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Comment 21 Mar 2017

I think we all get the premise.  

I, and it seems I am not alone, just do not thnk there would be much drop-off behind Hill.  

I think the greatest loss would be Worley, then Baker.  Then Maybe Ward, if he takes the next step and can be a #1CB.  

None of the, would be a huge loss, which speaks a lot to the depth of talent on this team, and maybe a little to the fact that we have no superstars returning.  

Comment 20 Mar 2017

No downward spiral, we are just not good.  Upsets happen in basketball, and yes we beat a couple good teams, but this team was not any better than it showed and really did not have much more potential than was realized.  We were 6-12 against top 100 teams.  

If you want to look at a couple of wins, or our best games, as our potential, then you have to compare that to other teams best games, not just the game where we knocked them off in an upset.  I.e., we are not just a couple point better than Purdue.  That game played out that way, but Purdue on its best day beats the snot out of us on our best day.

This team was just not very good and had average talent.  Going to be pretty similar next year. 

Comment 19 Mar 2017

I would not call it luck.  More like a solid team peaking at the right time and playing with a ton of confidence.  Momentum and confidence can be contagious, and now they are playing with house money.  That is a dangerous combination (for their opponents)

I would not be surprised if continue advancing.  Enjoy it, unexpected NCAA runs are extremely exciting.  

Comment 19 Mar 2017

Yes, it would be great if Potter could become that kind of player.  Just do not see the ball skills in Potter to play like that, however.  

Comment 18 Mar 2017

I'm not sure Hill is even deserving of a starting spot on the team.  Definitely several other guys who could fill his role as well as or maybe better than him.  

The DL as a whole is very deep with solid guys, but no stars.  Maybe Bosa breaks out this year.  Would not consider any of them even close to indispensable.

In the secondary, we return Webb, who was pretty average last year, and Ward, who played a lot and improved and could be in line for a breakout season. If Ward takes that leap and becomes a lock down #1 CB then he has to be very high on our list.  However, without such a leap the young talent and juco Sheffield could man the CBS positions pretty well. Would anyone really be too worried with a secondary of Sheffield,  Okudah/Wade, Fuller, and Smith/Webb?  

Right now I would have to go with Chris Worley.  He is a leader on the team and will be even more so this year as a senior and the MLB.  Baker would be right there as well as a playmaker and overall excellent player.  But Worley's experience, versatility, and leadership, in addition to being a very good player,  are him slightly more valuable to this team.  

Comment 15 Mar 2017

I think you are right, Williams is not good enough to play here.  We are very thin at RB, need at least 2 in 2018 class and hopefully one who can be 220+ pounds in college.  Glaring lack of workhorse RBs on the roster, we have Weber and two little guys and Williams.  Hope Weber stays healthy. 

Comment 15 Mar 2017

Dobbins will never be a Zeke type runnner.  He is 5'9 195.  Could be a good player, but never a workhorse.  

Comment 14 Mar 2017

I'll admit I was not aware he earned those honors, and first team all conference.  I am no OL expert, but I very much recall him having his difficulties throughout the year in pass protection, which was the basis for my opinion and posts.  Despite the accolades, I still do not put him near the top on the most indispensable list. We have other guys who could man the interior line and /or play C, and by comparison tom Jones, more options there than at LT.  

Comment 14 Mar 2017

Agree completely on Weber.  There is no other decent option for an every down RB we would be stuck starting a 5'9 185 pound RB, or going with the lesser talent guy who got beat out by the 5'9 185 pound guy last year.  The depth of bigger, every down RBs is very scary in my opinion, worst position depth on the team.  

Second would be Jones, then probably JT.  

Comment 12 Mar 2017

Parsons would be a tremendous flip for OSU.  Cannot have enough elite defensive linemen.  Obviously would help osu's recruiting class overall and double relative to psu's class.  I think a lot of OSU fans are almost assuming he will flip, but is he from PA and committed to PSU for a reason.  Seems like he has some legit interest in OSU, but also seems like a bit of an uphill battle for us.  

Comment 12 Mar 2017

It was my understanding that the K was going to participate on the team this year, but pay his own way as a walk-on until spring semester, then go on scholarship and count toward he number for the 2018 season. Thus, just be a walk-on for this first season and school semiester.  

A grayshirt is not part of the team at all.  

Comment 12 Mar 2017

I actually think depth is the worst at MLB.  The back-up will likely be true frosh Browning.  

I think Keandre Jones could fill in if Booker is not healthy (or even if he is).  Harrison and Borland can also play outside.  Conner is a MLB but may not have the athleticism they want there.  And Hilliard could also play MbL, but may be better suited for an outside spot, but he has had injuries and may not be as fast and athletic as they want

Comment 12 Mar 2017

KBD is an ok player but not a difference maker.  He scores in a variety of ways but not consistently in any particular way.  Inconsistent shooter, not a good rebounder or defender, cannot beat people off the dribble.  He is a decent role player, but I am not sure the team was any worse off with the more defensive minded Wesson getting most of KBD's minutes, especially given KBD's propensity to disappear for long stretches or even full games.  It's not like you just subtract his per game production to account for his absence.  We had guys fill in who did a decent job as described in the article. 

Comment 12 Mar 2017

And to add to my earlier post.  Worley had a very good season last year, was very consistent and often in the right spot.  It does not surprise me at all this the coaches say he is a very smart player with great understanding of the game, because that showed on the field last year.  And that is definitely what you want in a MLB. 

Worley also got fired-up and played with high effort and a little emotion.  A clear leader on the D, which is also what you want as a MLB.

Comment 12 Mar 2017

Franklin is a good recruiter and now has some on-field results to help sell his product, even if only one season.  The more on field success he has and the farther removed from the scandal we get is only going to help him out.

PSU is off to a good start, and looks like they could land an excellent class and definitely challenge OSU for top in the conference.  Not sure why people are just assuming that OSU and UM eventually pass them.  

PSU recruiting on a elite level and sustaining itself as a top program makes the Big 10 East  very strong added to OSU/Urban, UM/Harbaugh, MSU/Dantonio.  We'll see if Mark can keep up, the deck is stacked against him.  Certainly a part of his success had to be UM being down and OSU and PSU transition after NCAA issues, PSU being much more severe.  Will be interesting to see if MSU can compete with a fully functioning big 3 of that division.  

Comment 12 Mar 2017

I had Worley going to MLB.  Dante Booker has never played MLB, has never played significantly here, is coming off a big injury, and has a longer, leaner type of build.  Not sure why anyone thought he was the best candidate to play MLB.  

Booker better be healthy and ready play, or someone like Keandre Jones is going to take it from him.  That might happen even if 100% healthy.  I just never really saw it with Booker.