Ooh this will be fun. Chris Relf!
Ross's articles are the best and I look forward to them all week. And then I looked Ross up, and found out that he went to the University of Michigan. And I was all:
Good write-up, but I think there's always been low grade rumblings re: Devin Smith being a bit of a diva and I don't view him as so much of a team guy -- Urban has hinted on multiple occasions that Smith has a tendency to pout/sulk/quit on plays if he starts dropping the ball and/or isn't getting targeted, and Urban has pulled him in the past when he demonstrates that behavior.
This kid was a borderline 5 star talent and very nearly signed with us back in the 2009-2010 recruiting cycle; he had OSU as a leader for a long time. I came across him and his pops while he was on his official visit for the USC game debacle, while I drunkenly stumbled home. Hopefully he gets his stuff in order.
My first game ever at Ohio Stadium was the Northwestern game in 2001, when I was a frosh, when I had only a casual interest in college football. Then Wells hit the hole and went for 72 yards and the entire stadium exploded; I've been hooked ever since.
I like that Ross made the decision quickly and didn't drag it out; it should help us with recruiting. With Q Ross gone, we're losing 57% of our PPG production (40.0 ppg between Ross, Craft, Smith, and ADV out of 69.8 ppg total). The situation is perfect for a new player to come in and be the man/main offensive threat alongside establish senior role players like Slam, Scott, and Williams.
Matta missed badly on the 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes, and this was the result. 2014 boys are legit, though, and next year's team should be substantially better than this year's squad, even if Q Ross goes early (which he probably will do, but shouldn't).
Have to imagine it'll be Nessler or maybe McDonough, who seem to be the next men up in the rotation
247 liked him the least, had him in the low 40s overall. Other services liked him as the best LB and a top 10 recruit. 247 seems to have been closer to the mark.
Not to nitpick, but Clowney was in Grant's recruiting class and he was the No. 1 recruit in the nation, by a wide margin. 247 Sports had Grant as the No. 23 composite recruit, whereas other services had him as the best LB prospect in 2011.
The same guy who authored Roby's profile had this to say about Philip Gaines:
Lean, active zone corner whose ball skills will have to carry him. Could be a practice-squad candidate, but lacks lacks desirable speed, twitch and physicality.
Gaines ran a 4.38, BTW, second-fasted among all DBs.
Jesse Owens South (does that place still exist?) used to have pretty intense/entertaining pick-up games. Dustin Fox would ball a lot -- that kid had serious hops. And I'll never forget watching Ted Ginn Jr. run the point -- he'd bound down the court in what seemed like 3 or 4 strides, ahead of everyone else. All while wearing giant diamond stud earrings in his ears.
you're right, his right shoulder does look a bit askew in the picture, but it's still unclear re: how that impacts his drinking behavior
His future with OSU seems uncertain, but it sounds like he has a good set of parents who care about him. I hope he lands on his feet -- if he leaves OSU, he's talented enough to make it elsewhere, and maybe being close to home would be better for him.
MSU's DBs are the real deal, and I think they'll neutralize our WR screen game and WRs in general by playing press coverage and being more physical than our wideouts, none of whom is especially physical (perhaps Spencer, but he's not an elite receiving threat). What I hope to see is a passing game that depends on Heurman/Vannett getting loose up the middle and forcing undersized LBs to contest jump balls, and/or inventive stuff that we can do utilizing Hyde/Wilson/Hall on RB screen passes, mixed in with heavy doses of the Hyde/Miller in the read option game, along with Wilson and Brown working the edges in the sweep game. If we work our constraint plays and go with a fast tempo, MSU will likely succumb to our offensive line asserting its will by the latter part of the second half.
Also will be holding mandatory copy of US News and World Report annual college rankings.
Shazier would have had recovered that fumble force for a TD had he not gotten up from the pile, assumed that someone else got the ball, and run to the sideline celebrating.
Big week in BCS -- we need OU to beat Baylor, Stanford to beat Oregon, and LSU/Auburn/SEC East Champ to beat Bama. OU is currently a 13 point dog, Stanford is 10 point dog, LSU is 10.5 point dog. I don't see FSU losing given their remaining schedule -- outside shot that Florida could shock the world, but I wouldn't bet on it.
The Michigan chick reminds me of a fat version of Dana from Homeland.
Hoke said it was a "hip deal" and "something else" but that it was mostly a hip thing. He'll be back for their next game.
Jeez Johnny, did Fitz take your mother out for a seafood dinner and then never call her again? You really loathe that guy.
I've just about given up on Grant ever becoming a complete player at LB. He could be a situational pass rusher, but I'm not seeing much more than that. Grant was literally motioning/looking to the sideline/counting players when Colter snapped the ball for the critical failed QB sneak on 4th and inches in the 4th quarter, causing Grant to miss the snap entirely and only belatedly getting a jump on the play. He had almost no impact on the play, with Perry instead coming in to help stop the rush.
Meanwhile, Shazier perfectly timed his rush of the snap on that play and almost certainly contributed to the fumbled exchange.
Curtis Grant was rated the No. 2 overall recruit nationally by Rivals in the 2011 class, behind only Clowney.
Shazier was rated No. 42 overall -- in the state of Florida.
In a high profile case like this, too often the reason is for publicity purposes.