Jones' size alone is what makes him the best pro prospect OSU has at QB. Barrett and even Brax are both undersized for what most NFL teams would look for in a QB. Add in his arm strength and you have a player who would at least get looks form NFL teams even if he never started a college game. Matt Cassel anyone?? Back up at USC and still gets drafted in 7th round.
Is Gibson enrolling early? I thought I remember him being one of the guys who will enroll in January. If he is enrolling early then there is no need to worry until signing day in February, because he will be a buckeye signee as soon as he arrives for the spring semester.
It would be awesome for Grant's NFL draft stock if he could have a lock down performance against Cooper and 'Bama. It would instantly put him on any NFL team's radar who needs a corner. I think he has been projected depending on the "draft guru" you trust as anywhere from a 3rd rounder up to 1st round. A game and an opponent like this would do a lot to help him move towards the 1st or 2nd round.
I can't fathom Hermann not coaching the sugar bowl. I think he will definitely be the co-ordinator for this game. On the plus side maybe Warnier stays now because his co Offensive co-ordinatior title finally might mean something. I don't think he will call plays, but maybe he stays now. He is critical for the o line.
You're right, I remember seeing his boxscores after HS games his senior year and he was always like 5/12 or 6/13...sometimes 3/11 etc...
I was only trying to make the point that using him for 1 or 2 passes (even if it's just a short pass rather than the deep ball )early in the game would alter the defense's psychology in regard to how aggressive they can be against the run when he is taking the direct snap. Even if it slows the safeties down by an half a step, that could be all Marshall needs to take what would have been a solid 7 yard run, and potentially turn it into a 47 yard TD.
Or you could save a pass for a key spot late in the game, when the D will likely have become ultra aggressive stopping the run with him in the wildcat.
However, I believe it would be good for him to show something early in case he has to become the QB if god forbid Cradle gets injured.
Marshall is actually listed as the back up to Jones this week at QB. I'm guessing Hermann will have Marshall working on his throwing a bit on the side this week. They probably won't devote a lot of valuable practice time to get Marshall some practice at throwing against a defense, but I bet if he is in the wild cat for 10 snaps this week at least 1 or 2 will be designed as passing plays (with a run option of course).
I think there is an argument that could be made that JT makes the offense more complete, largely thanks to his accuracy in the passing game. There is also a strong argument that could be made that Braxton may have looked even better than JT this year with the improved weapons around him, especially at the H-Back and WR position. Philly Brown was consistent at catching the ball last year, but he doesn't pose anywhere near the type of threat to opposing defenses that Marshall and Wilson offer JT. Mike Thomas has also been critical as a consistent target on the outside, which is something Smith and Spencer didn't bring last year on a consistent basis. In the end it is tough to compare JT and Braxton without seeing them perform with the same supporting cast. If Urban was serious when he said point blank last week that Braxton was the starter next year iif he is healthy, then it would appear likely that we may get to see Braxton do his thing with a similar supporting cast next year.
They were listed as 'or' coming out of camp and going into the Va. Tech game, but I thought Apple nailed down the spot before the Kent state game. However, it would make sense after Apple got exposed a number of times in one on one last week that Conley would get another chance. Conley undoubtedly has better straight line speed than Apple, but I think Apple is miles ahead in his technique. Conley may have a better chance of making up for getting beat on press coverage so my guess is the coaches may want to see what Stephon Diggs is doing to our corners and then possibly give Conley a go if Apple is getting burnt again.
I completely agree with what you said about Rod Smith in relation to the other backs on the roster, but c'mon man those 40 times were just made up. Hyde never ran a 4.3 at OSU or in the nfl combine. Samuel also has an official 40 time from "the opening" when he was in HS. The time he ran was 4.36. It was the fastest 40 time of all the players classified as athletes in his class.
Va. Tech does have a new QB in a transfer from Texas tech, and while Texas tech's system can make a decent QB look other worldly I do believe their passing offense is much improved with him under center. They also have a new RB who supposed to be quite good. I think people may be underestimating what VT's offense is capable of doing.
I thought Barrett just made the wrong read on that play. No one committed to him and yet he pitched the ball. Ithe defender looked like he was trying to play both Elliot and Barrett, and that's where Barrett has to get north south and pick up the yardage. IMO
Getting bagged drinking a beer and getting arrested in a Bar for assault are two very different issues.
Blue chip is a term commonly used to refer to someone who is naturally gifted with exceptional athletic tools, and should have the best chance of becoming a star at the next level. I am assuming your question is probably not serious. But I like to think of blue chippers as similar to blue bloods. They were born with the natural gifts to be a stud football player (or whatever sport is in question). Watson seems to hold almost every state HS record for passing stats...that is a strong indication of blue chip status.
This is not to be confused with a game called Cow Chip bingo, which is where everyone watches a calf wander around a field that has been divided up into a grid of boxes, and the game ends when the calf decides to leave his chips behind hopefully in the box that you chose when you placed your bet.
It seemed like Meyer and Herman were only interested in taking 1 QB in this class and they offered Watson early, because he is a true blue chipper. They probably could have got Kizer to commit if they had offered him earlier and showed more interest, but due to the scholarship restrictions the staff seemed to be hesitant to pull the trigger with offers.
edit: ^^^apologies for repeating what was already said above.
They also watched Collier throw on at least two occasions in person, which I know is something most coaches would love to see before handing out an offer. He earned his offer, which shows something of his character too.
They also have a good chance at a number of the top QBs in the 2015 class. They are already recruiting the 2015 players hard. I would trust Herman and Meyer's ability to evaluate a QB they have seen throw for them at Friday Night Lights and down at his HS in Georgia as well if I am not mistaken. The recruiting rankings are also somewhat meaningless if the player does not fit the needs of Meyer and his offense.
IMO even with depth along the D-line their is still too much inconsistency from week to week and play to play, which comes back to the complete lack of a clear identity. Some weeks the line looks great, and those weeks often are the weeks where the defense as a whole becomes more aggressive. When the defense is trying to be disciplined and not get real aggressive the d-line begins to look at the very least inconsistent. They get caught out of position due to over pursuit and silly mistakes with regularity when opponents start to run draw and screen plays. When the linemen take themselves out of the play they leave the back 7 the unenviable task of taking on extra blockers. Depth is only helpful if the defense can practice and implement a single scheme that everyone learns inside and out allowing the next guy up to have a clear understanding of his role. IMHO
I hope Fickel can figure out how to call a "complete" game for the bowl, and into the future, because I think he is struggling with the decisions that he needs to make in between every play. If he is having problems during games, the fact that there is no defined scheme that he can use as a fallback option exasperates his troubles.
I disagree about Hyde bailing Braxton out. I think Hyde averages an extra yard at least per carry as a result of the threat Braxton is to the outside. W/o Braxton Hyde would have been facing tougher interior defenses. More players would be pinching down into the box, and he would still be a beast, but closer to 5.5 ypc IMO.
I think his heart is telling him to stay and his head is telling him to go. Just from the comments I have read.
With the Glenville duo hopefully on board, and the staff potentially looking for another DB, is there any chance we get JuJu Smith?? I saw that you don't believe it will be Tony Brown, and JuJu is the only other major target I can recall. I know It looks like he is a lock for USC, but I was wondering what you think.
If you don't trust your receivers to get open, then it is really hard to anticipate them getting open on the route they are running. I think as much as people blame Braxton for the poor passing game in the latter stages of the season, you can just as easily blame the receivers (not named Philly) for failing to consistently get open, and then actually make the catch when they do get open.
I think the development of Trey Johnson and Mike Mitchell will be a big wild card. Even if RDS leaves I think Johnson probably nabs that spot at WILL since he is already on the two deep at that spot. Since Kwon is an out and out MIKE, I think it will all depend on how Grant plays to start the season. We need a MLB who can be a QB on defense, and make adjustments to match the offense, until that happens the defense is going to struggle for consistency. I think depending on where MM fits, either inside or out will have a big impact on how much playing time Kwon gets.
BOOM...Playing games with all of us when he went for that script A hat.
I just picked up on your likely sarcastic intentions on that previous comment. Meyer doesn't believe in making a competition or a story out of absolutely nothing, which is the reason he would never make Braxton win his own job.
How can a QB who doesn't go undefeated be considered one of the best QBs in OSU's history? He would have a B1G title under the old rules that every other OSU QB played with. That's why he is already one of the best ever. Oh and there is that little winning streak, which no other OSU QB in history has ever accomplished.
Yea that's why he stuck with Jordan Hall once Hyde came back, and that must be why Washington lost his job to a freshman. Your last comment does prove my earlier point.