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NoVA Buckeye

THE Ohio State University (via Washington, DC (Northern Virginia))

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Northern Virginia born, Buckeye bred, Ohio State Class of 2016


  • SPORTS MOMENT: My first live Michigan game in 2012 for the unbeaten season.
  • NFL TEAM: The Factory of Sadness
  • NHL TEAM: The one on Nationwide
  • NBA TEAM: The laughingstock known as the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland TRIBE

Recent Activity

Comment 17 Oct 2014

He outcoached Brian Kelly in the Orange Bowl 5 years ago. That was after 1999.

Comment 03 Oct 2014

This is how you know Jim Tressel didn't coach Brax

Comment 02 Oct 2014

I don't think Penn State is necessarily the best team we face in conference play (or 2nd best, for that matter), but they will play the hardest against us because we've always been their Super Bowl since they joined the Big Ten

Comment 10 Sep 2014

You missed a good one against Stone Bridge this past week. LB may not have the great distributor they had in Caleb Henderson last year, but they'll be a great team in 6A this season, and he's the best player on the field every week until they run into Centreville, Westfield, Oscar Smith, etc. in the postseason.

Comment 10 Sep 2014

A kid of that size wouldn't play H, he'd be more of an X on the outside as a split end. He's got great size and speed that'll make him a big play threat every time he's out on the field. He is an extraordinary talent. When he came to my town for a game last season, he was making plays everywhere on offense, defense, and special teams. And as a bigger and more athletic senior? Good lord, he has so much potential.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Being someone with experience in a spread offense eerily similar to Ohio State's, this was absolutely frustrating to watch. They missed base assignments and they look like they need to work on footwork because there were some instances where they would stop moving their feet and they would get killed.

Also, Bollman's o-lines were not this bad. Yes, his offense lacked imagination, but at least Herman has more imagination, no matter how small the amount

Comment 07 Sep 2014

This may have been the most frustrating game I had ever seen out of an Ohio State football team. Even more frustrating than any game in 2011.

To start out, the special teams put us in tough situations. Cam's first punt sucked, Nuerenberger missed 2 field goals, and Kyle Clinton kicked the ball out of bounds after we tied it up. The special teams made Jim Tressel cry tonight.

The defense looked okay for the most part. Of course you're going to give up a few big plays, but I thought they responded well to the big plays to keep us in the game.

I do, however, think we need to move away from the 4-3. From an offensive perspective, there's no defense I'd rather see than the base 4-3, and we ran it almost all game. It basically forces us to out-athlete other offensive linemen and we weren't that successful at it tonight.

JT Barrett was far and away the best athlete on the offense, but that's the only good thing I can say about any aspect of his game tonight.

He flat-out cannot run this offense.

There were many instances where on inverted veer and base read plays where he'd give the ball off even though the read man went to the back. When he made the wrong read, we'd lose about 3 yards on average. On the instances where he made the correct read, we gained some yards at the very least. Each yard makes a big difference in football. It's easy to say he made the correct reads, but as someone with experience running the spread offense, he made too many safe reads, and safe and correct do not mean the same thing. I wasn't mad, I was just disappointed.

also would like to add that he looked a lot like Joe Bauserman in the deep passing game, but a lot of that can be blamed on the staff for calling fade routes 80% of the game. The short passing game was decent.

The kiss of death tonight was the offensive line. Now, I cannot confirm that I know everything about Urban's offense, but from my understanding of the spread offense, these linemen do not have any understanding of how to run the base pass-protection schemes. Leaving gaps unaccounted for is unacceptable. The footwork of some linemen was even worse. It was painful to see the instances when Pat Elflein and Billy Price couldn't hold their ground in pass pro. JT deserves some blame, too. There would be times when the unaccounted LB would blitz and JT has to recognize the hot read in that instance. He missed it and suffered.

There are legitimate problems with this team and none of them are on defense. The whole 4-3 thing is more of a gripe I have, but it's too late in the year to force the players and coordinators to run a defense they aren't comfortable with. I'm not even sure we'll win 10 games this year if these issues aren't fixed.

I'm going to hear about this loss for a while and I already am losing sleep thinking about the rematch in Blacksburg next year.

Go Bucks, now and forever.