Just watched the 2003 Fiesta Bowl again this morning. Trying to soothe the pain from recent debacles. Michael Jenkins was a good receiver. We have no one who could get open on 4th and 14 with the game on the line like he did in OT. Heck, there isn't even a Chris Vance on this team. And if Urban's defense was half as good as that unit, we would have handled VT easily.
You never like to see good in state talent leave and go elsewhere. Thad might be the kind that makes players toe the line significantly more than does Huggins. I knew Bob's dad and I never got the impression that he was too fond of the type of player Bob recruited. I know nothing about this kid but maybe it is a godsend that he went elsewhere. I am not too worried about this. Players look at depth and right now OSU is loaded at his position.
The rap on Tressel was that he lost big games after back to back national championship losses and then losing to Texas in TP's freshman year from 2006-08. Seriously? OSU made 8 BCS games in 10 years (yes I count the Sugar Bowl after the 2010 season) and won 5 of them.
When does the rap start on UFM? The only 3 games in 2 seasons + 2 games of any consequence since he has been at OSU have been losses and the last 2 were embarrassments. The gravy train has run out of track as far as I am concerned.
How many catches do the TE's have in 2 games?
We would have lost this game tonight even if Braxton Miller was the QB. How many times did I hear Nesler and Blackledge say that VT did not change its defensive strategy? They didn't have to because Urban and the gang never made any adjustments. And the poor play by the offense seems to be overshadowing the fact that our defense is pathetic. Navy racked up 370 yards for a reason.
I really didn't like the call where JT had the pick on the 3 yard line. The previous 4 plays had been passes and I think Navy was thinking pass all the way. Maybe the thought was to keep the passing momentum going as the O line had not been up to par. Granted, he has to learn to throw when the field shortens but I thought a run on 1st down might have been the better call. I don't think anyone could complain about his performance. But VA Tech will be a totally different animal defensively next week. Frank Beemer is licking his chops with a frosh QB at the helm.
I remember laughing at Appy State beating UM and seeing the dismay on the faces of their fans where I was at the time. But I have to say that my joy was somewhat tempered by the fact that such a loss absolutely was a beat down on the league as a whole. It is a struggle. I hate UM (and a few others like Wisconsin as much as UM, MSU, etc.). But every time something like this happens the league sadly takes a credibility hit which it really cannot afford.
Reality probably falls somewhere between absolute disaster and an undefeated season. Rebuilt offensive line, green quarterback, uncertainty at linebackers, and a secondary that returns 2 starters from a unit that was torched last year. That seems like a lot to compensate for even with great coaching and talent. The secret to satisfaction is lowering expectations sometimes. This is going to be my approach so I am looking for 8 wins.
So how does Navy 14 compare to the Navy 09 team that was a 2 point conversion away from a tie with us and then went on to win a whole bunch of games the rest of the year including beating Missouri in a bowl game?
I agree with the concept of minimizing Braxton's opportunity to be injured and the consensus seems to be that if he gets hurt we are pretty much screwed for the season. But how much will his running be reduced? To me, a "dual threat QB" still needs to be a viable option in the Buckeye arsenal. If the O-line is a work in progress he might end up doing more running to escape the pass rush than we would like anyway.
I still like Fred Pagac
Hope his game translates well to the CFL and he has a successful future there. It is hard to believe it has been 8 years.
As a Findlay resident with a daughter who attends Liberty Benton where Aaron played, I am hoping that he earns a spot on the team.
The recorded tirade didn't get Waters fired. That is a slap on the wrist offense with a warning to clean up the language and to play a little nicer in the sandbox. It is pretty tough if not downright impossible to survive a 23 page report with those types of allegations in 2014. The amazing thing to me is that it took so long for such complaints to take place. I got the impression from reading the report that a lot of what went on was not random but more organized, structured, and known about which was probably the tipping point. It will be interesting to see if TBDBITL remains that or if we will start to see the decline of the band.
This guy looks pretty versatile-blocks like a tackle that is angry and gets downfield and can catch. He looks like his motor runs all the time. TE's over the years have basically been a glorified offensive tackle that occasionally catches a pass at OSU with some exceptions like Ben Hartsock and Ricky Dudley. That trend seemed to take a step in a different direction last year, and in my opinion the right direction, with Heuerman and Vannett, but it appears that the TE position will need to get more involved this year with only a couple of WR's with any appreciative playing time. I hope that they can set the trend of more TE involvement in the offense for Josh Moore and others. Because truthfully, if I am a highly rated TE coming out of high school, I probably would not have OSU on my short list.
Obviously Buckeye Football is at the top of my list. My first vivid memories are watching Archie, Pete, and Cornelius in the 70's on TV. I was too young to appreciate too much prior to that. But what got me really amped was getting to attend the 1982 Michigan game in the Shoe. Somehow we got a hold of 4 tickets and the weather was absolutely awful-cold and rainy and needless to say we weren't under C Deck. 90,000 was a huge crowd in those days. Ohio State won 24-14 due in part to a lot of UM turnovers, one of which was by Anthony Carter due to a hammering tackle by Marcus Marek over the middle if my memory serves me right. Marek also had a pick at the end of the game. That team had a lot of good players like Tomczak, Tim Spencer, Rowland Tatum, Jerome Foster, Glen Cobb, etc. OSU had one less league game that year, I think and went to the Holiday Bowl where it walloped BYU while Michigan went on to lose in the Rose Bowl (go figure) to UCLA. I have had the good fortune of seeing many games but that one was my first ever and sent me along the path to where my absolute favorite thing to do in life is to go to the Shoe on a fall afternoon.
A tie for second exists between my love for OSU basketball and gulp (this will be like Chris' love for the Yankees-and by the way I watched a lot of good players pass through the Clippers when they were the Yankee affiliate, the funniest probably being Steve Balboni who had the biggest forearms I had ever seen at the time) Duke basketball. I had season tix back in the Gary Williams days and my high school team played Jay Burson in the OHSAA tournament one year. Jay was really one of the most enjoyable players I had ever seen suit up for the Bucks. He looked like me running around out there-a 6' white kid who didn't seem to belong but man could he play and take a beating. Duke? Well, I remember Gene Banks, Mike Gminski, and Jim Spanarkel from the '78 team that went to the Final 4. They were a fun group and what can I say about the quality there with Coach K? They filled a void for me in my younger days when OSU was languishing and the toughest thing for me was to have them play OSU in the challenge in recent years.
Third, the Reds. A distant third. Growing up in the Big Red Machine era, the memories are endless in spite of a 24 year drought of being World Series Champions in 1990. My first game was at Riverfront in 1971 with my dad and brother where they lost against the Dodgers. That was a great stadium.
I have to agree with Findog5 to a certain extent. If we have any kind of defense that night we may not have been in that position to begin with. Plus, the first half was something I would rather not think about.
And really, if I single out this particular play it is kind of like pointing to a bogus call from a ref late in a basketball game and saying that cost my team the game when my team failed to execute on other occasions, missed bunnies, shot free throws poorly, etc. I am not saying that is what is being done here but my point is that the game was lost on a lot of different fronts. But that play sure does stick out in my mind as I couldn't believe the call when it happened. It just seemed predictable.
Personally, I would love to see the RB's and TE positions get more attention in the passing game. It just always seems underutilized to me. Looks like Heuerman is worth bigger consideration than 26 catches in 14 games. I don't know how OSU compares to others in terms of TE use, but at first glance if I was a prospective recruit at that position the Buckeyes would not be on my radar.
Like everyone else, I am glad Urban is our coach. It was a dream come true for me when what we all expected came true the day he was announced as the coach. He was robbed of a league title in 2012 by naïve decision making the year before. But with that said, I don't think that OSU is the elite team in the conference right now. Michigan State in my mind rightly deserves that title and it is ironic that they won the same way Tressel teams did: with tough defense and average offense that sometimes springs to life. This is a pretty important year for Ohio State as they will be starting anew with a different QB in 2015. It just seems to me that if there is no league title (and/or beyond) that the Buckeyes and their adoring fans will be waiting a couple of more years for that to be a reality. And how long do we realistically expect Urban to be head coach? I just don't see him doing 10 years.