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buckeye phi

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Comment 18 Feb 2017

As Andrew noted, a couple of these players are considered to be all-purpose backs - or H-backs in our system.  Supposedly, that's why we should be able to say the recruitment of one should not necessarily directly affect the recruitment of another - at least, in a few cases.. 

But that brings up a question I've had ever since Kevin Wilson was hired.  Are we going to play an H-back in our offense this season - at least, in the sense we're used to seeing it?  Wilson is not known for using an H-back as much s UFM obviously has been, traditionally.  I remember reading that - and I've occasionally looked at old IU video since then. 

While Wilson's offense is a spread - it is not exactly the same spread we've been running.  Kyle Jones examined some of the differences in his Film Study a couple of weeks ago - but that was more about blocking schemes. 

It'll be interesting to see how often we go with a Curtis Samuel-type H-back - or, with a second flexed tight end - or, a more traditional, third (slot) receiver.  Or - has anyone reading this heard what our intentions are in that regard this season?

Comment 17 Feb 2017

I believe UFM has been hiring old friends for a couple of reasons.  First of all, he clearly wants guys he knows he can trust. 

Plus, if you only consider his Offensive and Defensive Coordinators - the fact that each has been a head coach in his own right is very significant, in my opinion.  They know first hand exactly what UFM needs - it should never be necessary for him to prompt them in any way.

This probably ties in to his last days at Florida, too.  There's no way he's going to have to micro-manage things with guys like Greg Schiano and Kevin Wilson on board. 

Betcha it goes both ways.  There probably aren't that many head coaches out there who command enough respect.to get a couple of coaches of that caliber to take their marching orders from them. 

As far as I'm concerned, Greg Schiano has already proved his incredible value to the program.  I have to admit, in spite of his credentials, I was a little nervous about losing Chris Ash.  (Remember, our passing defense wasn't even ranked in the top 100 nationally, before Ash's arrival).  But if anything, Schiano has performed even better than anyone could have reasonably expected..  Obviously, I'm a fan.

Wilson has a much tougher task ahead of him.  Just about every time we faced a tough defense last season, our offense was exposed as pitifully one dimensional.  If it wasn't poor pass protection from the Slobs, it was a screw up by Zone 6.  And even when everything else worked - far too often our QB would flat-out miss the open man.  As UFM said:  "If it was just one thing, we would fix that one thing". 

A lot of fans like to talk about play-calling - but it's hard to call plays you know your offense probably won't execute effectively.  Wilson, Day, Studrawa ahd Smith have a lot of work to do. 

I'm far less concerned about the defense Schiano, Coombes, Davis and Johnson will turn out - in spite of losing three DBs and a MLB to the NFL -

Comment 16 Feb 2017

Yeah - we really don't have very many true MLBs on the roster.  In fact, Conner is the only one I can think of - and he could really play either, too. 

After all, Booker was our starting WLB when he got hurt.  We simply have to play him inside to get our three best, most experienced LBs on the field together - plus, he's plenty big enough to take the abuse -

Comment 16 Feb 2017

Keep in mind, last season's defense put those stats up in spite of a passing offense that couldn't get out of it's own way the last few games (and in spots, before that).  It was even more of an impressive effort when one considers that.. 

Also, I couldn't care less if our sack totals aren't exactly through the roof - as long as the defense as a whole continues it's dominance.  LJ preaches (rushing) lane integrity.  So while the sack numbers may suffer a little, the big plays by QBs escaping the pocket, etc. are kept to a minimum.  That's OK with me.  

Besides - I believe we had good pressure most of the time. 

I agree with those who are saying our front seven should be so good, it could offset the secondary's lack of experience in the early going.  We can't count on another Hooker and Lattimore situation.  As in - first year starters who play well enough to be sure first round picks in the following draft. 

However, I wouldn't put anything past coaches Schiano and Coombes in that regard.  They certainly have plenty of raw talent to work with -

Comment 16 Feb 2017

I have no problem with a little hijacking action, Dexter.  I'll go with Booker as the starter, too.  But I think Hilliard is more of an outside guy - and I really liked the little I saw of Conner two springs ago.  So I'm going against the grain and leaning his way - assuming he's ready to roll -

Comment 16 Feb 2017

I'm so much of a "football guy" - I assumed you meant middle linebacker.  I'm only mentioning it because I thought it was funny. 

Carry on -

Comment 16 Feb 2017

I don't care enough about PSU to actually look it up - but I believe Franklin added some sharp, new coaches to his staff over the past couple of years.  I was not too impressed with his coaching prior to that.  So as long as he stays out of their way, I see no reason to think they won't continue to play well

However, as OSU fans know all too well - that success will probably lead to head coaching opportunities for those coaches.  But I doubt Franklin has the "chops" to keep replacing them with top talent the way UFM has.  So I don't think we're looking at anything too long term - regardless of how good their '18 recruiting class looks right now (in February). 

I think Harbaugh will wear out his welcome within the next few years, also.  Sure - 10-3 seemed like a miraculous turnaround from the Hoke era.  But even if they get to 10 wins again this season (which I kinda doubt), I have a feeling their fan base expects to see better than 3-loss campaigns, year after year.  Remember how dissatisfied Ohio State fans became with 9-3 Earle? 

And I'm not sure Crazy Jimmy has what it takes to beat UFM.  He'll almost certainly be 0-3 vs OSU at the end of this season.  And while they're recruiting well - we're still recruiting better.  If it looks like he's rarely going to beat their arch rivals - if ever - his popularity will fade even more.  Remember how dissatisfied Ohio State fans became with John Cooper - mainly due to his abysmal record vs UM? -

Comment 15 Feb 2017

Good point.  Plus, I get the impression some fans are forgetting that our DEs are not just pass rushers.  They have to be stout against the run as well.  Look at the size and strength of our top four DEs.  None are under 260lbs -

Comment 15 Feb 2017

Looking at the four DEs who are likely to make up our two deep rotation - I'm wondering which one Cooper could replace.   He'll probably get a little more playing time this season, though - preparing him for a major role the next -

Comment 15 Feb 2017

Plus - these young DEs only have to be patient a little longer.  Three of the four ends in our "starting" two deep rotation will be gone in '18 -

Comment 15 Feb 2017

I would agree the 2016 defense was one of the best we've ever had - but Woody had some dominant defenses, ya know.  For that matter, the '15 defense was pretty good, also. 

But I agree with the gist of your comment.  It's unfortunate that such a fine defense was saddled with an offense that could barely function in the passing game when they faced decent defenses.  By the end of the season, teams that had the horses - like Clemson - had discovered a simple formula for shutting down our largely one-dimensional attack. 

So yes.  Considering what we had offensively - the defensive performance was even more impressive than the stats would indicate at first glance -

Comment 15 Feb 2017

Yeah, CB.  I think it's pretty much assumed Booker will move to MLB. 

Good point about Ward, too.  Based on how previous Buckeye corners have progressed from their sophomore to junior years, he should be a virtual lock to start - and excel.  And if Sheffield is as good as they say, we may not be taking much of a step down at corner - which is crazy when you consider our starters from last season will both be relatively high draft picks.  Then factor in to incoming 5-star recruits.  Wow! 

My only real concern defensively is at safety -

Comment 14 Feb 2017

Yeah, Chris.  I suppose if you were a receiver, you would have had little reason to worry about what the defensive tackles were doing.  By the way - the idea has been floated here at 11W that if Myers struggles picking up pass protection techniques, we should put that immense strength to good use at the 1 technique DT spot. 

However, I believe he's a sharp kid - and he'll have little trouble picking things up.  Being an early enrollee may give him enough of an edge to possibly win that open guard spot - assuming we put Pridgeon at RT -