That whole interview with Kirbt Smart is worth a read. I was interested to read that Alabama flew in Tom Herman to ask how he beat them so bad.
Hey Brim, you have said several times that OSU is unlikely to add another OL in this class, and you mention that again here. However, we have recently learned of 2 young offensive linemen leaving the program, with Jobes transferring and Jurkovic not making the grade? Do these departures not change things for the OL recruiting class? Or has the staff already factored those departures into their plans?
The greyshirt can also be a useful tool for some guys who are thinking long term and want to get some separation from other guys at the sr position. This has happened for OSU in the past with players like Todd Boeckman and Aaron Pettrey. As long as the player is on board this can be a good thing for their career. Sometimes you just need to be patient.
OSU just won the National Championship with a freshman and 2 sophomores starting at DB. I'm not at all worried about the future of the secondary.
The starting secondary next year will feature 2 Sophomores (Apple and Conley) and 2 Juniors (Powell and Bell). Even if there were to all somehow leave after next season, a 2016 starting secondary of Webb, Latimore, Smith, and Burrows is something the rest of the Big Ten can only dream of.
Ohio State had always been able to recruit in South Florida. I don't see Dixon as marking a huge change there. In fact I'd argue that Dontre Wilson opening up the Buckeyes to Texas is more impactful than anything Dixon does for them in Florida.
I appreciate the off season read, but I've got to say the order of this list seems a bit off.
How is the only consensus All American that OSU has had this decade (Bosa) just #4 on the list?
How is the Heisman front runner back who carried OSU to the national title #9? And how in the world is Zeke ranked below another RB?
How does Johnny Dixon make this list but Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson don't?
I think there's a notable distinction between guys like Maywether or John Rocker who have done things that offend great numbers of people, and guys like Joakim Noah who is really just annoying because you don't like the teams he plays for. If somebody didn't care anything about the Bulls or the Gators then they are unlikely to have a strong opinion on Noah one way or the other.
They had John Rocker on the show last year and he got voted out pretty quick once people realized who he is and what he had done. I think the same would happen to most of the names in this thread
That was my first thought. How in the world did you write a page worth of text on the best OSU D Linemen including honorable mentions and not include The Fresh Prince???
Taylor Decker is not being overlooked. He's listed as one of the top OT prospects for next year and a likely first round pick.
The other senior linemen are Jacoby Boren and Chase Farris. Boren is a warrior but he's provably too small to be a high draft pick, and Farris has talent but he hasn't played enough to really be evaluated yet.
Elflein and Price, the other two members of the slobs, will be a junior and sophmore respectively. While both of them likely have NFL futures, its atypical for guards to leave early. But with big seasons who knows what they might do
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We are expecting Burrows to be the starter at nickleback, right?
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What position was EGW playing this game? And do we see him as a DB or a WR at OSU?
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I think Meyer has done a good job with that stuff, even if it doesn't get as much press. Things like leadership seminars and Real Life Wednesdays to prepare players for life after football are just some examples of things he's added to the program to help the players become better men.
OSU had one down season before Meyer came. One. And that was mostly due to off field issues. One down season is not a broken program.
Ohio State didn't go from 6-7 to 12-0 entirely because of Meyers coaching. The team he inherited was loaded with talent. Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Devin Smith, Jeff Heuerman, Jack Mewhort, Jonathan Hankins, John Simon, Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby - the was at least one top level NFL talent at every position. Maybe the depth wasn't quite where it should have been, but the program was far from broken.
Of course the processes of redshirting and grayshirting are different. But from a fan prospective speculating about which players are going to do what are pretty much the same. Just like about half the players redshirt and we speculate who they will be, its been reported in the newspaper that somebody is grayshirting this year so it makes sense to look at who they might be. Nobody is saying that they're not good enough, just that it may be better for their careers to take some time off now.
And I'm sure if Joe Burrow read this he wouldn't really care what I had to say anymore than Brandon Bowen would be upset to read some guy on a website say he could benefit from a redshirt year.
Last time I started a thread I didn't comment on it and people told me I should, so I just got out in front of it this time.
Speculating on who might Grayshirt or Redshirt seems no different than speculating on who will win the starting QB job or who will lead the team in receiving or who will step up at DT.
Speculating on who is going to do what for the team is one of the main parts of following a football team closely. Its the offseason. Speculation is pretty much all we've got untill the fall.
How is it wrong? Nobody is disparaging anybody.
Looking at who may help the team this year and who is likely to need some more time is a natural part of following football. It happens with every single new player we add to the team. Even the Better Know a Buckeye series that 11W publishes has a big section titled "Redshirt?" that speculates on if the guy will play this year or not.
We "talk about who we think isnt ready or isnt good enough to play right now" with every single recruit and if they will redshirt or not. Even the recruit profiles that 11W writes include a section on if they think the guy will redshirt.
This isn't the same as speculating on if a guy is in trouble or gonna transfer. Grayshiriting is really not that big of a deal.