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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Attending "The Game of The Century" in '06.
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Comment 20 hours ago

Thanks again for the work you do Birm.  It's always good to get a "State of the Union" on recruiting, especially during the offseason.  

Comment 27 Jul 2014

You mentioned in another article we are falling out of favor with Kirk.  Are there any concerns that he won't make it for an official visit?  If the official visit stands, how do you like our chances?   

Comment 25 Jul 2014

Growing up a big Buckeye fan and not getting an offer at this point has to be frustrating, especially since he has a lot as it is.  Also after his performance at the opening, he might feel he has done more than enough to earn one.  I'm gonna give an 17-18 year old kid a pass for being "arrogent" about making the biggest decision of his life up to this point, especially when his childhood favorite hasn't offered yet.  The 17-18 year old argument may grow tiresome, but in this case I think it's relevant.  Let's commend the kid for not giving up and trying to get that offer.  

Comment 24 Jul 2014

Might not be a popular opinion but i'm disappointed Waters was fired.  It seems to me we lost a great Band Director who was merely a victim of "falling on the sword" of a long standing culture.  Based on reports Waters was actually trying to eliminate some of this behavior, which is more than other directors have done in the past.  Don't see much harm in this, especially when most of the band members embraced it.   

Comment 22 Jul 2014

A lot of people were curious to see what Terrelle Pryor could have done in UFM's offense.  If we land Gibson, this is the closest we are going to get too finding out.  I think the ceiling is that high, especially considering Gibson has an advantage Pryor never did: a real quarterback coach. 

Comment 19 Jul 2014

Nick Marshall at Auburn is worth a mention.  If he went down Auburn could drop from the top of the SEC to the bottom in a hurry, especially since they lost Tre Mason to the draft.  

Comment 19 Jul 2014

If Harris doesn't commit before the season I think we are in good shape.  When he sees a half empty Kentucky stadium as compared to a night game at the Shoe, I think his heart and head will be telling him the same thing.  

Comment 19 Jul 2014

Fair points, but here's my reasoning.  For one, Braxton has a lot more of a running back build as compared to a quarterback.  He is listed at 6'2 and 215 lbs, he's built more like a thick running back than sprinter.  Number 2, Braxton hardly pulls away from people for a guy who would run in the mid 4.4's.  Don't get me wrong, he is a great runner with shiftiness and acceleration but I think his true speed is overrated.  I guess we'll see at the combine.  

Comment 18 Jul 2014

NFL combine official times: Roby- 4.39, Shazier- n/a, Philly Brown- 4.51, Stoneburner- 4.65, Hyde- 4.66.

I think it's safe to say these posted times favor the player.  Based on this and watching Miller live, i'd expect him to run somewhere around a 4.55.  

Comment 17 Jul 2014

I am all for trading an unknown rookie for a 25 year old who averages 26 and 12, especially since he has openly said he would sign an extension to play with LeBron.  Take the guaranteed star now during Lebron's peak years.  

Comment 19 Jun 2014

........ AND HE CAN PASS!!!!

Like the Friday Night Lights reference there.

Comment 22 Apr 2014

I know that article says he's the frontrunner for the Center job, but is it safe to assume he is penciled in to start with Decker and Elflein?  

Sounds like a great situation, let Boren/Price develop for one more year or slide Price over to guard where he has less responsibility and can use his natural strength.    

Comment 16 Apr 2014

TG without out a doubt has the higher upside, but I doubt he reaches it.  Give me Wimbush who has the higher floor, with the playmakers UFM is bringing in I want a distributer to get them the ball. 

Comment 13 Apr 2014

Assuming the offensive line plays like that, i'd be more comfortable with Barrett.  He seemed more comfortable handling the pressure and escaping it with his legs.  Also, I think he has a higher ceiling than Cardale.

That said I think Cardale is better suited as the back up assuming the offensive line improves, which it should with Decker and Efflein playing and having the summer and fall to develop 3 more linemen.  When Cardale had time to stand in the pocket he made some really nice throws, which is something the coaches probably saw in practice this Spring.  

Comment 12 Apr 2014

Penn State has a lot of energy right now and good for them and the B1G, but as long as Urban Meyer is at the helm recruiting is not going to be an issue.  

If TSUN has taught us anything, recruiting championships aren't won in April.  Our play will speak for itself come late August when it really matters, let see who the top recruits are paying attention too then.      

Comment 02 Apr 2014

Judging on how Reeves played last year, it's hard to be confident in our secondary if no one can beat him out.  Maybe he has improved tremendously or the new scheme is better suited for him, but watching Iowa's TE run away from still haunts me.  Also, he didn't exactly redeem himself in the Clemson game.  

Comment 26 Mar 2014

Disappointment: I am a little disappointed that Armani Reeves is still ahead of Conley and Apple on the depth chart.  I know Apple was out with an illness for awhile, but after seeing Armani in the Iowa game and bowl game it scares me that the staff doesn't see a better option than him at the #2 corner spot.  The optimistic side of me wants to say that he has improved tremendously in the off-season, but for whatever reason I think it is more of a testament that Apple/Conely haven't progressed enough to take over.  Watching Iowa's TE outrun him to the endzone still haunts me.

Surprises: Not much of a surprise, but i'm happy to see Michael Thomas as the #2 WR thus far into the off-season.  Also, Herman had glowing things to say about Corey Smith.  Between C. Smith, Thomas, D. Smith, Spencer, Dixon, and Marshall (who I hope tears up fall camp) we should have a fantastic receiving core.  That's not even mentioning that Dontre is taking over Philly's position at H.  A lot of talent, now lets hope Braxton becomes more a distributor.  

Comment 19 Mar 2014
Comment 19 Mar 2014

It was rumored on here earlier that he didn't have a good work ethic this winter.  He's still young so there is plenty of time for him to turn it around, but hard work turns potential into production.  Hopefully he can make that happen.   

Comment 06 Jan 2014

Consider me cautiously optimistic about the immediate future.  As far as the offense goes, they have lived up and even surpassed expectations.  Our offense staff, especially Warinner and Herman, have done a tremendous job in developing and using our talent effectively, especially considering most of the players weren't recruited under Urban's regime.  If Braxton comes back I think our offense has even more room to grow than this past year, I fully expect Warinner to develop 3 O-linemen to play along side Decker and Efflien.  Braxton will only get better at distributing the football (he has improved substantially in every offseason thus far), Hyde was great but we have tremendous depth behind him, we are returning all of our TE's (the best group Urban claims he's ever had), and only losing Philly Brown at WR.  If Braxton can improve his touch and intermediate passing and Warinner develops 3 o-linemen to an above average level, I doubt our offense will lose us any games next year no matter who we play.

And now for the defense.  From a personnel standpoint I see the natural talent only being better.  Our defensive line is losing no one from an already young and talented group, this unit has the chance to be something special with another offseason to get better.  Linebackers is our biggest worry after losing Shazier.  I see a lot of Nickel being played next year with Perry and Grant/Kwon out there.  The young depth is great for future, but it is hard for a true freshman to come in an play such a complicated position effectively, you don't see it happen very often.  Hopefully Mitchell or Johnson is up for the task being the 3rd linebacker.  As for the DB's, replacing Roby won't be easy but between Reeves, Burrows, Apple, Conley, Webb, and Lattimore, you have to think one of them steps up to be a great corner for us next year.  As for the Safety position I see Bell and Powell being a significantly better starting tandem than Brown and Barnett.

Next year, a lot like this year, comes down to the coaching of the defensive staff.  I personally think Withers will be an addition by subtraction, a lot of North Carolina fans were happy to see him go and its not hard to understand why.  The Safety group, whom was Wither's responsibility, was never great with Barnett and Bryant, and was nothing short of bad when Brown replaced Bryant.  When Wither's was here our defense was never good, hardly even average.  Not all his fault, but it's not a coincidence our defense was never good when he had a big role in it.  Fickell is somewhat in the same boat, our linebackers were not up to Ohio State standards these past two years which I don't understand why considering Fickell has coached some great ones in the past.  His play calling has left a lot to be desired too, how many times can you run a soft zone and think it will work?  Clemson themselves said they had so much success because they saw a lot of it.  I fully trust in UFM handling the Fickell situation, if he views Fickell as a liability he will be gone.  Urban said he needs a homerun hire to replace Withers, and homerun hire just might result in a homerun type of season.