Haha, you and MichiBuck12 got me! Lydell was actually better than the hopeless Mo Wells, bless his heart.
What Buckeye RB isn't ahead of Lydell Ross?
My theory . . . the problem with Clarett was that one of the key factors that made him so dominating in his first few games as a frosh in 2002 also made him prone to get stingers: he ran "behind his shoulder pads" about as well and as violently as any RB I've ever seen. Clarett always got low with great leverage, but that also meant that he constantly took heavy shots to his neck and shoulders. I don't know if his constant stingers were an accident.
Just a theory, though. I could be way off base and maybe the stingers were just bad luck.
That won't work, though, because Nerdwestern is going to dominate this event.
If Hill plays HB, I suspect they'd use him more like they did Philly. My prediction for McCall's backup HB is EGW. Also, word is that Antonio Williams looked really good in bowl practices. Add in Campbell and JK Dobbins, and I don't think they'll lack for guys who can do major damage in the run game, but - sure - there isn't as much depth here as there is at, say, QB or LB.
Loaded at OL, QB, RB/HB, DL, LB. Question marks at WR and DB, although both units have lots of talent and potential.
Like others mention above, I can see Parris Campbell becoming a star (he's still only 19 years old). If that happens, it takes pressure off needing all three of KJ Hill, Victor, and Mack to make big offseason jumps. If two out of three make a jump, Zone 6 will be back in business.
Also, I'd be surprised if Pridgeon played OG. He looks to have the body and skillset of a pure natural OT. If Pridgeon is as good as advertised, he probably pushes Prince inside, not the other way around.
Did Auburn know?
Everyone said I was crazy going into the 2014 season when I said that the LB corps would be better despite losing one of the best LBs in college football, Ryan Shazier. Sometimes the sum of the (new) whole is greater than the sum of the (previous) parts.
I will be really excited to watch the Demario McCall show this fall. He won't be able to replace Samuel's amazing and well-rounded skillset across-the-board, but McCall appears to be better than Samuel on one particular skill point, which might be McCall's greatest strength: the pure ability to field punts/catch balls while simultaneously making moves to elude would-be tacklers. You see this ability with special punt returners . . . they're somehow catching the ball and running two yards downfield at the same time and the ball just seems to get sucked in for the ride.
As great as Samuel is, it takes him an extra half second to transition from catching the ball to switching back into playmaking mode.
I don't know if we'll ever know the answer to that question. The angel on my shoulder says that it's better this way, to protect the kid's privacy. The cynical devil on my shoulder wonders if the secrecy is more about protecting officials from having to account for, and/or justify, their procedural actions in this case.
I'm not one for those fuddy daddies who grumbles about modern contraptions destroying the world and so forth. Most of the better innovations are a net benefit to society. But they do often invovle trade offs.
With "social media," one paradoxical trade off is that people become better connected, in the virtual world, while simultaneously more distant from each other, in the real world. One aspect to that phenomenon is it has become easier for regular people to interact with celebrities, which is going to be awkward even when the non-celeb isn't a douchebag.
In that sense, I would say that the social media "tools" are at "at fault," yet it goes with territory: celebs and/or their PR agents mostly flock to social media to promote their careers, knowing full well that most interactions will be awkward, etc. I.e., it's the nature of the beast and no amount of lecturing Twitter users, and giving them Manuals of Good Social Media Behavior, will make a dent in it.
11W did you a disservice by not redshirting you. You were rushed into the lineup and now your keyboard fingers are held together by baling wire and daily cortisone shots.
These days, I live in the South, but it's not even the "Deep South." Well, I can attest that, for many folks here, their lives do actually revolve around freakin' Chick-Fil-A. During the lunchtime "rush," the line for the Chick-Fil-A drivethru will often run 30-40 cars deep, while you'll see barely a few cars in the adjacent fast food drivethru. They eat chicken almost every meal and there is just no way in hell they will be rerouted from their Chick-Fil-A routine.
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no telling who that it's naming
You said what I was trying to say below, but much more succinctly than I did.
Like all elite football programs, Ohio State under Meyer does a certain amount of "roster management" to get under the 85 limit.
However, Eric is really analyzing the situation from a backwards direction - which isn't his fault, because he/we don't have all the inside info. It's not so much that the coaches inadvertently find themselves recruiting, and landing, too many players and then, come February, have to conjure up some career ending injuries and forced-transfers, after the fact. Rather, they know in June or August that guys x, y, and z are never really going to be 100 percent healthy again and that players a and b are halfway out the door.
They decide how many spots to fill by mostly knowing such contingencies, IN ADVANCE. Now, I'm sure, there are cases where the coaches have to apply a little pressure, after the fact. The staff ends up overshooting their target number - which is good, because that means lots of four and five star kids said "yes" - and now "natural attrition" won't be enough. Maybe a redshirt junior with a chronic injury is not yet ready to hang up his cleats, so is nudged into a new role. Or, a marginal player is "invited" to transfer.
But I bet those cases are on the low side. The irony is that many of the same people who get overly conspiratorial about "roster management" also tend to be more outspoken in castigating coaches for supposedly playing injured players - treating them like cannon fodder, etc. But when a coach transitions a chronically injured kid into a new career path, the coach is a heartless bastard for doing that, too.
IMO Urban brought Beck in to be a catalyst in recruiting . . .having a proven commodity at QB in his pocket shifted the focus to recruiting over development. I am very excited for Kevin Wilson to join the staff, so the focus is shifted back to squeezing every last drop of production out of the talent we have.
I've had similar thoughts and that's partly why I'm excited at the prospects of the 2017 offense and partly why I wouldn't write off JT just yet.
If I have any "unease," though, it concerns the other side of the two-edged blade you're describing above. Beck seemed to be an awesome recruiter, whereas Day doesn't have much experience in that department and Wilson doesn't strike me as a recruiting guru. Hopefully this won't be the case, but . . . the program might be sacrificing just a bit on the recruiting side to enhance the player development and offensive scheme sides?
Great point. The 3rd and 23 pass to Devin Smith against MSU in 2014 was fantastic! JT is definitely capable of making those throws. But, for whatever reason, he didn't seem to have many opportunities to make those kinds of throws in 2015 and 2016 - and maybe they're less likely to happen when all 11 offensive guys are bunched up together like in the Clemson game clips above. I was just wondering - again, it was not a rhetorical question - whether the offensive staff lost confidence in JT's ability to consistently complete long intermediate passes. I don't know.
To play devil's advocate, though . . . when JT made those throws against MSU in 2014, I do remember thinking, at the time, that they were wonderful surprises. It was almost like, with those throws, JT was saying, "take that, you suckers who doubted my ability to make pro throws!" But those plays could only have been so deliciously surprising if we hadn't seen such throws from him before, right? And we didn't see a lot of those throws again in 2015 and 2016. You get what I'm saying?
I wasn't necessarily talking about the long ball, though. I was really talking about short to intermediate passes that end up having to travel longer distances when the WRs are lined up very wide and/or run routes to the sidelines, especially when the QB is throwing from the opposite hash mark.
I never played QB and never coached the game, but supposedly one of the toughest throws to make is the 15 yard out route to the opposite sideline. The ball ends up traveling more like 25 or 30 yards in the air and usually has to get there in a hurry, "on time," and accurately. That's sort of the quintessential "pro throw," or so I've been told.
I am a JT fan, so this is not a rhetorical question, but . . .
Is there any chance that all of the bunching (of WRs only split 10 yards wide, etc.) we see in the Clemson game videos above can be partly explained by JT not being especially well suited to make "deep" crossfield passes to WRs that are lined up way outside (where the ball might have to travel like 25 yards just to gain 12 yards)? The cliche is that these are "pro throws" that not all high-level college QBs can routinely complete.
Because assigning blame is overrated and, besides, the head coach assigned blame to himself.
The point has never been that Meyer is blameless when things go wrong; it's that less things tend to go wrong when he is the head coach compared to 99.9 percent of other head coaches. It isn't that he's perfect; it's that he's less imperfect than 99.9 percent of other coaches; etc.
I'll take my chances with Meyer even while being fully aware that he makes plenty of mistakes, has had staffs go in bad directions at times, etc.
By all means, though, knock yourself out trying to figure where/how to trace back all the various threads of blame.
Yes, the program needs to hire you as a consultant.