Much appreciated. Thank you
Couldn't agree more. Being a star athlete means you have privilege. It doesn't make you above the law. The life philosophy of "don't be a dirt bag" is pretty simple to follow.
I'm never upset when Buckeye players go to great teams, but the Seahawks also have a young guy by the name of Christine Michael on their team. When healthy at Texas A&M, he was a beast -- fast, strong, and explosive, he's a potential difference maker.
And don't forget DeMarcus Ware now too. That would be an insane pass rush
Hoping this isn't indicative of a more serious injury. I attended Texas A&M, and while I was there our stud QB, Jerrod Johnson, underwent what was supposedly a "minor shoulder surgery". Ultimately, he never recovered, and was never the player he was before.
Here's to hoping that Braxton heals up quickly and without any trouble. Shoulder surgery is never a given with a QB
No better time to judge a player's ability and performance than after his true freshman season behind a shoddy O-Line, AMIRITE??
McCollough is my pick as well
This is very sad news...
Seems like an awesome kid, with a great family. Really thrilled he's a Buckeye. Rooting for him to do great things
Seems like a great kid. Love seeing this sort of commitment. Interesting note via BuckeyeGrove, Taylor said the coaching staff told him he's the last O-Line commit they're taking (free content)
pshhhh. Urban only drinks his scotch neat
Interesting note in SI article -- Ash hired as the Co-DC and Secondary coach. Does this mean Coombs is focusing exclusively on the Special Teams?
I'm sure Kyle will provide clarification when it comes available to him, but OH MY GOD KYLE WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Man is it going to suck if our DBs still play 10 yards off the ball. I'm not on the Fire Fickell bandwagon (a reassignment to Asst. HC and LB coach seems warranted), but if he continues to call shots and we end up that way, it's going to make 2014 a frustrating season. Here's to hoping Withers is just trying to distance himself from the dumpster fire that was the Ohio State defense in 2013
Excellent breakdown, as always. Ross, your twitter feed was much more direct and incisive during the Orange Bowl than I'd seen from you previously. In your opinion, what changes should be made to fix the defensive woes?
I don't care how true those statements are, that's how locker rooms get divided. Be about the team and complain behind closed doors to the coaching staff. Not a fan of this behavior at all. That's prima donna material
@NUTINPA -- kudos for having a rational (read, not ridiculous) discussion with someone you disagreed with. The commentariat has seen a serious lack of such behavior over the last couple weeks.
No doubt -- the guy is a Buckeye through and through, and I'm a big fan, but given the riches at QB we've had in the previous years (Troy Smith and Pryor), I think Braxton got a label as a near perfect QB that he wasn't quite ready for. Predictable reads, inconsistent passing play, and a serious issue getting rid of the ball.
I think another year would help him to correct that (he improved so much from last year), but he really seems to be tired of getting banged up without getting paid for it.
Thankfully Fickell won't be calling plays next year. Hope the new DC has more of a feel for calling the game.
Braxton is a warrior and a great player, but he can't seem to execute the concepts necessary to run Urban/Herman's offense at an elite level -- incorrect reads, inconsistent with the screen passes, and too hesitant to take off and scramble. He'll take off to the NFL, because why would he stay and get beat up for another year?
Ohio State in 2014 will turn the page to the second chapter of the Urban Meyer era -- with a roster loaded with his recruits, likely with new coordinators (Herman to Louisville makes a lot of sense). Good job, good effort, but the loss of Roby was too much to overcome tonight
...but if Southwick is telling the truth and he was railroaded for a he said/she said event, he's understandably pissed.
Best announcement since Kyle Dodson. The whole "I'm gonna roll with..." with the bama hat was a classic troll move. LOVE IT
Great look at that class. Curious comment about Dunn though. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but are there legitimate rumors of a transfer? That would seem premature to me with Dunn being the closest thing to a big bruiser like Hyde we have. You would think he'd get some playing time because of that next season
Les Miles is an absolute riot. I hope ttun never hires him, so I can continue to root for him. He's nuts, and hilarious
Meyer said the defensive game plan against Indiana may have been the best all season. Credited Luke Fickell with the job he’s done.
Should we put this in the "Fire Fickell" thread?
I have zero issues with what he said. Gives us media attention, and keeps people mentioning us in the same light as the other NCG contenders. While he was obviously more than a little amped up (doubtful that we'd beat either of those two teams in a "wipe the floor" fashion), this will get people buzzing about the team, and will help spawn the type of national attention needed to keep us in line for that game.
He tells me to make sure I don't let temporary feelings get in the way of long term goals
I like this coming from Raekwon. Hopefully those "temporary feelings" are of the "holy crap can I go far away?" type, and the long term goals are of the "win a national title, be coached by some of the greats, etc." type.