While I respect what JT has accomplished, the slam against Tate was an asshole move. Period.
Ohio State currently has a class average of .9773. That is not too shabby.
It happens even to the very best. Sometimes things just don't go your way. He will shake it off and fight hard in the next match.
Fully agree with you. Also, his intuition and ability to get a jump on the play before the QB released the ball was almost Vonn Bell-esque. Really a damn shame he only really played one year for us.
Good point. I too cannot think of any other reason to waste a draft pick on him.
The Harbaugh-led hype machine worked really well in college. Jimmy called him a Heisman candidate and all of a sudden all sports media sites listed him in their Heisman rankings. Similarly, after his first injury-prone season, the media was ranking him as one of the best players in the B1G, "based on potential alone".
Thing is, in the NFL one can separate hype from actual skill. They can see that his skill is overrated and his attitude rotten. Not saying there is no possibility an NFL team will take a chance on him, but a high draft pick really would surprise me.
Pryor is one of our most important commitments. He not only has the size and athletic ability, he also is quite polished and very intelligent. I never understood why 247 continually dropped his score throughout the year. He'll make them eat crow, that much is for sure.
"Don't forget Isaiah Pryor, 6'2". OSU could have a future defensive backfield of guys all 6'1" and taller, all being top 50 recruits."
That comment brought a smile to my face. Thanks!
Damn, I am going to miss that kid. He's a virtual pick-6 machine.
Woodbey is one guy I really want in our class badly. The guy is going to be an All American and an all around punisher in the secondary. Really hope he is all Buckeye.
Why would anyone DV such a sensible comment? Trolls must be out. Have an UP to offset.
I didn't know it was possible for me to have even more respect for Tate Martell than I already did. The guy is 18 and has the insight, maturity and vision of a seasoned leader already. This kid is something special imo.
Wow.I had no idea that 247 has such an anti-OSU bias. Granted there are some exceptions, but quite a few of our 2017 guys are ranked lower than the other ranking services (even ESPN in some cases). I wonder what's up with that?
Probably our most important recruit in a class full of elite talent. Wade is the quintessential CB for our defensive scheme, rangy, fast and aggressive to the ball. To me, he is a clear All-American and 1st round draft pick-level talent. We are in for three great years with Wade in our secondary.
+ 1 for the Milton quote. Appropriate, too.
And the problem is, it only seems to get worse. I remember when our offense was streching the field in the 2014 play-off run and then exploiting that space with the power interior run game. Where did that go? Why are we so committed to making the same mistakes in our approach to play-calling? We effectively have a power program in place, but we are wasting it all with poor coaching decisions. It really is sad.
This is the most devastating loss for our great program since the 2007 NC game. Our excellent play in 2014 got us respect all around. Indeed, it is why we could qualify for the play-off w/o a conference championship. This loss puts all of that in jeopardy. We announced on the biggest stage that we do not belong. It may take years to correct that perception. Given the magnitude of this fiasco, I think a coaching shake-up is unavoidable.
That said, our problem seems to be a mixture of poor OL play against good D-Lines, deteriorating QB Play, poor play-calling and inconsistency in our receiving corps. All offensive Coaching positions will have to be reviewed, but - as many others have said already - I expect changes at the offensive coordinator and OL coaching positions. We cannot afford another breakdown like this on such a stage with the talent we have. I am certain Coach Meyer knows this and will act accordingly. OK, sorry, rant over.
I agree with you, Rocket Man. Besides, if what Ozzy says is true (JH sent Peppers to the press box), one has to wonder why he did that. Apparently, JH does not feel that Peppers has useful leadership qualities that could help the team in an important game. He didn't send him to the doctor, but to the pressbox? That sounds like a FY to me, which would give further insights into the dude's already questionable character. And no, that is not calling a kid names. The dude hit a fan and spit on the O. No way a TTUN homer can make that look like a saint's behavior.
You are absolutely right, RunEddie. Great season either way that far exceeded expectations. That said, I hope we find a way to win and make it to the championship game.
Was it not Peppers that said he likes to hit people and that he wants them to feel it? He must have meant fans rather than Ohio State players. Who would've thought?
Right you are. That was one of the craziest games I have seen in recent memory. Still, Jimmy has a way of coming up short.
"Don't forget App St. and Toledo at the big house."
Awesome post. +1.
Comparing Coach Meyer to Harbaugh is simple: one is smokescreens the other substance. The results offer a clue as to who is what.
I respect the picks, but as I said in another post: if we can keep it close late and stretch their line, we may be able to wear them down a bit and pull out the W. Tough, tough game but I do not think we should underestimate Coach Meyer.
Agree fully with this post. Still, lets get the W tomorrow.
Excellent analysis, as always. My feeling is that the strength of the Clemson D is built around the effectiveness of their D-Line. They have a great D-Line that could decide this game. But if we keep them off balance and perhaps get them winded in the latter phase of the game, I think we should have a pretty fair chance.