Fancy dunks are a dime a dozen. Stroke the 3's boys. We haven't had anyone who could do that with any consistency for a while.
117 FBS schools. The Ohio State University Buckeyes rank 99th out of those 117 schools in QB rating through the first 5 games of the year. I guess Urban owes none of us an explanation as to why he plays Cardale. But this statistic seems telling to me. But it seems we are getting to the point in the season where it is going to be too late to make a change at QB.
Indiana is an improved team. But it is troublesome when we resort to calling Indiana "a great team."
How many catches did the TE position have? 2 for the game and 9 for the year. We under-utilize this position.
If this is true then it seems to be more evidence that the wrong QB is starting. I am not anti-Cardale. I am just pro-JT. If the offense needs simplified for him then he shouldn't be starting.
JT was thrown into action on short notice and in his second game behind an inexperienced offensive line against a good VT defense. It is not the same.
Maybe that is indicative of the QB choice. Barrett is much better at taking what is there and not forcing the issue.
Here is how I see it
1) JT was ahead of Cardale and thus the starter all of last season, 2) JT goes onto have a record breaking season surpassing all expectations, 3) JT gets hurt on what was a bad play call in my opinion and Cardale comes into take over a finely honed offensive machine (thanks to JT) and performs remarkably in leading the team to a league and national title, 4) Cardale somehow is determined to take over as starter before the start of this season, 5) Cardale cannot get the offense rolling after 3 games and is mediocre, 5) JT is rusty in his return, undoubtedly due to the layoff and maybe due to lack of reps with 1st team, 6) Cardale is still deemed better. How is this possible? Are we really to believe that 3 great games last year and 3 average at best games this year makes Cardale the starter over JT?
Is there something more? Please tell me what I am missing.
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I love the guy but for some reason I always feel that Cardale is either on the verge of something big or something bad. JT to me is a model of coolness and consistency. He takes what is there regardless if it is down the field or underneath. I have always been a proponent of JT starting and nothing has changed my mind.
I am sure that Aaron is going to make a nice amount of money playing in Hungary. No doubt a lot more than I will ever make annually. He is still young and if he wants to continue his basketball life by playing overseas, good for him. It would be a pretty neat experience to travel around Europe and experience the culture as a young man. Again, that is an opportunity that I never had and never will. I have changed my tune about what his future should hold. I tended to lean towards the opinion that he should just go to med school and forget ball. But he gets to do what he apparently loves and have some great life experiences while at the same time making a nice living. I would hate to see him do anything that would jeopardize or negate his obvious long term career plan of going to med school and being a doctor. But for the time being, it is a good plan.
With a kid attending the same high school where he went and being a huge Aaron Craft fan, I would love to see him get the chance to play in the NBA. The realist and long-term thinker in me says that he might be better off to make a few bucks playing in Europe and then go to med school.
It was an awful weather day. It was worse than the Purdue game in 1999 which was really wet but not as cold.
Jason was actually killed in a car wreck in December of that year after a shooting altercation at a night club.
Best tickets I ever had to Ohio Stadium in 1993 for the Penn State game-B deck under cover on about the 45 yard line during a wet and cold day. Got to see Big Daddy play along with others like Raymont Harris, Bobby Hoying (who QB platooned with Brett Powers at that time), Joey Galloway, etc. That was a long time ago and I felt sure that we would throttle a certain team that year.
This is not a Buckeye mock of the Stars and Bars because the Stars and Bars did not look like this. The Stars and Bars was a white horizontal bar sandwiched between 2 red horizontal bars with a blue canton in the left corner with a circle of 13 white stars. This is a mock of what is more commonly referred to as the Confederate Battle Flag.
Urban has a huge task in front of him. In a way this could be harder than having to replace 2 QB's last season.
He has a 2x league MVP, the quarterback of the future who put up a great season in his first year as a starter, and a talented freak of nature who came up huge out of nowhere 3x to lead the team to a national title. I think that one can have loyalties to all 3 and make a strong case for either one to be the starting QB to start the season.
The biggest issue is health during camp. If all 3 were healthy, to me it is still a battle between JT and Braxton. No one can take away from Cardale what he did for 3 big games at the end of last season. But to my mind, he lost the starting job after Braxton went down last year for a reason. JT proved himself over the course of an entire season and while we will never know if he would have led the team to a national title, he gets the benefit of the doubt over Cardale in my thinking based on what he did for a full season.
Urban is the luckiest coach in the nation to be in this situation. But his task isn't easy. Having 2 QB's who can make a legitimate case to be the starter is one thing. To have 3 is daunting.
I look at the coming season as more of a foundation year for the following year and beyond. I think this is a solid group of freshmen coming in and hopefully there will be some staying power with them. They are not like a Kentucky or Duke class and that is ok. All I am really hoping for is hope for the future.
Don't kid yourself. The NCAA is not going to do anything close to the death penalty to an iconic basketball program like UNC.
And can anyone explain why the ram or goat mascot has anything to do with Tarheels? I get the basics of the suspected origins of the tarheel moniker which some say dates back to Revolutionary War times or at least to the Civil War. But the animal thing just doesn't make any sense. In any case I would love it if UNC comes out as the goat in all of this.
Can anyone say Doug Etzler?
You kind of knew that we were in trouble in 1994-95 when that little fellow from tiny Convoy Crestview was the leading scorer.
I applaud a strong non-conference schedule change. I can see the merits of prepping the young team for a tough B1G schedule.
But in a way the timing seems a bit odd to me. Stronger teams have had lots of pre conference schedule soft foods while this team will seemingly go heavy on the meat.
I think at this point I would rather have a solid defensive player that averages 12 PPG and 8 boards than someone who can provide the occasional highlight reel dunk.
I am fairly neutral on Thad Matta. I understand the complaints of some folks at times but at the same time one simply cannot argue with the B1G titles, the 4 straight Sweet 16's, and 2 Final 4's. The other thing that is indisputable is that to date there hasn't been any one sniffing around finding impropriety with the basketball program. There is a lot to be said for integrity. Plus, for those who want his head, whom do you suggest as his replacement?
He is a steal in the 4th round. I hate the Steelers but they do seem to draft Buckeyes which is more that we can say for the Browns or Bungles
Our history with one and done's other than in 2007 is less than stellar. We never seem to have enough players around one and done's to have a great season.