Amen!!! Never understand people that aren't interested in a thread not moving to the next one. Out of 40 threads on the active forums page, I am probably interested in 10. I have no inclination to open the other 30 and tell the OP or Mods I am not interested in the thread. It is silly and childish.
There's no doubt Hooker (or Lattimore) can do it, but I agree with everybody else that this is what you do when you have no equivalent talent on the other side of the ball. As talented as Hooker is, he isn't blowing away Samuel, Dixon, Wilson, McClaurin, Hill, McCall, and that is just to name a few. There are just so many explosive guys on offense, why risk losing the country's top safety to a possible fluke injury. Unnecessary risk. I would rather see them let Hooker catch an errant toss from the old gunslinger Mayfield because I think there are going to be more than a couple of those.
I am trying not to be overconfident, and I respect Mayfield, but I don't think he is going to be the biggest factor in the game. I think Deshone Kizer is much better and the Buckeyes kept him contained even after losing Bosa. It really comes down to whether the offense can get in a rhythm. Is going to be the offense that ran through the Irish last year or blew a tire against the Spartans.
The most important matchup to me is that OK offensive line vs the Buckeyes D-Line. I think not only Hill but Landers and the ends have to be so disruptive that the Sooners get no push. I think Larry Johnson is going to keep the D line fresh and playing aggressively. If they can force Mayfield into a lot of throwing situations, I like the Buckeyes chances. If the Buckeyes defense is on its heels, it is going to be tough.
Even as favorites, this is a statement game for the Buckeyes. Offensively, they really need to play with an edge, pants on fire. I am praying for good weather. The Sooners are talented by fragile - if they start to get pushed around, they tend to collapse. I hope that is the case Saturday. Can't wait.
Stoops is a good coach and there is a lot of talent on the Oklahoma team, but I think the Buckeyes are going to be up to the task. One note, and I am not one who gets into the hidden meaning of terms, but JT is a great athlete playing QB is a sideways compliment, at best. That is how people usually say that the guy is not a real QB. If I am Tim Beck, I am reviewing this comment with JT before film study and practice this week. "Hey great athlete playing QB"... that sort of thing. I hope JT throws for 300 yards and 5 TDs. Go Bucks!!!
I think Coach Meyer has an axe to grind after the 2008 championship game - he will be motivated to expose coach Stoops. I like it when Urban has a chip on his shoulder.
Agreed, everybody is thinking college. I think the Dallas Cowboys might be a possible destination.
I hope JT really gets to drive - especially early in the season. Give him the big picture and some recommended plays, and let him call the plays himself. Can you imagine how fast the offense can go if he can call three or four plays consecutively, looking back when there is a change in situation or a critical down? JT is smart enough to take this offense to new levels!
It is that time of year when I get very excited about a few players, boldly predict they will have breakout seasons, and watch them get hurt or suspended, or fizzle out. I know it is all my doing. This year, I boldly predict Jabril Peppers will be a Heisman candidate!!! Take that, Jinx Gods!!!
Damn shame. I hope he can turn it around.
Samuel is really a complete weapon. I do think they will find ways to move him around and get him the ball. I really hope he and Dontre have big seasons - if Weber holds up, there is just going to be so many weapons. It seems like we say this every year right before the season starts. The joys of being a fan.
I always felt like he could have a career like De'Anthony Thomas at Oregon. A threat every time he touches the ball making people hold their breath a little. You obviously can't do that hurt, but it would be a very nice surprise if he came out and just blew up in the first couple of games. I am definitely pulling for him.
Especially if they are also going to be active on special teams. It is likely at least one of these guys will go down at some point of the season, though I would hate that. Need to get them all reps early so the drop off is small.
Hope he can get it turned around and that the lady is ok. Terrible situation.
Jamel Dean... I really thought that guy had Shawn Springs potential.
It has already been said but bares repeating - Jalin knows his situation best and chose to take a chance. I think he was done with college football and there is a very good chance that with lingering doubts, his stock drops completely to a point where he doesn't even have a chance as a UDFA. I just wish him well. He made some great plays with the Buckeyes and if the NFL doesn't pan out, at least he gave it a shot. A guy with his skill set could dominate in Canada (Tracy Ham and Doug Flutie are still a couple of the greatest QBs ever, who knows what could happen there.) Best of luck Jalin.
It is very cool looking at this list. Thanks for posting this. I am a sentimental guy and would love to see Dunn break out this year, but Weber looked really good in that Spring Game. I am buying the hype. Either way, with JT back and looking to play very confident and fast, I think one or two RBs might have great seasons.
I don't think this has anything to do with confidence in Baugh. The last few years, the dual TE sets have been a key part of the offense, so a second experienced TE will be a big help.
I love Collier's attitude and work ethic, but Burrow seems to be physically more suited for this offense. Still, three great people playing QB for the Buckeyes, and Haskins will be learning in a great environment. Very excited about this position. Go Buckeyes.
Heart-breaking. Always loved Will Smith. He definitely made me proud to be a Buckeye. Prayers for his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
I hope we can all be patient with the DBs this year, because there will be breakdowns on that side of the ball. Probably early and often. I hope that by the end of the year, these incredibly talented guys have enough healthy bodies to peak going into November.
I am really pulling for Wilson and Dunn... I love seeing guys who have not lived up to their hype finish with strong senior years. That has to be a positive for other players who don't make an immediate splash. I am excited for Spring Ball to start.
I think Samuel will be a fantastic RB, but he will not be the guy who is pounding the rock through the 4th quarter of a tight game. Dunn or Weber will need to be getting their share of the reps so they can help pound the defense in the 4th quarter. I am excited to see Weber because I think he will be great, but how awesome would it be for Dunn to go out with a big senior year? He stuck with the program and I hope he is able to turn that talent into a great senior year, like Curtis Grant did a couple years ago at LB.
When Charles Woodson won the award, we were all told that the statistics don't tell the whole story to his impact on the team. If you look at all the top RBs, Henry and Fournette included, none are as complete football players as Ezekiel Elliot. Like Fournette, every defense this year had their first priority to stop Zeke. Unlike Fournette, Zeke had to share the ball with several other playmakers. And his numbers are still comparable.
Of course everyone will focus on the Sparty game, but that, in my opinion should play in Zeke's favor. The only time the Buckeyes did not give him the ball more in the second half, they had the lowest offensive output in years. Is there a bigger demonstration of Zeke's importance? How many highlight blocks do the other top guys have? I think Zeke should win the Heisman, personally, because he is the best player in college football.
I would love to see Samuel with the ball more in space. I really can't believe there is a defensive secondary in college football that can cover Thomas, Samuel, Marshall, Miller, and Vannett/Baugh at the same time. Art Bryles would find a way to put up some silly numbers with those guys.
Quick spread passes to soften the middle, then feed Zeke and Barrett on read options. Throw in some sweeps and shuffle passes. That was the Meyer offense I was expecting. They played so scared against Sparty it was rough to watch. I hope this is a wake up call. The expectations are off - just play fast and attack.
I finally have seen the technique (reading the receiver and swatting the ball through his hands) done to perfection last week. It was OK vs Baylor, and when I saw the corner do it I finally had an "oh, that is what the coaches are expecting." They must see a lot of success in practice with this technique, and it was beautiful when it worked, but I watch a lot of football and rarely see it be successful without holding your breath waiting for the flag. It can be done, though. I have seen the proof.