Of course, my opinions are subject to change the second JT Barrett leads OSU to a three-and-out.
Just wanted to say I really appreciate your sense of humor DJ. Thanks for doing these Skull Sessions. I know sometimes people give you grief for expressing your point of view, but you have a witty style of writing that is perfect in the morning.
I have a son turning 10 and another one just turned 6. We haven't seen anything about this to them yet, but certainly we get the feeling the 9+ year old knows. Probably from friends at school. He is pretty good about it and doesn't say anything. To me, 6 is way to young at least for my kid.
Not so fast my friend
Your points are valid, but I remain cautiously optimistic. And I disagree that the secondary cannot improve dramatically. Though mostly unproven, the buckeyes need to play to their potential and as a unit. If they do that, I believe only a few teams in the country actually have more talent - and none of those in the B10
9-3 would be a disappointment to me and would indicate that the new starters didn't get it, didn't perform up their potential and/or the new defensive schemes did not work. In the end, I would not be surprised if our margin of victory this year is equal to or greater than last year. Perhaps down 5-7 points on Offense and maybe better by the same on defense. Let's see how this plays. Will be exciting for sure
Cam Burrows, when he was in last year, was excellent I thought. I couldn't for the life of me understand why he was not in more often. Having said that, you have a 5 Star recruit that was personally recruited my Meyer. By all accounts Bell has a high ceiling and incredible athletic. I am pulling for him to win this spot and hopefully Burrows has plenty of playing time. I think the reason the competition is even close is not just because Burrows is a heck of a player, but because Bell was underutilized last year and the injury. You can't make great strides in improvement riding the bench. I guess my fear is Bell may transfer if it is clear to him, he will not be starting. Both Burrows and Powell are Sophmores as well. You can't have a kid with, in all liklihood, NFL potential/talent on the bench. He is going to start somewhere
Yikes. Definitely gives me pause - which might be a good thing to lower expectations a bit and hopefully be very impressed. After reading this I went to Dispatch and read a column by Rob Oller. In an article was this quote:
Speaking on ESPN radio yesterday, analyst Danny Kanell said of his visit to an Ohio State practice last week, before Miller had resumed participating: “It was one of the worst practices I’ve ever seen, as far as QB play.”
I think you meant "East" division of the B10, right?
Hey it is the Wendy's lady. I'll have a double please.
"Braxton's got a very unique skill set, has one of the quickest releases I've ever seen."
Was Meyer talking about Braxton on the quick release or Barrett? I never noticed Braxton had a super quick release
Great write-up as always. Thanks for the receipe.
Perhaps Cardale ~ Tebow in his Freshman year. He'd be a load in goal line situations
By no means is this a prediction, but certainly plausable and I wouldn't be surprised at all if it happens: JT leads us into the Playoffs, perhaps to the championship game, maybe even winning. If any of these happen, especially making the game, JT will not be pulled in the next season.
The talent is extremely deep and electrifying. If the defense gets back to the Silver Bullet days, we will be a force. I believe the team will rally around this and perform above expectations. If that occurs, based on talent alone we have to be in the top 4. JT just needs to lead the team and manage the game without making too many mistakes. Sounds crazy, but this situation could make everyone else better.
Having said all that. Best of luck to Brax. One of the greatest QBs we ever had. Get well soon
Never heard of Bovada and could care a less what they think.
If Brax cannot play this year I fully expect JT to be better than Connor Cook. Time will tell, let's let it play out, but I am cautiously optimistic.
Regarding his leadership, there have been mentions at 11W of JT making impromptu speaches to recruits in front of the team. Things that a typical 18 year old might not do. Granted it is difficult to judge Leadership without being there, but then there is always this: straight from Tom Herman (courtesy of Plain Dealer)
"The offense moves better when he's in there," Herman said of Barrett. "You can throw all the completion percentages – he's probably completing more balls and making more of the right reads in the run game.
"But at the end of the day, the offense moves when he's in and sometimes it doesn't as much, not that Cardale is doing a bad job, but the offense moves more frequently when J.T. is the quarterback, and that's the sign of a good one."
I only clicked on this post because of your avitar. Never change it
This is a guy that seemed to have it all. A local to me living in SF. I heard he was having severe issues with depreciation. That affliction is tough to beat as I went through a bout myself some years ago.
RIP Robin, you were won of the all-time bests
Curious what does that mean for a school like Notre Dame - for football they do not have a conference, correct?
Totally agree. It is sickening. Another tough guy, manly man, beating up a woman. What a great role model. My opinion: You suck Greg
Thanks for that link. Lots of interesting articles especially regarding the Defense. Here is one bullet:
The most frequent second-team defense was a line of Tyquan Lewis, Donovan Munger, Tommy Schutt and Steve Miller; a linebacker group with Raekwon McMillan in the middle, Chris Worley at the walkout and one of two freshmen, either Dante Booker or Sam Hubbard, at the other outside spot; Eli Apple and Gareon Conley at corner; and Ron Tanner and Von Bell at safety.
I found it interesting that Burrows so far is beating out Bell and that there is no mention of trey johnson anywhere.
I live in the Bay Area and have attended many Stanford games. The reasons you list that a kid would pick Stanford makes sense and is quite logical. But from a wow factor there can be no comparison. The stadium is much smaller and rarely filled. I went to a couple non conference games last year and paid $4 per ticket on stubhub. Maybe 30 percent filled. Just not as passionate about football on the West Coast as in Ohio. Compare a night game experience at the Shoe versus something at Stanford and its not even in the same league emotionally.
Anybody know what the asterisks mean next to some of the names? Some have one, two, or three.