Minor correction... Carlos Hyde's decision cost him a Heisman invite. The policy was there for him to know about and understand long before the incident that cost him that chance. And I say this as a person who lives in Naples, Florida, watched Carlos play HS football at Naples High and is a huge fan of his. Like the sign says... Decisions.
I said this before the Navy game and I'm gonna say it again now... by the end of the year we will all be moaning about the coming "QB Crisis" that Urban and the team will have to endure next year. Because, by then, it will have become plainly clear that JT is the QB of the future and Braxton - as good as he is - is the QB of the past.
"But how do you eschew a healthy but rusty 5th year senior Braxton Miller in favor of a now seasoned and experienced sophomore?" you may ask. Well, I have no idea, but if Ramzy and I are right and JT proves himself over the course of the year, then how do you sit him in lieu of Braxton for a year that will be so crucial in HIS future development? I can easily see that exact thing playing out. Admittedly it's not a bad problem to have, but it can be - and I believe will be - a problem that will need to be addressed. I guess that's where UFM will really earn that paycheck
Damien "The O-men" Harris
Bosa is just the quickest death, but the entire D line has the potential to kill you.
You're right. You can't double up Bosa and Bennett and Adolphus. Double teaming one is going to open it up for the other two and the LBs. The DL this year will be "Pick your poison!"
"Now go show them what being elite is all about."
I agree that mis-direction runs, screens, draws and quick passes are a great way to negate the blitz and keep JT from having to make any 3rd or 4th option reads, but that was my point above. I think Beamer and crew will blitz just enough to get JT and OSU thinking it and then start showing blitz and backing out into coverage. This is where i believe UFM creativity and aggressiveness will win out and yes, use their aggressiveness against them. I'm not smart enough to know how that will happen, but UFM and crew have given me more than enough reason to trust that they do.
OSU will expect VT to blitz a young QB. Beamer and Foster are old hats and will know most of the methods used to defeat the blitz, so I expect a lot of coverage packages and stunts from the VT defense designed to look like blitzes. Doing this will be designed to confuse JT and force him into bad reads and decisions. This is where I think JT will either shine or stink. Will he maintain his composure when he make the inevitable bad read/decision, or will he keep his cool, learn from those mistakes (hopefully few and not too costly point wise) and adjust accordingly? Judging from last weeks performance and the coaches (and his teammates) comments about his composure and leadership abilities, I think it will be the latter. Saturday night, under the lights and with all the hoopla may just be a coming out party for one Joe Thomas Barrett.
Samuel - 183
Wow. They just initiated the running clock in this game (mercy rule). I knew Aquinas would win, but I expected more of a game than this. Too bad the AH receivers played so scared. It would have been a lot closer had they caught just half of what hit them in the hands.
Probably written by an App State fan, but dumbed down so that the average Meatchicken fan could understand it... thus the need for the accompanying picture.
I actually think stressing this kind of gap discipline will really help in future games where it's not quite as important as important as it for this game, but still a good skill to possess. Assignment discipline is a foundation that all D packages will use in some manner, so this kind of experience will serve them well all year.
Well, I for one am not surprised in the least.
Red shirt freshmen who attend football powerhouses like Ohio State are capable of anything, both good and bad. But I think recent history from such debuts at other schools - FSU last year and TA&M last night - bode well for JT and the Buckeyes. And BeatTTUN has it exactly right in the comment above, the difference between most other freshmen starting QBs and JT Barrett is that JT's coach is Urban Meyer.
I was as excited as I normally am for the start of the Ohio State football season before the news about Braxton, but now I am absolutely giddy with anticipation. Tomorrow will tell us right away whether we are going to experience something truly magical (akin to FSU's run last year) or struggle with the inconsistencies that come with an inexperienced team. It all depends on whether the team is more scared or more hungry. A scared beast, no matter how weak the opponent, can always be defeated. A hungry beast, no matter how young and inexperienced, can defeat all comers.
I watched the Bosa brothers in person Joey's senior year and frankly - at least in that game - Nick was more impressive. Now this was most likely because Joey's reputation was solid and he was drawing double and triple blocks, but I was impressed with Nick's speed. And from looking at the film, he hasn't lost a step. Will be great having Bosa bookends.
I would also love for the OSU coaches to take another run at another Naples HS standout (El Guapo's Alma Mater) - Tyler Byrd. I coached this kid 7 years ago in Pop Warner football and he was a standout then. He a soft-spoken kid and even though he has made a soft-verbal to Florida I think would fit well with the team speed UFM is wanting to maintain. And I KNOW he is an Urban Myer fan, so it's not like there is no shot.
This kind of analysis is why this is the greatest football site on the internet.