Running Back.....With our recent influx of LB talent, especially the '14 and '15 class, is Jerome Baker the RB in this class? I don't see who he's taking reps from at the LB position with youngins like Lee, Kwon, Booker, Berger (?) and Hilliard likely all ahead of him. I also just don't see Harris, Scott or Weber in this class. Tell me why I'm wrong. Thanks for all your hard work Birm!
Just started The Man Who Was Thursday. Chesterton is under appreciated.
One of the better military books I read was quick and easy but powerful. It's called Helmet For My Pillow. It's one of those books my dad kept telling me to read....for years....and as usual, when I got to it, he was right. As far as classical literature goes, I've seen (rightly) lots of references to Bros Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, but, in my feeble opinion his best novel (and I consider it a top5 all timer) is The Idiot. Don't let the title fool you.
LOVE these articles. Thanks! But I have to admit you really shocked me predicting Jerome Baker to OSU. That would be awesome but everyone else says that ship has sailed. Tell me you have intel.....that you just can't share.....yet.
So Birm, question, do you say this because you don't think they'd (Scott and Harris) mind playing together, or, because you think if we get one the other isn't coming? I would love EITHER or BOTH but I just don't see 2 VHT RBs coming into this class. Particularly because while others disagree, I still see Parris Campbell ending up at RB, likely a redshirt candidate which basically makes him a '15 recruit. It seems like Scott literally couldn't decide til last minute anyway as he awaits final grades. I have no idea when Harris plans to announce. Thanks as always. Your work is incredible!
Agreed, but I would add that I think people are really underselling Berger, probably because he got hurt and we didn't hear much from him. He has SPECIAL instincts imo. Depending on how we redshirt guys this year LB depth could be fixed for years to come
Birm, I'm tired so bear with me please....so kwon has a good relationship with kirby, and kirby is already at ala but....kwon is more likely to be a bama commit if saban leaves? I mean I think smart is good, but we're talking saban. Guess I don't get why relationship or no ala is more attractive without saban. Can you help me understand?
So THIS is the lineup we've been waiting to see....First game we're full go, and it's vs Wisky, @ night, in the Shoe. Love it!!
+1 on the difference the WR depth is making. NO ONE thought Chris Fields, as an example, would be contributing like he has so far. Philly's been good. Smith has been stellar and we see how Urb feels about Spencer. IMO with marshall having to learn a new position, there's no need to rush him. I'd be fine redshirting him. Corey Smith and Michael Thomas can't get on the field yet either, which rather than a cause for concern just shows how far this unit has come.
On the other hand I opened up the site, saw that pic and started freaking out thinking little blue had taken over 11W!! haha
"Praised Fickell and Everett Withers....' and 'the group played like Vrabel coaches'. Tell you what, Urban is a straight shooter and make no mistake, he likes this defensive staff, critics or no. No way he says that if he doesn't feel that way.
True, but honestly seemed like we had less than usual last year. Law of averages I guess
I wish I shared your optimism. I love shazier and his game but ask yourself this question: What do you think about our LB situation if God forbid shaz had to miss any time? Thats......scary.
They would take a commitment from Prince or Samuel at anytime as well.
If Curtis Grant isn't the answer than we need Cam Williams to step up. We lost bino, boren, klein, perkins, roberts and marcus (to a position switch). Maybe this is why we hear Darron lee repping with the LBs? I think Shaz and Perkins will be fine, but injuries strike and it could get dicey real quick.
Great article! Thanks for doing the research....I love stuff like this. I don't see a player that will make a brax/TP like splash, particularly since as qbs they have/had a built in advantage, but, I do think this class has the chance to have more quality contributors across the board than previous classes. Is it Aug 31 yet?
The black stripe thing is so genius! I mean you know if we fans get as worked up about it as we do than the players must just be mad motivated by it. Every little chance to stoke the fire of competition--urb takes it and kicks its doors off!
It's gonna be an interesting story to watch unfold. We all know Urb is ultra competitive and wants to win at everything. But as good as I expect our OL to be, I expect them to struggle going against what I'm expecting could become an all time DL day in and day out. I bet there's some EPIC line battles that will take place in practice this year and years to come.
I've watched so many dynamic players recently at Oregon and thought to myself, 'Man, I wanna have some guys like that on our team.' CANT WAIT to see this kid on the field!
Corey is a 5th yr sr actually. I think Reeves gets first shot at Roby's spot. Gotta believe Apple is more talented, but, is he game ready day 1? If so? Look the hell out for that kid
Meyer is a master motivator. Last year he was talking about our wr clown show and how scary our lack of talent on the ol was. Result? 12-0. Now he's worried about the 2deep. We are young, no doubt, and injuries happen and change things in a hurry but this team is loaded. I know there's always a risk in 'star gazing' but, the likely def 2deep will contain only TWO guys not rated as 4/5 stars coming out of hs. Roby and Hale. That's it. I know we aren't sure how it will translate, but, I don't think we've ever had this much depth of talent on a roster and talent can overcome a lot.
That's fair. IMO people base it mostly on the fact that he chose to come to camp and earn his offer, all the while apparently looking great doing it. It does seem that if he really wanted to come to OSU he'd commit soon. This is not the year, and he is not the elite talent to 'let the process play itself out'. Thanks!
Jeremy, do you base this on thinking Gesicki wants to go somewhere other than osu, or, a vibe that while we seem to be high on him scoring a pure WR might be a higher priority? You've been spot on so often...but selfishly I hope you're off on Gesicki. Ha. Kid just screams matchup problem to me.
Wait. When I read this is seems like you guys think it's more likely that we whiff on all 3 of Mavety, Eluemunor and Prince than the chance that we land even 1. Possible? I suppose. Likely. I don't think so.
HUGE GET!!! Vrabes continues to KILL IT! Welcome, JJ!!