Agree! I still have a picture of that catch in "the OSU list" of screen savers I use.
We are in good standing with quite a few highly rated football players. Unless the bottom drops out, we should have another GREAT class, top 3 or 4 for sure.
Nice, indeed. That is one handsome family. Parents look professional and it shows on young Mr. Gant. This young man has a bright future, even outside of football.
MichiBuck, you speak the truth about UM fans. I live up in TSUN as well, and most scUM fans are so blinded by their entitlement, or whatever the hell it is, that they cannot even admit that Ohio State has a very talented football team over the past 8-10 years.
I also hope and pray that all us Buckeye fans NEVER begin to feel entitled. I'll never forget a quote we had on our wall in the weight room at Bellevue: "Show me a player that is satisfied with their effort, and I will show you the first sign of failure."
I hate to be that guy, but I had the feeling Ohio State was going to win it all when the committee selected them to be in the first-ever college football playoffs. ;)
Chris, you wrote "In total, Zeke went for 696 yards on 76 carries, good for 9.2 yards a pop with eight touchdowns. Damn, son."
Those are some damned impressive statistics, if you ask me. Zeke averaged 9.2 yards per carry against three pretty good run defenses, and I think this is one of the most impressive statistics I have ever seen.
Great article, by the way!
Agree, NH! This high school young man is damned near NFL LB size already. He's a must-get, I feel.
Fido, that's exactly who I compare him to reading this article!
Ward is supposed to be the fastest Buckeye. My eyes say that title would be McCall's. I would love to see 40 times for each, better yet, a 50-yard race between the two, winner gets first crack at return man.
Impressive article, Kyle. Thank you for the great read. You are the Sultan of Statistics.
“How will they respond when they get beat for a touchdown? How will they respond when they have an issue in class or an off-the-field issue that distracts them? Will they be able to come out here and block it out?” Schiano said. “Those are all things you learn about newcomers that we have to wait and see.”
I love that the coaching staff looks beyond football with these young men. This is a big reason why many quality young men and football players are flocking to Columbus and Coach Meyer.
Johnson said the reins are off, but I heard,
"Release the Kracken!"
If his daddy was good, he has to be, too! ;)
Hey Buck68, I am betting that if our OC stuck to a normal game plan, Mike would have touched the ball in the 1st quarter and the fumble problems would not have been a factor. When you don't get your first touch until later in the game, it can have a negative effect.
He also had damn-near 5 yards a carry on his meager touches. Get him the ball early and more often, and I think the game would have been a much different story. Not saying we would have won (maybe so, though), but it would NOT have been a blowout.
I'll give Kasper credit, he was aggressive and went for the takedown many times against Snyder. But he didn't get A SINGLE TAKEDOWN, and Snyder just plain ol' WHOOPED HIS ASS.
Keep talking, and the score next year may just be much worse.
Spider, he's been living under a rock alright. It's name is Kyle Snyder! LOL
And it's keeping oxygen from getting to his brain.
Damn... What's worse than sour grapes? This dude has a bad case of it...
Forgive me, but - NOOOOooooooooooooooo!! Don't leave yet!!! You're so much fun to watch in the Scarlet & Gray!!!
Seriously, if he is projected that high, it's a no-brainer. Best of luck to this great athlete.
WIth Browning's size and speed, he will be drafted very high in the first round when he elects to go pro. I will predict he may just be the first LB taken in his draft. Hell, he already has NFL size, he's only going to get stronger.
With 43 seniors lost from last year's team, they HAD to have guys get drafted. So, that is only 25% of the entire senior class getting drafted. I think our percentage is JUST A BIT better.
With him in the fold, you absolutely have to consider Ohio State as one of the best LB corps in the country. Talk about just plain scary!
I agree, I am betting on the #11 horse, too.
Or their underwear over their tights!
Coach Johnson is working his magic and he may just end up with on of the best DL classes ever assembled. I love this man!!!
We are truly blessed as fans of Ohio State, and becoming spoiled to expect depth every year at almost every position. We are fortunate to have great coaches like this that can attract the very best athletes with the very highest character and team first-oriented discipline.
I cannot wait to see how this season unfolds for this group.