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CGroverL


Deltona, Florida (via Dayton, Ohio)

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I'm a die-hard member of Buckeye Nation. I always have been and always will be. Ohio State makes me proud to be from Ohio and I hope that in the future we not only have the best football team, the Best Damn Band in The Land, and we do it cleaner than everyone else as well. I see that as a possibility as all of the hatred towards our beloved Buckeyes has put a constant huge magnifying glass on our program and I believe our athletes can also be young men that help the community and leave Ohio State as mature NFL leaders or leaders in their workplaces as they do all possible things to make Ohio State proud.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Cie Grant slinging Ken Dorsey around as the ball fell incomplete in the 2002 title game.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Eddie George
  • NFL TEAM: New England Patriots
  • NHL TEAM: Boston Bruins
  • NBA TEAM: New York Knicks
  • MLB TEAM: St. Louis Cardinals
  • SOCCER TEAM: ONLY USA National teams

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Comment 3 hours ago

I don't understand how Philly Brown will affect anything about Michael Thomas...While I do get that Brown's 60 catches over each of the last 2 seasons will be missed, these guys really only are alike in the fact that they are both WR's. Thomas seems to be a downfield threat that stretches defenses as Brown's numbers show us that he was really the "go-to outlet as a short pass catching WR" or a "possession WR". I guess I'm more hoping that we can get the short kind of numbers out of the TE position. We really need to get Philly Brown's numbers as a necessity while Michael Thomas, Devin Smith, Dontrelle Wilson, and Evan Spencer really need to be those "down the field, stretch the defense" type threats. I guess I'm more worried about the Buckeyes replacing Philly's "go -to, first down receiver" presence as he averaged around 62* catches and 11.6* ypc. over the last 2 seasons. Brown wasn't a big play threat in either of the last 2 seasons as his 11.6 ypc is more important than it seems because he lead the Bucks in receptions over the last 2 seasons with 60 and 63 catches in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

I guess I'm just worried about having that "underneath passing weapon" to help the other bigger playmakers to average around 18 to 22 ypc. Whether it is a combination of Heuerman and Baugh, or another more SUREHANDED, UNDERNEATH presence to keep the safeties rolled up, allowing for the other receivers to be more of the big play threat. Having a "Philly Brown type", blue collar short threat will keep the safeties more rolled in so the bigger playmakers can make plays instead of being tackled by the first defender. Michael Thomas is bigger and seems like a totally different kind of receiver than Philly Brown.

I know that the Buckeyes have been playing the screen game more and more...but I really think that the Buckeyes need the RB's to step up and be that underneath presence where the OL lets the DL through as the OL gets blocking downfield after a 2 yard pass to our REAL threats, which to me, are the RB's and H-back catching a few screens instead of the WR's handling them all. I guess I just have more hope in RB's handling screen passes more than putting trips out for an instant pass to the short receiver with just a WR or 2 blocking downfield kind of screen pass. To me, the screen pass to the RB is really the threat we need to pull defenders in and make the rest of the receiving corps to average closer to 18 to 22 ypc. After all, opposing teams have eaten us up with that kind of play and the Bucks don't seem to have that in their attack.

I admit that I know the Buckeye defense much better as most people haven't realized that one reason that the Buckeyes have struggled in the pass game is not having a true Leo (viper or 7-tecnique) and Star as the defenses are really playing the same type sets as Silver Bullets of the past. I don't think it is a matter of a changed defense as it is simply being a bit young on the DL and having issues like losing a starting safety are more the defensive issues. I'm no guru, I just know defense better than offenses and I think Spence will be a better "viper" than he has been and a healthy Bell may help the defense have a true STAR

...if Chris Ash's concepts do not totally change EVERYTHING the Buckeyes did in the Heacock days which ended up in top 10 defenses more often than not. Sorry about the length, guys. Go Buckeyes!!!

 

Comment 22 Apr 2014

The "Block O" is kinda cool simply because it looks the same from either side of the field. That's important for people like me that suffer from OCD and wouldn't want to sit on the side that has an upside down Ohio State Logo...Hell, I always thought that TBDBITL did Script Ohio doubled so it faces both sidelines just for me. Roses are red, Violets are blue...I'm schizophrenic, And so am I.

Comment 22 Apr 2014

Great comment!!! Wolverine fans are like Cubs fans...I'll never figure out how they get so many fans to root for their perennial losers.........Oops...did I say that out loud?

Comment 21 Apr 2014

Sure, his actions set the program back, but he was no traitor. The same with Tressel. When it came down to it, they both did what was best for the program. They kept their mouths shut except for an apology here and there. The whole situation was do to our favorite ENTERTAINMENT network...the SEC faithful still think that espin is a sports news channel because they provide "celebrity" ex-athletes that give their opinions when they should have their mouths shut. Espin made Tatgate their #1 priority for a month and they put more work into it than the government put into the JFK assassination.

Pryor's senior season??? Well you made great points about what that group of Buckeyes could have done if Tatgate hadn't been an issue. In '08...3 losses (lost their BCS bowl game), in '09...2 losses (won their BCS bowl game), and then in '10...1 loss (won their BCS bowl game)...Pryor-led teams just kept improving and went to 3 straight BCS bowls. After those 3 successful seasons, both Pryor and Tressel just split. I'll always think they left the way that they did for Ohio State football, not against Ohio State football.

Comment 20 Apr 2014

Well...Bell was behind 2 proven seniors that started as juniors. Plus, he played in every game and never showed much until the Orange Bowl where he had 7 tackles and 1 Int. Before the Orange Bowl, Bell had 3 tackles in 2 games, 2 tackles in one game, one tackle in 4 games...and 6 games where he registered no stats.

Hey...I love having the kid. I think he will be a great Buckeye that will be so good that he'll declare his eligibility to the NFL after his junior year. Now...to Fickell...The guy is a lifetime Buckeye minus one year with the Saints and 2 years with Akron. Fickell is 40 now and has helped build top 10 defenses in over 50% of his time as a coach. On top of all of that, last season Fickell had the job title of co-defensive coordinator/LB coach. Well, Everett Withers was also co-defensive coordinator, ASSISTANT HEAD COACH, and he was in charge of the SAFETIES as well. By job title, I'd have to say that Withers is the one to blame, if that is what we're doing...you know, putting blame on a coach?

 

Comment 20 Apr 2014

Sometimes you will get some downvotes for sexist comments or for explicit language and you hit 'em both....Just an opinion on why you would get downvotes because I think that most people here would defend the Senator because of the great seasons he had with the Buckeyes.

I agree with you 100% about coach Tressel. In fact, I still hold on to my story that Tressel was the hero of "Tat-gate" or whatever people call it. I feel like coach Tressel "fell on his own sword" to minimize the damage done during and after the so-called scandal. Plus, Tressel has 5 national titles. People want to think that his Division I-AA titles were easier than winning a title in Division I-A(FBS). I don't see it that way at all. In Div. I-AA they had playoffs to go though....

 

Comment 19 Apr 2014

Don't get me wrong (I'm not saying that people that play a certain position are stupid)...In my senior year of high school, I played CB because of running fast in hand timed 40's. I played CB because I was fast, period. I WAS NOT game smart at all. I could have played LB with my size but I simply didn't know the game very well on the defensive side of the ball. A middle linebacker doesn't need to run a 4.5 or even be the strongest tackler in the world...especially if he is smart. All of the Buckeye LB's are big strong, and athletic....If it were me, I'd make them (the LB corps) watch film until they knew where to be on each play. Knowing where to be on each play is much more important than being fast or strong. Matt Wilhelm, AJ Hawk, and James Laurinaitis were all very smart and knew where to be....they weren't physically intimidating though. LB's need to be smart and it has been a while since we have seen 3 LB's all on the same page.

Comment 19 Apr 2014

Kat could beat Spielman 7 out of 10 tries in my opinion. Now, if this was Kat vs. Spielman in open field tackling, I'd surely take Spielman. Thanks for trying to have some fun, anyway.....it is so friggin long before we see Buckeye football again. When I read "Wheaties" I had to mention Mary Lou. God help me.

Comment 19 Apr 2014

Kat could beat Spielman 7 out of 10 tries in my opinion. Now, if this was Kat vs. Spielman in open field tackling, I'd surely take Spielman. Thanks for trying to have some fun, anyway.....it is so friggin long before we see Buckeye football again. When I read "Wheaties" I had to mention Mary Lou. God help me.

Comment 19 Apr 2014

I had to give you an "up vote" for that. However, the truth is that only Devin Smith has ever really taken one away from the defense and he did it just once that I can remember. ALL of the receivers need to listen to your advice. Evan Spencer might have one "takeaway" as well, but the receivers need to be more physical while the ball is in the air as offensive pass interference isn't called nearly as much as defensive pass interference. If the WR's need to throw an elbow before jumping to create some separation, they should do it.

The best receivers GO AND GET THE BALL. The Buckeye receivers need some motivation.

Comment 19 Apr 2014

Smith is the best RB on the team....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVcGG2QF1eQ

Personally, I like this play and the Miller to Rod Smith for a 51 yard TD. Those are great things to have. Jordan Hall took carries from both Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith and Hall did close to nothing..... When Herron returned in 2011, I bitched because Hyde lost carries. I like RB's that are 6' and 240 pounds and can run the 40 under 4.4 seconds consistently. Hyde and Smith were the best RB's on the team from 2011 on. Hyde was lucky to get the carries he got (remember that Meyer never had a 1,000 yard rusher before Hyde). Rod Smith is the best RB on the team. Oops! Did I say that twice already?

Comment 19 Apr 2014

In my opinion, Rod Smith is the best horse in the stable. He has run sub 4.4's in the past and he has size like Eddie George (both are 6'3" and both played their senior year at around 240 pounds). His problem right now is his grades as he "Ain't comin' here to play school." Honestly though...he truly is having problems with his grades (as a 5th year senior) which is why he didn't play in the spring game although coach Meyer often praised him for his "A to B in 4 to 6" this spring.

Rod Smith is plagued though...if you didn't know...

Rod Smith has just 83 carries in his Buckeye career. When he has been given the ball, he has looked great. See though, Rod Smith had 4 fumbles before he got his 50th carry. That kind of thing puts you on the bench, then you drop to 3rd string...and 3rd string at Ohio State sometimes means that you don't play. On another note, Smith is very talented as he hit hard as a LB when he was doing anything possible to get some plays in and he caught a 51 yard TD pass where he ran his route, caught the ball in stride, and showed that he has good hands as a pass catcher. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LLobnRQhQY

Comment 19 Apr 2014

Sounds close to Hoke before he went to AA. Before being M*ch*gan's head coach, Hoke was 2 games above .500 and his best game was a Poinsettia Bowl win over Navy when he coached at SDSU.

Comment 18 Apr 2014

Yeah...well so did Mary Lou Retton. On top of that this drill is all about power and leverage...and Kat was bigger and stronger than Spielman....yeah....Game Over!  Spielman would last longer against Kat than Mary Lou would have, but not by much. This drill is not about tackling, Spielman should be the underdog. I can't believe that the majority (as of now) is picking Spielman. Katzenmoyer would eat Mary Lou Retton and Chris Spielman before taking both of their Wheaties boxes..........

Got milk?

Comment 18 Apr 2014

If this was more of an "open field tackling" drill, my vote would have gone to Spielman...but this is a circle drill where the object is to go straight ahead, low and as hard as you can. Katzemoyer has the edge.

Yeah...my vote goes to Katzenmoyer.

Comment 18 Apr 2014

In 2012 he talked up Curtis Grant saying he was working hard in practice and that he (Meyer) expected Grant to lead the defense. If you remember the Buckeyes' best MLB in 2012 was not Grant....it was fullback, Zach Boren. Boren played well in Grant's "semi-absence". Meyer did the same thing about other players in 2013...I think the problem is that Meyer bases his good and bad "pre-season" simply on effort, you know A to B in 4 to 6 seconds. It takes more than just speed and strength to be a good football player.

I agree totally with your comment. If Meyer says you're bad, you have a lot of work to do to get to be acceptable. However, I think that his "talking players up" can sometimes be based on just effort. Effort has to be in the equation, but effort isn't everything like it is in spring practices. If effort was all there was to it, Curtis Grant, a former 5-star LB would have all Big Ten honors by now...he probably would be looking forward to this years draft too, instead of his senior season. James Laurinaitis however came to Columbus as a 3-star LB. Fickell busted his ass for 4 years and turned him into a force that played 4 seasons (he played just a few plays per game as a freshman) with the Bucks. He finished with 365 total tackles, was a consensus All-American (2006, 2007, 2008), won the Nagurski in 2006 as a sophomore, the Lambert in 2007 and 2008, plus he won the Butkus in 2007...and the list goes on. His story needs to be preached to incoming Buckeye LB's. After all, the LB's we have now are all bigger, faster, and higher rated out of high school than Laurinaitis was...but Laurinaitis was far ahead of Curtis Grant. Laurinaitis KNEW the game and knew where he had to be to make the play. If Curtis Grant has a problem, not knowing where to be is it. I wonder what coach Meyer would say about it all?

Comment 18 Apr 2014

When Tressel would do coach speak it did get kinda funny. My wife once asked me "What is it? You have to watch the coach talk, too"? I responded with..."All he is really saying is "Mom does dog face to the banana patch". After explaining Tressel's slick tongued use of coach speak to her, she started watching Tressel's pressers. She would always say, "he's not really saying anything but gobbledygook".

I never realized that Tressel's way of speaking had an actual name called "coach speak". It's good to know because I always called it "Mom does dog face to the banana patch, gobbledygook, and gravy covered mumbo jumbo." It's much easier to explain when using the term "coach speak". Thank you for that....

 

Comment 18 Apr 2014

Yes....that was what I was going to say but you beat me to it. Reggie's family did it up too...luxury hotels, limousines, and a lot of airline miles, too. $100,000 worth of the good life anyway.

Comment 17 Apr 2014

I wrote the original comment that has now spawned a few other comments. What I saw was Nuernberger kick FG's around 45 yards with ease (it looked at if he was just kicking extra points but the balls were going 60 yards in the air and through the uprights).

 

I just mentioned that I don't think that Clinton (who kicked very poorly) should necessarily lose his job over this one bad day. I didn't get them mixed up....after reading what I wrote: You and I are on the same page. Nuernberger missed just 1 of his 6 attempts and he even kicked a FG where Urban Meyer gave 3 points to the opposite team. That kid has a strong leg...as you said, a 52 yarder that was barely kicked. He does weigh 220 pounds. Going into the Spring Game, Clinton held a slim advantage over Nuernberger. After the game, they may be equal or Neurnberger may have taken the lead....

Comment 17 Apr 2014

Both were listed at 6'3" and 240 pounds in their senior year. George had close to 2,000 yards during his senior year....Hyde had over 1,500 yards in his senior season while missing 3 games. We all love Eddie for the Heisman, but a 3 game suspension for Hyde took Ohio State's 8th Heisman away. When it comes to size, height, weight, strength, and even stats...these 2 are almost perfectly matched. Great pick.

Comment 17 Apr 2014

If my family had not moved to central Florida in 1980, I would have attended Roth High School...where Keith Byars is a legend. It seems that Dayton has the Wright Brothers, Roger Clemens, Mike Schmidt, Keith Byars, Brady Hoke, and ME. While all of those mentioned were born in Dayton, my comment was just me being silly. Anyway...even though Byars is from my hometown, I'd have to pick Pepper Johnson in that circle drill. My memories of Keith Byars are more from his Sunday playing days when he was converted to a TE that didn't lift his knees very high when he ran (as in NOT Roger Craig-like) but had super hands and was very clutch. Pepper Johnson was just a monster though as he played well above his 240-250 pounds when he hit, yet he was very fast and seemed to let no one get by him.

My money goes on Pepper, but not for any specific reason. In their primes though, I would expect at least one of them to get their helmet knocked off.

On a side note....Keith Byars led Roth to a state championship in basketball in his senior year. Not so bad, right?

Comment 17 Apr 2014

EXACTLY!!! I agree with you 100% although I hate the coach of TSUN for being from the same city I am, wearing a maize and blue girdle, and calling the school simply "Ohio".  See though...here's what I tell the haters that complain about saying or writing THE Ohio State University---"There is a sign in front of the campus....and it says THE Ohio State University on it!!!"

People think that it is something goofy that fans or even a player or coach just made up one day....like Brady Hoke did when he decided to give Ohio State the same name as another school in Ohio. "Sorry, Mr. Hoke, you can't call them that name, it is already taken by a different school that happens to be in your home state...I mean, before you became a self-proclaimed Michelin er uh M*ch*gan MAN".

I should move on as well...I just can't because Brady Hoke and I are from the same city in Ohio and it makes me sick!