I see Smith being a big impact player this year, both in the nickel and spelling Bell and Powell when they are nursing injuries, which are likely to happen as physical as those two play. I think Smith will open some eyes this year.
All three of these guys (Conley, Webb, and Lattimore) are studs. I think this level of competition is really going to push all of them to be better, and the Buckeyes will need all of them before the season is over. The one thing that has me cringing is the thought that if any of these guys has a couple of bad series, the clamoring for the other guys will be swift and loud. We fans do not need to tear down our young, talented corners. They will have the support from teammates and coaches, but I hope our fans also rally around a trio of teenagers who are starting their first few games on this level.
This is what elite recruits do, I hope our recruits/players/coaches are maintaining a good relationship with Walker. But for all the trashing on UT, I think the Vols are poised to make a jump in the SEC East. They were so close in games the last couple of years, and just did not have a competent QB. JG and a couple of their other guys might be enough to get them over that hump. I think Mizzou and SC are going to slide down; Florida, Tenn, and Georgia are going to be driving this division. I hope they start competing better with the West...
Besides all I wrote above, screw the SEC. Go Bucks.
I don't think the Buckeyes should feel cocky going into this game. There are a lot of advantages over last year for the Buckeyes, but the Hokies are one of those teams with enough athletes that if they have chips on their shoulders, they tend to be very dangerous. At home, night crowd, opening game... this is a quality opponent. I hope Meyer seeks to unleash hell on them.
This is awesome. I would almost enjoy a Braxton transfer so I could talk trash.
I don't think there is anything to this, but if Braxton ends up there, I wish him nothing but the best. He will always be a Buckeye to me.
Assuming he stays, at some point in this season, I think Braxton will be behind center and leading this team. No offense to Cardale or JT, but Braxton is really going to work hard to get on the field, and when he does, it is going to be hard to take him out.
I agree, Jeremy. I think that downvotes should be given only to obvious trolls or truly crass comments. I have given out 6 DVs in 4 years, and I think a couple of those were accidents before you could undo a downvote. I am glad we can see peoples' voting records - it really helps put their comments into perspective.
Raekwon's biggest contribution might be how he pushed Curtis Grant to really make a big leap by the end of last year. I loved how their relationship developed into a true brotherhood. It reminds me of how David Robinson embraced Tim Duncan when he was drafted by the Spurs, and that relationship led them to a championship as well.
McMillan has a very good chance to be on the Buckeye LB Mt. Rushmore by the end of his career, which is an amazing feat given the great LBs that have donned the S&G.
That was very entertaining. What a great honor for the Buckeyes.
Maybe her wakeup call was the discovery of taxis...
Kelly has turned out to be a train wreck. I am pleasantly shocked, I had thought he was going to be very successful at ND. He still made it to a title game, so I am not labeling him as a bust. But his actions and attitudes have to be disappointing to Irish faithful.
I am so grateful somebody else noticed that... I didn't want to be alone as "that guy."
I don't hate him but I don't want him to win another major. I think the pomp of him catching Jack would be overwhelming, and I would rather somebody who is a little more humble and gracious achieve that level of greatness. If you compare Tiger to Roger Federer, they are personally miles apart even though they are friends. Roger seems so humble and gracious, opposite of Tiger.
So sorry for your loss. That was a beautiful tribute. My prayers and best wishes I offer to you and your family.
Warinner was hired around the time I moved to Kansas, and those last couple of years under Mangino were pretty fun for the Jayhawks. Reesing was tough and cool customer, not even in the same universe athletically as the Buckeye Trio, but Warinner and Beck got the most out of him.
I honestly don't think there is any comparison that is useful between the two situations, but I think it really shows how lucky we are to have Coach Warinner.
I doubt Braxton will be 100% anyways, why not suspend him for the first two or four games. I could see the NCAA insisting on four games, but that would be the extreme high end IMO.
I could see myself making the same mistake. As pointed out before, Advocare distributorship provides possible savings if you use the products regularly and get friends to try Advocare. It is not like peddling Bob's Crab cakes.
I apologize if this was mentioned, but the way Advocare is marketed is not just encouraging people to make money. It is promoting healthy weight loss and lifestyle changes. I don't want to be polyanna here, but Braxton probably is considering the greater good as much as reaching some sales figure where he might earn money from this. I sure hope this isn't a big deal... he did the right thing as soon as he realized the possible violation.
I remember coach Meyer saying Braxton had the perfect skillset of a QB to run his offense. I think Braxton lacked the consistency in his preparation week to week, which JT seemed to do much better. Guiton also seemed more consistent his senior year. Cardale was amazingly prepared as well, but those were not difficult games to get up for, and he had extra time.
My open questions are:
With real competition for the first time in his career, will Braxton's preparation and consistency improve dramatically? If so, and if he is healthy, I think he will not only start, but will put up a Troy Smith-esque season and runaway with the Heisman.
If Cardale wins out, how well will he prepare week to week? It is a lot harder to get excited for Indiana in October than it is for Alabama in January. Will he continue to grow?
The most certain option is JT, if he recovers well and can run full speed. He will start the season with confidence and purpose, and we know he prepares well week to week. But, all things considered, I think any of these three will be fine. It is the most interesting QB situation I have ever seen in college or professional football. Great time to be a Buckeye!
Neither JT nor Cardale had any real playing time before last spring. I think they will look a lot sharper this spring game. But the D-line might not be able to get past the uglies. Last year, it seemed they dominated the spring game. I am curious how the defense overall will look by the spring game.
I think the same - the fact that he has very stiff competition and that need to prove something (which I don't believe he does, but as competitive as he is, no doubt feels that way): I think he might play at another level entirely. And the level he played at was good enough to make him a Heisman candidate and 2 time conference POY. He could be terrifying.
re: COY snub, if you can't make fun of absurdities like Kirk Ferentz winning the B1G COY every other year, what can you make fun of?
It takes a real man to admit he was wrong... well done sir.
Now if I can convince my brother that the debate over who would be a better NFL QB, Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf, is over. He is still holding out for a Ryan Leaf comeback...