Who knows if they do not have a replacement for Mariotta? Was everyone ready for Barrett? We had no idea he would play as good as he did, and after the VTech game everyone was scrambling wondering about this team. Oregon may already have their QB in Locke and this kid may ride the pine after transferring, he may get into that offense and not comprehend it and not understand the playbook and speed. Who knows. This coach is just upset his team is leaving, this kid sounds like he was the offense, and this coach has benefited from his play and now will have to COACH this team rather than rely on one guy's dominance.
Another reason I am leaning Jones is, availability, I know Jones has a MUCH smaller window, but he is healthy.
Barrett was injured as a SR. in highschool, then again this past year, I know injuries happen and it is dumb luck but just some guys get hurt easier than others.
Braxton has been dinged up every year he plays, part is his play style and another part is his body IMO.
Jones, from what I recall was never injured through highschool, or prep school, or at OSU anytime, and his body type can handle the running plays Urban wants to use, much like Tebow's thick frame could handle it. Only Jones has a cannon arm to go with it, and a mentality to go for it on deep pass play calls, rather than be timid and run it. All three QBS are AMAZING THOUGH and man what an amazing "problem" to have!!!
We Buckeye fans are arguing about which one of the three Heisman type QBs do we want to start, where TTUN is thinking, OK lets roll with this Trasnfer, or Morris, or a Freshman.... :)
I am sorry but Jones has to start, as long as he puts in the effort this offseason and learns that playbook like he should, there is no way you don't start a guy who in his second start beat Bama and the other two QBs while are great in their 2nd starts one lost to Va Tech and one lost to MSU. I am not tearing down Barrett or Miller BOTH are great QBs, but Jones never had the luxury of starting against a weaker opponent to get ready, he was tossed into a B1G Title game, a Sugar Bowl, and a National Title game in consecutive weeks. Let him start this season see how he plays versus Va Tech. He will be taking all the snaps all Spring and most of Summer, you can't throw a "cold" Miller who has not played in a long time, or a Barrett who has yet got to test his ankle truly.
However if he does not put in the work then you start the best guy at that time, but with Barrett and Miller both not even practicing until later in the summer, Jones will be the #1 guy, and his job to "lose". You can't give a starting job away from a guy who won the national title to someone who just played in more games.
Both bring something different, but if you watched that state title game even in a loss you see why Burrow is a difference maker, when it matters he made plays at the end of the game to get his team in position for a win. Knows when to run, elusive in the pocket, has a better arm than you think, his arm looks not as strong as it is because he throws with touch, he knew his WRs and their strengths, he knew when he had a 6'4 WR against a 5'9 CB so he threw it soft and high so his bigger WRs could make catches. He threw tight fast balls on slants. Kid is good.
Well I think as far as NFL Prospect Cardale is by far the superior prospect.
I think as best QB to lead this team this past year again Cardale brought something special with his deep ball with Devin Smith, and Thomas. Next year Smith is gone, and I think Cardale should go Pro to cash in personally. This is a terribly weak QB class I would take Cardale over Hundley and Petty 9 out of 10 times considering all three will be projects, why not take the 6'5 250lb rocket arm project?
Next year the QB will be Barrett because Jones will go pro, and Braxton is not transferring but will play all over the field, his shoulder is bad and can't even through until summer, heck our #1 will be Burrow or Gibson or Collier until Barrett and Miller are healthy next year. The spring game will be Burrow and Gibson and Collier.
Truly think Cardale has special arm talent and showed he is accurate and can make NFL throws, he was throwing to guys covered like in the NFL, that through to Marshall that was a back shoulder was an NFL throw. That throw to Smith double covered where he was at the end zone but stepped out right before against Bama was an NFL throw. Opposite hash mark across the field, amazing.
Joe Burrow played well in this game, excited for him to be a Buckeye!
Burrow was by far the best player on the field #40 was good, but his OLINE was about 60lbs heavier than Athens Dline across the line. He had holes that were just massive. Warner Jr. If I recall was #40 and is 5'9 170lbs and #1 was about the same size can't recall his name. Both TOUGH RUNNING RBS, but I would stack 446 yds pass and 69 yds rushing and 6TDs as the best player on the field. Then came in and played CB and absolutely laid wood on #40 who kept churning his legs though, that kid I thought I heard was and MSU recruit. That kid is a beast, but Burrow's performance may be the best I have ever seen, and was by far the best player on that field.
Oh and GREAT GAME!!!!!!!!!!1 Those Toledo kids played HARD and #40 that kid is TOUGH he does not stop churning his legs, he was a warrior too. And #11's grab on the sideline tip toes...amazing catch. Best game I have watched IN YEARS maybe ever in highschool playoffs.
Best highschool QB play I have ever watched live. Burrow was the real deal, watched Braxton and Marshall in their state playoff games, and Burrow is unrivaled in highschool QB play. Zwick was amazing to watch but played on a team with an Oline and D1 WR recruits. Burrow's team was talented and #2 and the Leuhrman brothers were amazing last night, but Burrow's Oline had their hands full and Burrow threw soft when he knew his WR was 6'4 vs 5'8 and threw hard when he had to fit it in where it needed. He gets rid of the ball under pressure, has pocket presence. Real excited he is coming to Ohio State. Anyone who says level of competition is crazy, put this kid on any D1 school with big OLine kids in front of him and he would produce.
Best Highschool game I have watched in YEARS maybe ever. Joe Burrow is the best high school QB I have ever watched live, I watched Braxton Miller and Jalin Marshall in their playoff games and I am talking highschool football, I have never seen a QB as good as Burrows in highschool especially in Ohio. That kid had no time to throw the ball, quick reads, lofted when he needed, lazers when he needed....Glad he is a Buckeye!!!
Braxton would be accepted anywhere with a QB spot open next year he could pick and choose where he wants to go to be honest. Why would he go to Arkansas? They have ZERO chance making any type of Nat Champ run, Oregon? Interesting..BAMA??? They ready to hand the keys to Cooper Batman next year? Or Coker? Florida State??? Think they want Sean Maguire or one of their freshman taking reigns? Once this season is over Miller will be hit with a ton of options, and you can't blame the kid. He is a Buckeye and always will be, he will graduate but have a chance to play somewhere else and I do not think the fan base should crucify him if he did.
I heard a rumor that Melvin Gordon was going to get the ball. Plain and simple I think, stack the box make Stave throw. I feel Jones' play is the least of our worries, it is the Dline. Coming into this year the Dline was talked about as one of the best in the NATION. Bosa and Bennett and Washington and Miller have played great, but we need the LBers to fill the lanes we need the Dline to worry less about getting deep into the backfield and over running the running plays and hold their ground. Gordon makes a living at letting the DTs get too antsy and rush in and countering then busting a huge gain.
I would love to see Burrow lead Athens to a State Title since they are local to me and of course he is an Ohio State commit. But a team that does not pass at all may not want to get down to a team capable of putting up points like Athens is. Coming from behind only running the ball could be hard to do. It should be a GREAT GAME!
Burrow is underrated, and South Eastern Ohio football gets a bad rap but this kid has the size Mauk didn't have and does not play in a gimmick throw the ball 80 times a game, and did a lot of his stats in one half of work at times. Oh and he threw 47 TDs as a Soph and 47 Tds as JR as well. South eastern Ohio has some decent teams that usually are in playoff hunts in Small Schools Nellsonville, Trimble, Ironton has had some great teams in the past.
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I don't get it either to be honest? That is why I made sure to say take it with a grain of salt, it is a wierd rumor. Was curious if anyone has heard anythign at at all. I figure it is just a dumb rumor, I am excited to see him play this year so I was bummed when I heard it at first.
Take this with a grain of salt and not sure if there is ANY TRUTH to it at all, but I heard through some Summer League kids that Burrow's WRs are transferring to Pickerington Central or some other school in Pickerington I believe? Then I heard he may not even play his Senior year? Sounds crazy, but that is just some crazy rumor I just heard this morning from a guy who's kid plays summer baseball and knows Joe. Again not sure how true this is, just reporting a rumor. The guy told me Burrow's Receiver was transfering, I told him it must be BOTH because they are twin brothers. The Leuhrmans, they both have offers to Toledo, not sure if as DEs, TEs, or WRs? Again just a rumor but found it interesting enough to share. Anyone hear of a Pickerington school getting twin brothers transfering in? Personally I hope there is zero truth because Athens is like 30 minutes from my home and they play my old highschool and I wanted to watch Joe play this year, again don't shoot the messeger was just wondering if anyone else heard this rumor?
Q would have a much better chance as a Pro than DT. DT was a 6'5 Power Foward. Q is a 6'8 Small Forward who can drive and play one one one basketball. The stupid travel calls he gets will not be called in the NBA and he will be able to score in an offense more taylored to his play style. This offese the Buckeyes run of let Craft dribble up top and move the ball around the perimeter and waste 12 seconds then when the clock breaks 10 rush a shot does not suit Ross. I still say if the OSU offense was ran for Ross like they did for DT and let Ross run of multiple screens and make the offense more about Ross and less about Craft controlling it this team would be much better. I LOVE CRAFT so don't think I am hating, his defense his leadership and hustle drives this team. But Ross's offense is the only offense on this team, and in the NBA he will be drafted and be on a roster and suprise many OSU fans I think.
Call me crazy but I think the very first game will be a good indicator.
They should outclass Buffalo. We should see sacks, we should see domination.
In the past sometimes it seemed our DEs who should dominate lower talented teams did not get the pressure on the opposing QBs like we all thought they should.
I think this year it changes, I think when Spence and Washington go against someone not on par with their ability they will not play down to their competition they will domiante.
Not saying anything bad about our previous DEs I loved John Simon and Nate Williams, and even before them our others but sometimes when we played an Akron, or Toledo it seemed our DE did not get the pressure we all thought they would.
Again I see Spence and Washington each getting 1-2 sacks versus Buffalo. I will be surprised if they don't. I think 4 sacks between them.
3 is my over and under line and I am over with 4.