OSU isn't the "consensus" #1; they are the unanimous #1.
I think this is the key consideration in the entire debate -- Cardale Jones' value lies in his ability to throw the deep ball, which opens up the underneath stuff, and makes EZE's life a whole lot easier. JT's game is the option read and screen/slant game, and letting the skill players work in space. Without Devin Smith, it's unclear if Jones will be as effective or have anyone who can consistently make plays on the deep ball. I don't think Corey Smith has the same straight-line speed as Devin, but I'm intrigued by the notion of Braxton Miller as the go-route player -- he's arguably as fast as Devin, although obviously without the ball skills. If Corey/Braxton can fill Devin's role, I like the idea of Cardale as the starter. But if not, JT will be more proficient.
Pickett was a division commander, not a regimental commander; he would have said he has no division, not regiment, if he in fact said it at all, which is disputed. /history'd
Fine, I'll admit it if no one else will -- my oldest brother was a Michigan fan growing up, and in my early elementary school days, I thought he was the coolest person I knew, and thus Michigan was cool to me. He had a Michigan Starter jacket (early 1990s, when UM was strong) that I thought was cool by association, and so I wore it as a hand-me down at school for a few years after he was done with it. I never picked up on the Michigan fandom any more than that, and began at OSU at 2001, and the rest is history.
In my defense, I grew up in Toledo, where these regrettable things tend to happen most frequently.
Weber has a reason to be upset, and I understand that Wilcher will protect him, but the guy is also a notorious shill for Michigan schools, MSU most recently.
Yeah I saw the Johnson tweets. I thought those were weird -- Johnson said see you at the Rose Bowl in 2016 via emoji, and said "Fight On", which is Johnson's alma mater (USC)'s motto. I'll be generous and say that Weber seems a bit conflicted and perhaps not the most mature kid to have gone through the recruitment process. I think we should release him from his LOI and let him do his thing; he'll may very well pledge to UM, which could be a good thing for him. Derrick Green certainly isn't an elite back and Michigan doesn't have much else. OSU will be fine with or without him.
Well this news just about knocked me on my ass. Best of luck, you earned it.
How is it that Georgia pulls in these amazing recruits and never does anything of consequence with them in the way of SEC/BCS/national titles? Blows my mind.
Oh don't get me wrong, I'm in favor of the shake-up. I'm more just marveling at what D-Russ was able to do in light of the circumstances.
The spacing with that starting lineup is just awful; Tate/Scott/Lee/Thompson cannot shoot the rock, and only Loving/Williams offers dependable spacing options. The fact that D-Russ can go off like he did with those kind of spacing problems tells me that he's going to be a legit NBA starter. I look for him to compete for NBA Rookie of the Year next season.
Which service rated Webb as a 5 star? 247 rated him 4 and the 247 composite is a 4. I think Conley puts on some size and starts at the other corner spot opposite Apple. He can be a good one if he learns how to tackle. Webb could overtake him, but I have my doubts.
It's the right move for him. No doubt that Braxton will stay now, and I think he'll regain the starting position from JT if his shoulder recovers. We'll be in a great position where JT can spell Braxton in the second half of games, and keep our guys fresh leading up to the stretch run/CFP. Would love to see the rushing yardage that OSU could pile up with Elliot and Braxton running the read option. Would be nutes.
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Thanks for a great year of analysis, Ross. Exciting to finally arrive at the culmination of it all.
I think you're right, in that it hurts them most on depth; their other cover corner will do fine against our No. 1 receiver (Thomas as possession, Smith as deep threat). But the fall-off will be more significant when they have to use their #3 and #4 cover men in our 5-wide sets. Corey Smith could benefit the most -- his speed is legit and he's becoming increasingly physical in kick coverage. If he can put it all together this game and start to hang onto the ball on deep routes, he could have a huge impact on this game.
Not a fan, but could be good re: black v. white contrast to determine whether a player's foot is in bounds for TD catches
I agree that last year's line was better, but I'm not yet convinced that they were miles better. For me, the biggest difference is the emergence of effective passing and constraint plays, both of which was absent last year. The only constraint on the defense last year was Braxton keeping which, while effective, still keeps the box packed. Zeke hits those home run rushes almost always after Barret/Jones establishes the vertical passing game and takes safeties out of the box, which last year's passing game almost uniformly failed to do. Hyde was hercules last year.
Much respect to Zeke this season, but I think Hyde's season last year was more impressive. There's so many more developed weapons this season, and Zeke's YPC number is still a bit below Hyde's (who also had more TDs in far fewer games). The entire opposing defense was keyed in on Hyde -- it was one of the best season long rushing performances in OSU history.
Spencer's block was so good that he actually takes out Hamilton and Depriest, who trips over the pile as he's trying to make a play. But I disagree re: the un-importance of Price's block on Perry; there was a decent chance that Perry could have stuck Elliot or at least slowed him down for Cyrus Jones to make a play on him from across the field. Jones had some good closing speed and who knows how we would have fared against Bama's goal line defense. Huge blocks by Spencer and Price.
Grant played well in run support and filling his gaps against Wisky to create a pile; I think you have to give him the nod and let him try to slow down Bama's run game. If that isn't working, put in Kwon and get after the QB.
The real question is how large his buyout is. I bet he bargained for a small one and will be out of there to a Power 5 school by this time in 2016.