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Comment 28 Aug 2014

I'll amend my previous post - TBDFITL except for BennyBucks.  C'mon, man. Stay classy.

OBTW - since you probably haven't served and wouldn't know - the U.S. Naval Academy produces career officers for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps (the uniform Jack is wearing above). No Marine Colonel worth his salt would have treated a fellow officer like that. Hooray for Hollywood.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

Don't confuse a non-prolific passing team with "not particularly good".  The last time Navy and tOSU met, a kid named Ricky Dobbs went 9 for 13 passing for 156 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT against the Buckeyes in the Shoe. It was his single best passing game of the season, and it was the best completion percentage and tied for most TD passes of any offense tOSU played that year.

Keenan Reynolds, based on what I've seen the past two years, is Dobbs' equal in the passing game and a better triple option QB.

I foresee Navy only "going to the air' when the secondary gets frustrated and complacent and begins to run past Navy's WRs to get to the rushers. This game will be all about discipline.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

I agree with you on the first count - Navy has proven they can move the ball effectively year after year. But it's not because of so-called "chop blocks".  You sound like Charlie Weiss and Lou Holtz, who wined incessantly about about Navy's 250-pound O-linemen hurting their 320-pound D-linemen.

Navy uses cut blocks, which are completely legal under the rules.  A "chop block" is an illegal block when a player already engaged above the waist is blocked my a second player below the waist.  This results in a 15 yard penalty imposed against the offending team. Navy's smaller O-linemen and slotbacks use legal cutblocks to get lower than larger defenders to get leverage.  It's exactly what every football coach tells blockers to do at every level. Get low, get leverage, win the battle.

Bottom line, it's not the blocking. Navy uses wide spilts, spreads the line, and effectively employs the triple option.  It's similar to the zone read that Oregon uses, except it comes right at you instead of waiting in the backfield for the read.  The QB takes what the defense gives him, and as long as he protects the ball and makes good reads there are usually 3-4 yards to get on nearly any play.

This should be a great game, and we should hope that no players on either team get hurt. Everyone loses when players get injured, especially players who plan to fly airplanes, drive ships and submarines, or lead Marines in the defense of our great country.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

First they'll have to prove they can shed their blockers, then tackle the runner.  Navy's receivers and slot backs block downfield better than just about any other team.  When the DBs start cheating and go for the runners, Reynolds steps back and passes.  He doesn't throw many, but last year he completed 53% of his attempts and had a 140 QB rating. On top of that, he only had 2 INTs out of 128 attempts, which is about twice as good as Miller did percentage wise (7 INTs, 255 attempts).  This game won't test the secondary in the manner everyone needs to see to believe, but it will test them.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

Love all the great, positive comments by TBDFITL, and I too can't wait for the game to start. Although I was born and bred on Buckeye Football, I'll be cheering for my alma mater, tUSNA on Saturday. I hope we can renew this Home & Home deal, or even a neutral site game in the future. Here's to a game as competitive and exciting as 2009.