yes. Borland is another name we are not hearing about, which is a bit of a surprise as he goes through Coach Marotti's "makeover" program. Would be fun to have a MLB named "Tuf".....kind of says it all.
I am not sure if we are all saying the same thing, but for me....I am expecting to see only a few, brief series from the front 7 on the presumed starting Defense. We all know what they can do, but for a team with so many talented incoming Frosh and minimally experienced Sophomores, including some who are trying to decide -- or prove their future is as a Buckeye, then let's see them play, the more the better, on April 15th.
Oh well.....no good deed goes unpunished. What started out as a cool idea and a fun video triggered quite a few responses.....some happy, many unhappy! A good idea though.....had it been 'embellished' over a few days before posting, I think everyone would have been happy....well, most everyone.
I am looking forward to watching this, but I see 2 glaring omissions from the list which make me question its credibility:
Rex Kern - 3-year starter and National Champion in 1968; not a flashy player no doubt. But look at his record as a starter.
Terrelle Pryor: How quickly we have forgotten just how good he was, imperfect throwing motion, occasional petulance duly noted. This team does not whiff the record it enjoyed during his tenure without him.
I agree, PHI -- about Conner. He looks like a natural at MLB to me, and his absence from the article today is a bit concerning and noticeable. One thing is for sure, this Spring will be telling for a lot of these kids. And the known or presumed starters will play relatively little in the Spring Game. There is no need for them to.
Sure hope you are right, huffdaddy! But if you live in this area.....that refrain is starting to get stale....along with the growing list of players who just can't seem to shake their injuries and get on the court......like the aforementioned Embiid and Simmons.
Well silver, as a lifelong Sixers' fan, I will admit it is a dumpster fire.....but it was with Hinkie there too. He expected us to wait...how many years before the team became relevant? Too many. The Sixers used the Colangelo name to tease us that improvements were coming. They fooled us there too. Glad in the coming years I will be spending my winters in Florida and to paraphrase Pete Townsend...."I won't get fooled again."
Fair points, brich. Time will tell....but those teams I described played against some seriously elite competition including Heisman trophy and other immortalized players. Vince Young, Miami, Alabama, Oregon (Mariota), among others. This year's team played against one truly elite team and QB and that was obviously Clemson. To your point, we'll see how it plays out.
I see your point, lang. While the star ratings are what they are (or were) all I need to do is look at the games and realize this team can't score when it needs to. Heck, even Amir Williams was a McDonalds AA.....so maybe the star ratings in Bball are less reliable than they are in football. Maybe KBD was the missing link this year, who knows. But we'll have to agree to disagree on the talent vs. the rest of the conference as I only need to look at the record to reinforce my opinion. As the old saying goes, "you are your record."
As for the missing, elite big man, on that, we agree. But I will also point out that during those "glory years", Thad also had perimeter players who could score. Buford, Diebler, Lighty (even tho he was mostly a defensive guy) DT, among others. By the time Diebler left, he was downright surgical from the arc. Outside of DAR, recent Buckeye teams have had NO ONE to game plan around and worry about on Offense except for a few games in which Kam Williams was hot.
They will need to do something to disrupt QBs who will be taking aim at a really green secondary. Unless we want to be smug and assume we strike gold two years in a row with an inexperienced group of DBs. Not me. Pressure will be this unit's best friend this season.
This defense was THE BEST we have ever had
In an otherwise good post......you lost me at that exaggeration. Give me the 2002, '05, and year-end 2014 Defenses any day....considering the players they went against. Last year's D was good....but I won't give them a memorial banner just yet.
Disagree, 92. I have seen more effort from this year's team than I have seen in the previous 4 years combined. Your examples don't point to a lack of effort, they point to a lack of skill, talent and sometimes, focus. But the effort is there without a doubt.
The only game I saw this team mail in - and it happens to all teams, was a few weeks ago when Iowa handed them their asses. Otherwise, this team is simply missing the "jimmies and joes".....not effort. With all due respect, to suggest this team has either superior == or talent on par with the rest of the B1G is not remotely true imho.
Go Bucks for sure, 33! You wrote an awesome post, but without wanting to float a turd in the punchbowl, you lost me at the notion of this Team winning the B1G tourney. Sure.....they can make a good run. The elite teams (few this year) in the Conference have little to play for as is usually the case, so a team like the Buckeyes can be a tough out. But in reality, this team has too many holes and too little talent. They are more likely to go 1-and-out for the tourney as the are to win it.
I doubt it. We've been hoping for the same "addition by subtraction" fallacy for the past 4 years. People can say what they want about Loving this year, but without him and Tate, this team would be Rutgers.
Well, a bit snarky too -- although as I posted below, it depends on which side of the street you line up: One side says a dominant O-Line should be just that: Dominant without excuses. The other side agrees with my other post which says that if the entire stadium knows what you are going to do, then the O-Line is screwed before the ball is snapped. We both know what Woody would have said.....but not sure that ideology holds as much water anymore.
You make a good point, 10. Then again, while speaking out of the other side of my mouth from my previous post.....so do the people who believe Stud's O-Line never had a chance when the 11 guys across the LOS, 100,000 people in the stands, and 50 million people on TV.....knew what play was coming as the season went on.
We'll know soon enough, how the O-Line will develop with his imprint -- or not, this year.
Power ranking # 1? That wheezing you hear is the heart of the south laughing so hard it can't catch its collective breath.
The offensive line, though not as bad as some made it out to be, did not play on the level expected of an "offensive-line driven program" last year.
You are right, DJ: Last year's O-line was not as bad as we made it out to be. Looking back on it -- it was actually worse than we thought.
Ah yes, fullback: Canard aka, the Queen's English term for bull-shit! Lol.
Well said, fullback. Yes, Student-athlete is a canard when it comes to major revenue-producing sports. My daughters were collegiate swimmers, so the descriptive applied to them. To football players.....it doesn't. I think with Robert Smith at OSU, it was a classic no-win situation.
With whom did you lose respect? It was widely known -- or stated (always hard to separate truth from fiction to be sure) that Smith had a falling out with the coaching staff, including Cooper, cuz they were insisting that he go to practice and maximize his football obligations. Smith, at the time, was a pre-med student and wanted to allocate time to his classes. When they said...."you are on scholarship, we pay the bills".....he pretty much said "f*ck you -- I guess you forgot the term is "Student - Athlete". That is the story as I understand it.
Oddly enough, he had one his highest yardage games, iirc, against NW on that Saturday night. I remember MoC having tears in his eyes when Tim Spencer was chewing his ass out on the bench for fumbling. Clarett came out in the 2nd half like a man possessed.
Here is a game-by-game summary. There is a variance for sure, especially when Clarett was nursing an injury later in the year.
Against us this year.
So Wilson took a pay cut? In the strictest sense of the word, I suppose. Then again, considering he, ahem, resigned from IU -- (think Luca Brazi with a gun to your head) without another HC gig, I would say he landed as well as anyone in his position could have. OSU took a leap of faith with him based on his track record and moreover, his relationship with Meyer when other schools would not have, no matter whose story you believed at IU. To be clear, I am glad Meyer hired him. But "took a pay cut to come here" is a bit of a stretch unless his salary at OSU is less than whatever buyout or severance he might have received from IU -- which I find hard to believe.