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buckeye phi

from Atlanta

Member since 21 August 2014 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Ohio State National Championships
  • NFL TEAM: Miami Dolphins

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Comment 08 Aug 2016

Agreed, MMM.  He gets a lot of criticism for a few unfortunate drops during the '14 season, but the potential is there.  In spite of being bigger than Smith, I believe Campbell is actually a step faster, too. 

Terry McLaurin also looked good as a potential deep threat in the '16 spring game, by the way -

Comment 08 Aug 2016

Good point, Kyle, about failing to develop a real rhythm in the passing game last season until after that shortcoming was exposed by MSU.  It's hard to make a sudden change to the offense like that at the college level. 

I think losing Corey Smith (as well as Samuel, Wilson and Campbell playing through injuries) had quite an imact as well.  Out of our eventual core group of healthy starting receivers, only Braxton had the kind of speed you're generally wanting as a true deep threat - and he was new to the position. 

Even though Thomas, Miller, Marshall, Vannett, Elliott, Jones and Decker are all good enough to be on NFL teams now, I think the passing offense will be much improved this season.  After all, it's not going to take too much to improve from last year's 100th ranked passing offense.

Several of this teams wide receivers have deep threat potential, in my opinion.  We'll certainly be looking at some unproven talent in some cases, we should have the potential to be far more explosive. 

While there is surely more to being a legit deep threat than great speed alone, it is one of the basic prerequisites.  With the return of a healthy Smith, Campbell, Samuel and Wilson - along with some of the speedy newer players, the potential is clearly there for at least one deep threat to emerge - 

Comment 08 Aug 2016

I believe many of the starting jobs may be even more up-for-grabs than some people are apparently thinking.  For example, I find it hard to believe the coaches went after a JUCO transfer of Malcolm Pridgeon's caliber so late in the process last cycle without intending to play him immediately - especially, considering how tight our numbers are right now.  In fact, UFM wasted little time in pointing him out in his presser following Pridgeon's first practice. 

I'll also be a little surprised is Erick Smith doesn't find a way to contribute quite a bit at safety - if not flat-out winning a starting job.  That is, assuming he's fully recovered from that ACL. 

A lot of fans fell in love with Jerome Baker after that spectacular play in the spring game.  And rightfully so.  But the coaches have Chris Worley penciled in as a starter for a reason.  He's been in the program longer - and in spite of starting out as a safety, he's become yet another classic example of one of Marotti's Monsters.  On top of having more experience, he's bigger and stronger right now than Baker - and he's clearly kept much of that safety-esque athleticism. 

I think they're both going to play quite a bit. - which brings me to my main point.  I also believe we're going to see more in the way of true rotations this season - where appropriate (I don't see it so much at QB or O-line, of course).  For instance, UFM has talked about wanting to rotate his receivers more in the past.  Same with the defensive line. 

As we face more and more faster paced offenses - and play more hurry-up offense ouselves, the need for this would seem rather obvious -

Comment 15 Jul 2016

So - What happened to North Carolina?  You know - his alma mater.  As I recall, the Tarheels actually won their division in the ACC last year.  Beats what Michigan accomplished. 

Or, is this association with UM just a marketing deal of some kind? 

In any case, this seems rather odd -

Comment 15 Jul 2016

As you say, Ozzy - there is a correlation - but it is by no means an absolute correlation.  The problem is - it's really the only thing we have to go on until we actually see what these players can do on the field of play. 

Gotta have faith in the coaches on this.  At least, they get to see these kids in practice -

Comment 15 Jul 2016

You've mentioned it before, Blu.Fan - and it's a good point.  Michigan isn't on the same level as Ohio State yet when it comes to depth. 

Since that 5-game stretch in which they play at Iowa, at Michgan State and at Ohio State is at the very end of the season, it's entirely possible a lack of depth could come in to play -

Comment 15 Jul 2016

I wish I could remember the writer's name - and I am paraphrasing - but he said all of the SEC coaches cheat the recruiting rules -  but most of them are doing it at about 65 miles per hour.  Freeze started doing it at 110mph.  The rest of them didn't care for that.  That's what drew all the attention -

Comment 15 Jul 2016

Agreed, Hovenaut.  I've been thinking a great deal of how our offense is going to look this year depends on Dontre Wilson's foot. 

If he's finally fully recovered, I believe he's going to get a ton of reps at H-back - plus a few at running back.  That'll free up Curtis Samuel to move around some - playing more running back, etc.  That is, at least until we see what we really have in Mike Weber on the field of play. 

This spring, UFM said he wants to get Wilson and Samuel each some reps at both positions.

That'll also allow us to do some really tricky things with Wilson and Samuel on the field together.  For instance, we could line 'em up shift them and motion them so it might be difficult for defenders to know who's at running back and who's at H.  That could create some favorable match-ups - particularly since we'll be in a no-huddle, hurry-up mode.  I did a forum topic on the subject a while back. 

Plus, think of what our starting line-up could look like at the skill positions opening day.  Barrett (QB), Samuel (RB), Brown (x), Baugh (y), Smith (z) and Wilson (H).  Suddenly, we're not looking so inexperienced, after all - are we?

Comment 15 Jul 2016

It is certainly the toughest looking game on paper, BuckIDave.  I think we should match-up with them much like Clemson did.  Clemson won that game 37-17. 

However, the Sooners should have at least some home field advantage - say, 3 points worth.  Then - factor in our lack of experience.  That could perhaps account for another 10 points in OU's favor - 5 on offense and 5 on defense. 

So I should go with something along the lines of  - Ohio State 32 - Oklahoma 25.  But I'm not quite ready to call for the upset, yet -

Comment 15 Jul 2016

Aw - c'mon, Bucknut.  That's not fair  - - - to DEs. 

That's a nose tackle if I've ever seen one.  In fact, they might have a spot for him on Oregon's defense.  I seem to remember a guy with roughly the same build getting trucked by Cardale in the NC game.  

Coach Mick would not approve -  

Comment 14 Jul 2016

Obviously, from the context of this thread, "success" would mean championships in this case.  What championships at the major college football level has Harbaugh won? 

The assumption that's being put forth is that he's going to win championships.  In order to do that, he's going to have to beat Dantonio and Meyer.  Both of those coaches have won championships.  In Meyer's case, many championships. 

There's little to suggest Harbaugh is at that level.  Therefore, I think it's one heck of an assumption. 

As you certainly must know, the NFL is a different animal, entirely.  Success in the NFL does not necessarily translate to college ball.  But even in the NFL, he was really only a flash in the pan for a few seasons before he wore out his welcome -