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Comment 21 Nov 2014

We need to rotate in Munger and Hill early.  Likewise Holmes, Booker, Smith  and Burrows.  If we get a 3 score lead, we should playh a lot of OL back-ups plus Cordale and Samuel.  Yes, we need to win impressively, but we also need to get all of these guys some experience and some of them need to get into the regular rotation.

Comment 18 Nov 2014

Now we need Bowen and/or Richmond. Also Gallimore and a safety.

Team will only be as good as our OL and DL.  We already have tremendous talent and depth on the OL.  Bowen and/or RIchmond would be icing on the cake.  Not too early to think about which of these young guys becomes our future Center.  Do they move Price to Center after Boren graduates? If so, Knox and Burrell would be great at G.

Need Gallimore badly and we need for Munger and Hill to start playing up to their potentials.  Cornell should be a good one and Holmes has great potential too.  Hopefully, Spence gets one more chance next season.

Comment 17 Nov 2014

Munger, Hill and Schutt must play a lot against IU and Michigan!

Comment 11 Nov 2014

I agree about concentrating on Minnesota.  They are a very good team with an excellent Coach.  

Comment 11 Nov 2014

I definitely want Braxton Miller to return next season, but I also believe that Barrett deserves to be the starter.  So, looking at it from Braxton's point of view, it makes a lot of sense for him to play elsewhere next season.  To be honest, if Mariotta turns pro, the Oregon QB job would be perfect for Miller.  I hate to admit that because it would make Oregon our primary competition for the NC next season, but from Miller's perspective it would be ideal.

Another program that would be a great fit would be Florida State.  Great OL and great program.  If Winston has any common sense at all, he is going to turn pro before he is suspended for an entire season.  Once again though, FSU will be our primary opposition next season, so not thrilled about Miller going there.  Nevertheless, from his perspective, FSU would be a great fit.

Comment 09 Nov 2014

The OL controlled the LoS; Barrett and Elliott are stars; Herman kept his foot on the accelerator; Doran Grant was sensational; The entire D was great!  What a great win!  Meyer has his marquee win at OSU, with many more to come.  Ash and Fickell did a great job, as did all of the Coaches.  This year we outcoached the entire MSU staff!

There is no question but that we are a top 4 team!

But, we better be prepared for Minnesota next week and for the B1G Championship Game as well.

Comment 09 Nov 2014

The OL controlled the LoS; Barrett and Elliott are stars; Herman kept his foot on the accelerator; Doran Grant was sensational; The entire D was great!  What a great win!  Meyer has his marquee win at OSU, with many more to come.  Ash and Fickell did a great job, as did all of the Coaches.  This year we outcoached the entire MSU staff!

There is no question but that we are a top 4 team!

But, we better be prepared for Minnesota next week and for the B1G Championship Game as well.

Comment 03 Nov 2014

No one has said much about how well our Defense is playing!  I know that we have not played against great offenses the past two weeks, but the D has been solid and hard hitting.  The DBs have pressed aggressively without getting beat deep.  The LBs are playing exceptionally well.  The D Line is beginning to look like the D Line we were expecting (and Miller has been much better than advertised).  Bosa and Darren Lee are stars!  Our D will also give MSU fits!  Don't think anyone wants to play us either!  The advantages that MSU has are that: Braxton is out; JT is hurt; and ,most importantly, the game is played at MSU.

Comment 03 Nov 2014

If we play with tempo and diversity on offense, we will win.  Need to throw it on 1st down a lot and then need to run for at least 175 yards.

Will Michigan State ever have to play at Ohio Stadium?

Comment 03 Nov 2014

I will be very pleased if Gibson signs with us.  However, I hope that we get the guy we heard about with all of the talent and not the guy we have heard about who has a bad attiitude.  Sounds like he could be a sensational WR but has a long way to go as a QB.  I hope that his ego can survive a switch to WR, if that is what the Staff decides.  Could also be the reason that some other WRs (e.g., Kirk, etc) are choosing to go elsewhere.

Comment 03 Nov 2014

First of all, I love Urban Meyer and I am thrilled that he is our coach.  That said, Meyer did not turn Newton into a great QB.  In fact, as I recall, Newton was dismissed from UF for unstated reasons and ended up at Auburn after his Dad demanded $180,000+ for him to sign with Miss. State.  Braxton was recruited by Tressell and coached by Herman and the QB guru on the west coast.

Smith and Tebow were Meyer's QBs, but not sure he was their QB Coach.

Comment 03 Nov 2014

I agree that Elliott is our best RB.  His YAC are excellent.

I also agree that Samuel is an excellent back-up RB and is capable of breaking a long TD run at any time.

Finally, while we are on the subject of back-ups, I think Cardale Jones was excellent on Saturday and relieved a lot of angst about that position for MSU and beyond.

Comment 29 Oct 2014

Illinois just beat Minnesota, which prior to that, along with Nebraska looked to be the 3rd best B1G Team.  OSU can simply not overlook the Illini!

However, we have enough talent without Barrett to win this game with Jones at QB.  That is exactly what we should do on Saturday.  Start Jones and let him play the whole game, unless we are in danger of losing the game.  If that happens, bring in Barrett to try to salvage the situation.  Otherwise, let Barrett rest and heal.  We cannot beat MSU or win-out without a healthy Barrett and also without Jones having at least one full game of experience.

Comment 29 Oct 2014

While I can certainly understand the interest in Kirk, IMO the major focus for the remainder of this recruiting cycle should be on OL and DL.  We have plenty of highly rated WRs and Slot WR/RBs.  What we do not have is a lot of quality OL depth and we have very thin depth at DT. Would love to see us get one of the two JC OTs we are after along with Burrell, Wariboko and Bowen.  I realize that taking 4 more OL is unlikely, but we certainly need these guys more than we need another WR.

I also would like to understand what the story is with Dodson.  He was recruited like he was the Messiah! Now, he never sees the field.

Comment 28 Oct 2014

The game against Penn State was a win/win for us.  First, of course, we did win the game.  Equally important was that we won in a very hostile environment and had to come from behind to win it.  We won while playing about 30 Freshmen and Sophomores, many of whom had not experienced that depth of pressure and adversity.  All of that will serve us well in about 11 days at MSU.

Comment 05 Oct 2014
Bosa and Kwon are both very good but lets get serious here. While i believe they will both eventually play in the NFL, neither is even close yet. Bosa showed good signs near the end of last year and during the past two games. But he has a lot to learn, which i also believe will happen over the rest of this year and next. Kwon has played significant minutes in just 2 games. He has played well but both of those turnovers yesterday were the result of good plays by other Buckeyes. Lets stop awarding them All Pro status just yet and just be thankful they are both Buckeyes with very high ceilings yet to be attained. Thrilled to have both of them but both of them and, in fact, our entire D still has a lot to prove!
Comment 30 Sep 2014

Amazing that some people dislike Fickell so much that they blame him for every problem or mistake even when he is not in charge of the unit or players who made the mistakes.  Our defensive problems against UC were the result of a lack of an effective pass rush by our DL and rookie mistakes by our DBs.  Last time I checked, Fickell was in charge of the LBs, who played very well against UC.  That unit included a true Freshman and a redshirt Freshman for most of the game.  Fickell is the co-DC in name only, just like Warriner is co-OC.  Give the Fickell criticism a break!  He is a great LB Coach, a great guy and a great Buckeye!

Comment 28 Sep 2014
Conley and Burrows need to play a lot more minutes. Bell made 2 mistakes each of which gave UC a touchdown. Apple likewise let receiver get behind him a number of times but worst was with 20 seconds left in first half. Why did Coombs and Ash let that happen? LBs played well and Kwon was ok. DL was not dominant but was ok.
Comment 28 Sep 2014
Smith looks terrific and he should be the back up to Elliot who is the best RB by far. Samuel should get snaps once game is firmly in hand. Marshall deserves a lot more PT.
Comment 19 Sep 2014
Excellent article! Coach Ash has his work cut out for him despite all the talent we have. But that talent should mean that by the MSU game, if not before, we should be a very good defensive team. Almost a blessing that we had a tough game vs VT. Kids learned alot I am sure and still very early.
Comment 08 Sep 2014

I could not agree more!

It is basic offensive strategy - if they stack the L of S, throw the ball to your TEs and WRs on short slants over the middle.  That would have quickly caused them to back off and opened up the running game.  It was poor coaching by everyone, except perhaps Johnson and Fickell, that cost us that game.  We should never have lost that game!  It reminded me of a game 3 years ago against MSU.  We must have pounded the middle a hundered times without success.  We lost that game too due to poor coaching.

And whatever happened to the hurry-up offense.  How many times did we rush to the L of S and then spend 15 seconds getting signals from the sidelines before we snapped the ball.  We have a redshirt Freshman QB!  Call the play at the 25 second mark!  Snap the ball at no less than the 18 second mark!  We had far greater talent than VT, Navy, Clemson and MSU and yet we lost 3 of those games and looked very bad against Navy because our Coaches were out coached.  This isn't Rocket Science.  Coach these kids up and then cut them loose!

Comment 31 Aug 2014
It is important to recognize that Coach Meyer said the OL failed to meet expectations. He did not say that they are not good enough. We have 9 or 10 OL who are definitely good enough to be solid players. But they need to gel as a unit. The OL last year had 4 very easy games to gel and they became e strength thereafter. Give this OL a few weeks. They should be solid by the Cincinnati game and good enough until then. And as that happens Barrett and the RBs will look better and better.