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Comment 11 hours ago

I am a big Mike Conley fan and am very happy there are former Buckeye's doing well in the NBA.

I think by most peoples "eye test" Curry is the better player.

Looking at the stats this season: Curry played more games, more minutes per game, shot a higher FG%, higher 3P%, higher FT%, had more points, assists, rebounds and steals per game. If you want to look at advanced stats Curry had a higher PER (player efficiency rating) and a higher TS% (true shooting percentage).

Comment 01 May 2015

Can't blame Donovan for taking this job. It can't be often that a first-time NBA coach comes into his first job with 2 legit MVP candidates on the roster. If Durant and Westbrook are healthy next season, is there any chance the Thunder aren't at least a playoff team next season?

Comment 29 Apr 2015

Is Brady's arm for the deep ball not there anymore or does he just not use it because that is not the type of receivers they have? An honest question, I'm no fan of Tom Brady. When Brady had a true deep-threat in Moss, that seemed to work pretty good.

I'm not sure what else Baltimore might need in the first round, but pairing Devin's speed and ability to track the long-ball with Flacco's strong arm seems like a good match at the end of round 1.

Comment 23 Apr 2015

I'm surprised that there are not more "not sure" answers. A list of things we don't know about next season:

  • in the post
    • What kind of impact can Giddens have as a freshman
    • Trevor Thompson averaged 5 points, 5 boards, and 1 block in 16 minutes as a freshman at Virginia Tech. Can he provide or improve on those numbers for OSU after sitting out a year?
  • on the wing
    • Will we get pre-suspension or post-suspension play out of Marc Loving?
    • Can KBD be a consistent threat?
    • Can Jae'Sean Tate go from "energy guy" finishing the great passes by Russell, to being a focal point and leader of the team?
    • Can Mitchell and Grandstaff make an impact as freshman?
  • at guard
    • Can Kam Williams show some of the scoring ability he flashed during the cupcake portion of least season?
    • Can AJ Harris be a Big Ten quality point guard as a freshman? We don't have any other true point guards on the roster.
    • What can Lyle provide as a freshman?

Now I'm hopeful that most of those questions can be answered positively, but I just really have no idea what to expect out of this group next season.

Comment 14 Apr 2015

I wouldn't be surprised to see the d-line you mention in obvious passing situations this season. Bosa and Washington on the inside with other pass rushers on the outside (I'm thinking Holmes or Hubbard on one side and Perry or Lee as the blitzer on the other) would be a nightmare for opposing QBs. We already saw last season that Bosa can be effective lined up over a guard.


Comment 14 Apr 2015

It seems to me that with an experienced o-line, there is not reason to not have more blocking schemes installed. If we have another season where we have only 1 or 2 returning on the o-line I wouldn't be surprised for the run game to rely more heavily on the inside zone.

Comment 12 Mar 2015

I guess that at full speed the guy in the orange shirt didn't really have a chance to stop the ball, but in slow-motion here it really looks like he is letting the ball hit her.

Comment 11 Mar 2015

Kam Williams was averaging 10-11 points a game in the non-conference schedule, Loving was averaging near 12 per prior to his suspension, Thompson was disappointing (as was about everyone) against Wisconsin but has still been averaging 11 since the start of February, Tate has averaged around 11-12 since being put in the starting line-up.

There hasn't been a lot of evidence this year to show that all these guys can put it together at the same time, but enough guys have shown flashes this season that if they do ever hit stride at the same time along with Russell being himself this team could be dangerous.

Comment 04 Mar 2015

when Joe sucked he was quickly replaced by his more talented backup

The problem isn't so much that Amir has been disappointing, it's that he has still been our best option at Center these last 4 years. There hasn't been a more talented backup to put in the game.

Comment 04 Mar 2015

Agreed. I started trying to learn about football Xs & Os when Coach Meyer came to OSU. Fishduck has a lot of good stuff about an offense that is similar to what we run .

Comment 26 Feb 2015

I heard this story talked about on the radio yesterday as well. It seems to me the crux of the problem is that Baylor decided that instead of requesting a waiver from the NCAA for this kid, that they would declare him ineligible themselves so that there was no chance of them being penalized.

Comment 10 Feb 2015

The thought I keep coming back to is Barrett still giving the pre-game speeches and being a leader after his injury. I want my best leader (seems to be Barrett) at the most important position on the field, QB, if possible.

Is Barrett going to stop being the emotional leader of the team if he isn't the starting quarterback? Would it be an awkward situation to have your emotional leader not leading the offense on the field?

Comment 05 Feb 2015

The way I see it is this:

A player is given a 4-year scholarship in exchange for his services on the football field. At any time a coach can tell a player "You have 3 options; continue playing for us on scholarship but likely never see the field, take a medical hardship waiver keep your scholarship and continue your education here for free, or transfer to any other school of your choosing to continue your football career."  As long as each player, at every school, is given these options and does not have his scholarship taken away I don't see any problem.

Comment 03 Feb 2015

And just to clarify---Brax and JT are both capable of running the same offense that Cardale was asked to run..it is up to the coaches to change the offensive focus and sprinkle in the designed QB runs and read-option etc.

I completely agree with this part. I think this offense is at it's most effective when there is the threat of the QB run or option game but is not the focus of the offense.

This is why I think Barrett should be the starter at QB. He can, in my opinion, most effectively threaten the defense with all 3 options I mentioned. It's also why I won't be all that disappointed if we miss out on Torrance Gibson in recruiting. I'll be excited to watch him play if he does come to OSU, but would prefer QBs who are passers first but can also be dangerous in the running game.

Comment 02 Feb 2015

As many others have said, these kind of articles are why I love this site!

The way I understand Coach Meyer's offense, is that he wants to use the quarterback to re-equate the numbers and allow his offense to run the football. The question is what is the best way to do this.

  1. Have your QB be the primary ball-carrier, allowing the running back to be an extra blocker. (Braxton)
  2. Have the QB read a defender in the option game, allowing the QB to effectively block that defender. (Barrett)
  3. Threaten the secondary with the deep pass, keeping both safeties from being a big impact against running game. (Cardale)
Comment 16 Jan 2015

Was there an official depth chart listed for the game against Oregon?

Comment 16 Jan 2015

I voted Mike Thomas. He has the look and skill set of a good possession receiver in the NFL. Think Decker will be a good NFL tackle too.

Comment 14 Jan 2015

I actually do think the general public had a better opinion of the ACC than the B1G. The ranking of the conferences seemed to go something like...

  1. SEC
  2. PAC 12
  3. Big 12
  4. ACC
  5. B1G

The ACC wasn't considered on par with the SEC or PAC 12, but there wasn't a narrative about how bad the conference was because their top team (FSU) was the reigning champ.

Comment 09 Jan 2015

I don't underestimate the importance of leadership by the seniors on any team but it seams like at the end of every season we hear "it's going to be hard to replace the leadership skills of this group of seniors." Mike Bennett has been a great leader for this team, but I believe someone can successfully fill that leadership role next season.

We have a lot of depth at WR returning next season and I'm sure the passing game and offense in general will be fine, but I don't know that we have anyone who can get behind a defense and track the deep pass like Devin can.