The person most people never mention when it comes to offensive receiving production, and rightfully so, due to our history at the position, is the tight end. Look for Marcus Baugh to have the most catches, yardage, and td's of any tight end in the history of OSU. He may even lead our team in receptions and td's; however, not yardage. My over/under is 65/12/740. GO BUCKS!!!!
Herschel Walker was a freak of nature. A big back, who shunned weightlifting, got his power and stamina from calisthenics. Story has it that while watching a sit-com he would do push-ups non-stop and only break when it was time for a commercial. Once the commercial was over he would do sit-ups, on and on and on. He was also a track star, not only for Georgia but also for USA track and field, where he wore the red-white-blue singlet during International competitions. He was a low 10.1 100m guy at his best. As a college football running back (he admits the mistake he made when he signed with an agent thus forfeiting his senior year), he really had no peers. Had he played his senior year there is no doubt his total rushing yardage would still be the record. I'm sure his 3-year total is still tops. ESPN's 30-for-30 did a good job on showing his greatness. Following in the line of Herschel was other big backs that could motor, Marcus Dupree and Bo Vincent Jackson. I still believe Herschel was better than those guys. No one could outrun the big fella. I still believe he made a career mistake signing with the USFL. [MOD Edit: Discussing someone's political endorsements still violates the no politics rule] Anyways, an awesome college football talent.
Excellent post. Agree with you on all counts. The up-tempo offense feeds into our personnel. The H-Back position will have plenty of push-pass, reverses, and other opportunities in which to get the ball in space. Hoping both Dontre and Curtis have break-out years. I look for J.T. to be "Heisman-like" with his precision passing and heady qb play. With the outstanding collection of wide receivers, I believe it will be a committee-approach with at least 5 catching 30 passes during the season. Couple that with the te, h-b, and rb we're in excess of 230 completions for the season. This O will be the best statistics-wise in the history of OSU and the BIG. I see it happening. I strongly believe that JTBIV will have his name called on Dec 10, 2016 as the recipient of the John Heisman Memorial Trophy. GO BUCKS!!!!
Respectfully disagree with many of the comments. The Ohio State University will continue, ad infinitum, be the choice school for Ohio's football cream prospects. Period!! The Todd Sibley situation happens. It's a downer for Todd, sure, but with his skill set there will be plenty of suitors for his talents. He will be on a D-1 roster Sept '17. I believe our FB program's job is to continue to assemble the best talent available, across the globe. To date UFM and staff are doing just that. People's feelings will take a hit from time to time, but, remember the coaches' are in a "what have you done for me lately" environment. The life-blood of every program is recruiting. Thankfully, we have someone who clearly gets that. Every decision will not be a popular one; but being popular will not guarantee success either. Trust in UFM. GO BUCKS!!!!
Best wishes and good luck to Grant.
The reality of her hire has a lot to do with her academic credentials. The woman is very intelligent, and above this, has displayed unabashed loyalty to OSU. A definite Buckeye win. GO BUCKS!!!!
J.T. is one of the best leaders ever for the Buckeyes. I believe he will return for his redshirt senior season. The only 3-time Captain in the illustrious history of The Ohio State Buckeyes. That alone speaks volumes. Plus, ALL the records. GO BUCKS!!!!
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!!!!