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Comment 19 Jan 2015

Is it not true that, barring transfer etc, we still have both Warren Ball and Brionte Dunn for two more years, right?  Either of those dudes could put up a 1500 yard season on this team in 2016, if featured.  

Comment 15 Jan 2015

However, our offensive line, as well as they played at the end of this season, was significantly better LAST year.  Braxton is no doubt a fantastic option behind center, and can create big plays with his feet where there are none like very few in the game.  That being said, in my opinion:

-JT has much better reading of the passing game,

-JT has much better instincts at evading the rush (many, many more times I saw Braxton jump around the wrong direction under pressure vs JT), Braxton also 

-JT has MUCH better touch in short and intermediate routes

-and perhaps most importantly, JT is light years better at making the correct decision on the read option than Braxton is.  

Of course, it doesn't matter what I think, but I'm confident Urban sees all this as well, and will make the same decision as I would.  JT, if healthy, is the starter next year.  Cardale, in two seasons, could be even better because it seems he has many of these qualities, plus that frame and cannon.  Unfortunately, that will be in the NFL.

Braxton has just not shown me that he can be an elite passing quarterback or decision-maker, much as I like him, great as he is.

Comment 15 Jan 2015

Exactly.  If you're going to spend time worrying about a young man, why not become a Big Brother and worry about someone who really needs your concern?

Comment 14 Jan 2015

Beautiful, and beautifully written.  Thank you.

Comment 14 Jan 2015

I love the OP's excitement, but UCLA under John Wooden won 10 titles in his last 12 years there.  Given the depth of the talent pool in the SouF, I wouldn't think that's even reasonable to HOPE FOR here.  That being said, I wouldn't trade our situation for anyone else's.  Great time to be a Buckeye!

Comment 13 Jan 2015

Though he does a lot of run support, Tyvis is a safety :)

Comment 05 Jan 2015

Oh well, if they don't land Beckner and it seems like we'll be too thin in 2016, can always grab an elite JUCO or graduated junior next year who's ready to hit the rotation right away.

Comment 02 Jan 2015

I agree that we should be able to run for 300+ against the Ducks.  IMO, only reason we wouldn't is if they stack the box, in which case there will be lots of floating feathers from the 12-guage!

Also agree that D-Line penetration is key, and fully expect us to have lots of success there.  Key will be to contain Mariota within the pocket, but I'm confident we can get plenty of pressure rushing 3 and 4 linemen, which leaves lots of guys for contain.  Just don't leave big cushions on their receivers!!!

So feeling good overall about this one.  They will score no doubt, but I think we win comfortably 38-24 or 45-31.

Comment 02 Jan 2015

I've noticed Samuel not picking lanes as well as we should expect both in kick returns and at RB for a few games in a row now.  Def not just last night.  Also Dunn has consistently looked good with the ball over the last couple seasons when he's had a chance.

Of course, as I mentioned, the coaches get to base their decisions on a much larger pool of observations, but as of now for me is definitely a head scratcher.

EzE is the total package though: patient, great vision, explosive, tough as nails, good hands and that super strong drive to win that separates the very goods from the legends.

Here's hoping he's indeed 100% in 10 days so he can cement his place and this team among the very greatest in Buckeye history.

Comment 02 Jan 2015

Oh boy, sure hope you guys are right!  If that's the case though, why wouldn't he have played the second time they got the ball back, after you would imagine he had regained his breath?

Also, on a related note, I don't believe that Samuel is our second best RB.  He seems to lack the instinctual vision I have seen from Ball and Dunn.  Maybe it's a practice thing, or a hands/fumbling thing?

Comment 15 Dec 2014

Greatest inadvertently bad video of all time right here.  Imagine the budget he was working with!