I am okay with it being labeled a mistake, provided it was the first instance. I've read elsewhere that this isn't necessarily the case for at least one. But they are being punished for it, it isn't the end of the world and I'm ready to forget about it, move forward and await their return to the team.
Looking for the TE(s) and backs to play a bigger role receiving this year. They need to make VT defend everyone. If Thomas is the only threat as a receiving option VT will just throw bodies at the run game.
The D-line is down to one starter with any meaningful experience. Fans tend to ooh and aah over highlights of defensive ends that rush the QB well but playing aggressively, yet disciplined so as not to be burned by running plays and screens that take advantage of over-aggressiveness is rare for first-time starters, especially as young as the DEs will be and may be even more important in this game.
Last year the VTech rushing game did not do much damage. The issue was giving up first downs on 3rd and long to Brewer. I like the Ds chances in those situations much better this year but it has to get to them. How the practically new D-line holds up against their run game is going to be very important and I have no idea what to expect from the youth.
Zach Smith had Marshall learning to play as a receiver on the outside this past spring, so I think losing him hurts even more than is immediately apparent.
You'd think they'd realize identifying, recruiting and developing talent, cough, Brady Hoke, cough, is part of good coaching. You'd think.
Connor Cook doesn't have a package?
Eric, you forgot just how good Jabrill Peppers is.
Edit: How did my search for Peppers not pick up Buckeye Phi's post?
I see this differently. IMO, Thomas replicates Devin's tracking, body control and ability to make difficult catches and catches in traffic. The difference I see is in speed and it isn't as if Thomas is slow. Just not as fast as Devin. If neither Cory Smith nor any of the young burners show consistency I think Thomas becomes the deep threat this year and will do it well.
What if they can also play quarterback?
It seems many guys need to be taught to at least make the girl show her fake ID.
Down in the comments was this
Well I just found out that what I initially reported was old news. My neighbor acted like it recently happened but my sister, a huge OSU fan with some ties to the program said this happened at the beginning of the last season. Apparently the player in question has been looking to play big time Div. I football somewhere where there is a good medical school for him to apply (the athletes pretty much have an "in" to get into professional school at the university where they played - this is from my own personal family experience).
Based on the above my guess is this is the supposed story behind Frank Epitropoulos leaving the program.
Edit: Double post.
Gamble gives the most bang for the Buck.
Ditto. It's like feeling (delusionally) I could coach after reading one of Ross Fulton's pieces.
The bad news for Cardale Jones is that he's only going to get better at reading drop-back coverage as he gets more reps.
If that's bad news for Cardale then I would hate to be his opponent after something regarded as good news.
Same here. Fortunately we have computers and "Control+F."
Like Joey Bosa, coach (Larry) Johnson and all the old guys really helped me out.
LOL at "all the old guys" in their early 20s.
Yes. First game of the season and OSU will be breaking in a new right tackle. While not nearly as big a change as replacing 80% of the line it only takes a breakdown at one position in the line, either in execution or communication. VT's ends are good and the Hokies will probably be coming in at full strength. I have no doubt that, if healthy, Chase Farris will be performing at a high level this season but it may not necessarily be the case in the first game. It may not be raw Taylor Decker versus Khalil Mack, but Farris will be facing very high quality counterparts.
I don't think the Bucks will put up the numbers on O that many seem to be anticipating. OTOH, barring turnovers and special teams breakdowns, I do expect VT to find the points much more difficult to come by this year. Last year their QB seemed to have his game of the season and he just barely got away with some ill-advised throws. Something like that should not happen this year.
Damn. Just beat me to it. Have an upvote.
I wanted to give you another for having Ohio State speed but I'm limited to one.
I don't think it's a big deal either but the above is a false dichotomy.
If this happened with a microphone shoved in his face then all it probably says is he isn't good at phrasing under pressure. Or maybe he just doesn't care.
Edit: In response to "What's he supposed to say ..."
Read like fiction to me and my BS alarm was going off even louder after following the links and reading some of his other stuff.
Yes. The injuries were a major factor for them last year. Also, outside of the Miami game no loss was by more than 7 points, despite the issues they had. A lot of close losses leading to a mediocre record. Where have we seen that before?
I'd love to see the Bucks beat them down but I think folks that expect OSU to walk in and wax them are setting themselves up for disappointment. I expect a hard-fought game.
It was actually gold.
The first half was uneven but fun. The second looked like a 2 vs 10 seed.
The Bucks shot 38.5% for the game. 'Zona shot 36.5%. If I hadn't watched it I wouldn't have believed they lost by 15.