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Comment 27 Jul 2014

These are good.  It's going to be hard to come up with a list that doesn't leave something out.

My own criteria is that the comeback had to be in a high-stakes game.  

For this reason alone I would put these games ahead of the Minnesota game:

1) Holy Buckeye: I can't think of a more clutch, gutsy play than a bomb in OT on 4th down. That was insane...kept us on the NC path. That play defined that 14-0 season & team.

2) The NC Game vs. Miami - 3 amazing plays: 4 & 14 conversion, Mo Clarrett strips the ball, Cie Grant sack. 

3)  Purdue w/ Kenny G sealing the win...preserve the 12-0 season. Great team win/story. 

4)  Tie vs. Wisconsin in Camp Randall. Joey Galloway streaking down sideline late in game to make it 14-14. I believe it was 1991 & both teams entered the game undefeated. Night game with lots of hype. Not a win, but a high stakes game. 

Comment 21 Jul 2014

I'd hoped he would sign with the Celtics. They have a good young coach in Brad Stevens who I believe was a Thad Matta protege. If you follow Jeff Boals's clear he (and likely Thad) thought the 76ers never used Turner the way they used  Turner...thus implying the 76ers were wasting his talents.  I think Evan can be a regular 20-8-5 guy playing 33-36 minutes. 

Comment 07 Jul 2014

Correct me if I'm wrong...but didn't Florida take 6 good LBs in the same class as Anzalone? And again last year, I thought they recruited well there.  Wouldn't Baker be facing numbers there too? I

Comment 07 Jul 2014

Look, I don't want to be Oregon - because that's a clown show. Half of their uni's are cool. The other half are ridiculous. 

However, let's not pretend that tOSU uniforms have always been the same.  I like some of the variations on throwbacks (I liked the white helmut, red-stripe, black number 50s throwback).  I wish we had grey on our jersey sleeves like we used to have in the 90s and early 2000s.  

Point being - (1) jerseys have always changed (2) college football has always changed and (3) recruiting matters & it has changed

We would do well to be proactive about the change in an "Ohio State way."  We don't need to pander (Oregon) and we don't need to look foolish to standout (Maryland or any adidas school).  This kind of change can still represent the great tradition that is Ohio State in a good way.  Change doesn't have to be abrupt or drastic. Adaptability is a good trait for survival.  

I feel confident that we have some designers who "get" Ohio State culture and could make these changes in a proactive and positive way. 

Comment 06 Jul 2014

All that stuff with Uzelac was a shame. Watching Smith run was amazing, he was so smooth it almost looked effortless at times. Had some of the drama not happened, Smith would have been a Heisman trophy contender.  You saw what he could do as a pro.  Too bad about the injuries, too.  He was also a sharp pre-med guy who approached everything in a very cerebral manner.  You can tell he just thinks about things on a different level even to this day. 

Comment 12 May 2014

Manziel has the edge on Troy in accuracy.

Manziel also had an offensive system built for his skill set and a REAL offensive line (well-coached one).  

Troy did gain some weight before the N.C. game. However, we lost because he never had more than 2 seconds to throw the ball. Our offensive line got abused. Later on we come to find out how easy it was for a good team to scout a Bollman offensive line.  When the new staff showed up, our entire offensive line was weak and out of shape. I blame Bollman, not Troy, for that loss.  

If Troy had a stable offensive system & a real coordinator and o-line, that game would have been competitive. We'd probably still have lost, though, IMO.


Comment 25 Apr 2014

I think the coaches want Thomas to be a better blocker and likely have an attitude adjustment to start.  In our case ... Against top talented teams,  I think that's the wrong approach.

Mike Thomas has the size, hands, and body awareness to compete as a receiver against good teams.

Moreover, Braxton Miller trust him & has chemistry with him.  

Braxton's worst quality as a QB is his mental game under duress.  He holds the ball too long, and runs when it's too late or tries to force a pass out of frustration.  He stops trusting his training and the coaches play calling.  His confidence noticeably falters.

He needs a true security blanket. Someone who can say "throw it anywhere in my area and I'm going up to get it."  Mike Thomas has that ability and swagger. In this case, I think that swagger is good.  

In the last two years, I haven't seen a receiver with that swagger.  In fact, the only other player on offense who has shown that kind of "feed me the ball" and I'll get what we need swagger is El Guapo.  

We need a receiver with El Guapo swagger.  What I don't understand is these coaches try to push these guys to have that confidence and model that swag all the time...but seem to punish Mike Thomas for having it.  


Comment 22 Apr 2014

David Boston would be in this discussion above Mike Jenkins if he stayed in the league longer.  Heck, he'd be past Santonio too if he had. 

I put Mike Jenkins ahead of David Boston for longevity sake. I think David Boston was the most physically talented receiver in Ohio State history, the one with the potential to pass Chris Carter.  

Here's their career numbers (which will just reinforce how sad it was that Boston didn't have the focus to live up to his potential):

Mike Jenkins 2004 - present:  130 GP, 354 receptions, 4427 rec yards, 25 TDs

David Boston 199-2005: 75 GP, 315 receptions, 4699 rec yards, 25 TDs (1 pro-bowl)

Comment 22 Apr 2014

Agreed. Totally forgot Ted Ginn! The last couple years of Teddy's game especially have really been good.  Seems like coaches finally figured out how to use his strengths in ways besides just the return game.

Comment 22 Apr 2014

Santonio could definitely end up higher on the list.  He was SB MVP but since then, he's had one really good season and several ok or injury plagues seasons.  Needs longevity to assess fully.

Comment 12 Apr 2014

Tough to tell all their strengths and weaknesses accurately given he scrimmage rules and limitations.  FWIW-- I really only care about the 1st half. Second half was like garbage time, get people playing time, etc.

Telling: Jones completed 6 passes for 7 yards in the first half. Barrett had 14 completions for over 100 yards...

I came away thinking JT Barrett was better for these reasons:

1.  Started slow/nervy but then settled down found poise

2.  He moved the chains (even had long drives). This is key. This is what Kenny G. Did so well. Not flashy, but got yards.

3.  He broke off some nice runs at the right time, showed quickness, kept eyes downfield.

4.  Seemed better in the read/option decision making department

Happy to have both guys and while they're not Kenny G, I think they both have more physical upside than Smooth Jazz.  Can't make a call until the hitting is real and they each have time to run the offense with a real line.  I think they could keep the offense going if they needed to step in.  I don't think either has the moxie/poise to go win us a game when the chips are down like Kenny G. (Yet). 

Go Bucks!

Comment 07 Feb 2014

Love the new site design, especially mobile phone friendly!

One concern: How do I view older forum topics? I can see the most recent ones, but I can't figure out how to get to less recent topics.

(I'm on my iPhone) 

Comment 01 Feb 2014

The Heacock defense has had its moments. I think it was great in 2009 & 2010 when we shut down Oregon & Arkansas. That 2010 D was dominant...only that loss to Wisky (grrr) in Madison. In that case, I blame the offensive play calling (pun intended). In fact, the three losses in those two years were largely due to Pryor's limitations as a passer and subsequent bad decision making (esp. Wisky & Purdue games...I blame the USC loss on Tress' conservatism).  

The 2010/11 season (tatgate erased year) was probably Tress' best team at tOSU...should have been his second national championship at tOSU. Should've still had a shot at the NC, but by then the eSECpn narrative of "weak B1G" was totally embedded. Even beating Arkansas didn't help that. The "cheating" narrative had taken over.  

I think Tres knew how great that team was, and that lead to his downfall.

Agree with the original post, though, on the whole. Dantonio/Snyder defenses were generally more disruptive than Heacock's....but I think Heacock's d-lines were really stout. 

Comment 01 Feb 2014

Not against the last two ranked teams, coach. -Pizza Guy

Comment 05 Jan 2014

I would agree that criticizing one's teammates in public is not good. The first few tweets that I saw, I thought Mike was criticizing the coaches "stubbornness" to do anything to rectify the problems we all saw in the passing game.  That would include scheme and possibly personnel.

I thought he was going after Hermann a little bit, which wihile not wise is not as bad as going after a teammate. 

In essence, I thought he was doing what Braxton's been doing (they are good friends) - Brax has criticized Hermann's playcalling/stubbornness.  "I'm tired of taking a beating" & "We have talented running backs here too." 

Upon seeing all the tweets, he may have been doing that - but he also expressed frustration at being behind Spencer & Smith. That's not a helpful team attitude. I do think he's accurate in criticizing the passing game - but at this point, who's to say that's Spence or Smith's fault?  Our passing game became "wide receiver in the flats" or "everybody go deep."  I saw precious few slants or curls or crossing routes.  And Brax does need to get better at getting rid of the ball, throwing receivers open.  

Comment 04 Jan 2014

I am a Chiefs and Buckeye's fan too, Buckeye80. This is just a terrible 2014 for football so far.  And the "helpless" feeling of watching a QB pick apart DBs who often jump the wrong routes and get beat deep by the ONE guy that the QB is throwing the Chiefs case, Luck threw the ball to TY Hilton 13 times for 220+ yards. He threw it to him like 5 times in a row in the second half comeback.  I was having the same "double that guy" moments I was having with Sammy Watkins and our DBs last night.  Just, ugh...

Comment 14 Dec 2013

I agree with your defense assessment.  Right now, I'd love to see us play cover three press, redirect outside routes, corners playing flats and run support. 

My five DBs would be three safeties and two corners...

Bell, Powell, and Barnett (unless Bryant is healthy)...deep thirds

D. Grant & Roby at corner


Two linebackers:  Perry (Strongside); Shazier (Weakside); 


Starting D-line: Bosa, Washington, Spence, Bennett 

(Rotation D-line: Hale, Marcus, Miller, Carter)


Against heavy run teams/situations take out one safety & put in C. Grant at Mike

Against heavy pass teams/situations take out Perry & put in Cam Burrows (better than Reeves)



This is the most I think we can hope for by the Orange Bowl.  SIMPLIFY & BE AGGRESSIVE. 





Comment 15 Sep 2012

Hall started slow but ended up with 80 plus yards on 15 carries. That's a good day.  The 46 defense plugs the middle.  I think Hall was rusty ESP. At first, but at least he has lateral speed for the option.

Comment 13 Sep 2012

Ross, your article confirmed what I suspected and posted on earlier in the week. I think rushing less is designed to force interceptions, big plays, momentum changes. I'd take an INT all day long over forcing the opposition to punt (in most situations anyway). 

I posed the question in the forum today - Where's the accountability for Roby? He's blown coverage 2x on cover three in this one game. I believe he blew a coverage in game one too, but I'd have to go back and look. Kid is super talented but Urban has said he "gets bored."  

How is "boredom" acceptable?  I think Roby needs to get benched for a series or two to get the message that talent alone does not let you coast at OSU. We've already got Doran Grant as the "third starter." He might not be as good as Roby in talent, but maybe he knows how not to get beat deep on a simple cover three.  

Roby could be amazing - but he's got to get his head in the game.