It's an embarrassment of riches, really, but I wouldn't be disappointed to see Wilson take more direct handoffs out of the backfield as our third RB now that Smith has been dismissed. Marshall is doing more out of the plays we saw Dontre excel in last season (sweeps, screens, etc.) but Dontre is doing pretty well as an intermediate receiver. I can think of at least two plays were Dontre was wide open but Barrett missed him. He's just a player that has to get the ball at least 7-10 times a game. Unfortunately we have at least 5 of those players in Elliott, Samuel, Marshall, Thomas, and Dontre.
Interesting that he would switch to Kansas- thought this was an OSU, Mizzou, Oklahoma battle.. Perhaps he isn't done shopping but wanted to make sure he had somewhere to land. Good luck Josh.
And of course Denzel Washington "Boom" is training day.
I don't believe he would be. I think injury has to occur in first four games, right? Wasn't that what doomed Christian Bryant?
U-M WR Devin Funchess refused to say next week's game against PSU was a must-win. "Wins and losses, that's just a statistic."— Josh Moyer (@ESPNJoshMoyer) October 5, 2014
Just a joke.. Some guy got on Bosa on Twitter a couple weeks ago for playing video games. Said he wasn't as committed as JJ Watt. I know Bosa is a Fifa guy
Would JJ Watt be playing FIFA?
I don't want to sleep on Tyquan Lewis or Jalyn Holmes, but Josh Sweat would have an opportunity to start as a freshman at some point with Noah Spence possibly (likely IMO) leaving at the end of the year for the NFL. With the success of Bosa most recently and also Adolphus and Spence as Freshmen perhaps we have more of a shot than the experts think. Plus Larry Johnson's track record has to be appealing.
Sure is a lot of negative recruiting in here. I guess that's just the way it is. Our school has a lot to offer- great coaching staff, wins, tradition, tremendous support, and a need for a power back. I certainly hope our school is saying that rather than "the fans don't care about football at Kentucky."
It's hard to fault Urban and co for not being prepared to see something they apparently had never seen before, but certainly they failed to adjust appropriately.
While they may not have seen this specific defensive scheme, teams have successfully thwarted our spread option offense by loading the box and penetrating the backfield in the past so it's not like it should be all that unexpected- especially moving forward after we were "exposed a little bit." In each scenario the staff has failed to appropriately adapt and force the defense to change its scheme.
I'd love to see you take a look at Ohio State's blitzes. In comparison to VaTech it appeared that our blitzes were almost always met with a blocker and that our linebackers are ineffective zone blitzers. We penetrating and rush blitz very well but I noticed a lot of ineffectiveness blitzing the pass.
I agree with everything you wrote.. The separation was there, which is actually a compliment to our receivers considering that they were going against fantastic corners and a center-field safety. The drops were inexcusable, especially from our "impact player" Corey Smith. (Brief side note, did anyone else roll their eyes when Smith was listed as one of OSU's two impact players when we first went out on offense?? Guy hadn't even caught a pass yet at OSU)
I think in general people have to settle down on the position coaches. I think the coordinators struggled but the skill players were often in a position to make a play but failed to do so. Barrett himself relied too heavily on the long ball and never used his check-down receiver, which is supposed to be your blitz protection. Aside from some players who made glaring mistakes, I think this loss rests squarely on Herman's inept playcalling (relied too heavily on deep ball rather than slants, swings, and screens against a zero man coverage) and Ash's third-down soft zone defense.
The running thing was just a product of Virginia Tech's defensive scheme. These recruits know what we want to do running the ball and I don't think this game would change that. When they put 8-9 in the box and rush 6-7 every play they are selling out for the run and putting their corners on an island with no over the top help (zero man). There's a difference between not running the ball and being forced to pass. We failed to open up their defense by consistently beating their coverage and therefore the running game was never there for us
This was reported on 247 yesterday in the Boarding House. Today there is a Free podcast which talks about it which I will link. It goes from the beginning and lasts a couple of minutes. http://ohiostate.247sports.com/Article/BM5-Elflein-To-Center-Va-Tech-Predictions-30876620
So........ what's his name?
Only true freshmen I can think of are Neurnburger, Samuel, and then McMillan on special teams. A ton of RS Freshmen
Denzel Ward had 134 receiving yards and two scores. Also had a big 69-yard kickoff return in the second half and a fourth-quarter interception. Nordonia beat Mayfair 36-35 in overtime.
Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum!
I believe a coach would have a responsibility to break up two fighting children- especially where one is wearing a helmet and the other is not. Not sure how you can argue otherwise.
Happy birthday Eleven Warriors!! Thanks for being my go-to Buckeyes site.
One criticism- "Eight years ago some dudes met in a dank cave" is not a very nice way to refer to one of your parents' basements.
I haven't been impressed with Great Lakes the last couple years. Either the recipe changed or everyone else is getting better. Thirsty Dog has them beat IMO (rumors always floating about how that happened)
Can we get this in a PDF or printable format? I'd love to print it for reference
I like them but I don't have them regularly. The Pumpking is my favorite, but 2XIPA is good and the 2XMAS Ale was a pleasant change of pace from the Thirsty Dog and Great Lakes Christmas Ales.
Oh and Southern Tier Pumking is a must try.