Michael Bennett is unblockable when healthy and fresh. I think he will draw double teams and open things up for Bosa, Diesel, et al. The straw that stirs the drink.
The confidence a play like that, against a rival in such a huge setting, can be a real catalyst for a young player. I hope that is the case with Tyvis. We are so inexperienced when it comes to the secondary that I am worried if either Powell or Grant get hurt, it will create a leadership gap in that group. Fortunately, Bell, Apple, and some of the other young guys seem to be very mature for their age, so they will have a steeper learning curve. I hope Ash is able to convert these guys to the elite group we are used to seeing!
I hope Pete Carroll finds a way to use both of these Buckeyes, and he is the right coach to do it. They are insanely talented athletes that took longer than others to mature emotionally/mentally. I like the phrase "once/always" - we, as fans, should always cherish those who chose the to play for the Buckeyes over all the other schools out there. If they stumble after that, we can be disappointed, but we should always respect their decision to choose the Buckeyes. TP was one of the top 5 QBs to ever play for the Buckeyes, so I would also like to see him come home.
It is great to see a guy who knows when to make a tough decision to achieve a goal. Obviously, he is a very talented and focused young man and I wish him all the best. I also enjoy reading the mature comments by the vast majority of 11W followers! It is great to not need to sift through the too many stupid comments.
I am glad he has been given a second chance. I think all the suspicions here are unmerited. This situation is very much like Roby's (I never thought the drugs would factor in, I suspect you could find drugs in most Lorain PD vehicles on weekend nights). The difference is there was no assault charge for Tracy. I just hope he overcomes this.
That slip of the tongue in context with blowing a teenager. I just crapped my pants.
Congrats Kyle. Thanks for the great work. Best wishes.
I love Elliot's explosiveness, but I can see Smith and Ball pushing him. Should be fun to see how they all do in the early games. For WR, I really hope Michael Thomas can put it together. It seems like we have been waiting for him so long. I think Conley and Apple will be bigger parts of the secondary. I am really pulling for Darron Lee this year as well.
I love Beanie, but I would pick Hyde. Once he became confident, he became a beast that got stronger as the game went on. By the 4th quarter, nobody was stopping him. Beanie, like Clarrett, had the tendency to break down at times late in the game. I see Braxton do this as well. It is like those guys don't really go down naturally, and it causes a lot of tweaks and twists on their joints. Maybe Clarrett doesn't belong on this list, but Brax and Beanie definitely do. Hyde is just a bull who plows for what he can, goes down naturally, and gets up to deliver more punishment. He is a little more consistent than Beanie was. Great topic, BTW.
I live in Big 12 country and can tell you that for years before Sumlin and Johnny Football, Texas A&M was able to pull a head-scratching number of good players. I don't think they will fade. Sumlin is the real deal, and A&M is a good school. I don't think that means they will be planting flags in Kentucky on a regular basis, but they are going to get good players.
I think Coach Meyer will get involved and close the deal. I just have a feeling that, at the end of the day, Harris wants to play B1G football.
Sounds like that 80s movie Johnny Be Good...
This should be another reminder that people shouldn't jump to conclusions. When this news first broke, people were acting like Sprinkle was a character from the Chappelle show. The folicle test is good enough for me. Coach Meyer will review everything about Tracy, including things we don't know, and make a final decision. I wish Tracy the best.
My sentiments exactly. I have accepted that we probably won't get to see Sprinkle play for the Buckeyes, at least this year. I am glad he wasn't on drugs and it was just a kid who had too much to drink, being in the wrong place (which every bar in Lorain should be called) at the wrong time (which is anytime after midnight). I hope he learns from this and makes better decisions.
Josh Perry seems like a very cerebral guy, and he is physically a beast. I don't know if he was overthinking earlier in the season, but the game started to slow down for him at the end of the year. If he continues to progress and plays fast, he will be great.
I think we had talent, but I don't think we played our best guys (it seemed that Vonn Bell would have been a better fill-in for Christian Bryant than Pitt Brown). Roby was good, not great. Besides the Abbrederis debacle, I am annoyed Roby was blamed for everything. I also think technique was lacking. Rewatching that B1G champ game, how many times is the corner chasing the receiver with his back to the QB. Those are easy interference calls. It comes from not turning your hips quick enough when I guy blows by you.
The defense has to work together to be successful. A active and fresh D-line and disruptive LB play will help the pass defense significantly, but the D-backs need to play aggressively and confidently. I don't mind them getting beat deep a couple times per game if they offset those with turnovers.
How I wish I was there...
I'll try, but frankly, with their Mom's math skills, they will probably not get it. Thanks for the suggestion, though!
My kids go to Olathe Northwest... how will I explain it to them that I am rooting for the Olathe North this year???
I live in Olathe and never heard anything about this!!! Olathe North is a powerhouse around these parts, and I am very excited to see a Kansas player selecting the scarlett and grey! Go Bucks!
Bosa and Bennett are so fun to watch. If Diesel Washington gets healthy, and Noah Spence comes back from suspension with a fire, which I expect, this will be a scary defensive line. Lot of good guys behind them as well. It is so sad that Marcus isn't around; he would have had some incredible opportunities with all the attention Bennett and Bosa are going to get.
There is a huge difference between the 43 year-old me and the 20 year-old me. The 20 year-old me put too much faith in experts who evaluate people, and never considered the pressure put on an 18 year-old athlete, who must also leave his friends and family and become a successful college student as well as raise his playing level 1000%.
The 43 year-old me understands all that much better. But the opposite of putting too much weight on recruiting stars is too not trust any of it. I am not a pessimist, so this is hard for me. I love reading the over-the-top recruiting expectations and imagining the next Ray Lewis (or Chris Spielman) is lining up 5 yards off the ball, eyes glaring at the poor joker about to take the snap. If I feel let down now, though, I usually blame coach Fickell and not the kid. I have matured so much!
I am excited to see what he can do. I think he put a lot of pressure on himself last year and probably pressed a little too much. He will be more relaxed this year.
I hope LeBron signs with Cleveland, but if he does return to Miami, I hope most of us can see the difference between 2014 and 2010. In 2010, he put out all kinds of signals that he was leaning Cleveland, and the team (big mistake) acted on that assumption. When he left, the Cavs were left holding bag of nothing.
This year, he has given no signals (other than the choice is between Cleveland and Miami and he wants a max contract). All the hype has been generated by fans and media. Either place he goes, I appreciate that he handled this professionally. Good luck to him.
It is a pretty hot picture. I won't let her baby sit my kids, but it is nice to look at.
It was found in the back of the cruiser, not on him. I think he will get that reduced or dropped in a plea deal. Any lawyer can create reasonable doubt on that, especially in Lorain (my home town).