I can't help but feel like BuckeyeBeatUp is wanting to make this a racial thing. I felt like that was what he was looking for the entire time, and especially when he said "the real reason was because he looked like he wasn't supposed to be there".
I honestly couldn't care less. I just want the Bengals to draft the best players possible; I don't give a damn if they're from TTUN, Alabama, Florida State, etc.
Yeah, what an odd inclusion...
He doesn't appear to be, and even though you'd think that Smith and Spencer leaving could create some opportunity for next season, there's still guys like Corey Smith, Terry McLaurin, Noah Brown, Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, and James Clarke to compete with; guys that couldn't really see the field this season because of the depth in front of them. He seems to be the odd man out.
After all that's happened this season and heading into this game with a 3rd string QB... I sort of feel like they're playing with the house's money already and I don't think I'll be devastated with loss. You never know what will transpire obviously, but I feel like the 2015 team will be better and should be in this same position come next year. This is a very young football team.
I didn't really expect them to win at MSU and I wasn't extremely confident against Wisconsin either, so I truly don't know what to expect.
The play of Cardale Jones will determine this game IMO.
Holmes has gained a good bit of weight since he's gotten to Columbus. He's 260+ these days.
I'm huge into the draft all year around and there is pretty much ZERO buzz regarding Grant's NFL prospects right now and I don't know why. He'll end up being one of those guys that NFL teams are much higher on than casual fans / draft people realize. I know no idea where his stock is at the moment, but I think he'll do very well testing out at the combine. It wouldn't shock me if he went higher than most are expecting, but I don't think it'll be in the 1st.
That was always the impression I was under; he was an athletic player but a bit raw as far as his shooting / perimeter game went.
Pryor made the right and easy decision. Athletic, 6-5 wings / guards that can't shoot are a dime a dozen in the collegiate ranks, and to say that he would have been an NBA player eventually is quite a stretch. It's extremely tough to make that league.
He's a shade under 6-5, but I think his best bet would have been as a slot TE / WR hybrid. Pryor wasn't incredibly quick or agile, but he was big bodied and had really good 4.40 straight line speed. He took a while to get to that speed though, but he just ate up yards with his stride.
I don't know if he could ever of run that crisp of routes, but there's no denying he could have been a receiving weapon. I just think his route tree may have been slightly limited just from watching him. He was more just flat out fast than explosive / sudden.
He worked out at WR for the Bengals a few weeks ago and they signed Greg Little instead if that tells you anything.
Spence is almost assuredly gone (IMO), and the only other player I could possibly see leaving is Michael Thomas but that's quite a stretch.
Definitely feel like he'd be more of a TE type H and I've thought that from day 1 when he first committed. I was surprised when Herman (maybe it was Smith) said that they were looking at him at the outside X receiver spot and even more surprised when he ended up at H-back. Speed isn't great, but he's big and versatile with good hands and running ability / decent power.
I've never been incredibly impressed with him and I think at this point what you see is what you're going to get. Which is a very solid player but no where near an elite, special talent.
He's got good speed (but not great top end speed) but he's not extremely explosive / agile, and his vision is lacking. He's relatively quick and shifty though.
He was overhyped and I think people are finally starting to come around to that realization and are accepting it. Yes, he's young and he still has plenty of time to improve. But 23 games into a player's career who has gotten relatively consistent playing time, again... we pretty much know what he is at this point. Solid contributor. Nothing more, nothing less, and there's nothing wrong with that. People just need to lower expectations. Mine were never too high because I was never that impressed with his HS highlights, but the buzz before his freshman year from the team intrigued me.
I have no doubt the coaching staff isn't going to look past them and will pump up Minnesota all week long to the players, but them truly buying into it is another story and that's always the issue with games like these. You can talk up an opponent all week long but when you know deep down you're by far the better team it's easy to think you can win the game just by showing up.
I understand where you're coming from. It was an extremely unfortunate thing to have happened to Miller. But do you not think the best player should play? If that's Barrett, then he deserves to start.
Miller has been a great player for OSU, but he doesn't "deserve" a starting spot. Let the two have a legitimate QB competition next fall and whoever wins it fair and square deserves the job.
For me it's hard to see Barrett not winning it though if that's the case. We shall see.
Personally I think some people are getting a bit too sentimental when it comes to Braxton Miller. Again, a great player for OSU that's single-handily won them plenty of games the past three years and an even better guy, but I think it's pretty obvious that Barrett's the better and more natural QB. This is a great problem to have, and if the two compete and Barrett wins the job I'm sure they'll have a place for Miller in the offense next year. He'll still be one of the most dynamic athletes in the entire country.
I think the score will be a bit more competitive than that, but I don't feel very confident at all. I'll be ecstatic with a win, but I'm not really expecting it. Can't wait for the game though... I don't think ANYONE's giving OSU a chance and I kinda like that.
Top 5 pick at the minimum.
I totally agree and I'm also worried about the offensive gameplan Saturday.
I'll be thrilled if they come away with the victory on Saturday night but that's going to be difficult.
I've just never felt super comfortable with Miller in the passing game. He's made so many amazing plays with his legs (and lots of really good throws too) but when it's 3rd and 14 and a throw has to be made to get a 1st down I never feel super confident. I think he looked much improved at the beginning of last season, but that 50.1% completion percentage in the final 5 games kind of soured me a bit. There was literally no passing game to speak of, and I know a good bit of that was playcalling, but J.T. has seemed so much more natural back there.
Yeah, I don't know. Was wondering the same thing.
OSU is 18th in KR avg, 66th in total yards allowed, 95th in YPG... no 30+ yard returns though, and only 13 teams can claim that.
Obviously they're really good, and the stats are a bit skewed because of how often they kickoff. I'd say they're definitely one of the best units in CFB.
I'll go with "somewhat".
I'm expecting a win, but a loss wouldn't totally shock me.
I think next year Samuel will probably be around 203-208 pounds and that's where he'll top out at for his career here. He doesn't need to be any bigger than that with his particular skill set.
I've never bought into the hype of Wilson. Let me see it on the field first before I will get excited about anybody and I haven't really seen anything yet.
Doesn't have elite speed (although yes, it is good... but people try and convince themselves he's blazingly fast for some reason) but his biggest problem that everyone has seemed to finally taken notice of (I noticed it all of last season) is the guy just has no vision AND no wiggle to his game. Not a good combination.
I keep seeing that Raekwon McMillan played special teams, but I don't remember seeing him out there nor was he on the participation report.