This kind of sucks, and its what I feared when we moved to 14 teams. Missing wisky 4 of the next 5 is bad enough as is, but we also miss Northwestern 4 of the next 5 and Iowa 5 of the next 6... its like we aren't even in the same league as them any more. Imagine how bad it would get if we moved to 16 teams. We might only play teams once a decade.
I could be wrong, but I dont believe they play the same position. I think Marshall is an H, so he would be competing with Wilson for that role. Dixon is either an X or Z, playing on the outside. So I dont think Dixon being in the two deep is any reflection of where Marshall stands on the team.
I'm glad somebody gets it
The last time I saw BassDropper he put a curse on me and pushed my boat backwards down a waterfall on the Norway ride at Epcot...
I feel like it wasnt that long ago when one of the staff members made there "way too early look at 2015" predictions and everyone was going ape-shit over how awesome the class would be if the predictions came true. I made a point of posting that everyone needed to temper their enthusiasm because nearly every guy on the list had come out to say they were waiting to commit until after their senior seasons. I also wondered when we would see the first Chicken Little post for the year... and now we have it! I at least thought we would make it to May. Silly me, I should have know better.
If you're freaking out now, here's a little advice: Buckle up buddy, because if you're panicking now it could get a whole lot worse before it gets better, and I dont want you sitting in a bathroom somewhere Gomer Pile stile waiting to go Full Metal Jacket on the first person who mentions Buckeye recruiting. In my mind I can only see 5 commits or so before summer. Maybe 8-9 by the end of July. If the sky is falling now, it'll be Armageddon by then. Just relax and realize all will be well by the time NSD rolls around.
OK, I included anyone who looks to be a probable starter this year. That is why Boron/Price, Thomas, C. Smith, Lee, Conley/Reeves, Burrows, and Powell are on the list. While these players have a small sample size, I would expected them to make significant improvements going into 2015 with a full year starting under their belt. Besides, if they are starters and they come back next year... that would make them returning starters (Insert blown-mind face).
I included Green because he lead GT in receiving 2 years ago, it may not translate, but the man has done it at the college level.
I included Marshal, Dixon, McMillan and Baugh because at one point or another this spring, Meyer has raved about them. I would expect them each to be significant players in two years.
Dodson, Apple, and Booker are the only reaches I included IMO. Dodson could fall of the planet, but he could also unseat Baldwin for the RT job, so he makes the list as a possible returning starter. Obviously nothing has been said about Booker because hes not at OSU yet. I'll admit I included him solely because I have a high opinion of his talents.
Apple likely shouldn't have been included in my list, so i will begrudge you a single player. Otherwise, I feel this is an accurate portrait of the awesomeness we have to look forward to in 2015. I added no one else that I dont expect to be, at minimum, a key contributor by mid season this year.
And you think Barrett or Jones will give us that?? I have a hard time believing that either guy will be anywhere near as accurate or efficient as Brax, let alone more accurate and efficient, at least not in their first season at the helm. I know we dont have a good sample size for either player, but if we have a more efficient passing game in 2015, and it is solely due to QB play, and not simply a matter of receivers growing and improving, I'll eat my shoe. As a side note, I dont want to eat my shoe... I like my shoe.
I dont think he actually means "Lets redshirt Brax!" That would be ridiculous. But looking at who we have back next year, it would be spectacular if Braxton could somehow be back as well. He would be the missing link on what could possibly be a championship team even without him.
Offence: Loses - Heuerman, Baldwin, Spencer, D. Smith, R. Smith
Returning - Elliot, Dunn, Decker, Elflin, Boron, Price, Underwood, Dodson, Vannet, Baugh, Thomas, Marshal, Green, Dixon, C. Smith, Wilson... Add in Brax and that is unbelievable for a returning offence.
Defense: Loses - C. Grant, D. Grant, Bennett
Returning - Spence, Washington, Bosa, Schutt, (A ton of other d-line talent), Perry, Lee, McMillan, Booker, Powell, Bell, Reeves, Conley, Burrows, Apple and others...
While I think we will be very good yet again this year, next year looks like THE year, so it would be amazing to have a 4 yr starting, Heisman caliber QB running the show.
Over the last few weeks, Houston has been trending away from QB's. With Matt Castle signing a 2 year deal in Minn i dont think they go QB either. So if we pass at #4 (Which we should), I see only Jax and maybe the Raiders going QB. I think its possible for both Johnny Douchenozzle and Blake Bortles to fall on draft day. In my opinion, Im not sure you even take him at #26. No one at the end of the round it looking QB. Go Mosley or Shazier at #26 and try to move back into the bottom of the round for your QB. Its not that I dont think the guys are talented, i just dont think they are top 10 picks, and looking at other teams in the league, most actually seem to be fairly stable at the position right now.
I don't think we could have asked for a better draw. I think this team needs to get a win or two before heading to the NCAA tourney, so not having a buy may actually be in their favor. Rolling Purdue and getting Brasky in round two may be a God-send. And the best part is we should completely avoid those damned Nittany Lions...
He is what we would call "A physical specimen"
Thanks, great info
Wait, since when do MCL "sprains" require surgery? I know MCL tears that guys just braced up and played with. I didn't think an MCL ever required surgery unless it was a complete tear, or it was pulled clean from the bone. If I am wrong, someone please enlighten me.
Wow I haven't even seen Miss America contestant's answer questions that chaotically... I believe "huh?" is the appropriate response.
The Baylor uni's are visual diarrhea, but I actually like the Indiana ones a lot.
Since this is most ideal and not most realistic, I'll go with:
Sign Ben Tate at RB
Sign Edelman for the slot (I liked that)
Teddy Bridgewater at #4
Kelvin Benjamin at #25
obviously Gordan and Cameron are at WR anf TE respectively
And I know its not offence... but Shazier falls to #35 and we land him
I'll see your Stump and raise you a Ridley... but either way OSU is certainly living the life!
I'm sorry to be the one to break this to you, but it seems the gray box has gone the way of the Dodo... We already had the site when Ben Edwards committed and, sadly, there was no gray box to be found. Its like drinking a glass of orange juice and realizing you accidentally poured yourself sunny D... its still refreshing, but you wish you just had your good old OJ back.
This is an exciting piece, but I want to take a minute to have everyone rein in their emotions a little bit. Every year I see people on here talking about how "this year will be a dream class". I can already see it happening again, and I urge for people to have patience. Its not that I dont think we'll have a top class (I fully expect us to be in the top 3 again), its just that this year, even more so than others, I believe will be very short on star power for a good long while. Most of the top guys on the board have come out saying that they will wait until after the season, or at an all star game to announce, and that might mean we get into mid summer with only local boys and kilby-lane or someone else already in the fold. I just want everyone to remember that Urban always wins... so when the time comes, we need to keep the chicken little crap to a minimum, step back from the ledge, and remember that we had all the same hype - then all the same "this class is not what we expected" posts - then all the "i knew we'd be top 3" posts, last year. Recruiting is a hell of a ride and it wont happen on our (the fans) timetable, but we'll get what we need in the end. So enjoy topics like this (I love the piece Birm) but dont start going crazy 3 weeks from now when we still dont have guys like Gibson and Harris committed.
Fair enough, I agree that Kenny and Brax was probably not the best choice. I was simple alluding to the idea that "the most popular player on any football team is the backup QB". I could have went with any number of Browns controversies, but the clowns make me sad so I went with the OSU one that was freshest in everyone's mind. And while Kenny G could most certainly start for a lot of teams, Brax does some things with the ball in his hands that no one else in the country can do, so I still think the people calling for a change were a bit out there. Thanks for the input though. I would +1 you if I could.
Well to put this into perspective, last year 7 teams made it. This included a 23-13 Illinois team (8-10 in conference) and a 21-13 Minn team (8-10 in conference). Looking at that, I dont think there is any way we get left out.
*As a side note, Iowa did get left out at 9-9 in conference, with a better record than either of the above teams, but I do not believe they had any quality wins on their resume that could help them.