How does this kid plan in majoring in Astronomy and hoping to work for NASA after football while playing football at Ohio State, Kentucky, Alabama? Best of luck to him, Lord knows I wouldn't want to attempt that major with major collegiate football. That sounds like two full time jobs. I'd be majoring in "general studies" making sure to get the easiest professors if I had a full ride to play collegiate football
Let's also keep in mind all of the passing struggles we had in spring camp. It's not like JT started the year automatically as a "Heisman candidate QB". It took some time for JT to develop, and he had some mediocre games to begin the year with. Granted, we now have an offensive line that has developed.
We really don't know what we have in Cardale. He could come in clicking from all cylinders like some backup QB's do, or the nerves could get to him to start the game and he has a bad half, which puts us in trouble.
However, I think the game ultimately comes down to our questionable run defense, whether they can get off the field by making key stops on 1st and 3rd down. It's easier to come back with an offense like ours, but I hate putting ourselves in a poor position against run heavy teams that can wear down the clock and our thin defensive line rotation.
Just seen Sammons play this past weekend. He's got some work to do.
The OHSAA insists on playing pretty much all games on turf fields and bigger stadiums now days, especially Week 14 games. Shoot, my DIV high school would travel to Dayton Flyer's football stadium for Week 12-13 games in highschool and completely fill it up, so they also have to consider stadium capacity. Stadiums can be used both days if the host sites are willing, and the OHSAA are struggling to find host sites for many reasons. Just last week, they actually used a site twice in the same day, and forced us to drive 110 miles while the other school drove 30 miles, due to struggles. I see where you are coming from but your asking the OHSAA to find 14 different equal-distant, large capacity, and WILLING sites that are able to handle parking, concessions, find volunteers, have adequate restrooms, with nice locker-rooms for a big time Week 14 playoff high school playoff game. Trust me, there are some very poorly ran stadiums, that the OHSAA and some high schools like to avoid at ALL COSTS. Best of luck in finding those 14 sites. It's much easier said than done.
My dad kind of raised me as a Tennessee fan, so I'll answer from my perspective if I was to be recruited by them. Our highschool paid a little homage to them in decorating our endzones in orange/white checkers for past playoff games when I was a kid, we had similar colors. Like "Rocky Top" That stuck in my head growing up.
Love the Knoxville/Smoky Mountain area, Doesn't get as brutal cold there. Never been to Nebraska or Wisconsin, but I Imagine it's funner and not as boring there. It's definitely better than Indiana. I've always had a liking for Southern Tennessee women for some reason. Did, I mention it doesn't seem as cold?
You play in the SEC for a team that people believe is on the up and up. New head coach that's considered a good recruiter, play for a team, I kind of rooted for growing up. I'll be completely honest- If I had offers from Big 10 schools like Purdue, Indiana, Nebraska, Penn State, Illini, Northwestern or Big 12 schools like Kansas, Kansas State. Good bye, I'm leaving. I'd rather play in a up and coming SEC school, than a boring, mediocre or bad Big 10 school.
Granted, an Ohio State offer and playing in the Horseshoe would change my mind in less than a second.
You bring up a good point there..
Imagine just how good Ohio State would have been had we just cut Aaron Craft, or never let him into Ohio State. Those final four and Elite eight appearance are probably national titles. We should go ahead and fire Thad Matta for this decision as well.
I'll admit, I'm an Aaron Craft fan. It will pain me to not see Aaron Craft in a buckeye uniform this year. His defense, motor on the court, work ethic, and willingness to dive after loose ball's to give us extra possessions was top notch. Yes, he had his offensive liabilities in shooting the basketball, but it's not like he was the only player on last year's team with that problem. It probably would have helped if we had another shooter on the team last year to help him out To insist, that we are a better team simply because "we got rid of him" is ridiculous in my beliefs. It seems to me, your also basically asking "Is Ohio State a better team had we never signed him?". Do the teams advance further in the tournament or are better his freshman to junior years if just he himself isn't on the team, I highly doubt so.
If Ohio State is better this season, you can't just say.. It's because Craft is gone. Thad Matta also brought in a top recruiting class with a dynamic scorer in it, on top of a senior led class.
How does Steubenville even let this kid back on the team or in the school system? I get winning's important there, but come on..
And I thought Rod Smith missing the plane trip to Florida for the bowl game back in 2011 was bad..
I agree with ya here Buckwhile83. With our loss vs a bad Virginia Tech team, although early in the year, I would feel much more comfortable if these Big 12 teams get 2 losses.
For a fashion statement?
But, I doubt Bosa is wearing it just because it looks cool.
I'm starting to think Spence enters the NFL draft next year. Anyways, really disappointed and saddened to hear of his addiction to drugs considering all the talent he has.
1. I was really impressed by the defensive line play of Adolphus Washington, Michael Bennett, and Joey Bosa.
2. Curtis Samuel and Jalin Marshall, didn't expect them to get as many touches and yards that they did today. Going to like the trio of Marshall, Samuel, and Wilson.
3. The defense gave me scares today, but the option is hard to stop. I was concerned with the inability to focus or play the pitch man at all, and some missed tackles, but I'll wait and see for a more normal defense nowadays before passing judgement. The offensive line concerns me the most though. That first half was abysmal. Against a Navy D-Line we should have been able to control the LOS more. Consider me concerned when we have to start playing teams in our conference. Replacing 4 senior starters will be a tough task.
I see where Dinardo is coming from. Yes, we are losing 4 offensive lineman, Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Philly Brown. But to suggest Ohio State suddenly won't be able to move the football at all is a little too much. We might not be the same offensive team as last year, but there are too many weapons on this team with Tom Herman and Urban Meyer at coach for this to be a horrific offense as he seems to indicate. I feel very confident in our RB corps with Ezekiel Elliot at the head, and I have faith our offensive line will come together over the course of the year if they can stay injury free. Let's not forget we have Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, and Curtis Samuel as weapons. Our gameplan will be different with J.T. Barrett at the helm, but he just needs to play within himself.
I know it's not a huge deal, but Jamarco Jones who some were really pegging in the 2 deep at times still has a black stripe if I haven't missed anything. Can be hard to come in and play right off the bat as a freshman on the o-line.
That was a shocker for me. I can't imagine his future is looking too bright after not hearing anything from him during spring and fall camps, and he's not even listed in the 2-3 deep at linebacker, while a walk-on linebacker was placed there. That's why you recruit. A lot of people had high expectations for our 2013 linebacker crew, and now Mitchell has transferred and Johnson's nowhere to be found.
I thought Vonn would be the starter, but I wouldn't say I am shocked. We don't really know who will get the majority of playing time either. Cam Burrows like mentioned isn't some scrub either. Very highly regarded recruit.
I doubt that Matty would have went to Ohio State even with an offer. It wouldn't surprise me if the Mauks disliked Ohio State. A little off topic, but is Justin Sawmiller playing college football anywhere?
Call me negative, but I'm trying to be realistic.
We're losing Braxton Miller, who people were pinning as a Heisman candidate just last week. We are replacing him with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones. I really liked Barrett out of high school, but he hasn't shown anything to me yet to prove just how good he really is here at the college level. It's just the Spring Game, but I seen a complete disaster of a passing offense. We are also getting 3 new starters on the offensive line. I do trust Warriner, but I don't know if we have the depth on the O-line if we were lose to a key member due to an injury.
Next, we had this "little" problem last year on the defensive side of the ball. Yes, we hired Ash. But, we have no tangible proof that we are suddenly becoming a "great" defense that some are proclaiming. I'd be satisfied with slightly above average after last year.
I think we could make the playoffs, but the question said "will we make the playoffs?" Seeing all of the question marks coming into this year, and realizing that we will probably have to go 12-0 to reach the playoffs, which can be somewhat difficult to do in college football, I voted no.
I voted McMillan in terms of greater impact mainly due to less competition. Johnie Dixon has to battle A LOT of offensive playmakers for touches in this offense. Dontre, Curtis Samuel, Ezekiel Elliot, Braxton Miller running, Devin Smith, Michael Thomas, Corey Smith, maybe Rod Smith. I think he could see a decent amount of playing time, but just might not have the offensive production for a greater impact. I also took into consideration Braxton Miller's passing consistency/ability and injury likelihood due to his style of play.
Raekwon Mcmillan faces Curtis Grant as his only competition. One injury and he's getting significant playing time at a significant stat producing position.
Part of that is probably due to his arrest in high school.
False.. We obviously seen that Taylor Decker is a bum and wouldn't amount to anything after he was completely exposed against Buffalo and Khalil Mack.
#47 A.J. Hawk, #7 Ted Ginn Jr., #28. Not sure if I still have/fit into my plain #4 meant for Holmes. Mostly wear the Hawk jersey.
No kidding. I think we ought to take this with a huge grain of salt and wait til we face some good opponents. These guys are probably talking up every single team in the Big 10.