Shiny new toys aren't always better. His teammates think highly enough of him to make him a captain. The coaches have though enough of him to put him on the field as a STARTER the last 2 seasons. And he brings a voice of experience to the table no other DB has. Tyvis is the guy...Smith will have his turn. But the backfield needs a field general. Tybis is that guy.
Home team I believe since it is a true home game. So should be a B1G crew.
Who wouldnt? That's a tought pull though. That's the deep South. And those boys hardly ever leave the footprint.
Keep in mind that Vannett is more than capable as a receiver. And should be able to keep those safeties honest enough in the middle of the field. And there is no way VA Tech puts anyone other than Fuller on Mike Thomas. That should be a fun match up. Fuller is strong in press man. And Thomas is very adept at handling press man. I have faith in Mike. As I do everybody to a man on this roster. These young men were chosen for a reason, and came here for big moments. What better way to get your feet wet than this? Gotta start somewhere.
They can run the bear all they want. This is not the same team they used it against effectively last year. This is not a green offensive line. With a green qb. And a new running back. This is a seasoned o line. With a Heisman candidate at running back. And whichever qb Meyer starts has the experience they didn't have last year. Is wide receiver a crapshoot shoot right now? Yeah...but the rest of the offense is intact. And I'm sure has been well versed in how to attack the bear should VT go back to that well.
We want a shrubbery!
By the time he left Cleveland, the league had him figured out. I'm a Browns fan, and I was stoked when they got him from Denver. And he gave us a good year. Then he got greedy and tried to cash on one good year. Didn't work out so well.
You may be right about why he was successful in Cleveland...the offense as a whole was a dumpster fire. As a fan, I loved him. He had no off switch. He was full bore every time he touched the ball. Now he's basically a roster filler.
Hillis had some good years at Arkansas. Even with DMC and Feliz Jones. Talk about a stacked backfield. Between the contract dispute and a nagging hamstring, that season couldn't have gone any worse for anyone involved. I don't think ito that he wasn't good...his running style was just not conducive to long term success. He was a bulldozer...and those guys break down quick.
I was the same way my friend. I loved the work. And from the looks of it...so do the Buckeyes. It takes a certain mindset to what these young men do every day. Championso aren't made when the lights are on. They are made at 5 am on February morning when no one's watching.
It isn't the X's and O's. It's the Jimmies and Joes.
Hooker is extremely gifted athletically. He is also a Buckeye. So saying he wasn't as good a prospect as Mitchell is pretty much moot. The class is tight on spots, and they have guys rated higher at the positions he slates into at the next level. I will trust the coaches instincts seeing as how they know how each guy fits the system.
Every coach picks the brains of other coaches. How often to college coaches spend time with pro coaches in the offseason? Football is evolving every day, and you have to innovate and adapt. This would be like Bill Walsh trying to say anyone who uses the West Coast offense was stealing. It's a game of borrowing from what successful teams do. And adding your own wrinkles to improve your team. If you aren't borrowing, you're not doing it right.
I wouldn't say he doesn't have the hands. Kid has made some pretty ridiculous catches. But the height is the issue.
Gino was also a bit taller and thicker than Tre. And think about the two positions he played...QB and CB. As a QB, you have to know where to deliver the ball and when. And as a CB, you have to have the ability to read a receivers movements and eyes to disrupt a pass. So Ginn had and inside edge to knowing where a ball would be, and what the corner was thinking as far as how to get in his way. May not seem like it would matter much, but every little bit of info can enhance your skill set.
What Devin Smith had wasn't just speed. Or tracking ability. He had ridiculous body control while being 3 feet in the air. Plus his background as a high jumper gave him an edge in body positioning when high pointing the ball. Takes more than great speed and hands. You have to be able to beatil press coverage, locate the ball and go get it. All things Smith put together in his final year. The previous 3 years, Devin struggled with aggressive cover corners. Last year, the light turned on and he became a complete receiver. Not just a one trick pony.
That catch down the seam against VA Tech was insane. When he pinned it against the db's back. So he has the tools. Just has to put it all together. His size doesn't help either.
Was watching it at the gym. Had just gotten done with a set of concentration curls when they showed the commitment ceremony. And when he teared up, then Stacy and Dawn did as well...so did I. Never felt more manly than getting Misty eyed in a a testosterone filled environment.
To be fair, they didn't play much defense at all before that point either...
I agree with what youre saying as far as the true Qbs. Not necessary to have both on the field at once. But running out a package with neither and still having a passing threat on the field opens up a whole new bag of fun. You still have the defense guessing and have a full compliment of playmakers available.
The bag of tricks is going to be plenty full this year. Imagine a Wild buck formation. With Braxton and Marshall in the backfield. And Gibson at the H. Three threats to throw OR run. Nasty.
What are you talking about? He had 8 practice days to prepare for Navy.
Yeah. And one is a first teamer over Decker? My ass.
Very true. They are a united group. From following some of the Buckeye mom's on twitter, you realize they have the same mentality as the team. And they are very protective of each other and their sons. You come after one...you get them all. And if you attack one of their sons, you get a pissed of pack of mommas together. It's impressive to see a group of people from all over who just met become so tight. And take on that active role of bringing everyone in each year and making them part of it.
That's what we did in high school. You have no idea how pumped you get in a dark room full of your brothers with that song playing. You're already amped after warmips. You're shoulder to shoulder and the adrenaline is pumping. Then it goes dark and you hear the first notes and you're jacked. That's when you know it's time to crush skulls.
It's the same with Top Gun.
The Top Gun Anthem has surprising pump up powers in my opinion. So does In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins. Those are what we used when I played to get jacked up. DMX has a version of In The Air as well. It's pretty solid.