MK has the best hands on the team. He catches balls no one else comes close to bringing in. With a QB who's not all that accurate, MK is the guy that can pull down the 3rd and 12 to keep the drive moving. He needs consistent playing time, not a series here and there.
Someone "running their mouth" is absolutely not a reason to physically assault another player during the after game handshakes. It reeks of extremely poor self control and anger issues. Your comment sounds like you don't think what he did was wrong and you have a need to defend the behavior. Pathetic.
You're exactly right. Playing Northwestern at their place when they've had 2 weeks to prepare is gonna be the first real opportunity to stumble. Hopefully by that time, the offense will be running on all cylinders and the defensive front 7 will have started to gel.
The great thing is that Jordon is healthy and should get the chance to be what he can be, while Coach Meyer has begun the pipeline of burners that can take a crack in the defense and take it all the way. It is going to help the running game and the passing game. So don't be surprised to see a freshman or two get some chances as well. It's great to be a Buckeye!!!
Jermaine U. Is absolutely a great young man. I think he will be a key as to where we wind up with this class. Sadly, as much as we'd all love to have Knox and thought we would considering his background, it's no longer looking like he's gonna choose what had always been his favorite team and instead is gonna stay in Tinseltown. No top 5 teams over there, but we wish him well wherever he lands. He's a great kid but we can't have all of them! That's why getting Jermaine would be so important. You just can't have enough of the Big Guys, and we've got holes to fill! Can you imagine being an OL at OSU knowing the speed that your blocks are going to unleash??? This is going to be a team that is going to have tons of big plays year after year with O Linemen looking great to the NFL paving the way.
Miles, I appreciate your update. Austin Roberts looked super! And I was really proud of Terry McLaurin not only for his SPARQ and 7 on 7 play, but he verbalized so well on Nat TV how glad he was to be a Buckeye, how great the Coaches are, how he and others were " working" on uncommitted players. What a great representative for the class! I was a little disappointed in not getting to see young Mr Collier play, but Trent had positive things to say and his criticism was that Stephen sometimes just needed to let it rip! Sounds like a disciplined kid who as his confidence grows will be able to do just that !
Regarding the Buckeye's uniforms, whose idea was it to drop the grey on the sleeves??? The school colors are scarlet and grey, not scarlet and white like dozens of other teams in the Country. The tradition jerseys were beautiful and distinctive. Now you could mistake them for lots of other teams. Who did it and who agreed to it??? I'm fine with having some alternative jerseys and helmets, but by God they better bring back the Scarlet and friking Grey and they can play with it all they want. The great Buckeye teams we've loved in decades past had a jersey that was different than anyone else's, and they were great. Please Buckeye Fans, let em hear about it!!! We want our Grey back!!! They can shove the white sleeves! Or maybe we should look like Stanford, Nebraska, NC State, Indiana, and on and on!!!!!
Urban getting hammered all over Sports Talk in Atlanta. SOS about leaving Florida, faking illness, tons of stories about helping players get away with breaking rules including having them wear walking boots as if injured when missing games for drug infractions, and now the report that he "snitched" on his former employer and assistant coach for illegal contact with RB Samuel who had the Gators high on his list then switched. The lack of logic by these idiots is only matched by their dislike for Coach Meyer and willingness to believe every story that anybody brings up as fact. Funny, the folks at Florida loved him til he left and only NOW do they express outrage at an alleged lack of discipline. They even link him to having responsibility for Hernandez's possible murderous behavior. Nobody cares about the problems at Alabama (late withdrawal of scholarships by Sabin), Auburn (criminal charges against players), Georgia ( constant arrests of players for you name it). It's all Coach Meyer! If it turns out he had nothing to do with reporting some recruiting violation at Florida, they're gonna have a lot of backtracking to do after the relentless diatribe all over the radio today!
Sound like great kids. The quality and physical talent requirements required by Coach Meyer is getting higher and higher. Their offers probably depend on whether they can meet the talent end.
We're lucky to have this young man. He's got the head of a General on his shoulders and was brought to tears for wanting to be a Buckeye so badly. He WON THE QB MVP in the Nike Camp in Georgia, outperforming other names with higher rankings. A quote from that camp was along the lines of "on a day when defense ruled, Stephen Collier moved the team right down the field with velocity and accuracy". His films show accuracy and great running skill, never seeming to go down on the first hit. If u get a chance, find a full photo of this young man. He's already built like a big man as a rising Senior in High School and was offered by Harvard because he's plenty smart. He's a jewel and Coach Meyer and Coach Herman know one when they see one. Congrats Stephen!!!
Congrats to Coach Meyer and his Asst Coaches! It's been a little dry spell and I know they're gonna be making up ground to make this another Top 10 class. Now, lets get some good news on some stud OL recruits. With the graduation of most everybody on the OL at the end of this season, you'd think there'd be plenty of smart guys wanting to play soon and play in games with huge exposure and National implications.
The 1968 season was my first as an OSU student. There was a play deep in OSU territory where Jack Tatum layed the wood on Leroy Keyes at the line of scrimmage on a helmet to helmet hit. I read somewhere yrs later that Keyes said that the hit cracked his helmet.
What a good read Ramzy. At the risk of riling up some of my Buckeye Brothers, the 12-0 season was nice, but when looked at honestly and logically, the Buckeyes were anything but a dominant force. The B1G is a huge impediment, stacked with way too many mediocre programs that are happy to have a winning season and a Sun Bowl birth once in a while. Those programs consistently struggle against respectable teams, including the MAC. Adding Maryland and Rutgers for the $ makes the problem even worse in the future. Although I usually get an earful every time I critique the B1G, I can only refer them to Coach Meyer himself which should at least cause pause. Coach Meyer immediately challenged the other programs to step up their recruiting, which for the last decade has been subpar and on a steady, measurable decline. Of his own team, he said that OSU had some really good players, just "not nearly enough of them." OSU and UM are towing the line in recruiting which is every team's lifeblood. Yes, it's great that non-star players can be coached up, but nobody in their right mind would not rather coach up 4 and 5 star players. Our beloved Buckeyes have to take the risk at scheduling OOC teams with strong, consistently good records to compensate for at this point is a disappointing B1G, and at the same time must improve their own quality of play to reflect dominance over those B1G programs that have done little to change the National dialogue about how weak the Conference is. Beating teams by 5 touchdowns is very different than winning on a miracle against an awful Purdue team and letting a poor Indiana team look like a dreadnought. Coach Meyer understands perfectly what to do and I believe with all my mind that he'll bring the increased speed and talent we need to dominate so that whatever the Marylands, Iowas, Illinois's, Indiana's, Minnesota's, Purdue's, etc do, OSU will earn the confidence of the decision makers so that schedule weakness can be compensated for. In the meantime, start scheduling some OOC beasts that will demonstrate clearly what our team is made of and will give the fans exciting games to spend their hard earned money on.
I'm an old '73 grad so have watched a lot of Buckeye football over the years. I'm sure a lot of you will disagree with my comments, but they're from the perspective of many yrs of experience. The rivalry with UM is as good as it gets anywhere. Sadly, the hatred has really become unseemly at times and any semblance of sportsmanship invisible. One of the reasons why the teams despise each other is simply because intense rivalries grow and blossom over time and when there's frequently a lot on the line when the game is played. All too often over many yrs, the OSU-UM game has been the game that dictated how each team's season would move forward on the National scene. There has just not consistently been many other programs that have challenged the Buckeyes at that same level. Sure, several B1G schools have had a few good runs, but none have played the Bucks year end yr out with National implications on the line. The Iowas, Wisconsins, Northwesterns, etc over the last 3 decades have been as often inconsequential as they have been of consequence. That is NOT what builds really intense rivalries and the "hatred" that accompanies it. Penn State and Nebraska may grow eventually to be truly hated rivals. They may meet the competitive requirement, but have simply not had the required many yrs of history and memorable games of consequence to have yet generated even remotely the kind of intensity of "hatred" felt between OSU and UM. Next is a point sure to rile many of my OSU Brothers. I live in the heart of SEC Country and have for many years. The more prominent SEC schools have numerous intense rivalries. And they've grown that way because of the same reasons OSU and UM have such an intense rivalry: important games with National implications over many yrs. Many SEC schools have won and/or played for the National Championship, even against each other! Alabama fans don't just really hate Auburn, they really hate Fla, Ga, Tenn, and LSU. Georgia fans hatred of Fla is similar in intensity with OSU-UM, but Ga fans really, really hate Ga Tech, Tenn, SC, Auburn, and Bama. Florida fans despise Ga, but absolutely hate Bama, FSU, and Auburn. Each of these rivalries have grown in intensity because there's been so many yrs of crucially important games dictating important outcomes, because so many of the schools have had so many really good teams. My point is that the rest of the B1G needs to step it up to compete with the overall intensity and frequency of huge rivalries and hatred that a true power conference thrives on. When the other B1G schools show consistent excellence on a National level then it will be really easy to measure the hate! Because so many of the games will consistently be played with teams all competing for greatness not just inside the Conference, but will be Top 10 teams having to play other Top 10 schools more than once a yr.
Am really hoping to land young Mr Knox. Even though OSU may be leading, it's never a lock until the names on the line. Have watched his films and listened to his interviews, and he has that extra special element that is so crucial for the OL. He'd really look great in the Scarlet and Grey, mowing down defensive linemen while the absolute studs Coach Meyer has brought in at the skill positions fly down the field behind him. We need smart young men like DK to make everything work.
Careful what you ask for. If you think that Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas A&M are a soft underbelly, you're in dreamland. Go ask Coach Meyer and he'll enlighten you. It amazes me how many Buckeye Fans vent their frustration about the SEC's reputation rather than directing it towards the many B1G schools mired in inconsistency and mediocrity yr after yr. and are happy with a 7-5 season and a trip to some lousy bowl . The B1G's problem isn't the SEC, it's the B1G having so many programs that don't demand excellence and a chance to play for the National Championship. I'm glad Michigan is recruiting well, because besides them and OSU, only Nebraska will even have a recruiting class in the top 35. Listen to our Head Coach. He knows the deal.
It would be great just to get some good teams back on the OOC schedule which has been dreadful. Many of the Southern schools have a big traditional rivalry with a team in a rival conference that's both another tough and meaningful game and adds to strength of schedule. OSU does not. The Buckeyes strength of schedule this year is abysmal and could really hurt them in the end. Most of the B1G programs are inconsistent at best and pretty awful at worst. Recruiting in the conference overall has been subpar. Coach Meyer states clearly that's the case and also that for some time there's been a greater concentration of talent in the South. Buckeye fans frequently deny it when the disparity in talent and recruiting is discussed as if it's blasphemy. But our HC knows the deal and isn't afraid to address it and do something about it and neither should Buckeye Fans. It's also important that the Bucks get used to traveling to and playing in the areas of the Country where the BCS Bowls are played. We've seen way too many bad surprises with long trips to warm weather locations for the whole Conference over the years. There's good teams in the South and West that will want the chance to have Coach Meyer's troops role in on occasion. And wouldn't it be great to have some of these schools coming to The Shoe?
What a great read Ross! Thanks so much for your insights. So many use the terms but haven't a clue as to what it really is. Keep up the good work !
Congrats Jeff! I'm an OSU Grad from Atl and adopted Tech as my local college team to watch in person. I've seen you play and understand well how frustrating it must have been as a WR to have few pass plays called and even when they were, with all due respect, the throws were all too frequently off line. You did learn to have to block and be extremely physical which as a Buckeye you will use to your advantage. Tech just wasn't a good match and here's hoping that you'll enjoy your new family.
Chad, it's so refreshing to see an article that looks beyond the surface and is willing to temper enthusiasm with research and facts. Your premise that the Bucks over performed last yr and were very fortunate to have won some games against mediocre competition that could easily have been lost. Urban Meyer was and IS the difference. He will always work as hard as he can and search wherever he must to make sure he has some super caliber athletes at OSU. He also has made it clear that although he didn't find a bare cupboard upon his arrival, that there was simply not enough top athletes to reach the goals we've always had in Columbus: to win the NC. He knows how to coach, he knows the type of athletes required, and he also knows where to find them. He'll always try and snag the best of Ohio and other Midwest talent, but he also knows the simple facts re: where the greatest concentrations of championship talent is located and goes for it. We couldn't be more fortunate to have the man that supports the ideas your article puts forth. He'd be the first one to tell you that 2014 and 2015 are the years where we'll all be able to see everything really start to come together. Should be a great ride! Thanks again for a great read.
It's always great to know you have a young man who really wants to play at the school he loves. That alone can help elevate play, no doubt about it. I have to admit that I watched tons of film on this young man before I even knew there were any concerns re: reasons why he wasn't being recruited heavily by more of the "Big Boys". For what it's worth, I immediately noticed that the competition was pretty sad. Also, does anybody in Indiana go out and watch football? The stands were usually close to empty. I'm a Buckeye Grad living in Ga, and thousands attend games down here requiring stadium expansions. The next thing I noticed was what appeared to be good speed, not great speed. I remember when I was watching that Lonnie has the same sort of long, loping strides like those of James Clark, but you can see the difference in top end speed where James leaves everybody else like they're running with weighted boots. Didn't really see a real extra gear watching Lonnie's film. I couldn't find a documented 40 time on him, but it is a fact that there is a significant number of WR ranked not just by one, but by all of the recruiting services. With all of these recruits, it comes down to realizing that every young man has his pluses and minuses, and in the end no matter who recruits them and who doesn't, that we have faith in Coach Meyer and his staff's ability to offer to those kids they feel like will be a good fit, can develop their skills, have a no quit attitude, and will honor their places in the Buckeye Family. So I say congrats to Lonnie and that we're proud to have him.
Looks to be a fine athlete. Do people ever go to the HS football games in Indiana?
Nice article Chris. You and I are asking the exact same question re: Meyer praising Fields when all the factors like speed, getting open, and most importantly, the moves to avoid tackles and break to the open with speed are what you get with Thomas. None of the other receivers have game breaking moves and usually go down when hit. Thomas avoids the hit and creates space which is a God Given Gift. I've seen Coach Meyer at UF demand perfection of a few players he felt needed to be pushed to the point of breaking before giving them his blessings and I hope that's what's happening here. What mistakes are they that he says are preventing Thomas from rising on the depth chart? It sure wasn't the TD catch he made, where he used his jumping ability and hand eye coordination to wrestle the ball away from the defender!
Got a question. I agree completely with the author that Thomas seems to have the potential to be a game-breaker at the slot or WR. He not only is really fast, but seems to have great hands and most importantly, he has moves that makes tacklers miss and can break to the open field in traffic which with all due respect, is lacking with our wideouts and with Fields. Thomas has been a stud in both scrimmages when the spotlight was on. Coach Meyer said he's making too many mistakes. My question is, is Coach Meyer truly not feeling like Thomas is a stud ready to break out, or is he demanding more and more to finally set a real fire under this kid? I've seen him operate with other kids in the past at UF. By the way, it's great to be a Buckeye in the heart of SEC Country! Got to see Trey Johnson play several times over the past 2 yrs at Central Gwinnett. He's a great kid and brings the one skill that coaches can't teach: Speed. Coach Meyer's success at UF was having speed everywhere, not just in a few key positions on offense. It's the reason you'll continue to see him recruit the South and West because it's simply where the highest concentration of speed is located. So how 'bout a little feedback about what's gonna happen with Thomas? Appreciate your feedback boys and by the way, the Urban Meyer led Buckeyes are gonna flat out kick ass so fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!!!
The young man is a burner for his size with sure hands and not afraid of contact. Smart with solid character as well.