I love the guy now, but he had me ready to take a bath with my toaster after that fateful night in 06'. Winning a NC would certainly go a long way in erasing that from my memory.
She allowed herself, and Malik by extension, to be dragged through the mud when she made private family concerns public by talking to the press about anything and everything regarding his recruitment. She has brought the press down on herself and her family through her own actions and comments, and I feel NO sympathy for her.
Her son on the other hand, no 17 year should have to go through that on a national stage.
Provided we run a decent amount of "packaged plays" this year, I bet Dontre gets half his touches off them. As I understand it, this type of play is perfect for him.. getting him the ball quickly and in a space vacated by a defender crashing down on a Braxton run.
Ross, is there a downside to running these? QB indecision leading to negative plays? Seems pretty full proof if executed proficiently.
Per local sports radio, he is merely waiting until he is able to sign with MSU without parental consent, which I believe will be his 18th birthday. There was no mention made of LOI, or any other document, but he will be a Spartan as soon as he can.
Very strange situation, and sad that his mother is dragging this, and by extension him, through the mud.
I've been serially up-voting you just because of your Big Lebowski quote.
Now... Shut the **** up Donny!
Thanks for the stats sir. Obviously I'm no D1 coach, but it seems like running your 230lb back who was having a hell of a second half would have been the smart decision, given that we only needed 1-2 yards. Alas, it's over and time to move on.
After the B1G Championship game, one of the coaches (Meyer maybe?) was talking about the 4th and 2 call that sent Braxton to the short side of the field, and said something to the effect of "we wanted our best player to have the ball".
Now, I think Braxton is/was our best player, but no one other that Hyde had any business getting the ball on 4th and short. Still pisses me off.
What I wouldn't give to see #34 behind Braxton for one more season. We're gonna miss that guy.
Hope you tear it up in the NFL Carlos!
Kick me in the ass, I forgot about J Marcus! He was an absolute stud when he was given time on the field. Some guys just know how to "bring it" when given the opportunity, I hope he gets on the field more.
He kind of has a Kenny G vibe about him.
Haha, the "Percy" in that statement was supposed to be in Strike Through, but that function doesn't seem to be working on the website (tried on both ipad and laptop). People get all bent out of shape when you call it the "Percy Position", I was trying to poke fun at that.
I guess I thought the H position entailed taking some snaps in the backfield, and as Dontre is no longer working with the RB's, I wondered if they may be making room for another guy to come in.
I'm honestly asking, is there no way to put two "H" positions on the field, maybe in a 4 wide set with two traditional receivers as well?
The wide receiver position needs to be a strength, Meyer added
I'm hoping we field a group of receivers that can get open and make plays, and do it quickly. I don't trust Braxton has improved enough to go through progressions or throw open receivers, and we'll need a competent passing game to ease the burden on our new O-line and RB's. I feel like we relied too heavily on our power running game (miss you already Carlos!) last year, and while we have a lot of talent on O, we can't rely on them right out of the gate.
Can someone clarify, now that Dontre is exclusively a WR, will we be employing someone else in the
Percy Pivot position this year, maybe a Jalin Marshall or Curtis Samuel?
Edit: there is supposed to be a strike through on "Percy", but it's not showing up when I post. Oh well.
Sort of off topic Ross, but considering the way in which you can "read" and "decipher" different formations and plays, does it ever take away from the overall experience when watching a game?
I picture myself pulling my hair out when we let a busted play get us, and I see you calmly sitting there moving around X's and O's in your head, identifying the culprit (or culprits if we're talking last year).
Great write up (and informative) as usual!
I love that UFM is usually such a straight shooter in interviews, but I can't help thinking he's using a little of his psychology background to call out Grant by praising McMillian. #PSYCHOUT
Really hoping Dontre is more "production" this year instead of "threat of production" like he was last year. Still, I wouldn't have called his freshman year a disappointment. A true freshman see meaningful snaps is still pretty rare at this level.
I'm really hoping Braxton has improved his reads this year, specifically going from primaries to checking down (to a TE or RB) if need be. Until we get solid production from a TE in the passing game, it will continue to be one of the most un-sexy positions in our offense, and thus harder to recruit. I imagine our coaches, when talking to recruits, would also be talking down TE use by other teams if the roles were reversed.
To a certain extent I agree with what you're saying. At some point, we as fans have to start putting some of the accountability on the players instead of putting it all on coaching. To my knowledge, you can't teach the will to make yourself better. Were coaching issues part of the problem with our awful defense last year, in my mind absolutely. Can you blame coaches for players taking it easy in the off-season and not giving 100%, no way.
It concerns me hearing about players not going balls-to-the-wall during the off-season, I was hoping the 0-2 run OSU finished the season with would give them some extra motivation to get in the weight room, watch film, work on technique, whatever they have to do to erase that losing taste in their mouth. Maybe its more of UFM's psychology at work, or maybe this team just isn't as hungry as we want them to be, either way we'll find out soon enough.
I still think Jeff Green is going to blow up this season. Talk about a guy with motivation to get on the field early. I'm also hoping Mike Thomas can make a solid contribution this year.
Why do you have to go throwing a wrench into my carefully laid plans?!?!?!
In all seriousness, it's a little surprising seeing some of the states that don't have an NFL franchise. In terms of collegiate talent, how does Alabama NOT have a franchise? Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, and Virginia are all a little surprising as well.
I guess my grand plans for a state v. state style NFL are doomed for failure after all.
I just have a feeling Musberger is on the downhill portion of his career. I don't want to take anything away from him, as he's had quite an illustrious career, but how many more of these can
the SEC ANY network take before they have to take action?
It would certainly be interesting, The Cowboys and Texans vying for all that Texas talent. The same could be said for the Dolphins and Buccaneers in Florida, as well as the Chargers, Raiders, and 49'rs in Cali. On the flip side, I would think the Falcons could do well just like the Lions; I.e. two major FBS programs to one NFL team.
I've pondered a scenario like this before. Imagine if all NFL teams could only draft players from in-state colleges only. I figured a scenario like this may hurt Cleveland and Cincinnati, as Ohio only has one major AQ college football program, and 3-4 others that occasionally produce NFL talent. In that case, we'll throw in a caveat that you can also draft players that played HS football in said state. How much fun would that be?!? It would add a Hunger Games-esque style to the NFL, where local people are always rooting for local teams, and by extension, local kids.
On the other side, I'm a Lions fan, so they may benefit from having two major AQ teams and 3-4 smaller programs that also occasionally produce NFL talent; i.e. Luke Joeckel.
It's always fun to ponder the possibilities.
As the play progresses with Clemson running four verticals, Von Bell must play man against Watkins down field and Perry must do the same with the slot receiver, with safety help over the top. But as the play commences, Perry does not re-route the slot receiver or mirror him down field. This forces CJ Barnett to cover the slot receiver, and the inside help Bell was expecting never materializes.
That was written by our very own Ross Fulton after that horrible excuse for a game. As I understand it, Von Bell was not at fault in that particular play.
The incident has been pretty hot on sports radio here in SE MI, and you are correct in saying the security guard was just trying to enforce school policy (no hoods inside the building). FWIW, it would seem Jayru Campbell has serious anger issues, as that wasn't the first incident he's had recorded (see my post below), and there are rumors of other character issues as well.
Sadly that isn't the only video footage of Jayru losing his shit. Here's a video of him allegedly punching a kid from another school in the handshake line after Cass Tech lost. I can't really see the punch, but I see the tantrum he throws when one of his coaches tries to corral him. Fun starts around :35 into the video.
Even though I don't comment often, "Active in the Forum" section was by far my favorite feature of the old site. I've gone from probably 1hr a day to maybe 10-15 minutes on the site, the discussions just aren't the same as they used to be. It's still my favorite Buckeye site, just seems to be more emphasis on news and less on conversation and community.
Yeah we like Plymouth, well kept, safe, and tons of bars and restaurants within 5-10 miles. We kind of figured if we're going to be stuck in Michigan, we might as well like the city we live in. Kind of reminds us of Dublin outside of Columbus.
More to your original point, I think I read somewhere that the Detroit OSU Alumni chapter gets together regularly to watch games in the fall. I think it was in Royal Oak, or maybe Birmingham? I'm not an OSU alum (Miami myself, BG for my wife), so I never really looked into going to watch a game with them. It gets old being 1 of 2-3 people rooting for OSU in a crowded bar, especially when people wearing green or blue specifically start rooting against OSU just because I'm there. I make a point to watch big/important games at home or at a friends so I don't have to deal with idiots... get a few Two Hearted's in me and things start to go down hill.