The only problem with just laying down sod is that if you're going to host a World Cup match you are going to have to give the sod time to fuse itself together. That means at least a couple weeks prior to the first match their needs to be sod down and getting rid of the seams takes at least a couple weeks minimum. The players hate it when they play World Cup qualifiers at US stadiums where sod has been down for a few days ahead of time. You talk about injuries think about someone getting a stud caught in a seam and tearing their Achilles or something crazy like at. Grass is a must, so they would have to figure it out.
This GIF essentially backs up my overall point that is implied by what I said. Taking the ball on a designed run as QB is a different animal from trying to make that play even as a tail back. He would probably need to remind himself before the play which arm needs to go on top to offer the QB a pocket to stick the ball in on the hand off. Something as simple as that isn't second nature to an incredible playmaker like Braxton who is used to getting the ball via a direct snap.
i would rather pray for his health and start him at QB.
If Braxton switches to the H back role I don't believe he will log a lot of touches at least for the first 6-10 games. If you are going to contemplate switching Braxton to the H role it would have been critical to teach him the position and get him in that meeting room during spring practices. He doesn't have that edge yet, which he would need to block at the position and that would make logging lots of snaps difficult to begin with. Then if you begin mentioning all the other qualities Braxton would need to possess to be an elite option at the H position, you will likely realize just how far fetched the idea of him being a major contributer this season actually seems.
He would need to learn ball security first and foremost if he was going to play as a RB or WR. He would also need to possess the hands necessary to catch the ball in pads at full speed with defenders breathing down his neck, which is a lot harder than many fans realize. The list of qualities he would need to master before becoming A functional player at the position can go on seemingly forever.
I find it incredibly difficult to imagine him developing even half the skill set necessary to make the position switch, and those doubts are only magnified when you think about the fact that it has probably been 6-8 years since he even played a position other than QB during a game.
I think the single most important reason he was willing to make what some would consider a "lateral" move is due to his aspirations as a head coach in the future. It sounds like he wants to become a HC and UFM obviously has about as good a track record producing future HCs as any current college coach, and his guys will be getting a certain benefit of the doubt when they sit down for an interview with no prior experience as a head guy due to his assistants track record. He wants to go to finishing school for head coaches to be.
Loving What the Jets are doing.
Leonard Williams wasn't a need at all, but with the 6th pick you can't pass on him. Certainly not when it seems most NFL teams, scouts, and evaluators consider him the number one prospect in the entire draft.
Devin Smith will provide the explosive deep threat that the Jets need on offense to compliment their new no. 1 receiver in Brandon Marshall, and possession type of WR in Decker. Curley is one of the best slot receivers around in the NFL to go along with those outside guys. Now they just need Geno Smith to turn into a Joe Flaco or even Alex Smith type of QB and those receivers might actually get to catch some TDs.
De'Vier Posey is joining smith in Jersey too. Texans just sent him s part of the trade to get the jets 70th overall pick.
As a Jets fan I'm happy, but if Geno starts over Ryan Fitzpatrick he has no more excuses. Brandon Marshall on one side and Devin Smith on the other with the solid if unspectacular Decker and Curley available outside and in the slot as well makes for a strong WR group for Geno to utilize.
This could occur, but if Braxton wins the job I think it will be much less divisive in the locker room. I think he obviously has the longest track record as well as his status as a senior, and those things would likely prevent the locker room splitting and choosing sides. If JT or Cardale end up winning the job then I think we could have a problem on our hands. With JT and 12 gauge being a sophomore and a junior respectively, I think some guys would see the decision as a long term issue. Braxton it's a situation where he will be done after the year and the other guys will still get their shots.
I agree. The fact that ESPN haven't even devoted anything to it is indicative of just how serious it is perceived. Until the NCAA or ESPN devote an article to it I don't think there is much to this story. Braxton's been one of the classiest players I have seen in recent memory, and I sincerely hope he doesn't have any issues arise from this nonsense. Outside of Mariota and maybe Tebow I cannot recall a player being such a superstar for 3+ yrs in CFB yet remaining low key and humble.
I believe the concussions he had were from wrestling not football. I haven't heard anyone from his family suggest he had untreated concussions last season. It is also real easy to fool doctors if it isn't a severe concussion. I had 3 (with a probable 4 th) concussions and only one of them could have been definitively noticed by a doctor without explaining the unseen symptoms.
Cardale could start at DE.
Gymnasts and swimmers can get that free education also. 'Zeke cannot get paid for the Olympics, because football isn't an Olympic sport. That free education isn't quite as handsome as a check for 50 Gs either.
I know the AAU people have said that all of these athletes are amateurs, but I would be hard pressed to believe that anyone who receives hard currency in exchange for directly winning a competition can be considered an amateur. The olympics changed their rules in the early 1990s I believe, which for the first time allowed professional athletes to compete. The Dream team was for instance the first group of professional B ball players to represent the U.S. at the olympics.
The problem with olympic medals and amateur athletics is that there is a set amount of cash paid to the athlete who wins a gold medal, a set amount for a silver medal, and a set amount for a bronze medal from the U.S. olympic association. 'Zeke may get paid for his achievements, but he will have to remain healthy and wait a number of years to get his money in the form of the NFL draft, rather than in exchange for directly winning a national title or sugar bowl MVP award. I know AAU considers all of these athletes amateurs, but I find it hard to reconcile receiving payment for a title and still being an amateur.
I totally agree that is why I'm happy JT is true leader and can still command respect in the locker room as a back up.
Sounds like he knows he is the top guy when it comes to the leadership department. I bet he still gives pregame speeches even if he doesn't win the job.
I agree with what you've said about Braxton. I have always felt like Meyer would allow him to reclaim his job as long as he is healthy. Braxton's biggest obstacle to becoming the starting QB again has always been whether he can get back to being fully healthy or even 90% healthy. The fans have all largely assumed it would be Barrett and then Cardale came along and won and everyone thought he was now the favorite to be the starter, but in reality it has always been Braxton's job in my opinion. I don't say that because I belive Braxton should start necessarily, but rather that Meyer believes he should start, and he has the final say on the matter.
I think the 2001 Miami team returned a lot of starters, but I probably won't go check for myself. If someone else wants to check feel free. If my memory serves me correct they returned a ton of starters from their NC team and we know how their bid to defend that championship ended!
Read that article if you get a chance! It seems to be the latest news on how Wilcher sees things with Urban.
I see what you're saying, but I'm saying if he does pick up another injury to his shoulder it wouldn't necessarily affect his draft status as a non quarterback. He won't need to be able to throw at the combine and pre draft workouts. His shoulder would just need to reach a point where his range of motion allows him to catch balls. If he demonstrates the ability to catch balls and runs a 4.4 or better in the 40 he will still be a draft pick. His status wouldn't allow him to be a first or second round guy obviously, but he doesn't need to switch positions prior to the draft to get drafted. It could actually hurt him if he played as a receiver or an H back and isn't able to perform on the field next year. A torn labrum for a receiver or a running back isn't nearly as devastating as it would be for a QB. He doesn't need to be Brees 2.0. He just needs to be able to make teams believe he can be Randle El 2.0.
Maybe he would rather take his chances at QB and if he does get hurt I'm sure there is an NFL team that will sign him if not draft him as a receiver/running back/return man. QBs are known to be stubborn when it comes to changing positions and the only way I see Braxton switching positions is if he doesn't return to full strenght as a passer. I have always been of the opinion that if he is fully healthy even by week 4 or 5 he will be the starting QB.
Everything I have heard from Urban leads me to believe that he feels like he will owe Braxton at least a chance to show he is the starter. After all Braxton was injured for 3 games minus one series at the beginning of 2013 and if he had been able to get his 15 TDs give or take against the weakest portion of our schedule that year he would have broken all the records JT broke this year IMO.
It should also be noted that Cass Tech's coach Wilcher (sp?) was the one saying those things on the radio not Weber. Fans make the assumption that he was actually speaking accurately on behalf of Weber, when in reality we will probably never know whether he was expressing his own feelings based entirely upon his assumptions of Weber's feelings, or whether Weber ever actually addressed those feelings directly with his HS coach.
I am not saying the coach should be called names or anything of that sort. I'm simply questioning the credibility of his comments.
After what we saw transpire on the field this past season I will always feel good about a kid who wants to earn their offer. Darron lee showed me what confidence, hard work, and passion for the school can do to motivate a young player coming out of high school. I know the situations are slightly different, but I still like what I hear from a kid like Ward who didn't wait for OSU to give him what he wanted, and instead decided to go get what he wanted, an offer.
I am not aware of any...I believe you can have as much contact as you want with one of your own players. They can certainly visit him at school, but I wouldn't be surprised if they prefer to meet his whole family again, and make sure they all feel comfortable and get to know Alford better.
I would bet Urban Meyer has Alford on it already! His first order of business is/was probably to go straight to the Weber household.
I like that thought....