It honestly sounds pretty close to accurate if you consider its a third person retelling the story, if you remove all the conjuecture and assumptions used to fill in the holes & make it PSU board-worthy... From a third person's perspective especially an older uncle of Frank E's; who may just be dismayed at TOSU's "audacity in how his nephew was treated!" Telling a story, probably while drinking at some neighborhood BBQ, around a bunch of Ohio State Haters, wanting to feel socially accepted, or whatever...
Plus, it's old news...
I've said it before, but I feel its reasonable... Barret plays VT for his revenge game- at least first 3 quarters... Miller starts rest of season, with Jones playing most of the 3rd and 4th quarter snaps. Barret will spell/relieve either in the event they are winded or dinged up. Both Miller and Jones get reps and film for pro analysis, both go 1st round 2016 draft. Barret Starts next year spelled by whoever leads the pack from the talented underclassmen QBs who are riding pine this year- soaking in all the experience of this 3 headed hydra spectacle that lay before them.
Everybody wins, Xbrax gets shown love and respect of "starter" position back. Meyer shows he's a man of his word, honoring what he said a while back about miller not losing his job to injury. Jones gets rewarded film time for coming in as "the closer" for the Natty season. And all the recruits who are concerned with log jams at talent laden positions see that this is a TEAM, and we have a coach who finds ways to get his kids involved. (to an extent)
I realize this is not realistic... Just my dream scenario...
I personally opine that it is perfect he is limited to 35 yard passes, even if the staff feels he COULD throw it further... There is no rush to put him in a position that he may over stress his shoulder too soon. Plus, the weakest zone in his pass profile is the intermediate, between the hash throw. 15-25 yards, between the hashes. He CAN make it, but it is definately his least threatened zone- deep bombs out side the hashes? check. deep bombs inside the hashes? check, short passes outside the hashes? check. I can think of a number of passes that didnt have the requisite "touch" necessary to put it over the linebacker or cheated safety, and hit a cross or slant on time. I am looking forward to Brax taking the first snap of the second half in Blacksburg, and starting every game after that. Barret will be the de facto injury relief QB, and DOLO will play third or fourth quarters every game this season. Barrett gets the least time AFTER his 30 mins of revenge in the first half of the VT game, then BRAX takes his rightful place as starter, with King Dolodale commanding the second half of each game this year. Barrett will stand ready for any moment one of those two needs rest, or gets injured. You will have plenty of snaps/film for pro-scouts/analysts, no one QB gets shafted for respect, and two Buckeye QBs go first round in the 2016 draft.
When a pass play breaks down, what do you feel MOST comfortable resorting to? Do you feel more comfortable scrambling north/south to gain field on your own? Or do you prefer to roll east/west to allow receivers time to get open? Would you MOST describe your athleticism a strength in allowing pass plays to develop while avoiding pressure or to gain yardage running? Granted both are valuable in their own right, but with which are you MOST comfortable? O-H!!
Though I'm afraid it will come across as cliche; I answered Yes. He is the best player on the team. They are all the best player on the team. The best players on the best team in the Nation. This isn't some "everybody wins a trophy" mentality, rather, the team can not be seperated into indiviual pieces, as the accomplishment is a product of the whole, not the individuals- who only through each piece performing it's own role, will the machine funtion at it's maximum efficiency.
(If that makes sense)
Midshipman and Army Cadets still have to maintain physical readiness standards that apply to all service members, so we are disadvantaged in relation to what body type we can put on the OFF/DEF lines, Triple option isn't "gimmiky", its fundamental, execution-based football that utilizes misdirection and flexible, on-the-fly strategy to overcome the disadvantage of athlete body types at particular positions.
"Put on 4 my city" in a silhouette of Ohio atop a city skyline (presumably representative of Dayton or Columbus)
“Putting on” can mean estimably representing one’s city, doing charitable acts, or watching out for the well-being of the people from your neighborhood
Anyone else notice Nate Williams throw that RB down at the end of the play?? AWE-SOME!! Haha, Loved watching him play through all last season...
The Offense is not my concern to any degree. Period. The offense will perform at a level at the very least comparable to last year, which proved more than sufficient.
Grant's ability to assume the role as the anchor of the defense in the center of the field is far more pressing in my eyes. The struggles of our linebackers to correctly assess the offenses they were facing, take good pursuit angles, hit the right gaps, and finish a play with strong, sure tackles... THESE are the issues (honestly throughout most of the defense) that kept the majority of those games close last year, with the exception of MSU and Wisky. if not for the lack of the ability to close down opposing offenses, our W's last year would have been a helluva lot more decisive...
The Curtis Grant saga is a much bigger position battle/development that I intend to follow as closely as possible, not to mention how our D-Line stops runs and whether or not they over pursue on pass rushes, and whether our secondary quits relying on the "hit stick" in open space... Show me a sound, fundamental defense and I will finally commit to raising my hopes or expectations to match something akin to my Fellow Buckeye connoisseurs...
OH THE HUMANITY!
I can see how an individual would perceive brute strength and extreme conditioning would translate to fighting prowess...
I think he would disagree
Not high and not mighty... quite the opposite. Mr Hyde seems low and gracious, in that he quotes a verse that states by the strength of Christ (i.e. not his own) he can overcome or "face" all things; that, my fellow buckeye is called humility. Which would be the opposite of High and/or mighty.
other translations then the one previously stated
When was the last time you saw S&G line up the same number of backs as the Maryland I in the 'Shoe? No it may not be new to the game in concept, but it is definitely not a formation that would have been called in the last 2 or 3 eras of tOSU coaching staff.
I recognize how a lot of critics are less than sold on the concept, but you can not argue that it presents us an opportunity to put multiple play makers on the field simultaneously. Should it be used as a base formation? absolutely not, but it shows promise when it comes to our skillset, especially having a QB that runs damn near as well as any of our other backs. As a wrinkle, bad ass, Just Sayin'
I don't think very much excites me more about the 2013 S&G season then seeing this wrinkle perform. Hyde, Smith, Dunn/Ball, for multiple power option/read plays, or sub in shifty-ness of Marshall/Wilson for a NASTY speed option...
*Insert Goosebumps*... <---That just happened
Fair enough. I absolutely understand your logic... I suppose this is just the rhetoric that replays in my mind to control the voices screaming about losing another high visibility prospect to another (read: inferior) program. ;) (:
I agree that realistically, it is the most PRUDENT course of action to take a QB EVERY class. With that being said, what that translates into is- at times, settling for a QB for the sake of having a player on the roster who identifies himself at that position. This can, in lean years, mean selecting a candidate from what is available, (every position has bottom of the barrel years). This, in my humble opinion, can be as bad or worse than (especially in our hampered scholarship position) using a coveted scholarship for a player that will ride the bench through 4 years of advanced chemistry for free and never even have the faith of his coaching staff to take a meaningful snap.
Conversely, If you hold out during an especially lean year, rather than suck it up and accept a "fire insurance" commitment, you can utilize that scholarship to "shore up leaking compartments" or "righting lists" in other position groups, from higher quality, more impactful players who will perform not only in class, but on the field as well.
#2, Though I agree that none of the designs are striking or stir anything inside my scarlet heart except maybe a solid "Meh..."
I couldn't agree with you more... I love BraxTron (my son's name is Braxton also, thought it was original and uncommon in Jan of 2004- guess who his favorite player is...), but last year I thought I was the only one who thought he took entirely TOO long to make a read on the DE and decide to give or keep... El Guapo carried for great gains often but I felt like his touches were entirely too limited... Interested if the 11W community agrees or disagrees??
Eli Apple was able to get on campus early. This has given him the opportunity to participate in spring practices, had solid time in spring game (seemed to get in some quality reps on tough match-ups), and has, in my mind, shown some of the leadership qualities UFM is looking for in this class through his commitment and heart. I can't help but imagine he'll be first to peel that black.