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Comment 29 Aug 2015

I'm trying to avoid that situation in comparison to this one really.. Tyvis Powell means more to the locker room than Pitt Brown ever did. Arguing for Bell over Brown is understandable. Arguing to take the heartbeat of our defense off the field is just asinine. 

I think people forget these are real people that experience real, knee-jerk reactions. Conspicuously take one of the most likeable starters off the field and I'm just not sure how the team responds. YES, Smith looks like the real deal, but he doesn't have the respect of his peers the way that Powell does.

Comment 29 Aug 2015

No, it's a ridiculous argument because it's dumb.

Tyvis is literally 20x the player that Pitt Brown was. And maybe, JUST MAYBE Urban understands how swapping one player will affect the dynamic of an entire unit. That's just me taking a guess, but hey, let's piss off the most liked player on our team. That shouldn't have any negative consequence.

Comment 29 Aug 2015

Apples to oranges.

That ENTIRE defensive unit was a liability and Urban knew it. It wasn't worth putting Vonn in there and destroying his confidence. He wouldn't have experienced much success and it wouldn't have necessarily been his fault for failing. Hindsight is 20/20, and I think some people forget how much they learned between the ages of 18 and 22.

Comment 29 Aug 2015

I'm glad Tyvis has a life and won't see this thread. Jeez.

The dude is responsible for some great Buckeye moments and is endorsed by the best coach in CFB. What more do you really need??

Comment 29 Aug 2015

You're right, for those reasons he should supplant the proven captain and vocal leader of a championship defense.


Getting it done on a couple of plays during the season and in spring ball is a far cry from doing it against Wisky, Bama, and Oregon play after play. And don't kid yourself, Tyvis had just as many great plays as whiffs. 

You don't replace defensive players unless they are a liability. That's just the way it is. Is Tyvis the best? No, but he is far from a liability.

Comment 29 Aug 2015

If you have complaints about Tyvis, I recommend watching some old games with Pitt Brown and Orhian Johnson.

Tyvis is a leader of this defense, his presence on the field extends far beyond his tangible talent. Will Erick Smith maybe be better one day? Sure, but I have to question whether or not you've ever played sports if you can't see the negative impact on chemistry this would have. Hell, Smith might be better right now, but Powell is the pulse of the defense.

Comment 29 Aug 2015

I think what he was referring to in that game were the styles of play. We have a downhill, zone-power blocking scheme with big lineman and Zeke. They had four defensive tackles across the line and LBs that are NFL size. I do not expect the same type of game in any way, shape, or form with VaTech.

VT has an undersized, fast-twitch DL that focuses on upfield penetration and disruption. They use variety in schemes so that Bud Foster can put the game in his own hands. Kirby Smart runs a very vanilla defensive scheme that forces you to beat them straight up. He's the exact opposite in that he doesn't put his players in risky situations, but instead relies on their talent and speed to keep everything in front. VT is a "throw the sink at em" type D, and they'll gladly take the big play tradeoff for getting the offense off-schedule. 

With Bama it's just about being better - who wants it more, high energy and passion. You're in it for the long haul. With VaTech it's gonna be about execution and composure. All it takes with VaTech is one early, big play to break their backs. Take a D that tries to be the aggressor and dodge, dodge, dodge, then bam. If I'm Urban, I'm running no less than 5 screens to Braxton Miller.

I agree that it will be a hard fought game, but pads aren't gonna be clicking on that day the way they were during the sugar bowl.

Comment 29 Aug 2015

The black stripe serves the purpose it needs to, it's a construction of Meyer's. There is no true criteria to meet, it's simply a motivator. Last year we had to rely on freshman contribution early, so what does Urban do? He pulls off stripes left and right to make the kids feel like they were ready. Because whether or not they actually were, we needed them to be.

This year we are defending a national championship. We don't need Freshman contribution in the same capacity. Instead, Urban jacked up the exclusivity of the value of team membership and is forcing kids to earn their spot in the family. Having kids work harder and wait longer to become a part of a "defending national champion" makes plenty of sense.

It would be viewed by the upperclassmen as unfair if it was easier and easier to become a Buckeye each year. And there isn't some magic checklist that has the dead-set criteria for getting your stripe removed. It's a subjective judgment by Meyer that is used to reward players and light a fire under others.

Imo the lack of stripes being removed is Urban's way of upping the anti.

Comment 29 Aug 2015

Parris had some decent production in the spring game.

Clark and Terry have been killing it in training camp, see the daily camp videos on youtube. 

I highly, highly doubt that KJ finds himself on the field before Smith, McLaurin, Dixon, Clark or even Greene.

And I'm not sure what you're expecting to "hear" about "these other guys," but we have Thomas, Samuel, Jalin, Dontre and Braxton on one unit. That, in and of itself is an embarrassment of riches. If anybody else in our WR unit is tearing it up the coaches probably just don't want people to know. 

Comment 29 Aug 2015

Torrance Gibson comes to mind. 

I know people don't like to make claims or accusations out of these things, but nothing means nothing - everything means something. A kid only does this for one of three reasons. His thought process is either: a) I'm gonna rep my school, b) I'm gonna troll the shit outta this school, or c) I want everyone to know that I'm good enough to be offered by this school

Comment 27 Aug 2015

Great input. 

So nobody's gonna play devil's advocate? Damn. The season is nearly 20 weeks long, anybody? 

Comment 26 Aug 2015

This had me laughing pretty hard.

I'm in Chapel Hill, you?

Comment 26 Aug 2015

Hadn't seen this, appreciate the contribution.