Agree it can't be overlooked that Campbell was so young upon arrival, or that attempting to make him a true wide receiver probably wasn't the best plan. I felt like there's enough pressure to include him on this list because (1) Urban created that pressure for Campbell by always talking him up despite so little production beyond KR duties, (2) I like KJ Hill but I don't agree he's a "proven starter" or that EGW, despite being really talented would automatically be a great H-back at this level meaning OSU needs Campbell to be effective if the plan isn't for Demario to potentially be that guy. Just my opinion.
Prince might be fine. As noted, there have been other players struggle mightily in first year as a starter and become very reliable the next season. I'm not sure I agree he was much better after the Michigan game though.
Good call on Booker. I debated listing him. As for Worley, I listed him based on the fact he's moving to the middle and what that entails as far as increased responsibility as the QB of the defense. I have no real concerns about his ability in pass coverage or tackling. Becoming even more physical as a run stopper is probably an opportunity with the position switch but more than anything, I listed him because he'll have the pressure - for the first time - of being that guy responsible for communicating with the sideline, ensuring everyone is lined up correctly etc. Big job for anyone, especially someone who hasn't done it before.
Typo. thanks for heads up!
I believe I captured why I listed him. It has nothing to do with past performance as an outside linebacker. It was about how he faces increased pressure this year as he slides to middle linebacker and takes ownership of the line calls, getting everyone lined up correctly, having to potentially play more physical in run support as the middle stop gap etc.
Thanks. If anything, I'm training her to be my copy editor. I figure once she reads at a 5th grade level she'll be able to correct my mistakes.
Damn, horn dog. Naw, that's great. I'm already 43 so this is probably a one-and-done scenario for me although my wife is much younger and could start hounding me for another in the very near future.
Congrats on the addition to the family. Mine is our first so it's been a pretty life-changing experience so far haha. Not sure if you're more seasoned in that regard..
We'll see. Arnette has been ahead of him so far though Sheffield is just getting his feet wet. I'm not bullish on Arnette based on what we saw last year either but I guess we should also remember how bad Gareon Conley looked in 2015 only to be a stud in 2016. My thought is that no matter who starts, it's always a three-man rotation (Ward saw plenty of time rotating in for Lattimore or Conley last year) so Sheff's gonna play no matter what, and not just in nickel/dime coverage.
In my defense, Antonio Williams will finish his OSU career with as big an impact at RB as Antonio Smith had.
Dammit. Those are the worst errors to try and catch on a re-read because nothing is spelled incorrectly. I blame my four month old since she can't verbally defend herself.
GoBucks72 is the grand prize as he was the 1st picker to post a 6-2 record. He gets an 11W drygoods t-shirt and I'll donate $20 to the Woody fund on his behalf.
BSK33 and RosyCheeks also posted 6-2 records so I'll donate $10 each to the Woody fund on their behalf.
Thanks for playing, everyone. Sorry for delay. Was traveling for work all week.
Oops. Thanks for the catch. Fixed.
Haha that's my dude Lamar Latrell.
My pleasure. Thanks for playing.