Jerry was a less athletic but more skilled version of Jae'Sean Tate. He turned himself into a legitimate B1G starter through sheer effort and hard work. By the time he was a senior, he was even a bit of 3-pt threat. And he used the jump hook very effectively. He struggled to elevate his game another level when Jay Burson got hurt and that really bothered him back in the day. That guy cared.
Bingo! Got strong guard play from Jackson and Lyle.
At this point I think you look at how the team performs relative to the rest of the conference. If they're one of the top three teams in the B1G next season, then we can wonder if they're just feasting on a bad league. But we're not there yet. FWIW they did beat UConn and Providence, should have beaten UVA, and played well against UCLA.
Interesting article, Chris. Loved reading the "universal respect" in the comments section.
It is likely time for Thad to go because every coach eventually stays too long and the program feels stale. But Buckeye basketball "fans" clearly have short memories or began following the team in 2005. This man deserves our thanks and respect. It's actually unfortunate that his best teams didn't win it all. Good man, good coach who lost his voice for some reason that eludes me.
Regularly enjoyed subs from the Lane Avenue location. Awesome eats.
When it comes to facts, I don't question the veracity of DJ Byrnes. Pretty solid that it was Tom Herman who founded MENSA
I'm not even sure if Paulus is the issue. But his end of the court just seems to be where OSU struggles.
As for Potter, there's more to like than dislike. Most young bigs struggle to defend the pick and roll and need a season to adjust to the speed of game in college. I like his shooting and I like his demeanor. Needs to be more aggressive in the post too.
That is the one play where Barrett missed a guy and it would have been a TD. He clearly fixated on Curtis Samuel at times too.
I agree that there were missed yards due to inaccurate throws. The second pass to KJ Hill and the pass to Noah Brown both forced to receiver to the ground when he could have caught the ball in stride. FWIW I never disputed this point
After reading your comment I went back to rewatch each of the videos. I didn't see any missed yards from missing open receivers further downfield. In fact, I was struck by how many times the only guy open was the guy who got the ball. There were missed yards due to inaccurate throws though.
Keep in mind though that OSU just landed two highly rated receivers in Grimes and Harris despite the very pedestrian offenses of 2015 and 2016. The names "Ohio State" and "Urban Meyer" open doors.
I feel compelled to call out Greg Paulus. For a few years he ran OSU'a offense and fans lamented the terrible sets the team ran at that end.
Jeff Boals leaves, Chris Jent enters and the roles change. Jent coaches the offense, which has seen a resurgence, and Paulus coaches a defense that is worst in the league.
Sorry, but I see a trend. Greg Paulus is not a great coach
This team is missing that one player who can elevate his game in the key moment. Given that, it was disappointing to see OSU run their offense well, get Lyle a few open 3s, only to have him turn them down.
Would a healthy KBD make a difference? Yes, they would probably have a couple more wins. But he's exactly what the other players are - a good complementary piece.
Maybe Kaleb Wesson will be that kind of player. But will a senior dominated team be willing to run offense through a freshman big man? Thad did it once before but Sullinger was not your typical freshman.
I hope Thad figures out how to win consistently with this group before the mob runs him out of town.
It two lawmakers, not educators .
1. Curtis Samuel game-winning TD run vs. TTUN
2. Rushmen four-player walk off sack to finish off Wisconsin
3. Noah Brown reach around TD catch against Oklahoma
On TV the crowd sounded pretty loud when TTUN started hot. Got noticeably quieter when OSU went into half up one.
While the D-line certainly could get better, that unit was one of the strongest on the team in 2016. I'll be happy if they maintain their current level of excellence.
Primary play caller is usually upstairs. But Meyer correctly noted that that person leads a conversation, but Wilson, Meyer, and Day will probably all participate. It's Wilson who will primarily set up the play list and establish the plan for each week though.
You wascally wabbit.
What made this win so gratifying was to see effort. TTUN started the game very hot and OSU typically would have folded...but they didn't. And it was the bench players who showed fight: Potter, Jackson, and Wesson. And their effort seemed rub off on the starters.
Suddenly they woke up. A game that had all the making of an ugly loss started to get very satisfying. I even began thinking OSU was the better team. It's easy to play the if-only game because this team blew four winnable games, but tonight at long last they won a game they usually lose. Congrats to Thad and the team and let's go bury Rutgers.
What's a "Clemson?"
Lots of drops last year and guys were absolutely not open in other cases. Film study pieces showed that. Not saying Smith should be fired, but his unit underperformed for most of last season. They also underperformed much of 2015 given the talent in the room.
I do think scheme didn't help last year but he's got to get a little heat for his room, no? Other coaches have - Warriner, Fickell, Hinton. Doesn't mean the receiver group won't bounce back or that he won't become a better teacher of the craft. Could do without the Twitter antics though.
That's the kind of attitude you like to see in person. Wouldn't be shocked if he's a future captain given that proactive approach.
Good one, Squirrel. Hamilton played significantly this season and I expect his role to grow.
Tough crowd to get a dv on that.