If he came to tOSU and tried the Jameis thing I would hope Urban would allow the young man to learn a few things from the sideline. Hopefully your sources are biased.
What would really suck is losing the consensus #1 to an out of conference program. It happens quite a bit in all of the other BIG states, but not Ohio. Illinois is just embarrassing, half their guys end up in the south.
T_B care to share why you have this sense? All I can see is a young man who lacked the courage to admit he had a problem ONLY to later be exposed forcing him to come forward. Admitting addiction is not easy, he could have just as easily tucked his tail and left for a lesser program that accepts flawed transfers. Instead he came forward and admitted addiction and accepted the consequences of doing so. Kudos to him and best of luck with his recovery, I hope we see him again "new and improved" in a Buckeye uniform.
Squirrel you hit the nail on the head for me with "gets tackled so easily." I had hoped the added muscle might give him the ability to break an arm tackle here and there but unfortunately we haven't seen that yet. Granted it is early...so hopefully he will show a little more power later.
To be fair though Marshall hasn't busted any tackles yet either. Although I think he will because he has the frame for it. Call me a traditionalist but I love seeing power over pure speed any day.
Alexander sounds like a leader and a good one to have in the fold.
Yes lets just say I disagree with you completely. Grant is far better than Kwon, right now at least....maybe that can change but I doubt it will soon. As for Perry I would take him over any of the LB you listed also. Booker and Worley are better than Johnson. Johnson has been in the doghouse for lack of effort according to this site. And Holmes has not done anything to even touch playing in close games. That dude has yet to crack the 2 deep. Fans buy into hype a little too much, the coaches see the players everyday. I'll take their opinions, but happy to see people are excited over the youngsters.
Sadly, of this group only Anderson and Franklin will probably still be coaching in 5 years. The Spartans better pay Narduzzi to stay and who knows who takes over after Urban. Nebraska and Michigan need to stepup and pay for a good coach. I believe Oregon's OC Scott Frost might be good after Bo leaves. And how about a Harbaugh at UM? That would be a good start. After that the bottom dwellers need to upgrade facilities and coaching staffs.
However I am sure UK just points to competition against the SEC defenses....I think this one is going down to the wire.
Dude it was the 4th quarter against a KENT ST. team that had little if any pride left. The offensive starters are better than the bench.
Love it. Once you have been to Columbus and seen all there is to offer, there is just nothing else out there (no matter how hard you look).
The D has looked far better this year compared to last. Youth and inexperience in the secondary for sure BUT the new guys (Apple/Powell) are usually pretty close to their man if not in good position. LB play has been solid against the run, unfortunately Perry and Grant occasionally lose their guys. I would bet both P and G learn from missing their assignments in these first few games and offer good coverage on passing downs after this week. I think the signs are there for the return of the bullets. Unfortunately the offense...
UVA and Pitt are decent.
I gave him a B due to the line play, dropped balls, and his inexperience. I hope the KSU game is not close and we get to see a little bit of what Cardale can do also.
I wouldn't be surprised if they won. Nova has his moments and they have talented wideouts. If they limit turnovers I don't see why they couldn't be right there at the end.
V65Animal I have always liked JT better than Urbs. Similarly I dislike the spread option BS and prefer pro style sets, however I don't always need everything the way I like it. Urban Meyer may not be my first choice for a head coach, but he is a GREAT coach. The team is going to lose a few now and then...that's football. This team specifically is setup for growing pains, however have confidence Urban can right the ship. At the very least the man's resume alone should earn him alot longer of a leash. If the team flounders this year (yet to be seen) and next then it may be time to start talking about looking for a new coach. Until then how about supporting the guys who went 24-0 a little more? Even Herman who at times makes one question his sanity.
Like the height on this guy.
How about instead of tossing the towel after one loss (to a possible 10-2 team) we let the line learn to gel and communicate better. Afterall, 4 of these 5 might be starters next year.
Fromthe18 I hear you Raekwon looked good, BUT it was only 1 play. Everyone wants to see the young blood bc of the recruiting HYPE. I fall on the other side of the issue, sort of. The best player should play, and that often means the experienced player. When I look back at OSU history, I only remember a few special underclassmen: Archie, Katzenmoyer, Mo Clarett, TP, Orlando Pace, AJ Hawk, David Boston, and I am sure there are more. However, for each of these there is also a Mike D'Andrea, Dorain Bell, Robert Rose, Etienne Sabino and Jamario O'Neal. I'm sure we will see Kwon alot more before the season ends but if he hasn't earned it in the eye of his coach then he needs to work harder to play. Zeke played bc of his work ethic, and Vonn B eventually made his way to the field, unlike Trey Johnson. Meyer likes playing freshmen, but making them earn it benefits the program more than just playing Dixon (bc he was highly rated) when his place on the depth chart suggests a redshirt.
Plenty of Buckeye stars have been redshirted afterall, Shawn Springs, Big Daddy, Santonio Holmes. So instead of calling for the freshmen bc we hear they are soo talented lets not forget they are down on the depth chart for a reason.
I'd agree here. Just rewatched the first half too see what/who was the miscue on D. I was amazed by how many people blamed the D for the loss and decided I must have missed something.
I definitely saw Apple get beat a few times/be out of position, BUT not by a lot (and he is a freshman). Tyvis Powell also looked to screw up a couple of assignments, BUT again he is new to playing CFB. As for the LB play, while I did notice Brewer completing passes on Grant and Perry, some of them were completed 3 yards deep. Those types of passes are not all that effective. I did see one where Grant got burned BUT no LB could have covered the RB/TE he drew as an assignment (unless the D was aligned different) as the pass was a one or 2 step drop and to the receiver breaking wide already 5 yards wide from the LB.
Overall, I thought the D played well but was killed by short fields/penalties as mentioned above. Maybe I am a bit more forgiving than some bc I believe youth equates to a few growing pains/learning experiences.
I believe they were also hit with alot of monetary sanctions and by legal actions that forced the University itself to take other actions. From what I recall the penalty was quite extravagant, although I hope it did not effect the academics of the University.
For BIG recruiting to get better more of the programs need to start investing some of their TV revenue into better facilities/coaches. There is no reason that BIG facilities should ever be worse than another conference. OSU, PSU, UM, and NW all have invested heavily into new facilities (I would assume MSU, UW, UN have as well). Delaney and the conference need to agree on a % revenue amount required for reinvestment into facilities and coaches. If Illinois, Purdue and Indiana don't want to hire better coaches to compete more then they need to go. The SEC has repeatedly paid head coaches and assistants more $ than the BIG. They can steel any good BIG assistant they want. If the BIG is so lucrative then the ADs need to start opening up checkbooks. Why this hasn't happened is beyond me? Ideas?
There's no denying Urban can recruit. The only complaints I believe can currently be made surround Herman's play calling/ ability to adapt a game plan. He has shown he can put good offenses on the field against mid to low level competition BUT against teams who require adjustments he has been less than adequate.
As for the aforementioned players, keep in mind Bennet, both Grants, Devin and Evan and most of the OL recruits have beaten out the 4 and 5* players Urban brought into the fold 3 years ago. So I wouldn't say that most of that group wouldn't be here. And if JT didn't recruit TEs Baugh would have been the starter. All I am saying is Urbs can recruit 5* guys but Tress had an eye for 3 and 4* playerd who were under ranked.
VTHustle this past weekend definitely won't hurt your chances of landing him. He has been pretty quiet about his recruitment from everything I have seen. My guess is he stays home..but I hope I am wrong and somehow LJSr convinces him otherwise.
Unfortunately many didn't even list VT as a probable tight game before the start of the season. And many were still believing in a double digit win. Everyone was more worried about Navy, and most traps occur following a questionable game.