If Cam is healthy I believe he starts alongside Smith. If not then Hooker. I can see a rotation of all three. We are in good hands. GO BUCKS!!!!
Interesting figures for both Brax and Jalin. Even though their 40 times were "lower" than what many people, including me, expected, their overall Combine experience was Very good. I compared both to the results of Will Fuller, who ran a ridiculous 4.32 40. However, in the "explosion", "quickness" categories both Buckeyes finished near the top among their position groupings. (1) Vertical Jump: Braxton: 35"; Jalin: 37.5", Fuller: 33,5. (2) Broad Jump: Braxton: 123"; Jalin: 125"; Fuller: 126". (3) 3-Cone: Braxton: 6.65 secs.; Jalin: 6.80 secs; Fuller: 6.93 secs. 20 yd shuttle: Braxton: 4.07 secs; Jalin: 4.13 secs; Fuller: 4.27 secs. 60 yd shuttle: Braxton: 10.84 secs; Jalin: DNP; Fuller: 11.44 secs. What can be extrapolated? The consistency I see of Buckeye participants so far in the combine have been this: No one Buckeye "blazed" the 40 or put up high numbers in the repetitions of 225 lbs. Again, speed is great when you have the other qualities of a football player. Bench pressing 225 lbs is, what an NFL GM said earlier in the week, a non-football exercise that wouldn't be missed if they excluded it in future combines. All Buckeyes have done very well in the field tests. This is a testament to the overall strength of Mickey Marotti's program. Our boys looked good out there. No one was out of place. Shout out also to Michael Thomas. He had a strong day and I believe he has elevated his status/stock. Can't wait to see what the DL, LBers, and DB's do. GO BUCKS!!!!
Reality is this: Jalin Marshall is a football player and a good one at that. Speed is important if the person has the other parts of the package. With Jalin's athleticism, quickness, and football skills he will be alright. The "underwear Olympics" is just that. The film doesn't lie, and there's a reason he was invited to Indy. GO BUCKS!!!!
It's the "new age" of recruiting. I'm with Birm, let's go to Ft. Lauderdale. If it's not in the rules, and can benefit our program, then by all means we should do it. GO BUCKS!!!!
Despicable, disgraceful, and ugly beyond reproach. Coach, and involved players should be immediately banned from athletics, period!!!! And, whatever the law allows, all should be criminally charged. President of University should lead the charge in cleaning this house. Terrible!!!!
Offense: Jamarco Jones
Defense: Michael Hill
To me, both Brax and Denard were probably 2 of the most athletic qb's ever to play the game of college football, regardless of conference. Both had jaw-dropping shake and bake moves, displayed with extreme athleticism and speed. Even though Denard ran indoor track at ttun, I will not give him the edge in speed, because all Buckeyes have seen Brax's long distance speed on display throughout his career. Brax would prob get the edge because of his height/weight advantage, and the fact that he can do the same things (speed and flexibility-wise that a much smaller person can do). GO BUCKS!!!!
Excellent pick of the 4 Buckeyes who can improve their draft stock. I'm high on both Jalin and Brax, both of whom have insane athleticism. Look for both to score at the top on the agility part of the workouts, cone drills, vertical and long jump. Jalin was the Ohio high jump champion his senior year (6'8"), which is a lot of pop for a 5-10/11 guy. He stands to move up the most of any of our guys. Brax, with a 4.3ish, is a almost-sure 1st rder. GO BUCKS!!!!
Braxton: 4.36; Zeke: 4.41; Eli: 4.42; Thomas: 4.49; Tyvis: 4.58; Vonn: 4.51; Jalin: 4.41; Darren: 4.49; Joshua: 4.62; Joey: 4.75; Nick: 4.68; Cardale: 4.72; Adolphous: 4.80; Taylor: 5.08.
People are sleeping on Jalin Marshall. Here's predicting that his stock will rise to early 2nd rd based on combine results. GO BUCKS!!!!
I'll still take 12-1 any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Good thing for Brax is he has learned how to be a complete receiver: route running, blocking, and catching the ball, and maybe above all, patience. He'll do well in the NFL. Thank you TOSU!!!! GO BUCKS!!!!
Brax definitely made money this week. Happy for him!!!! Watching him run routes (and not even a year plying the trade) is a thing of beauty. With his size, speed, hands and explosion he can be a pro for a long, long time. The only thing that can hold Brax back is the injury bug. 1st rd is not a stretch. One of my fav Buckeyes was Devin Smith. Hate to say it but Brax runs better routes already, dayuum. GO BUCKS!!!!
Very exciting times for a young man who deserves it. What an amazing athlete. Loved the comment "Not a project". Brax clearly has the tools to be a high profile wr. His stock is borderline 1st rd, definitely 2nd. Great reward for an all-timer. Hope Brax's success rubs off on and is emulated by our young qb/wr Torrence Gibson. With his athleticism, speed, etc, could be a Brax clone. GO BUCKS!!!!
Dane Brugler, cbssports.com has on his (January 22) top 50 Big Board 8 Buckeyes: Bosa, Elliott, Lee, Apple, Decker, Thomas, Bell, and Miller (49). Former Buckeyes Spence and Cash also made the list, and Cash was 2 spots ahead of Bell. A lot can happen before NFL draft day in late April. GO BUCKS!!!!
I don't know how to explain this but it appears the safety position (and its worth) is similar to the running back position. Both positions, in the past few drafts have been devalued. RB's I understand to a point, with the emphasis on passing and more passing. Safety devaluation I do not understand. Help. Vonn Bell, by the way, is rated higher than Cash. In fact he is listed in most evals as the #1 safety, and if I correctly recall I believe he's in the low 40's on cbssports.com big board. GO BUCKS!!!!
Lock Haven has had a good reputation in collegiate wrestling. PA's best high school wrestler ever (my opinion) Cary Kolat won 2 ncaa titles there, after he had left PSU. Also, Easton sensation Jamar Billman, another PSU transfer, won ncaa gold. Good spot for Haines.
J.T., in my opinion will play out his 4 years of eligibility. Think about it, records aside, he will be TOSU's 1st 3-year captain, nothing hardly to sneeze at. He could easily end up on the right of Archie Griffin on Buckeye Mt. Rushmore. He will be a true Buckeye legend. What Buckeye captain wouldn't want that? GO BUCKS!!!!
2014 J.T. td stats: 11.5 games: BIG record, 45 td's. 2015 stats: 7 games: 22 td's. With the 2016 offense projected to be more passing than rushing, look for an avalanche of passing/receiving records to occur. For the record the OSU career passing td record is 57, held by Bobby Hoying and Terrelle Pryor. With 2 years remaining J.T. has 45 td passes. I'm guessing that before we enter BIG play he will have surpassed the all-time record. The OSU career td record is 88, held by Braxton Miller. With 2 years remaining J.T. has 67 td's. As a freshman, J.T. was in the Heisman conversation. I believe, with an injury-free junior year, he will be in NYC, and could possibly win it. His passing numbers, including td's should border on the ridiculous. I'm not even going to guess. Numbers could be "Big 12ish", which for the BIG is unheard of. Anyways, the Buckeyes offense will be manned by the greatest offensive Buckeye of all time. GO BUCKS!!!!
The "only" thing lacking in the article, lol, is no mention of probably UFM's best recruit to date, 2014;s Raekwon McMillan. Loved it when he picked our hat over Bama and Georgia. GO BUCKS!!!!
At least he got the job done in the classroom, which will definitely serve him right. Excellent for him.
Mitchell has big time game. Hope to see his minutes increase. Great passer, excellent rebounder, team player. GO BUCKS!!!!
This reading has evoked a lot of good memories. Thank you Candice for sharing. Our children are still our babies regardless their age. Thanks. GO BUCKS!!!!
With Dunn being a 5th year senior I look for him to get a long hard look. Don't be surprised if he outright wins the job. Fellow can block and has the wheels to move the chain. None of the guys has EzE's speed, other than the H-backs, Wilson and Samuel. I believe we will see, at least early in the season, a lot of Wilson and Samuel at tail, just to offset and/or compensate for the perceived lack of long-distance speed. Should be interesting. Here's hoping that senior Wilson remains healthy for the whole season. I believe we could be in for a treat from this speed guy who has added good weight to himself. GO BUCKS!!!!
I-O. What an awesome, from the heart, letter from a true Buckeye legend. Best wishes to you Brax for the memories while wearing the Scarlet and Gray. Best wishes to you in your bright future in the National Football League and your place in life in general. I know you have a son. And I know you will raise that young fella up to be the person you are. I'm going to invoke a "Woody" here: You are the best football player I've ever seen; but you're an even better young man. God Bless You and Best wishes to you. GO BUCKS!!!!
I'm going to go with redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber, and true freshman receiver Austin Mack (early enrollee). as contributing impactful newcomers. Since UFM has been head coach we have had only 2 true freshman actually receive meaningful offensive minutes (Dontre and EzE). Since attrition is obviously here, there will be opportunities for true freshmen to showcase their abilities. I feel that Austin can be that guy. GO BUCKS!!!!
Happy for Tyvis, a much maligned Buckeye, which is sad because, think about it, without him (end of ttun game(2013 interception of 2 pt conversion attempt; and end of Alabama playoff semi-final endzone interception) we wouldn't be celebrating any of our accomplishments. Thank you Tyvis for your contributions to Buckeye Football. You deserve a bow!!!! Good luck in the Senior Bowl and in your NFL career. One last note: This student-athlete graduated in 3 years (awarded degree last May); now that is difficult to do. A true student-athlete. GO BUCKS!!!!