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Will in Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ (via Cleveland, OH)

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Captain A. Roth Elementary -> Orchard Elementary -> Wilbur Wright Middle -> Glenville High -> Cornell University -> Phoenix, AZ area

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Comment 28 Oct 2014

What adjustments can you make in the passing game when your QB has lost all confidence? Even simple throws to the flat were not happening for him. The QB could no longer run, and Penn State realized that, effectively torpedo'ing the run game. They tried opening up in the second half when they realized that PSU knew Barrett couldn't run, but the direct snaps to the H-Back didn't work and the deep passes by Barrett were atrocious.

I think it's time to accept this is an offense with no game breakers. There isn't a Percy Harvin. There isn't a Braxton Miller. No Terrelle Pryor, no Ted Ginn Jr, no Beanie Wells. Devin Smith is the closest the 2014 Buckeyes have, but the limitation at QB will keep his deep vertical pass game in check. This is an offense that has to methodically move the ball downfield, and requires 5-10 yard passes to do so. On a day when our QB cannot make those passes, our offense is just not going to work.

Mini rant. I really get annoyed when announcers keep saying how dynamite Dontre Wilson is in open space, and how he's a threat to take it all the way every time he touches the ball. Really? Has he ever?

Comment 28 Oct 2014

It's not like we weren't running routes to those areas of the field. Your QB has to choose to look and throw there. JT Barrett was obviously rattled the entire game. A trip to Happy Valley can do that. Remember Terrelle Pryor's first game there?

Comment 19 Oct 2014

A prime example was his 33-yard touchdown jaunt up the gut after protection broke down on Ohio State's opening drive of the 2nd half. 

Protection didn't "break down," it was a screen pass that Rutgers immediately covered up. At that point, J.T.'s options are to throw it to the feet of the running back or tuck it and run. You can't throw downfield since the linemen have already released. It was a great play by Barrett, with some good blocking downfield.

Comment 07 Oct 2014

That throw from Barrett to Marshall was the best throw I have seen an Ohio State quarterback make in years. I honestly can't think of another pass like that since maybe Joe Germaine. Hopefully it is a sign of talent and not a fluke, but it was just spot on perfect.

Comment 02 Oct 2014

Tevin Coleman is one of the best running backs in the country. I get the sense that Indiana will be able to run on just about anyone that doesn't grossly outmatch it on line talent. Elliot isn't at the same level Coleman is, but I agree that the Buckeyes should no problem running against Maryland.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

I think the pass to Dontre Wilson in the flat where he had no one within 20 yards of him upfield is indicative of JT Barrett's lack of passing accuracy.  He airmailed that easy throw.

My takeaway is that there will not be a QB controversy in 2015, and it will be anyone's job in 2016.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

A good staff like at Iowa, MSU, A&M, or Kansas State can do alot with a little.

Iowa almost lost at home to Ball State.  Kansas State almost lost at home to Iowa State.  MSU was 7-6 as recently as 2012.  Texas A&M has a lot of top end talent, not sure why you added them.  I'll take a home loss to Virginia Tech as a low point all day against these others.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Why didn't we throw screen passes?  Against that much blitzing and cover 0, the screen game could be huge, but as far as I can remember, the only thing even close to the screen was a late pass to Dontre Wilson that JT Barrett horribly overthrew.  Maybe that's why - maybe he just can't throw those passes reliably.

A middle screen or two to Heurman could have been great, but it seems to be a play that we don't have in our playbook.

Comment 07 Aug 2014

Pac 12 is the toughest conference right now.  SEC West is probably the toughest division, but the Pac 12 South would smoke the SEC East, and the Pac 12 North would be competitive with the SEC West.  The Pac 12's dregs are bad (Cal, Colorado), but there's only two of them.  From Utah on up to Stanford/Oregon, they are all dangerous teams.

Comment 03 Jul 2014

Do you go to American Junkie to watch games?  I mostly watch them at my house, but would love to meet up with some 11W readers (or staff) and catch some of the bigger games there.  I was there last year for the B1G Championship and it was a good atmosphere, although not comparable to the #1/#2 Michigan game at Mickey's Hangover back in the day.  I miss that place.

Comment 09 Jun 2014

Elite college basketball players are worth much more than elite college football players.  Although football generates a lot more revenue, there are so few basketball players on a team that they end up being worth more per player.
 

The March survey, from the National College Players Association and Drexel University, said that the projected fair market value of the average college football player is $178,000 per year from 2011 to 2015, while the projected market value for the average college basketball player for the same time is $375,000.

The report also said that football players with the top 10 highest estimated fair market values, like Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, might be worth as much as $547,000, during the year 2011 to 2012.

Basketball players with the top 10 highest estimated fair market values, such as Kansas Jayhawk forward Andrew Wiggins, for instance, might be worth more than $1.6 million for the same year.

 

Comment 23 May 2014

The Buckeyes need a new kicker and appear to have found one in rugged freshman Sean Nuernberger.

 

If "thug" is the new slur for black people, is "rugged" the new slur for overweight people?

Comment 12 May 2014

Don't forget that undersized linebacker out of Miami - I think his name was Ray Lewis.  Shazier will need to fill out a bit (he can contact Brian Cushing for assistance, if needed), but he has all the talent and instincts to be a dominant linebacker if he adds some bulk without losing too much quickness.

Comment 12 May 2014

Don't feel too bad for Hyde - there's debate as to whether Adrian Peterson would even be a first round pick in today's NFL.  The first round running backs today would be Marshall Faulk or LaDainian Tomlinson types - dynamic runners who are also very dangerous receivers.  The value of a pure RB just isn't there in today's pass happy game.