I'm a bit worried, because we're really young and Navy is a good football team. As much as people love to scoff at our schedule, out out of conference opponent records from last season are 9-4, 8-5, 4-8, and 9-4. Only one bad team in the mix. We should win the games purely from a talent standpoint, but they certainly won't make it easy.
It sucks that he couldn't continue his career in the NFL, but I think the silver lining is that he'll probably have less of a chance to develop some of the health issues that plague long time players. He accomplished a lot in a short period of time.
The offensive line was amazing last season. The just simply crushed people. If teams didn't rush 6 or more Braxton would have all day to throw.
Looks a lot like Jameis Winston to me.
You're right. The 2011 season was "the perfect storm" in so many ways. What that offensive staff did was borderline criminal. How a group of senior offensive lineman could be that bad is still beyond me.
With Cardale Jones monster arm and size we should utilize him when he's a better option, but honestly I only see it if we need to throw deep or a QB draw for short yardage. I re-watched the spring game today, and for sure the starter should be J.T, but there is no doubting the physical skills of Jones in isolated areas.
I know that I'm supposed to be watching the QB, but the thing that jumps out to me is the defensive coverage on the receivers. There isn't much room to throw, which is music to my ears.
One thing I've noticed and that others have shared is that we have no shortage of doubters. Keep saying we can't get it done without Braxton. Keep telling Joey Bosa, Michael Bennett, Ezekial Elliot and Taylor Decker that they aren't capable. I know it may be a bit wishful, but I can't wait to see our talented players come out with a fire like never before. Go Bucks!
Hopefully Braxton can get healed up and recover to either go to the draft or return for a RS senior season. Either one should be good by all of us fans.
I'm actually excited to see J.T. run the offense. The kid is really talented and has a ton of potential. Lastly, this really gives our team a leg up for next season. We'll have a second year starter with most of the offensive line and weapons coming back, combined with an experienced and seasoned defense. We have great players and great coaches. Great things will still happen.
Ohio State 34 Navy 10
First score: Field Goal Shaun Nuernberger
Defensive line sets the tone early. Navy can't get the inside dive or the outside pitch to work. J.T. struggles initially, but settles down and make some nice plays with his arm and feet. A solid, but unspectacular start. Navy gets a late TD.
We will be forced to be more creative on offense. Guys like Dontre Wilson will no longer be novelties, they'll be necessities. We won't be able to just blow people up with the running game. We'll have to utilize short passes and use a lot more misdirection. I guess the silver lining to this whole thing might be that we'll have to diversify our offense.
A badly dislocated shoulder is pretty much season ending, and by the sounds of things playing football this season wouldn't be in Braxton's best interest for the future. He needs to get healthy. Take a medical redshirt, finish school and rehabilitate it. Trying to rush back onto the field could be disastrous.
I'm sure he'll be fine, but there is something more to this than the staff is letting on. It sounds like an "overuse" injury that is just nagging at him. I suspect he'll be sitting down if we're up by 24+ at any point in the game. Better to be safe than sorry.
If Coach Meyer had let York back on the team he'd get hammered relentlessly.
It's so awesome that Michigan hasn't won in Columbus since 2000.
Just a quick thought but how lethal would Jalin Marshall be in the wildcat? He ran the option to near perfection in high school, and there isn't too much film on him at Ohio State yet.
It's hard to compare eras, but that 1973 defensive line had to be unreal. They gave up 43 points in 10 games!
He made an error; as did the other kids. It was stupid for them to do it, but I understand why they did and have no ethical problem. The NCAA hit them and Coach Tressel with a giant sledgehammer and hit programs who did things far worse with kid gloves. TP will always be a Buckeye great in my eyes and he's fine by me. They've all paid the price.
Kyle Kalis 2.0?
I would go with Hyde. He's a more complete player. He isn't as physically talented as Beanie, but his durability, toughness and balance put him over for me.
In all fairness I would be interested to see what Beanie could have done with the 2013 offensive line. I remember a lot of time Beanie was met by defenders behind the line.
I think MSU would have won it all last season; especially if Florida State performed like they did against Auburn in the title game. The 2013 MSU team reminded me a lot of our 2002 Buckeyes. Their defense would keep them close no matter how poorly their offense played. If their offense is working they're almost impossible to stop.