After our last showing, at least there shouldn't be any complacency in the program, whatsoever. I'll bet those workouts are going great -
True. But the problem is - when you're uptempo and go three and out - you just go three-and-out a little quicker. We had a lot of issues in the passing game last season -
I have Victor at x, WB. As someone noted above, he doesn't really have a classic x body type (yet) - but I have Hill at z. Depending on what Wilson chooses to do with the H-back position, that's my best guess at this point.
Just beat me to it, Blackkeys. Great minds -
Our "basic defense" worked pretty well against OU last time -
Harbaugh and Saban's ears must have been burning while those discussions were taking place -
I believe Meyer will give Wilson some base principles and set some goals for what he wants but that Wilson will have some freedom for how he gets there.
Agreed, SB97. That thinking was more-or-less the basis of the post, If Wilson was just brought in to run basically the same offense we've been running - there would be far less reason to think the line-up would change that much -
As the old saying goes: "The most important ability is availability". That disqualifies Clarett from the all-time great list, in my opinion. Too many other running backs produced for more than one season. Did he have the potential to be one our best ever? Definitely -
I think it's hard to rank 'em. Different styles - different systems - different eras. For instance, how would you compare the uber-quick but somewhat diminutive Hopalong Cassady with a big ol' bruiser like Eddie George? But they were each the best in their day -
I believe we're averaging about 13 games a year these days. A kid could come in as a freshman and pull it off - if he's good enough. I'd agree - it's unlikely, though -
Interesting idea, Allinosu. Just the kind of outside-of-the-box thinking I was hoping to see. Thanks -
Yeah. I'm thinking the secondary could almost be a separate topic of it's own. Sheffield's gonna play. Kinda like Pridgeon - we didn't bring a JUCO player in to ride the pines -
Good point about bringing back more "spread" to our spread -
I've read that Davis may have better pass-pro technique coming in, too - but Myers has by far the more college-football-ready body. I'm thinking Myers could improve his pass pro much quicker than Davis would be able to make those kinds of gains in the weight room..
I'm also thinking there may be an opportunity for a true freshman this year for the same reasons there was last year -
Thanks, Beatttun -
Thanks, Hovenaut -
I'm sure he played as many downs as we felt safe playing him. Far more than I'd feel comfortable playing McCall.
Mike Sensibaugh and Jack Tatum played in the same OSU defensive backfield. Sensibaugh still holds most of our significant records for INTs. Both went on to great careers in the NFL. If the object is to win championships, it'd be kinda hard to top them -
Agreed, Koz. I'm really looking forward to seeing how things will change under Wilson. The only significant difference between his approach and UFM's, traditionally, is an increased emphasis on the passing game. He would seem to be just what the doctor ordered.
It will also be interesting to see how a fresh pair of eyes may rearrange things. For instance, Wilson is an old O-line coach - there could be some surprises in that line-up.
Naturally, the wide receiver spots should be wide open. Let's not forget we have a stud TE coming in to his second year in the program, too -
Let's just hope the Browns continue to stay away from our guys for the most part. I'd like to see them have great careers in the NFL
He had a big drop (far a nearly sure TD) vs Va Tech the season before - and he played hurt for the rest of the season. UFM may have been referring to that -
A fine young man - and a sensible decision -
Offensively? Parris Campbell. Wilson will find a way to put his speed to use. Unlike most other players with elite speed, Campbell is big enough to block effectively, too - making him a viable every-down kind of player. I'm guessing H-back under Wilson.
Defensively? Jordan Fuller. Coach Schiano will do his magic again - coaching up an outstanding new safety -
Let's keep in mind, Kevin Wilson hasn't really had a chance to do an up close and personal evaluation any off his (new to him) players yet. Everyone will be living in Coach Mick's realm until Spring drills, for that matter.
So - as far as the offense is concerned, we really can't know yet what the starting line-up is really going to look like. Sure - there seem to be some voids filled and moves made that would only be common sense. But I'd be surprised if even Wilson knows right now exactly how everything is going to shake out.
On a side note: I wish everyone would lay-off our wide receivers a little bit. As a group, they only represented 1/3 of our woes in the passing game last season. When we faced decent defenses, our O-line often didn't protect well - and even when they did - JT would miss open receivers far too often. Perhaps some fault could go to the coaches, too.
For example, according to a break-out I saw recently, Parris Campbell was only attributed with two drops all season. Granted - those two may have come at highly inopportune times. But everybody's still in love with Curtis Samuel - and he had two in our last game, alone.
Let's cut Campbell a break. I have a feeling Wilson is going to find a way to put his talents to good use this season.
Defensively, Coach Schiano has me spoiled. After last season, I now expect him to have an almost entirely new secondary playing lights out -
The problem (if there is one) is - Haskins may be that kinda player, as well. Let's face it - these rumors about Burrow are probably stemming from all the buzz about Haskins.
I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the loser of the battle to be JT's back-up transfer - especially, if it's Burrow - since he is a year older -