I think this kid is going to make waves freshman year. Definitely has top-end speed to finish runs, something that (was) missing on last year's roster. His "Sanders-like" stop and go at top speed will be refreshing and welcome. Can't wait to see him perform on April 15. GO BUCKS1111
Toward the end of the season our offense more resembled UFM-led Florida, ala the heavy emphasis on the H-Back (Samuel) and way less reliance on the "true staple" that has guided us during UFM's Buckeye tour of duty, the power running game. No knock on Samuel who was a true talent, but the discombobulation in the offensive flow and rhythm was clearly out of sync. We became too predictable in getting Samuel his touches, that it adversely affected and neutralized Weber. Hopefully with Wilson at the helm our offense with tempo will return to a more holistic attack and become unpredictable again for any defense. GO BUCKS!!!!
Congrats JT!!!! First Buckeye Footballer ever to be 3-time Captain!!!! Hope the 2017 season is your best ever. Lead these young men to the Natty this year!!!! GO JT, GO BUCKS!!!!
His 10-yd split was very impressive. Shows explosion and quickness. That feature in the eyes of football people is more meaningful than the 40. How many plays in a football game when a lineman literally runs 40 yds? rare if any. Good job Pat. GO BUCKS!!!!
All of the mentioned rb's are great at rushing the ball, but what separates Zeke from them is his ability to pass protect. Watched Fournette and Cook "attempt" to block, they just did not get the job done. Another reason I like Buckeye backs, in order to see the field they have to master blocking schemes. Before and after Zeke, Carlos and Mike, both are excellent blockers. Of course in a lot of systems rb's rarely block; the question and answer is simple: if you're an exceptional hs rb and have visions of playing professionally, what school will prepare you for all phases of the position? The Ohio State University. GO BUCKS!!!!
A valid reason for Okudah being moved to FS is incoming former 5* JC CB, Kenny Sheffield. It appears that we may not have anyone on the roster with this guy's skill set, including Ward and Arnette. I'm sure he didn't come to Columbus to sit. So, spring and fall camps will be interesting in the DB room. People who may not know this about Kenny. He was the Nation's #1 110-meter HH in 2015, with a time in the 13.4 range. The National Record in the event is a former Dayton Dunbar guy (Chris Nelloms) with a 13.3. That being said, I can easily see Kenny on one-side and possibly another new-comer, maybe Wade at the other. Either way, lock-down city. GO BUCKS!!!!
Qb's in Wilson's system run less, pass more. Interesting. Hope J.T. is up for this change; if not, Haskins or Burrow's might be that guy. GO BUCKS!!!!
Wyatt's grandfather was Packers' great defensive end and HOF'er Willie Davis.
5"11, 199. If he has recovered from h.s. injury, and returns to form, my money is on JK Dobbins to play the Samuel position. Could be a mirror image of Samuel. GO BUCKS!!!!
Fav on mgoblog: "Charles White fumbled", "MSU tripped Desmond", and "Barrett was short". LOL. Hilarious. Anything else, whining at it's best. GO BUCKS!!!!
As long as UFM is HC of The Ohio State University Buckeyes, and J.T. Barrett decides he wants to return for his redshirt senior year, J.T. Barrett will be The QB. Senior leadership, The 1st 3-time Captain in the History of this Great University (should he return), All of the Records, including (if he returns) the bashing of Drew Brees all-time TD record, and the Most Wins of any Buckeye QB (past) (if he returns). As good as the recruiting of QB's has been on our roster, if J.T. Barrett returns, He will be The Starter and add to his growing legend. NFL (?) will be secondary. GO BUCKS!!!!
Jake Ruddock/John O'Korn both grads of St Thomas Aquinas HS. Bosa brothers also STA grads. 2015 The Game results: Joey's hit put Ruddock out of the game. 2016 The Game: Will Nick follow brother's path in meting punishment to former Raiders? GO BUCKS!!!!
Brees has the all-time BIG record in td's accounted for with 104 (90 passing). J.T. has 94 td's accounted for. GO BUCKS!!!!
Offense: J.T. 22/25 347 6td; 8 rushes 42 yds. Defense: Raekwan McMillan: 12 tackles 2 tfl 1 sack. 70-0. GO BUCKS!!!!
With the possibility of 12 more games in this season, with the number of yards he has now (500), I can realistically, on the short end, see him averaging 60 yds rushing/60 yds receiving, giving him for a 15-game season, a few yards shy of 2,000. Now what Buckeye can't see him doing that? In fact I'm going to push the envelope by saying he will be in the 70/70 ratio which would push his yardage north of 2100. Kid's a baller. GO BUCKS!!!!
As a commenter responded in a post on yesterday's Eleven Warriors: "... against lesser opponents our Buckeyes will be close to the 250-250 pass/rush ratio". But, against top-tier teams this ratio will probably not be realized. I didn't want to buy this rationale but against our recent toughest opponents (exception being 2014 MSU) we were almost 100 yards below avg on passing yardage, if not more. Our reliance on the rush game suggests three things: 1) overall confidence in the Slobs to create running lanes (291 yds against the Sooners). How many of you honestly saw this happening? Most of us buy hook, line and sinker what the media feeds us. Even coach-speak glowingly gave over-the top praise of the Sooner's rush defense; 2) revisit of WW Hayes "3 things can happen when you throw the football and 2 are bad"; and 3) It's obvious to me that the zone-read option is our carrot, the one concept that the coaching staff and players fully embrace and trust. The run game sets up the short passing game with a mix of long throws on 2nd and 2. We have had our share of success with this strategy. My take is, if it isn't broken don't even try to fix it. Fast forward to 10/01 Rutgers. Buckeye stats: 345 rushing, 335 passing. Ohio State 66 Rutgers 13. J.T. becomes all-time passing TD record holder. Currently has 55 (needs 2 to tie) and I have him passing for 6 td's in this game. GO BUCKS!!!!
Says Stoops, describing J.T. "...a great athlete playing qb...". Another bulletin board poster which I hope comes back to hit Sooners square in their behinds. Stoops at post-game press conference: "J.T. Barrett is a great qb who is also a great athlete". 45 OSU 24 Oklahoma. GO BUCKS!!!!
No respect to defenseless Big 12. Bucks D will be all the difference in this game. Sooners will score 1st O td allowed by Bucks D. J.T. will be firing all cylinders, accounting for 5 td's (4 passing, 1 rushing), 300+ in the air, 12/82 rushing. Final score: OSU 45 OU 31. GO BUCKS!!!!
April Fools dress rehearsal. We will play the same up-tempo Houston used to beat the Sooners, plenty of misdirection (Curtis, Dontre), vertical passing and our base power zone read option. Urban has been there, done that.
As one contributor mentioned Erick Smith is balling out. His aggressiveness, ball-hawking, and tackling abilities will lead to increased playing time. This former Army AA is getting back to where he was when he enrolled. Another Glenville product that has to be on the field. GO BUCKS!!!!
This is the Marshon we have heard about since his recruitment from Glenville. I get it now. All the fuss. Kid has big time game. Man, this guy has incredible ball skills. Also good tackler in space. I know our history of producing All-American db's; but question: When "was" the last time we had a cb-safety duo (Lattimore - Hooker) like these two? I know I'm crowning these guys, but I truly believe we are looking at 2 future 1st round picks. Love both Marshon's and Hooker's aggressiveness. Both traits, in addition to their elite athleticism plays into what will ultimately get them to the League. We are blessed to reload at DBU. GO BUCKS!!!!
Would love to see this young man become a coach. Dad's a rb coach, and brother is a scout for the Redskins. GO BUCKS!!!!
66-13. J.T. 24/30 336 6td's, 10/83 1td; Weber: 19/157 1td; Samuel: 10/165 3td's, 8/56; Wilson: 4/67 1td, 5/35. Def. Holmes: 3 sacks, 4 tfl; McMillian: 12 tackles; Hooker: 1 int. GO BUCKS!!!!
Post game headline "JT Tremendous as Driver of High-Powered Offense". 18/21, 310, 5 tds, 10/65, 1 td. Defense eerily reminiscent of Silver Bullets of past Buckeye Glory. 56-10 Bucks all the way. GO BUCKS!!!!