No wiggle for Teddy and no ability to break a tackle. I pick Braxton in a nanosecond for this spot. Now punt returner...that's a different story.
That's awesome advice.
That dude looks like he's gained 50 lbs since he was at Wiscy. He's a Big Mac away from a coronary.
With Marshal and Miller, along with Wilson and Samuals, I'm thinking there might be some Run n Shoot concepts in the mix.
In my opinion, regardless of how tremendous an athlete Braxton is, I can't see him beating out guys who have been playing WR (Thomas, etc.) and H (Marshall, etc.) without ever having taken a rep at the spot. Those guys have been coached and coached and coached at those spots. The kids have repped and repped and repped. That makes a huge difference in regard to comfort level.
I think the staff will devise special concepts for Braxton and add to it as the season goes on based on his improvement and how well it works within the overall scheme and philosophy of the offense. I think Braxton will have a big role but not in a traditional X, Z, H position. Guys at those positions get lost in games based on what D's are doing, situations, etc. Braxton shouldn't get lost. However, he shouldn't become the focal point either. There's a fine line in how and how much they use him. The staff is going to have to be very smart about it.
I can't believe that wasn't an article topic on this site.
Has it been discussed that Herman was flown into Alabama by Saban to meet with the Bama staff and discuss how the Buckeyes game planned for the Tide?
Oregon is a team you want to play at the end of the season when they are tired, run down and injury depleted. At the start of the season, when they are fresh and healthy, they are a different animal.
When a team goes at a balls to the wall tempo like Oregon goes, they run out of gas as the season goes on. They just can't sustain that pace. Nobody can sprint a marathon and that's what a college football season is.
Exactly. It's just plain "spin" to paint the OSU program like a sunken ship prior to Meyer taking over. Everything was in place. The one thing that needed sharpened was the level of intensity. I remember talking endlessly over on Bucknuts, starting around the time of the loss to Texas in the Fiesta Bowl, about the lack of intensity at bowl practices I had attended. Meyer certainly got that turned around nad he deserves credit. But this was still a top tier program, not that team up north or PSU.
Those in favor of a noon kick off, please give 5 rock solid reasons why noon is best.
Thank you for writing this. You saved me the time it would've taken!
Dr. Earl is one funny dude! We need more interviews with him so he can share more witty responses! Crackin
me up! Great addition!
Why does Harbaugh have to wear his grandpa sideline gear EVERYWHERE he goes? Looks like an IDIOT.
Who is Urban sitting next to behind the Cav's bench? I swear its Gov. Chris Christie.
If he is somehow able to rush for 1800 again and average almost 9 YPC and he wins the Heisman...that's not disrespectful...its a testament to the other guys because they'll have helped him do it!
WR - Thomas
WR - Marshall
Slot - Samual
Slot - Braxton
RB - Elliott
TE - Vannett
QB - Jones/Barett
4 out of 5 returners up front and a 5th year senior as the 'newbie'.
The Skull Session is the 1st thing I read - everyday. I love it! I was somewhat pleased to see the 1st topic of the day proclaiming one of my posts to be one of DJ's favorites new things about the site!!
Sorry, DJ. I don't always always read an article and then state how much I don't care. But when I do...it's always about the Braxton staying or going saga.
OL coaches are a different breed. What one coach sees as fundamental another one can view as garbage. Different strokes for different folks...but OL guys tend to think their way is THE way. If you don't, how can you sell your kids (or pros) on it and get them to do what you want. There's more than one way to skin a cat.
I can't get any more tired of this topic. Like JT said. it's ridiculous.
Very disappointed in this. I have family 45 minutes from Athens. Was hoping to go to the games there and here with my cousin who's a HUGE UGA fan and is my only male cousin with the same last name as me. Damn it.
I wondered how they'd manage the new calendar. That last game was in mid January and the 1st spring practice was only about 9 weeks later. There wasn't enough time for the starters to heal and/or recover from 2014. So, this 2,000 rep club is the answer. I think it's smart. Keep them out of contact football. Let them focus on recovery, strength, flexibility, agility, explosion and position specific technique. The non starters need more contact football in the spring to show what they can do on the field within the OSU systems. Once the season starts in 2015, the non starters kind of get to do what the starters did in spring. Not to the extent because some of them will be scout teamers but still...they'll get to develop. So now, your kids are developing what is needed now...but not all at the same time. I like it.
Braxton has an uphill battle against his injury to win the tarting job. his shoulder will have to:
1. Allow him to throw some this summer in 7 on 7.
2. Be 100% by the 1st day of camp.
3. Hold up to the number of reps required to compete equally with JT and Cardale without having to miss practices or large parts of practice to rest his arm.
4. Be more efficient in both the pass and run game than the other two by spreading the ball around.
5. Be tougher than the other two.
6. Lead better than the other two.
7. Most importantly (to me at least), not force the coaches - through his shortcomings - to rely only on Braxton to make plays as was the case when he was the starter.
I'd like to see the completion percentage of all three to different parts of the field, excluding jet sweep and bubble screen numbers.
You make him sound like he was a Luke Skywalker and the program was the Dark Sith.
Braxton's current health won't allow him on the field at OSU where he is in his 5th year of comfort with his coaches, his teammates and his offense. I don't understand how people can still think he could - amidst the biggest media circus in college sports - transfer, fit in with a new team, learn an offense, get reps and mesh with the skill players there, start, and win games in some other place...when HE IS NOT ALLOWED TO THROW A FOOTBALL WITH VELOCITY!!!!
Is it just fun for people to think about?