If it was, I missed it.
I do know what you mean. However, to me, it seemed like he was just one step away from making some really big plays.....like that fumble against Oregon. Hopefully next year, those plays will be made assuming that he solidifies himself on the depth chart.
Great article, 11W. A lot of guys who don't get headlines stepped up to make plays as the season went on. I was really pleased with Corey Smith, and felt really bad for him when he fumbled in the Oregon game. I felt that as the season went on, he stepped his game up, and he was out to make plays - catches, blocks, and special teams tackles.
Thanks for putting this together and posting it. This is frickin awesome, man. Peace!!
There are weak spots in every zone defense, and a good team will get used to attacking a zone over time. In the Buckeyes' case, we play the same zone all game long, all season long, and well-coached teams like UNC and Louisville consistently find ways to beat it. If we'd change it up once in awhile, maybe good teams wouldn't be so comfortable attacking us offensively. Other than press, we pretty much do the same thing all game long it seems. We have the athletes and depth to man up, but we just don't.
It's okay to play zone for some of the game. But man, why don't we ever change it up a little bit? Man up, or maybe even try another kind of zone? Our basketball team is so easy to prepare for defensively. Well-coached teams with good athletes will continue to beat us this year if we remain stubborn in the way we play defense.
I hope he doesn't, but I think he will. And if he does go pro, I really hope Matta has a plan to account for the lack of depth at point guard. Other than incoming freshman AJ Harris, the Buckeyes will be without a true point guard next year.
Yup, that's how I interpreted it. And Evan is having a solid year so far with the Celtics, so I'm happy for the guy.
Anybody know of any Jones buildings in the SF bay area that I can go touch up? Way to go, Upper Arlington :)
Tyvis Powell needs to have a good game, specifically in supporting the run. He needs to physically meet the runner and take intelligent angles. I have confidence in our front 4, but I worry about the back 7 when it comes to our run D. It's everybody's chance to step up today.
Although it's important in every game, I believe the key will be getting 3 plus yards on first down and making the downs manageable. I hope first down playcalling is aggressive, and that Cardale can carry it out. 2nd and 3rd and longs invite blitzes, and that usually amounts to sacks and turnovers for an inexperienced QB. However, 2nd and sixes, 3rd and fours, I believe that our boys can handle that no matter who the QB is.
And of course, the defense needs to play lights out and give the O some short fields. I really think it all can be done. Coach Meyer and his staff have time to prepare, and players understand what's ahead of them. Cardale isn't an 18 year old who's just about to get his feet wet. Hopefully, he learned a thing from Kenny G, and he'll be good to go. Looking forward to Saturday, fellas.
My prayers go out to Kosta and his family. Really dark day, but hopefully light will shine through all of this somehow.
Time for Cardale to show why The Ohio State University offered him a scholly. I think he'll be ready.
We'll miss your leadership and toughness, JT. Wishing for your speedy recovery, bro. Go Bucks.
Great read, man. Thanks for sharing.
I always prefer our regular uniforms. But for tonight, I'll make the exception. This stuff is funny :) Go get'em, Bucks!!!
Cool, man. I'll get to go watch him play. I wore my Buckeye t-shirt and watched Buford over there last season. I went to the front and yelled his name during warm ups, and he ran over and gave me a handshake and a hug. He seemed to be happy just seeing a fellow Buckeye there. Hahaha
That makes 3 Ohio boys in a row! Way to go, Coach Meyer and staff.
You're welcome, bro.
Herman after the VT game:
“It was tough sledding. They played something that we hadn’t prepared for, so it took quite a bit of adjusting,” co-offensive coordinator Tom Herman said after the game Saturday. “It’s damn near impossible (to run the ball), and so we had to find some ways to get the speed option game and got a little momentum back on our side, but couldn’t make plays in the end.”
Hopefully, with a few games under our belt, this young offense will commit to something -- establish and identity. On that VT game, we let their defense dictate what we did and not the other way around. All that boasting about our strength training and "juice,' and we straight got bullied. The Kent State didn't really tell us much, but this UC game ought to serve as a good gut check for this team. Really hoping for a sound performance on both sides of the ball.
Agree. We got our adjustments. The problem was, we got them about a half late and we saw them during the beginning of our next game against Kent State. On the positive, I do think that our defense has shown improvement from last year, and I think they will continue to get much better. Tackling has looked more solid because guys are in position. It sounds like UC will be good test for our D.
It was encouraging to see us work the middle of the field, throw to the TE, and throw to the backs on offense. Anxious to see how the offense will game plan and execute for a physical and athletic defense that will try to jam up our receivers and load the box. I miss the I-Formation and using big backs. It brought a nostalgic tear to my eye watching Cardale take a few snaps under center toward the end of the game. hahaha
Let's go out and do it against the big boys.
Even if it was Kent State, it was nice to see our defense diagnose plays properly and be there to deliver some big hits. Over the last three years, I have grown accustomed to watching our players over run plays, take bad angles, tackle poorly, and be out of position on defense. The defense does look somewhat better this year, and so I'm really hoping that the defensive coaching staff are on to something. From what I hear and read, UC's offense will be a test.