Please draft this young man so the Steelers won't get another Buckeye standout. Thanks.
Browns winning the SB?
Luginbill is college footballs version of Mel Kiper.......after you take away skill, intensity, and a really awesome hair style.
Palmer is alright, but he was on the Bachelor so I can't really forgive him for that. Howard is just the worst thing to happen to humanity. I remember watching Pollack in college and he was a complete standout and just a great teammate. Really great person. He is an SEC homer though so sometimes I get really frustrated with him.
Qui- Gon, oh how I will mist Liam Nesson
Buckeyesvsworld: Yeah, they had a couple bad games, but still finished #21 in total D despite some crippling injuries. Bud Foster has a track record second to none. Look at the stats from the past 15 years and try to dispute that.
Seriously? Braxton is starting at a position he has never played before, EVER! Meyer used Wilson as a decoy his entire freshman year because he was inexperienced and couldn't block. I do agree that Braxton will be more than a decoy with his running ability, but its crazy to expect him to really be a huge factor right out of the gate.Sure, there is too much hyperbole, but not that much when you remember that they did come into our backyard last year and beat the fool out of us. No way in hell this happens again, but I think a lot of the Buckeyes on TKP are just treading lightly because they do have to respect the fact that VT beat us. Its not like a Minn board where we could just troll and say whatever the hell we want because we own them and they can't say a peep otherwise.
Yeah, I agree OSU is vastly improved on offense. This will make combating the Bear/stacking the box easier. However, football is still a numbers game. Even with improved o-line play you cant block 8 when you only have 6 guys blocking (5 OL, TE). If they stack the box against Elliott and essentially use both their safeties as extra linebackers there isn't going to be anywhere to run. Honestly, in the first half against VT our O-line wasn't horrible. They were far from great, but VT simply brought the house and dared us to beat them via the pass. If they do that again this year we aren't going to be able to run the ball down their throat. We are going to have to be able to at least have a mediocre passing game. Also, the designed QB run does even out the math a little bit and give us an extra blocker. Which is why JT was our leading rusher last year. He will be doing a lot of running vs. VT.
Good point. Wisconsin's defenders are bottom feeders compared to the guys VT fields though. World of difference. I also think Bud Foster is arguably the best D coordinator in college football.
Warranted or not, some on here have bought into the recruiting rankings too much. Expecting Dixon or Gibson to be effective against Kendall Fuller is like expecting the Browns to win the Super Bowl this year with Johnny Football. You have to respect the talent across the field and also be realistic about where you are hurting. In this case, we are missing 4 of our top 5 wide receivers against a team that may run the Bear and make us beat them downfield to win.
Thats not pandering if its true. I think most of us do have serious concerns and questions about where we go from here (for the VT game). As we should, they were the only team that beat us last year. I agree that we shouldn't go out of our way to prop their team up in any way, but I'm not sure there is anything wrong with communicating that there is a problem here. Hell, if we still beat the snot out of them it makes our victory that much sweeter. We will have beaten them in their own backyard without 4 of our top 5 returning receivers.
Thank you! Best and most realistic take I have heard on this all night.
Nobody is pandering. Everyone (except you) is just trying to take off the scarlet glasses and look at this objectively. Yes, we had freshman step up last year in key positions. Good chance that will happen here. However, I think most of us have doubts this will happen in their first games ever and on the road. JT and a lot of others had very rough games against VT last year, but improved dramatically throughout the year. I think that is what will happen here, but it takes game experience. Most guys don't step on the field for the first game and become world beaters.
Backfield will be fine. That is still a strength with the RB and H-back depth. The only thing that gives me unrest is the fact that completely unproven guys will be at WR #2 and WR #3. That being said, the VT offense is so inept that we can probably get by. Maybe Samuel sees some time at WR??
The unnecessary crude language aside, I don't see how communicating with the enemy is pandering. I actually enjoy it when VT fans come over here and give us insights into what is going on with the VT. Perhaps these people do feel like experts to a degree, but some just like talking football. As long as visitors aren't like JPBuck I'm fine with that.
More importantly, he had the full confidence of Urban Meyer. To me that is as powerful an indicator of future success as any other. Yes, we have other 4 stars in the wings, but there is a reason why they were all behind Brown.
And how many snaps have been played by these 8 4-star WRs? Pretty sure the answer to that is ZERO. Actually, I do think Dixon has played a couple snaps. Ok, maybe the answer to that is 15 total snaps. Yep, thats a lot better.
Once week 2 comes around there will be 3 more options.
Yep, Corey Smith is going to have a chance to be a full time starter and seriously raise his draft stock. He has a lot of ability and if he puts it all together he could be in line for a fine season. I don't think 600 yards receiving is out of the question.
This is a significant loss. One that will not be replaced easily, and probably won't be. Meyer clearly trusted Brown for his physical blocking and sure hands. Despite losing Devin Smith/Spencer, the emergence of Brown in the spring really seemed to put people at ease. Now with the suspensions and Brown's injury there is a lot uncertainty in the receiving corps. Yes there is a lot of potential, but there is almost no experience and development will take time. I think that our ability to run the read option just became a lot more important. Especially for the first game when a couple guys will be making their first starts at WR. Cardale has a cannon, but a cannon doesn't do much good when all your proven pass catchers are out. We still have Thomas and Van, but that is it for VT.
I'm 100% sure I'm overreacting, but I do think this slightly tipped the QB battle in JT's favor (assuming it was dead even before). There is a lot of uncertainty right now and I think this makes JT's superb leadership even more valuable. Hopefully Mclaurin and Dixon are ready to step up and contribute. They will have the opportunity now.
Yeah, if the suspensions hadn't happened I would be pretty calm right. Brown is a great kid and a fine WR it looks like, but Marshall and Corey Smith are both very capable. We got some depth, but going against Fuller/Facyson doesn't seem like a good situation for a kid who has never played a snap before. At this point, we just need to escape Blacksburg with a win. Torrance Gibson: I know its asking a lot, but now would be a great time to show the country why you were regarded by some as the top HS athlete last year.
Its not cocky, its athletic arrogance. All the great ones have it. They are the best at what they do and they aren't afraid to let their opponents know it either. These type of players may rub some people the wrong way, but I'll take a million of em. Would much rather have a player who is flamboyant than a player who is timid and plays scared on gameday. Doesn't matter how talented you are, if you play even slightly scared you are going to get exposed. We don't ever have to worry about this with Vonn Bell though. 100% gamer.
The physicality of Thomas is a very underrated quality. He is ridiculously strong and has really turned into an excellent. The type of grinder any NFL GM would love to have.
The offense is scary enough if either QB just picks up where they left off. Now, if either of them has a massive improvement then I'm really scared for opposing defenses. Tough to say which one has more room for improvement. JT was ultra efficient last year, but added arm strength could do wonders for his game. Also, a 70% completion rate should be considered a real possibility (Teddy B did it a Louisville). Cardale on the other hand could vastly improve his mental grasp of defenses and the read option. Couple that with his ridiculous throwing ability and you got arguably the best QB in college football. I suppose Cardale has the higher ceiling, but I'm not sure considering JT could actually break the NCAA record for passing efficiency before it is all said and done. The career record is actually 175.62 (Sam Bradford) and last year JT had a 169.8 as RS freshman. If JT sticks around he might not only beat the record, but take it to new heights.