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.
I think it would be interesting to note how many young freshman, struggling with the new environment and demands on them, really struggle and some of the incredible support they receive from coaches, grad assistants, teachers, tutors, etc... I bet there are some incredible heart-warming stories, and would put a positive light on college sports.
I hope that Gibson keeps working and doesn't give up. It is worth it, even if it doesn't happen the way he thought it would.
All Houston can do is continuing to win games. They are doing awesome, and Coach Herman will probably be cashing in on a bigger job, though he might hold out for Texas since he loves it there. I am interested in seeing if he would take the SC job if it opens up (South Carolina, not Southern Cal).
Zeke is the most complete back in college football. I actually cannot think of another ever who does everything as well as he does. I would love to see him get the Heisman, but I doubt it will happen unless he goes absolutely nuts the next three games. A lot of what he does is not something you see in stats, but just watch him blowing up people in pass coverage or on the edge, catching passes and turning it up, and consistently rushing for positive yards, and an incredible breakaway threat. Zeke is the best.
I would have loved to write that speech for Tim Wolf. It would have sounded a lot like a Bobby Knight speech to the press.
I think the reason why Mizzou's campus is prone to this situation escalating to the level it has directly relates to the situation in Ferguson. Most of the state resembles Arkansas, St. Louis resembles Chicago. That is an incredible clash of cultures to be had in one state. I grew up in Ohio, now live in Kansas outside KC. The eastern half of Missouri seems to have terrible race relations compared to anywhere I have lived. I don't know what is real and what is perception, but it is a bad mix. The adults over there need to start talking to each other.
I think all the LBs are playing well, but the whole front seven overpursues at times, which leads to some big plays. I think that might be the tradeoff for playing defense with an edge... they seem to want to kill people on every play.
I just love Joshua Perry. He seems like a great young man and represents the Buckeyes well.
That link was not from the paid portion of Scout. It was a quick write up, and I thought it was interesting. I looked and didn't see anything on Burrow recently, and this post was written the day the article was published.
I totally agree. I think it is amazing that they are 5-4 after firing Beckman. The Illini seem to be playing for each other. I hope the Buckeyes don't mess around - start aggressive and keep them on their heels.
Illinois is a team that should be beaten soundly, early and often, every year. If you give them some sense of hope, they start playing like All Americans. I was going to refer to Juice Williams turning into Fran Tarkenton, but I think the combination of Brady and Walker was probably more apt. I will never feel bad for the Buckeyes jumping up and down on Illinois.
I believe the costs of the facility are collected via fines. It is more of a dorm than a hotel. In between classes, I think there is just a lot of sitting and reading. I have never been a resident, though I wish they had those when I had my DUIs. I was privileged to take AA meetings to the DUI school just to let the folks there know if they have a problem with alcohol, AA can work. It was a good experience for me, and usually those that are there are just trying to get through the weekend.
They usually give the offender time to set up a weekend to spend in DUI jail, which is basically a hotel with other folks in similar situations. You have to go to a bunch of classes where they teach you about alcoholism and listen to victims of drunk driving. It can be a good thing for young people who don't consider the consequences. More importantly, it is better than spending three days in jail.
Anyone who is familiar with these cases will know better - you don't have to be JT Barrett to have a prosecutor be satisfied with the most offensive charge, and drop all the rest. Especially if you have a lawyer next to you. Ignore the trolls.
Thanks - I love that picture of JT. He looks like a man with bad intentions.
I have the same feeling. I think you will see Dolodale play aggressive really for the first time all year. I can even live with a pick or two if he is making quick decisions and going 100%. If he does that, he will make more than enough big plays to counter a couple of mistakes. He is probably feeling like he has nothing to lose for the first time since they walked off the field against Oregon.