I remember on the ESPN's 30 for 30 episode featuring Tressel and Clarett when Tressel talked about winning championships with YSU. Tressel spoke of how he wanted to win "with our kids." Tressel brought that same approach to football recruiting during his time as coach of The Ohio State University. He made it a point to sign top notch Ohio kids because he was a believer in serving his local community. That's why an old school Buckeye like me loves Jim Tressel. I respect Coach Meyer and I know that he is an excellent football coach, but I really do miss that about Coach Tress.
Me too, bro. Hopefully, they light the camps on fire, get it done in the classroom, and go on to have big senior seasons...and then, become Buckeyes. Love these articles about Ohio kids. Thanks, 11W!!!
Ohio State -- Scarlet and Gray. I like it when we just stick to the basics and play sound football. Not a fan of these swaggy uniforms.
Representing Pittsburgh here.
How many Super bowls have the Eagles won? Not "championships," Super Bowls.
How many Stanley Cups have the Flyers won?
How many World Series titles have the Phillies won?
Whatever the answers are, add them all up and they are still less than the number of Super Bowls won by THE Pittsburgh Steelers. But what the hell...the city of Pittsburgh has more championships than Philly in baseball and hockey too.
What's up, 11W staff? I really appreciate your efforts to inform us readers about the top high school football talent in the state of Ohio. These are the guys I most pull for in earning Ohio State football scholarships. Please keep up the great work!!
Silver Bullets, huh? Alright then, they better back it up and not just look the part.
I hear you, Nutinpa. I guess I'm an old school Buckeye that pulls for Ohio kids to represent our state university on the field/court. Meyer talks a lot about tradition and Ohio pride, and so I hope our university remains strong in these areas under his leadership. So far, I can't complain about the results. We'll see what the future holds -- I remain cautiously optimistic.
Hahaha ... Moop is short for my last name, and it's what the brothers back home called me. A nickname that stuck.
I would DEFINITELY take Tressel's defenses from his first 2 seasons at The Ohio State University over Meyer's.
I live in the area and catch Santa Cruz Warrior games when I can. Heard that Buford was playing for them and so I checked a game out and made sure I was wearing my Buckeye gear. During layup drills, I went as close to the court as I could and shouted out, "Willie Buford!" He looked over, and then I yelled, "Buckeye Nation, baby!!" Then he jogged over and said, "What's up, man?" and shook my hand. Seemed like a really cool dude. He ended up scoring 12 that night, and overall, looked solid handling the ball and playing defense.
To my surprise, Dallas Lauderdale was there too. He plays for the Idaho team. Big dude.
It's great to read that Shazier is considering staying another year at The Ohio State University. I remember the video footage of Shazier standing alone and showing respect to the Ohio State band as they played Carmen Ohio at the end of our bowl loss against the Gators 2 years ago.
If he chooses to stay, I hope he gets the best coaching possible from the Ohio State University defensive coaching staff. I feel bad for him when he plays lights out, is seemingly everywhere on the field, makes 15 plus tackles and the opposition still is able to hang 30 plus points on us. It would suck for Shazier if comes back for his senior year and the defense can't hold it down like they couldn't this year. Hoping for the best for him.
The pain is thunder.
I don't get it either, bro. The back 7 seem to have poor fundamentals when it comes to tackling, and coverages break down badly at least once a game. Our guys are looking silly as the are constantly overunning plays. Maybe we need guys like Speilman, Winfield, and Jenkins to run a tackling clinic for these kids.
Yup. As a Buckeye in California, I am glad to have fulfilled my obligation and be a part of that game. It's very satisfying to perform the O-H-I-O chant from the four sections of the stadium as the Cal fans are seen packing it up and leaving for home.
Thanks, Kyle. What concerns me is that this team proved that they can win games last year (and we did too), and if we don't show that significant "game 2" improvement, it's gonna be more a battle than people realize. Both teams will have a lot to prove. It sounds like they are more experienced than us, so our leaders need to really show themselves and keep our young guys focused. I'm pretty sure that the Aztecs are a lot better than whatever they showed last week. We better be up for it for all 4 quarters.
Question: How many returning starters do the Aztecs have on both sides of the ball?
As mentioned in the article, I'm sure that SDSU is approaching this game as a defining event for their season -- one that started off really really bad. Our 8 captain group, the all-out summer camp effort, and all those leadership classes better start to show this Saturday. No letdowns, less mistakes. Go Bucks.
I remember when Coach Coop publicly said that Winfield was a better DB than Springs. After watching Winfield play, I saw Coop's point. One of the best.
Good luck, Najee. Go Bucks.
I'm right with you, bro. I live in the south bay, and it would be nice to hear some positive talk on the radio and the streets about a Buckeye QB. I might even have to go to a Raider game this season.
Congrats to Makayla!! Go Bucks!!
Yeah. I was pissed last year when we scored plus 50 and barely beat Indiana. Was very glad to see our defense play much better after that particular game. Boren at linebacker, once he got comfortable, made a HUGE difference.
Heard everyone is doing their quick cals even quicker than last year. And you guessed it, Dontre does it the fastest.
Seriously though, speedy guys are way cool. But I'm glad we also have bruisers like Hyde and Smith for when it's time to get down and dirty. I was at the Rose Bowl when we took care of Oregon and I remember the feeling of knowing the game was over when Oregon missed a field goal with about 4 minutes left in the 4th. Oregon's little speedy guys weren't going to touch the ball for the rest of the game -- our big physical O-line and our backs took care of that. It was fun laughing at the arrogant Oregon fans sitting behind me.
I appreciate Coach Meyer's patience and thoroughness in handling these situations that involve poor choices made by our young Buckeye football players. I am glad to officially read that for now Najee Murray has only been suspended and has not yet been officially kicked off of the team. I think it is safe to assume that Najee Murray has a tough road ahead of him if he chooses to attempt to win the trust of the coaching staff and become a full-fledged member of the football Buckeyes. Until Coach Meyer or an official representative of the Buckeye football staff says otherwise, Najee Murray is still a member of this team. So good luck, Najee. You are going to need it, man.
Whatever Murray did, assuming this coaching staff is consistent with the way they deal with team violations, it had to be really bad -- worse than underage drinking, getting into a fight in a bar, running from the police, or acting forcefully toward a female. Such actions were all committed by our players, and fortunately for them, they have been given another opportunity to play football for the Buckeyes. It seems really unfortunate for Murray, a kid who earned his scholarship at the Ohio State football camp (first scholly offered by head coach Fickell), was contributing on special teams as a true freshman, tore his ACL in practice and had his season cut short, and by all reports was working his butt off in rehab to contribute to this year's team. I wish Najee the best and hope he grows as a better person from this experience.
Maybe I'm in the minority, but I thought Pryor's quarterbacking skills (throwing and reading defenses) improved dramatically from his freshman year to his junior year at Ohio State. Would he have learned to consistently make all the NFL throws if he been able to complete his senior year in college? Probably not, but I think that's more because of how raw he was when he first enrolled as a freshman. Coach Tress did predict that Pryor would improve a lot in the NFL, mainly because Pryor would not have to worry about school and would be able to focus more on football. Tressel always had positive things to say about Pryor's work ethic. I think we may finally be seeing the improvement that Tressel had spoken about. Good luck to Pryor. I hope he gives me a good reason to watch the Raiders now that I'm living out here in the Bay area.