I agree with this. We are all eagerly awaiting the next "Ted Ginn Jr". But even that... Ted Ginn Jr did not run the 4.2 as you state. Just 13 guys have run a 4.2 since 1999 (when electronic timing was first implemented). And Ginn was not one of them.
Many on here are going to be SEVERELY disappointed. The hype around Samuel is just insanely unrealistic. Our backfield is arguably the deepest position, and we already have talk about Samuel as the "2nd string" guy, maybe even the starter. That's just absurdly stupid. Samuel *will* see the field. Samuel *will* get touches. But people need to slow down the hype train with this kid, or we're going to lump so much insane pressure on this poor guy he's going to bust. How many true freshmen end up garnering substantial minutes/plays?! Even our very own Dontre Wilson last year who was heralded like Samuel this year didn't receive *THAT* many touches. All I'm saying is... Please slow down the hype train with this kid until we actually see him do something in a game first. My fear is we're going to put so much pressure and so high of expectations on this poor kid we're going to run him out of town. If you look at the depth chart, we have Eze, Dunn, Rod Smith, and Ball... The chances a true freshman usurps all FOUR of those guys is small.
Finally got around to watching the Spring Game (had a very busy weekend & Monday).
Anyway, here's Scarlet Buckeye's thoughts on the Spring Game:
(1) If Braxton Miller goes down, we're in some *big* trouble. Neither Jones or Barrett are "ready". Jones is probably the more "poised" of the two, but I think Barrett might throw a better ball. Here's the thing that scares me about both: they both have no idea what a "touch" pass is. I can't tell you how many times I saw them throwing straight rockets at their receivers (& when it was clearly not needed); Barrett especially. When you throw a straight missile into the hands of your receiver that's standing 7-10 feet away, the percentages of catching the ball drop than if you were to throw a simple touch pass and lead the receiver. Until Jones and Barrett learn this concept, they're not ready to lead this team. Finally: I do think Jones is the better of the two at this point, but I do think Barrett has the higher upside (I think Barrett could end up being a serviceable QB, as long as he grows/matures - think pocket presence - and there's no indication - at this point - to believe he won't grow/mature.
(2) Kyle Dodson absolutely got destroyed. #94 Rashad Frazier (WHO?!) ate him alive *twice* pretty badly. Dodson came in as a fairly heralded recruit (consensus 4-star) and he did not look any good. Which leads me to my bigger point: I'm really concerned about the Offensive Line this year. Last year, Taylor Decker was considered the "weak link"; now - this season - he's considered the "anchor". Yikes. Aside from Decker, the only guy with any real experience is G Pat Elflein. In the little I saw of Elflein last season, I'm not too worried; but that leaves three other spots to fill. I thought Boren was a shoe-in to lock up the C position, but it sounds like Billy Price is giving Boren quite a push. As for the other two spots... Antonio Underwood and Darryl Baldwin better be ready. But I think we all have to be pretty honest with ourselves: neither of these guys has done anything yet in a game to prove that they are ready to carry the mantle.
(3) Losing Carlos Hyde is so huge, words cannot even begin to describe how devastating his loss could be. I'm ready to go out on a limb and say Hyde is the best RB OSU has seen since Maurice Clarett. Yeah we have a lot of crazy depth at RB (Elliott, Smith, Dunn, Ball) but let's be real... none of those guys are Carlos Hyde. Last year... I felt supremely confident in that when we we're faced with a 3rd & short or 4th & short, we could simply turn around and hand the ball off to Carlos Hyde and pick up the first down (ironically, this is the very same thing that cost us a chance at playing in the National Championship game, as Meyer & Herman decided late in the Big Ten Championship game to run off-tackle with Miller, instead of turning around and handing the ball off to Hyde). The simple fact is... no matter how good Elliott/Smith/Dunn/Ball end up being, the simple odds are they will likely not end up being as good as Hyde was. A talent like Hyde is simply so rare. Bottom line: this year, I'm concerned that when the chips are down and we need that short yardage to pick up a fresh set of downs, I'm not sure we have that go-to-guy on the team that can pick up 2-3 yards and move the chains for us. I did like what I saw tho, however, in the circle drill... as I believe it was Elliott (Scarlet #15) vs. McMillan (Gray #5), and it looked to me like Elliott got the best of McMillan. So maybe Elliott can be that guy that can gain those 4th & 3 yards, but to me he's just not Carlos Hyde.
(4) It was very hard to judge the receivers - mostly because the QB throws weren't that great. One of the things that alarms me is... Meyer stated he wanted to throw the ball a lot in the Spring Game (and they did), but really their weren't that many catches. I suppose the best of the bunch looked to be Michael Thomas, but quite frankly, I'm done getting excited about Thomas until Thomas actually does something on a Game field. Thomas (right now) is this team's Bam Childress. Dude looks AMAZING in Spring Games and practices (ala the insane one-handed catch he had on Saturday and the... what... 2-3 Instragram videos we've seen of him catching the ball out of mid-air with 1 hand. There's no question... the guy has all the talent in the world, but with how dismal the receiving core looked last year, and the fact that he was unable to make it onto the field and do anything productive... this all leads me severely wondering about his ability to contribute on Saturdays. It's time for Thomas to put up. As for the rest: I didn't really see/notice Evan Spencer, Devin Smith, James Clark, or Corey Smith. Not even sure if all four of those guys even played. I do recall seeing (I believe) Corey Smith in on a catch or two, but other than that, I thought those names were very silent - which is alarming to me, considering how "silent" that group was (aside from Corey Smith) the few games of the season last year.
(5) Defensive Line is literally the one unit that I have zero worries or concerns about. We are so ridiculously talented there (AND DEEP) that it's not even funny. And you know what they say... the game is won in between the trenches; especially on the defensive side. With DE Noah Spence (yes, I know, he's suspended 3 games - Navy, VaTech, Kent State), DT Michael Bennett, DE Joey Bosa locking down 3 for the 4 spots (I'd really like to see Adolphus Washington move inside and occupy the 2nd DT slot), I feel supremely confident in this group to get things done. And that's not even mentioned the added talent of key reserves like DE Jamal Marcus (looked fantastic vs. Clemson), DTs Tommy Schutt & Joel Hale... I think this unit will be more than fine.
(6) With the departure of Ryan Shazier to the NFL, our only "reliable LB" over the past 2-3 seasons is now gone. This unit is almost as worrisome as the Offensive Line unit. Fortunately, we do have some experience (Josh Perry, Curtis Grant, Cam Williams), but to be honest, I'm not sold on any of those guys. McMillan looks the part - kid looks like a BEAST out there; insanely huge - but I'm certainly worrisome about starting a true freshman at LB and relying on him to be our "savior". I know this horse has been beaten to death by now, but I'm really bummed about losing out on Mike Mitchell. I know, I know... the guy never even played a down last season, so how do we even know if he was capable or not - I get it. But, there's no denying the kid had supreme talent (see Nike's The Opening) and that we have some big question marks currently at LB. I suppose the good news is... there's been a lot of talk about Darron Lee looking pretty solid at LB.
(7) I'm supremely confident with Doran Grant locking down the 1 corner position. I know some will call me crazy, but I honestly thought Grant was better than Roby last season. So, that's one position; now what about the second? Well... here's where the big question mark is. The secondary was down right atrocious last year - perhaps the worst since I've really started watching & analyzing Ohio State (back in 2001). It was embarrassing with how "soft" our coverage was (really there's evidence of it all season, but certainly look no further than vs. MSU and vs. Clemson). I'm thrilled with the hire of Chris Ash, and I loved that the first thing he said was we had to get more aggressive on the defensive side; especially the secondary. So I think the change in strategy will be a much needed change (I expect OSU to blitz a lot more this year, and I certainly expect them to get away from that "soft" 7 yards-off coverage and play more 2-3 yards bump-and-run coverage. But back to the question at hand... who's going to man the corner opposite of Grant? Well, in all honestly, I think if it's Reeves, I think we could be in some trouble. I was quite high on Reeves coming out of H.S., but last season he did not look ready to be playing major D1 ball. He just looked too slow to me. So, I'm hoping Eli Apple or Gareon Conley can step up and man the 2nd corner. I would much prefer seeing Reeves as a 3rd DB. After those names... Damon Webb or Devan Bogard better be ready, because there's not much else in the barn after those horses.
(8) Safeties. I know we're losing Christian Bryant, and I know what he meant to the team (A LOT), but honestly... I feel pretty confident in my by Tyvis Powell. Tyvis seems to just get it, and I have all the faith in the world that he will be more than serviceable. I don't think he has the inherent talent to be all All-American or anything like that, but I do think he has the heart & drive to make a big play when a big play is needed (see vs. Michigan last season). As for the second safety spot, I think Vonn Bell has done enough to warrant having some faith in him. I really wish he was available for spring ball so he could get all the necessary reps he likely needs, but unfortunately the injury is keeping him sidelined from so. And while I feel less confident in these guys, I'm happy to have Cam Burrows, Ron Tanner (had some very nice hits in Saturday's Spring Game), and Chris Worley (could he be Christian Bryant 2.0?).
(9) Kickers. Call me crazy, but I think it's painfully obvious that Sean Nuernberger > Kyle Clinton. Neither are anything "special" just yet, but to me, it looked like Sean (Fr) was much father along than Kyle (Jr).
(10) Cameron Johnston. In all honesty... after the amazing year Johnston had last year, I feel like I can only be disappointed with him this upcoming season. Johnston was so picture perfect last year it was amazing. I have the most faith in him - more than any other player/position... and yes, that includes Braxton - but honestly, when you're already a "100" (so to speak), the only potential room for 'movement' is down. That's how good Johnston was last year. And that's a good thing... because even if Johnston does go 'down' (say, a "90") a "90" is still head & shoulders above 90% of the other punters in the country.
So what does this all mean?
Well, if you look at the schedule (best Woody Paige impression), I think things setup like this...
vs. Navy W
vs. Va Tech W
vs. Kent State W
vs. Cincy W
at Maryland W
vs. Rutgers W
@ Penn State L (1st away game... Happy Valley is always tough... Hackenberg... etc.)
vs. Illinois W
@ Michigan State W (redemption/revenge game)
@ Minnesota W
vs. Indiana W
vs. Michigan L (I know this is going to be an unpopular one, but honestly... OSU is 11-2 vs. Michigan over the last 13 matches, and this rivalry is just too big/important, IMO, for any one team to dominate that much. Plus, this is arguably a 'do-or-die' year for Hoke. I think if Hoke were to lose this year vs. Ohio State (he's what... 1-2 vs. Ohio State, right? so that would put him 1-3... and then if he were to lose to Notre Dame and/or Michigan State - he's what... 3-6 vs. those 2 programs, right?), I could see the pressure being insanely hot and the big guy).
Regardless... if it's not Michigan, I do see OSU losing 2 games this season (before their Bowl Game). I hope I'm wrong, but I fear the inexperience across this team will cost us a couple games; and if Miller goes down, I think you can bump that up to 3-4 losses, depending on how early he were to go down.
Only way you can be the best is to play good competition and beat the best.
PSU "upgrading" is big for the B1G, and anything that's good for the B1G is good for Ohio State.
By playing (& hopefully beating) better teams, Ohio State will be in a better position when it comes to playing teams in the National Championship / BCS Bowl games. No doubt about it.
Brock Lesnar is 36. Exactly what part of that is "Taker saw this as a chance to boost the career of a younger guy"?!?!
Anyone know why this Malcolm Branson didn't play football in college? (and before some wise arse jumps in... yes I know track speed is different than football speed; and no I'm not suggesting he signs up & plays at OSU - rather, I'm purely curious because the article did mention "I could have played football, but I didn't. That was a mistake”; therefore I'm curious as to why he did not)
I couldn't agree more with the 5 names (Samuel, Conley, Lee, Perry, Dixon) that were chosen.
I fully believe that the success of this year's team will ride on the hopes of these 5 players shoulders. Why?
Because we know what we have in guys like Spence, Bosa, Washington, Grant, Powell, Miller, etc.
But these are names at key positions where there are some MAJOR question marks.
The only other name I would toss in there would be Eli Apple.
Glad to hear Eli Apple looked great. We're going to need that kid to step up *BIG TIME* this season. Doran Grant will lock down the one corner, but IMO, we cannot have Armani Reeves locking down the other. Eli Applie *MUST* win that battle. Reeves looked TERRIBLY slow last season, and we'll be in some real trouble if he's manning the opposite corner with the 1s.
Was that #5? I thought the same thing. Whoever #5 is... if that's McMillan... there's no way he's NOT seeing the field this season.
Can anyone breakdown the matchups in the above link? Too lazy to lookup the #s/names.
THE only people that hate it are the people outside of Ohio State.
All THE people inside / associated with Ohio State LOVE IT!
Why would THE school/people drop it?!
+1 to this! >> Kwon at linebacker and Samuel returning kicks
Powell has earned his spot at Safety.
Based on what I've seen..
Pitt Brown was happy with his performance in position drills, but said he’s not a great tester. He said his goal was to show his ability and compete.
Well that's not good... cuz he wasn't a good on-the-field performer either. [yikes]
Man... Chip Kelly ain't going nowhere. Did you see what he did last year in his first year with the Eagles? That guy will be just fine in the NFL.
Yep. That's Clemson for you. An abysmal program.
Still can't believe we lost to these assholes.
If ONE of two things happens, we win that game. (1) Philly Brown calls a fair catch & doesn't muff that punt return or (2) we actually have an average Ohio State pass defense and we win that game walking away.
Our pass defense last year was so atrocious, we couldn't even cover the field with a tarp if we had one. #Awful
Whatever the expectations turn out to be... I assure you they will be "too high".
Still wish Dantonio was the DC at OSU. :-/
Post is no longer there. What did it say?
The Big Ten has certainly been a disappointment this season.
Like all things, I think it will take time.
One of my biggest gripes is the incompatibility / bugs / errors I run into using Chrome to view/access the site. I trust that's because everything is still new, and the bugs/kinks need to be identified and resolved.
My next biggest grip is that "things are too big." What do I mean by this? It seems like the images and the size of the comment box is too big. They tend to dominate the screen. Same goes for the pics & stuff on the homepage.
And lastly... one of the things that I think makes this website is the whole "Up voting & Down voting" thing. If someone makes a stupid comment, you can downvote them into oblivion; to the point where the box will become 'hazy' to other readers so they know it's a negative comment and they don't need to waste their time reading it. Whereas, on the flipside, if it's a really good / thought-provoking comment, you can upvote the post and draw extra/added attention to it. So those who might be sifting thru, say, a 100 comment post-thread, and they don't want to take the time to read every last stinking post, if they see that one or two posts have been upvoted, say, 20x, then they can simply read that post and get whatever info they need. So.. my last comment then is... I feel like the current Up-vote / Down-vote box/feature is too small. I wish it was bigger / drew more notice, because I tend to like to browse thru the thread and read only the handful of repped posts, rather than read the other 50 some "rant" / "I'm posting just to add a 'yeah, i agree' post."
Just my two cents.
Thomas damn well better break out next season.
He's dominated the Spring Games and the pre-season camps/drills, but then when it comes time to actually play the regular season, he's been just as "ghostly" as our wr core was at the end of last season, if not more.
And now he's starting to get a little cocky/edgy/arrogant (which, as you said, is good for a wr), but let's at least 'put up' before we start 'jawin.'
"Most players sent" -- not sure where you're getting that from. Check these two links and six (6) is clearly not the "most sent" from any one school...
No way we land all those guys. That's a pipe-dream.