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.
Welp, Mark Dantonio clearly disagrees with Mark Dantonio.
Mark Dantonio's Final Top 25 Coaches' Poll Ballot:
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
Nice of him not to burn this letter from OSU
Don't burn Collier's redshirt; it's not fair to him. He deserves the extra year of eligibility to develop further. If we lose Jones we're down to our 4th string QB, and there's no way in hell the CFP puts us into the playoff under those circumstances. My two cents -- give Darron Lee a look at QB, and keep Jalin in the slot.
TP would have put up insane numbers, assuming he had legitimate WR options, which he mostly lacked. Would have loved to see Ginn in that offense, too -- he would have killed with shovel passes and sweeps.
Re: "three wins over ranked opponents for OSU" -- CFP committee will look at whether the teams are ranked at the end of the regular season, not whether they were ranked at the time they've played, and a one-loss NU means that they would have beaten Minny after we did, which would give Minny 4 losses at least (with a likely 5th loss from Wisky); UM won't be ranked, if that's the case, leaving OSU with just two victories over ranked teams by year's end.
Looking forward to seeing Spencer as the other return man -- he's the best skill player blocker on the team, and I think he could do some damage on kick returns to help spring Marshall for long gains.
I hear what you're saying, and it'd be a medical red-shirt (he played in 2 games) but it's irrelevant. He won't be around for more than 2 more years anyway, and then he'll go the NFL. All the medical redshirt would do is allow him to stay a 5th year, and there's no way he's hanging around for that long.
I feel like we'd play Conley at Nickel before taking Bell out of the safety spot. Having him there will be important to defend and recognize the play action passes. I'd hate to thrust Smith into that position
The rocket and its payload were worth $200M, not $2B.
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