Yay, let's remove that quote. Not exactly a good one for other recruits to see! Haha
2002 is one of the best two or three title games of all time. It was a true David versus Goliath story that made it truly satisfying to win. That being said, what makes this year so remarkable is not just the one game, but the title run. Ohio States last three games was like watching a team peak at the right time during March Madness. They steam rolled some amazing teams, and knocked off the three Heisman finalists in the process. If all of that wasn't good enough, it was with a third string quarterback. This season is one for the history books, and was the run that will keep people talking about it for years to come.
Not a bad comparison at all.
He's entering uncharted territory for me that I didn't think was possible...he might be passing Eddie George as my favorite Buckeye of all time.
No disrespect to Missouri, as they are a solid program, but Zeke gave a pretty nice pitch when interviewed at the end of the game. He picked the Bucks over the Tigers, and it has worked out pretty well. Beckner Jr. jump on board!
I'm calling it now - like Auburn-Oregon a few years ago, the defenses will rise to the occasion. Buckeyes 35, Ducks 31.
Why does everyone keep saying depth is a concern? We've got tons of youngsters on the roster and have five defensive lineman already committed in the 2015 class with another guy or two jumping on.
If Washington does indeed stay and we only lose Frazier, Miller and Bennett...I actually think the line will be more deep next season, especially the WDE spot thanks to guys like Tyquan Lewis, Darius Slade and Jayln Holmes.
Several UK reporters are saying UK was third...behind Alabama and OSU. Crazy.
Harris appears to be a great young man, and should have a great career at Bama. No need for OSU fans to shed a tear, as Weber has shown that he an elite back as well, and seems to fit the system quite well.
Here's a link to his senior year highlights.
Beckner Jr. is still in the plans.
According to Kurelic, after Wilkins picked Clemson, the staff is making several calls/offers to some of the remaining defensive lineman on their board.
Our current success will be a much bigger factor for the 2016 class IMO.
Best of luck to Wilkins. I think we've added two solid guys in Alabi and Landers for DT depth, but definitely have missed out on a big time play maker in the last two classes. Landers may surprise us and be that guy.
Will be interesting to see if they go all out for Beckner Jr. or offer another in-state kid like DaVon Hamilton for more depth.
Frost would be an insane hire.
Still, I don't see it happening. I think Warinner gets the promotion to OC-OL Coach with a big pay raise, then Meyer grabs someone like Brian Johnson to be the Co-Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach (with Warinner being the main play caller).
Count me in as a big Landers fan. Read a couple of interviews since his commitment, and the kid is incredibly impressive. You can't teach his attitude and maturity. In fact, he's the type of player Tressel and Dantonio have made a living getting the most out of.
If this year has taught us anything it should be to ever rule a player out. So many players like C. Jones, B. Dunn, C. Smith, S. Miller, D. Baldwin, C. Carter, R. Frazier, etc...were counted out or under appreciated at one point or another.
Has Schutt lived up to the recruiting ranking thus far? No. And in fact, I am much more excited about guys like Munger and Hill at this point. That being said, the light bulb can come on at any moment.
While I think OSU could/would beat FSU on a neutral field...I have no problem with the former National Champion getting ranked as high as possible until they are beaten. They've earned that respect.
Not sure I get the anxiety about the defensive line. Already have 3 commitments in this class there, including two of the best players in the class in Cornell and Jones. We brought in 3 solid defensive line commitments last year as well.
I absolutely think the staff needs to grab a big DT in this class, but with Washington, Schutt, Hill, Munger, Carter and Sprinkle, it's not like the cupboard is bare. In fact, isn't that why Price got moved to OL, because of the depth on the interior of the line?
Things are fine.
Saturday wasn't a break out game?
28 for 182 and a touchdown (Added 51 yards receiving)...that's a breakout game!
After watching the Bearcats against Toledo and Miami (OH), it's not the defense that should worry Buckeye fans...it's the offense. In fact, they gave up almost 600 yards to the Rockets.
Was at the game on Saturday.
No doubt Marshall is a bit more elusive and physical returning punts. That being said...he mishandled two punts on Saturday...1) Fair caught one ball inside the ten yard line and 2) Chose not to field another catchable one, which was downed inside the ten.
If he wants to be the primary punt returner, he's going to have to do the little things too. I do hope he masters those things, because he seems to be more natural at the spot.
While there is no doubt the play calling could/should have been better against VT, people need to quit discounting what Meyer said last week. This young team didn't get to play out of their base offense once in the first two weeks, and finally got to see a standard 4-3 against Kent St. The results were that Herman/Meyer got to call plays they had practiced and trusted a young offense with.
Agreed on all accounts. Raekwon looked really good in his brief action. While I'm sure he has work to do in pass coverage...I can't imagine him being more lost than Curtis Grant at this point. Love Grant, but he hurt the Buckeyes in trying to get off the field on 3rd down.
Honestly - if fans want to still be mad about Mich St. and Clemson...that's fine. Last year was a National Championship caliber team that fell short. This year...more grace has to be given to the coaching staff. Coming out of the gates with two bowl teams with new faces at practically every offense position is a tough task...especially with Miller getting hurt so late in the game.
We all had unrealistic expectations. Saturday crushed those. Time to get over it...rally around this young and talented team...and realize that the future is bright.