pro early and being taken in a middle round as a project and having to fight just to stick with a team's roster. Even though Troy left as a senior, I see it as as similar scenario. Had the stigma of being too short and having enough arm strength and not a particularly fast release. He could play in the pros and showed some promise, but he had to fight to stick with teams and bounced around before falling out of the League altogether.
TL;DR - I think he can be successful in the League but don't agree with a lot of previous comments (not the one I'm replying to) saying he's a surefire candidate to potentially leave early next year. Don't think he'll have scouts drooling all over him enough to warrant an early exit.
Exactly my mindset on it. It'd be a hell of a coup for Meyer to pull a guy out of Louisiana away from LSU up to Ohio. If he can, I'd be blown away and thrilled. But I'm certainly not holding out much hope. It's hard enough to pry a big time Louisiana guy away from LSU within the south...and seemingly impossible to pry them all the way up to Ohio.
Hope to see him take another step forward. For my money he was the better of the two corners we had starting last season.
Really, I'd prefer it if Simmons played 1 and Lyle the 2. JaQuan's always looked a bit out of position for me at 1. I think they put him at the 1 because they want to get their best players out there as starters and of those 5, he's the closest thing to a point. Kobi looks like a better natural ball handler and passer to me. Either way, both of these guys have the flexibility to play the 1 or the 2. With Arizona having a quality starting PG and UK being flush at both guard positions (not to mention two top 10 in the country PG/combo guards already in their class), I think those other schools face the same "where can we fit him in" conversation.
Usually depends on who scored most points, I think. I'll defer to BR on that one.
Honestly, I'd easily argue we had just as much if not more talent under Coop than we did under Tress. Some of those 90s teams were absolutely loaded. That '98 team is still probably the most talented team I've seen at Ohio State. I thought this year's was going to give it a run for its money, but the QB play didn't quite stack up.
lololol, you guys! Stop it with all the cat puns! You're gonna make me puma pants!
Team is young. It's the youngest team Thad's ever coached anywhere he's been (literally the youngest). The core of players out there are all freshmen and sophs. Team will improve as the season goes on and we've got a long, strong and athletic core for the next 4 years. The next task is going to be convincing that next 5-star player to jump in with these guys once they're vets a la Sully with Diebler, Lighty, Lauderdale, Buford, etc. and you've got a top team. Still a damn shame that team had to bow out of the tourney like that. Best OSU team I think I've ever seen with my own two eyes.
This year may be rough to start with...but Thad teams usually tend to get better as the season goes on. I expect this to be no different...and probably even more so since we're sooo damn young. Thought I read somewhere that we're one of the top 5 youngest teams in the country this year. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this team will be middle of the pack in the B1G this year, but manage to make it right to 20 wins...probably wind up in the NIT or something unless they can make it to 20 wins with a massive upset somewhere along the way under their belt. I don't think this team is without talent...they're long and athletic as all get out...I just think they're extremely young and are relying heavily on some guys who don't know what it takes to truly play at this level quite yet with Giddens, Lyle, Harris and Grandstaff. They're figuring out what it takes to play defense at this level and also keep in mind that this is basically a brand new team. We only have a couple of guys who were leaned on heavily last year for big minutes in Tate and Loving...they're going to figure out how to play together better as the season goes on.
Plus his "scholarship" was based on there being one available and no one there to claim it. Was going to go to waste if not used, so you reward the guy. It's one of those, "Ok, since we don't need it, we're going to give it to you, but you're still a walk on...when we need it...we need it."
I do feel bad for Cardale and want to see him succeed as much as anyone. At times I do take issue with the play calling and them trying to shoehorn Cardale into an offense much more suited for JT...but as the season has gone on, Cardale just seems to have some issues. He's supremely talented with the size and the arm and all of that, but he's not quite there with the mental aspects. People blame the O-line at times for not protecting, but this is due to two things, one being that teams are teeing off on him and the run because they're going to try to force Cardale to beat them throwing. They're really saying we're not going to let Zeke beat us and we're going to put pressure on him because he isn't showing he can consistently beat a team with his arm when we give him just that. The other is he's got awful pocket awareness. He doesn't do a good job of sensing the rush, having an internal clock and getting the ball out. He many times step up when he should flush out wide when the pocket is collapsing up the middle and many times tries to flush wide right into a pass rush or blitz when the pocket is opening up in front of him to step up. And then he's so indecisive on top of it, he holds the ball when routes are developing and will only throw if a guy is wide open. On a lot of routes he doesn't throw as a receiver is making his break, he stares them down and waits until they've completed their route and then rifles it in. Sometimes he can get away with it because he's got such a cannon, a lot of times he can't.
I think Cardale could be an exceptional QB with his raw talent someday, but he needs more time and more reps to get mentally comfortable running a legitimate offense (what we ran in the last 3 games last season was a watered down offense for him...the kind which, if you want to keep running, a good defensive coach will eat you alive on after getting film of it). Unfortunately, in the middle of a nat'l title run, we don't have time and can't keep giving away reps.
The argumentative answer? He can and should. The simple answer? I thought I recalled a recruit say that Zeke flat out told him he's going pro after this year.
I don't necessarily think it's who is better...I think it's who is a better fit for this offense they're trying to run. And there's no question in the world that if this is what they're insisting on running this offense like...it has to be JT. The QB must be a running threat in this offense against an aggressive defense and when the passing game just isn't clicking.
I agree that it has to be Barrett...not that I'm trying to knock Cardale. I don't think Cardale's done that bad in recent weeks, but what they're asking him to do is not a fit for his skill set. I cringe every time they try to turn him into a running, option QB. I feel bad for the guy, I really do, but he shouldn't be playing. Mostly I feel bad for him because I feel like the coaches are doing him a disservice by trying to use him the way they do. They keep trying to shoehorn him into an offense that's geared toward JT's abilities. He certainly doesn't help himself by being inaccurate at times, being indecisive and having poor pocket presence (kind of necessary to be a pocket QB). It seems like he's thinking too much back there about where he's going to deliver and then winds up not feeling where the rush is coming from. How many times is he going to scramble directly into where the rush is coming from? If they wanted to use him this year they really needed to put together a better offensive scheme that's more simplified, accentuates his strengths and masks his weaknesses as much as possible. I don't think they've done that.
I know Paris has been hurt...what's going on with the rest of the youngsters? Dixon was banged up in camp but that was literally the last I heard about him. Not sure I've seen much mentioned with regard to McLaurin either, just assumed he's been hurt as well.