Some guys are just studs. I live in NKY and remember going to watch Shaun Alexander play for Boone County. Didn't matter what competition he played. They played Elder and he torched them too. Anyway, I've never been one to judge kids based on their high opponents. His ability would translate anywhere. Maybe not as prolific of numbers, but my guess is he'd still be the top RB if he played in Florida, Texas, Ohio, Cali etc.
I really think Jalin Marshall is that X factor, homerun threat every time he touches the ball, Percy Harvin, whatever you want to call him that Urban is looking for, not Dontre.
I think it was his first carry yesterday, they kind of stood him up and I swear he almost dropped the ball. I just don't trust Rod Smith with the ball in his hands.
I don't disagree about Samuel, but there were a couple of carries, that I thought EZE was going to break one off for a long TD. I think they'll be quite a 2 headed monster. I also really think Jalin Marshall is better than Dontre. I would love to see him get as many touches as Wilson gets. I really think Marshall gives us a better home run threat. I'm not saying Dontre will not be a great weapon to have, but he still goes down fairly easy, even with the extra weight. I also think he doesn't do a very good job of seeing openings. He just kind of runs into the crowd. Reminds me of Brandon Seine.
I'm not sure how addicted he is, this seems like a good PR move to help him get on the field one day. I'm not being cynical or trying to get blasted here. I think he needs to work on making better decisions and change the company he keeps. At any rate, hope this is his last failed test and he starts making better decisions for his own future.
let's spend 5 minuts putting 2 extra seconds on the board of a 45-0 game
Matt Millen is a special kind of stupid.
I don't take JT or the line out of this game. They need a lot of reps together. Plus with the way VT is playing, this team needs to put up 70 a game now to look respectable.
The WR definitely don't do much to help JT out.
THey are ranked 17th because they beat a top 10 team on the road last week. They sure look like an unranked team today
I know Kent State is horrible, but the team looks pretty good today. Plus, the last 2 games were against bad teams too.
Was that Bruce Willis sitting next to the "super fan" with the stickers on his gobbler?
THIS!!!!!! Amazing to me how people are disappointed when a kid decides that Ohio State is where he wants to spend his college years.
There's still a lot of time for their numbers to change too though. Most of these kids hvae played 1 or 2 games of their senior year. Some of them weren't really heard of before FNL. There are guys who are 3 stars because that's their level of talent, and there are guys who are 3 stars because they just weren't discovered early. If this class ends up getting Gibson and Harris though, we won't have to worry much about the rankings, it'll be in the top 5.
So that brings up a good point. Think about kids in previous classes that Urban has not made a commitable offer to and the profile of recruit they were. Barker and Timmons were both 4 star guys and couldn't earn a committable offer from Urban. So when he goes out and grabs a 3 star I trust he knows the talent/potential of the guys he's bringing in.
I look at a lot of the 3 star guys who have signed so far and see offers from the likes of FSU, South Carolina, Bama, Florida, Miami FL, Oklahoma, and on and on. I trust the opinions of the college staffs and the likes of Spurier, Saban, Bob Stoops, and Urban Meyer more than I trust a guy who is paid by people in their parents' basement to stalk college kids.
Elite talent not being developed????? Vonn Bell, Adolphus Washington, Joey Bosa have all looked pretty damn good. Samuel looks explosive. There has been a lot of really good play out of a lot of these young talented kids. I don't know what people expect though. Most of these super talented kids are freshman or have played significant time in exactly 2 games in college. Anyone who has expected this group of freshman and sophomores to play explosive, great football at this point in their careers set the expectations way too high. It amazes me.
I look back at a lot of Buckeye greats and they didn't hit their stride til mid way through their sophomore year or even Jr year. Not sure why all the sudden everyone expects these guys to walk right into the college game and not have some setbacks.
Yes, athletes prove all the time that they are better citizens. People fuck up. He could pay his whole life for this. Since he's a freak though, he'll likely still get a pay check. Let's face it, we aren't upset with him for screwing up. We wouldn't give a shit if he played anywhere else and did this. We only care because it makes our football team worse. He made bad choices, people in all walks of life do this. People who are supposed to be "better citizens".
It's really irrelevant what any of us have or haven't done in our lives and what opportunities we think this kid just blew. He messed up. He needs to move on with his life, just like all of us at our keyboards do. He fucked up, and he'll be the one who has to deal with the fallout. The team will keep playing the rest of the year and by then end of the season he'll be an after thought and we won't have this fake outrage about him then. He, though, will be living with these choices every day.
Smart people fuck up all the time. It sucks he has failed a 2nd drug test. Hope he straitens himself out.
A big reason I hate the obsession with recruiting is some of the junk I've been reading. Everyone talks about the ungodly talent, and yes there's a lot of it on this team, but most of that talent has next to no experience. The O-line is green and the one starter who has returned is playing a new position on the line. Barrett has played exactly two games outside of highschool football. So many of these guys haven't started in college football before. Talent is huge and it's there. Experience is so important though. Everyone seems to be ignoring that. After watching the Navy game, I said to a buddy at work, we're in a lot of trouble next week. I've got family in VA, they said you all are going to destroy Va Tech, I said nope, not with this O-line. They need time to play together in games and gel. Braxton may have been able to buy us the time this team needed just based off of his incredible talent. When he went down, the season was going to be very tough to make it through without multiple losses. It may have been tough even with him.
Yeah people were fine with Urban he won 24 in a row! I thought back in 2012, man 2014 is going to be the year. Then I used my brain and realized what we would lose coming into the 2014 season. At the same time I think people legitimately believed Urban could be working on his 3rd title by now. That's why as much as it sucks, Braxton coming back next year is going to be a great thing. Coming into this year there would be a lot of questions, no matter what. 2015 the only real question was, who is going to be our QB. Don't have to answer that question now. This team is still talented enough to win the shit show that is the B1G.
Ya know what, these kids don't deserve this shit. They put their heart and soul into this team. They put more into the football program tonight than probably anyone commenting on here tonight. I get being disappointed because the team lost, but I've read people calling players a joke or clown, implications that the team doesn't have heart, and players are getting destroyed on Twitter too. I have 1 thought here. GET A FUCKING LIFE!!!!!!! It's a football game for Christ sake. These guys decided to come to Ohio State because they believed there was something special here. They work their asses off and sacrifice their bodies so we can enjoy a game on days we are off work. Let's just keep that in mind before we blast a bunch of young men out there doing the best they can. Losing sucks, you know who doesn't like losing more than fans. THE GUYS WORKING SO HARD ON THIS TEAM!!!!!!!
Does the loss hurt recruiting more than Buckeye Nation acting like a bunch of shit bags on Twitter and blogs? I'm not so sure it does.
I remember when people were calling for Jamaal Berry over Hyde. Zeke has started 2 games with no offensive line to speak of. Not really a fair comparison at this point.
I'm getting kind of pissed reading about how we haven't won anything with Urban or Braxton etc. I'm sorry but there was 1 coach who could have rallied the 2012 team together to go 12-0. Tressel couldn't have done it, Fickell certainly wouldn't have done it, and no one else who was being mentioned for the job would have done it. It took a special kind of coach to take a special group of young men to that 12-0 record. That season was so much fun to watch, and no we didn't get to play for a title, but there were 12 awesome wins that season that I for one appreciated.
Last year was fun,the end of the season sucked. We didn't lose to slouches and both those games were great games.
This team lost a TON of important contributors. Yes, we have a lot of Freshman and Sophomore players who were great recruits but who also haven't played very much football at this level. Losing Hyde, 4 starting offensive linemen, Shazier, and Roby was huge. This year was going to be tough with Braxton under center. Losing one of the 2 or 3 best players in college football is going to have a profound impact on this team.
Losing Braxton for 2014 may not be terrible though. This team with him wasn't going to go unbeaten. Too many very important players are gone. I think anyone who honestly believed this team was going unbeaten this year, especially after Braxton went down, is a fool. Getting Braxton back for 2015, with all this young talent actually being experienced talent next year, wow look out.