I don't think it is reasonable to assume that Grant and Perry aren't the best the team has. They were sufficient last year. Perry steadily improved and became reliable by the end of the season. Grant was solid with his run defense. Neither were good with pass defense, but neither were the defensive backs. Both improved substantially from 2012, particularly Grant. The defense was significantly worse when he was injured and Cam Williams took over.
He may have had those fumble problems several years ago, but he hasn't had much of a chance these past couple of years. He was fine in 2012, and he didn't run much in 2013. I am more worried about Wilson than Smith with regards to fumbling.
I could see Roman numerals appearing on an Adidas alternate in the near future.
I would say Michael Bennett has to be in there as well. He had a fantastic season last year. Spence was great last year as well, so he can't be dismissed, unless of course, you are taking into account his suspension. If so, then yes, I think Marcus will start as well.
Palmer is occasionally ridiculous, but I don't think he has earned the distinct honor of being mentioned next to May and Pollack. I will give him one more year. Although "They didn't play Stanford football" was legendary.
Absolutely. It wasn't just Roby during that game, it was the entire defensive backfield. Come to think of it, it was the entire defensive backfield all year. Roby was one of the only players who held his own, even at times shining.
I can only hope the best for Small. Hopefully he will find clarity in prison. Perhaps he can truly turn his life around this time.
I have to agree with you here. I would be shocked if Roby didn't put up eye-popping numbers at the combine. I think he goes in the late first round as well. Hyde is a guy that will probably fall to the second round, even though he will still be the first running back drafted. I can see Shazier going first round, but I think many teams will pass until the second round because of the size. I am not sure about Mewhort. I think he could be a second round guy, however I believe that teams will wait until the third round for him. He could be an absolute steal.
I think Bauserman could occupy it all alone if he wanted to. What a legend.
I am going with Bert. Hoke is a bit short, while Bert is the definition of big and tall. With a little extra big of course.
Austin Kafentzis is a good pickup for Wisconsin. Absolutely a great athlete with NFL genes. He went to the same school as Gary Andersen's son (at least for middle school), so I assume he has had his eye on him for a little while. He is one of the best players I have seen play here in Utah.
He was a good runner all throughout his career, and it was nice having him in the backup role. It was a shame he never got the starting role, however, he had a solid career. I wish he could have gotten to start, but nobody is complaining with a beast like Hyde back there. Having that kind of depth last year was luxurious. It will be difficult to replace both of them next year.
I hate to be that guy but I believe that quote belongs to former Yankee's catcher and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra.
I believe #47 was retired for Chic Harley.
I never stated that he deserved to be in the conversation with the four other guys. He doesn't and he isn't really that close. I just don't understand when people say that he wasn't the best defensive back on the team last year.
I still believe that Roby was the best defensive back last year for Ohio State. He struggled early but was by far the best in run support and screens on the team. He was exceptionally adept at making a play on the ball in man coverage in 2012. He did not get the same results, but he showed similar skills. Also, who would you pick ahead of him? I believe that he was the best defensive back for the Buckeyes for all three years he was here. There isn't even a discussion about the 2012 team.
I choose to forget. Too much pain comes with those memories.
JB Shugarts was that guy for his entire career at Ohio State. Orhian Johnson was my guy from 2012. Pitt Brown from 2013.
I can't wait to see who it will be this year.
Pryor was more of a sprinter as well. Pryor as fast as all hell, but he uses it more for escaping pressure than anything. He has speed and his primary method of shedding defenders is the stiff arm. Miller is more of a running quarterback who uses his shiftiness to avoid defenders. He uses juke moves and spin moves, which Pryor would almost never do. Pryor is fast more than quick. Miller is quick more than fast.
Having said that, you really can't go wrong with either.
Completely agree. 4 extra games played (including a 10+ carry game against FAMU) against some of the weaker competition on the schedule and Hyde goes for over 2,000.
I am not disappointed to hear that he will not be coaching the cornerbacks. Now yes, they underachieved last year, but they were much better than the safeties were. I would rather have him focus on an area where the defense needs the most help. I thought the cornerbacks weren't horrible last year, but much of that may have just been Roby putting the unit on his back. I thought more than anything the coverages that were called would put them out of position.
I think the secondary as a whole suffered from confusion with the coverages and inability to cover people within a zone. Far too often last year defenders would guard open space while a receiver was wide open in front or behind them. Hopefully Ash can help stop these problems.
Maybe, but that guy Terrelle Pryor may take that honor for pure high school rankings. However, if we are talking about production on the field, we will have to see him in college first.
Thank you for the correction. My bad.
Troy Smith was another three star guy. So was Bradley Roby. If you looked at Ohio State's best players from the last ten years, quite a few of them were three stars.
I agree. When this offense was playing its best, they could run the ball with Hyde and Miller could throw off of play action. A lot of the time it was a play action screen or a quick pass. These plays were definitely not used as much toward the end of the season for whatever reason. Part of it may have been Miller's slump, but he played well in the Clemson game. I would have liked to see that play more against Clemson, especially with the stacked box early.