I can't help but roll my eyes when kids announce these "top 15 schools" lists, and even the top 10's. Clearly it's just a way to show off your impressive offer list, but how often is a kid going to actually be seriously considering more than 3-4 schools?
Damn them Ed McCaffrey genes are strong (mama was a really good athlete too). Oldest kid was a starting receiver at Duke, and made an NFL practice squad. Then you've got Christian of course. Dylan McCaffrey is a 4 star QB. And Luke looks pretty good at WR / RB even though those aren't even his natural position.
Saying he was just "learning the small little things" away from being A.J. Green is... well, I mean, it's those small little things that separate the athletes from the actual good wide receivers that are dominant at the position. The WR bust rate is so huge because the position is pretty much based off of those intricacies and a lot of guys can't master them.
You're betting on his natural talent and I get that. You could be 100% right for all we know. Look at a guy like Malik Hooker... didn't know what the hell he was doing when he got here because he was as raw as could be, but he figured things out and fairly quickly, and boom... top 15 pick after one year starting. So I know it's possible, but...
If you look at the projected rotation as it stood during camp, you would have a hard time finding exactly where Gibson eventually would have fit in. As of a week ago, the top six receivers were some combination of Noah Brown, Parris Campbell, Corey Smith, Curtis Samuel, Dontre Wilson and Austin Mack. You could add Terry McLaurin into that mix, and Johnnie Dixon had a very good camp as well. Then there's K.J. Hill, who nearly played last season as a true freshman. You also have James Clark, Alex Stump, and Binjimen Victor.
With all of those names, Gibson would likely factor in somewhere around position eight or nine in the receiver rotation, especially early. There is little doubt that they would have tried to find reps for him, but reps are going to be very difficult to come by for the receivers who aren't in the top seven or eight.
So how do they replace what he could have given them? By simply moving forward. This receiver group is full of fast players like Gibson. They might not all have the same physical characteristics, but the basics are the same — run fast, run smart, catch the ball. Surely, there is a receiver in the tenth or eleventh position who can move up a spot and provide that.
Knowing what we know now, McLaurin would basically become almost a starter in that rotation, and so would K.J. Hill. Victor was sort of in the same boat as Gibson; too raw to play many minutes, but the potential was there. The difference being Victor had played the position his whole life, so who knows who would have won that battle for PT. I guess I could see it more as being a huge loss if Gibson had really lit it up in the spring and established himself as a top 3 WR on what most would consider an underwhelming unit instead of being the 8th or 9th man in the rotation.
I really wish Gibson would just play WR at Cincinnati... he's doing nothing but hurting himself if he stays at QB for the next 3 seasons and then tries to transition to WR in a few months before the NFL draft.
Took the words out of my mouth. There was no "savior" for the 2016 Ohio State passing offense. I see this all the time that Gibson would have made a huge difference... I think 2018 was the year you'd see flashes, and maybe by 2019 he'd have figured things out. Being a good receiver isn't just about being tall and fast. Hell, everyone's least favorite WR's Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin actually tested out to be faster than Gibson was, and we saw how much of a deep threat they were (granted, I think they were limited by things such as scheme, QB play, etc).
Gibson was raw as shit and would have likely been the 6th or 7th receiver at best. Mack passed him quickly at the X in the spring and we all saw the impact he had on the passing game in 2016. Coaches would CONSTANTLY mention how far away and inconsistent Gibson was.
It wasn't hard to read between the lines on this one. The only time I ever remember him being mentioned was after his true freshman year in 2015 when Coombs I think said that he "had a ways to go". Looked to be 8th in the pecking order at CB after spring... smart decision on his part and I hope he does well wherever he goes.
I'd be extremely impressed if McCall was indeed faster than Samuel... 4.31 is no joke. If I was betting man I'd bet the over, just because of how freaky fast 4.31 electronic is. Samuel was crazy explosive.
Haven't been to Cedar Point since 2009, but just a tip... park in the back of the park near Magnum XL-200 and the waterpark in that lot and hit Maverick first thing in the morning. That line is always painfully long, but usually everyone is hitting the big stuff up front in the morning (Raptor, Gatekeeper, Valravn) and those lines will dwindle a bit as the day goes on.
Are they big into roller coasters and want to ride everything? Is this likely a one time deal for them? The park will be absolutely slammed that weekend.
If it's just a one day stop, I'd get the passes. Gonna cost you quite a good bit, but it'll cut down lines anywhere from 1-2 hours to 20-30 minutes tops. If you're going multiple days I'd maybe just buy them for the first day and see what all you can do...
Tim Tebow just seems like one of those guys that, if you knew them personally, you'd REALLY want to hate them, but you actually end up liking them and realizing that he's a pretty good dude. He's corny as all hell and back in the day I used to think a lot of it was for show, but I think it's just genuinely how the guy is, and I've got respect for him as an athlete. He should still be in the NFL right now as a Jordan Reed-esque H-back / move TE, and I think he'd be a really good player there. Physically, the guy's always been a beast.
I don't ever see him hitting well enough to pass AA, though. I'm sure they'll see if he can hack it at A+ eventually.
Ed Oliver was the best true freshmen DL I think I've ever seen. He's Geno Atkins / Aaron Donald all over again.
Yeah, I was actually kind of bummed that he was out all last season. Dude is fun to watch; a 6-3 safety that plays all over the place; at corner, deep safety, in the box, off the edge rushing the passer on 3rd down... and I've heard he's returning kicks this season.
Jones with the dreaded "110% committed" comment.
Yeah, I've been doing hang cleans weekly, and mostly heavy (265 lbs+) cleans for about 9 years now and I haven't been injured once. It's all about good form. I've had to take them and barbell squats out of my workouts though recently with this SI joint / lower back pain that's flared up on me... don't think I'm going to get back to squatting, so I've supplemented them with hack squats and Bulgarian split squats. Squats are probably the absolute best total body exercise there is, but I've had two PTs tell me not to do them, and at 26 and already with some back stuff going on... it's just not worth it in the long run. Maybe I'll get into some light front squats eventually (gets the spine a bit more straight). I'm going to miss them quite a bit.
I've never tried power-cleans though. Seems like a great lift, but that initial deadlift-style lift off the ground just scares me a bit, especially where I slipped my disc deadlifting. I totally see the concern with the rapid-fire reps of these heavy Olympic style lifts being a bit dangerous in Crossfit.
Barkely is a BIG time RB prospect. Damn good player.
Yep, also, look into sacroiliac joint dysfunction. I had excruciating back pain starting on April 22nd... herniated a disc a few years ago and I figured I'd aggravated it somehow (very active, etc). Saw a physical therapist and he told me it was likely SI joint pain and I looked into both it and posterior pelvic tilt. Look those two things up and some of the self adjustment stretches and exercises you can do; I've been doing about 40 minutes a day of stretching and it's made a huge difference. When those things are out of whack you're in for a world of hurt in your lower back.
Normal and reverse hyper-extensions are really good lower back strengthening exercises.
Came in to post this.
Sam Darnold would be another.
Ward has been "easily the fastest guy on the team" for two years running according to pretty much everyone involved with the team, and that's with dudes like Lattimore and Samuel running 4.36 and 4.31 respectively. I'd put the under over at 4.35 probably,
Pretty much the only way you're going to get an accurate body fat measurement is by sitting inside of a bod pod. The hand held devices and scales you stand on with your socks off are usually wildly inaccurate. Luckily my friend works in a fitness "lab" that has one so I've got access to one, but I'm not sure how else you'd be able to use one.
Also, BMI is pretty pointless if you're in good shape, and a 25.5 BMI is about as average as you can get and definitely not high, unless you look rail thin.
Bengals fan checking in. Just watch this excessively long highlight reel and you might feel a little better about things...
The guy's not half-bad. Elite returner, and if he's unblocked he'll light you up. Just keep him clean and let him attack and I think he could be solid.
It helps to have the rare ability to eat literally the same things day after day and not get tired of them. I mix it up with a rotation of chicken, steak, salmon, shrimp, tilapia, and ground turkey for the meat and things like broccoli, peas, green beans, and spinach for the green so that helps with the variety a little but. I also never crave food, which helps a shit ton.
My biggest weakness though is sweets and free food. Dammit... if it's in front of me, it's gotten be eaten. Used to be a huge eater (like, two plates of spaghetti for dinner and then 4 double cheeseburgers out with friends later huge) so sometimes that's tough. I just don't bring that stuff into my house... out of sight, out of mind haha.
I don't see the Shazier comparison when watching Baker play besides the similar size (that kid was the freak of freaks... after his first start against PSU as a 205 lb true freshman I knew he was just different) but he's a damn good LB regardless and is the ideal LB in today's NFL. I think he'll be a hot commodity come next April, and I fully expect this to be his last season in Columbus.
Also, I see Brugler's got Denzel Ward's predicted 40 time at 4.50 seconds... think that might be a little bit high.
I was a fat kid growing up... basically from the 2nd grade until the 8th grade when I lost a ton of weight by playing tennis a lot and also by pretty much starving myself... I know... bad idea for a growing kid. I went from being overweight (I was 5-2, 195 lbs in 5th grade) to a scrawny 6-1, 150 pounds freshmen year of high school, and decided I needed to gain some weight back. Started playing football, lfiting weights, etc. and was eventually 220 before my senior year. Just wanted to be as strong as possible.
In college I naturally got down to around 192 pounds where I've stayed (26 now) for about 5 years within a 5 pound range. Pretty OCD when it comes to fitness; the curse of being a former fat kid I guess. I lift weights 3 times a week, with high-intensity cardio the other days (hill sprints, mountain biking) and softball on my rest day. Diet is as clean as possible; 2 eggs, sausage, apple, orange, almonds, banana, protein shake, and sweet potatoes, a green, and a protein every damn day for lunch and dinner. Nothing fried, no pizza, greasy food, etc, and I've gotten my body fat down from around probably 15.0% at 220 to 6.9% at 192 lbs last time in the bod pod. I rarely drink either; the shit just shocks my system because of the rarity and because I drink a ton when I do drink. To me it's easy to have a strict routine like this, but I completely understand why it's difficult for some people.
I've just gotta be active... herniated a disc in my back 4 years ago deadlifting and it's recently flared up again (SI joint pain) and I've had to take it a bit easy and it literally drives me crazy.
It's looking like he's not even going to start this season, but play heavily in a rotation (just like Ward last year as a "co-starter") so it'll be interesting to see if he leaves after just one year of playing part-time. He'll still get a ton of snaps, so it wouldn't surprise me.
You've got guys in here predicting both Dremont and Jamarco Jones, Ward, Hubbard, Lewis, Baker, Booker, etc. as all being 1st rounders. I don't see it.
But I get your point and it's true. It's a stacked class when you look at it all written down like that. I think at a minimum they have double digit draftees next season, and who knows what could happen if guys like Dante Booker or Arnette absolutely blow it up and leave early. It could happen.