Walker "appears" to be on another level from Weber. He's a legit 5 star and among the best RB prospects in the last few years. But I don't think Weber is really all that far behind him.
Weber's attributes translate very well to the next level. Low center of gravity, powerful legs that maintain great balance and brush off arm tackles, not great speed but good enough (faster than Carlos Hyde, for example).
Weber absolutely could start over Walker. Really depends on who works the hardest and picks up the offense quickly. And probably a hundred other little things we never see on high school highlight videos.
If he plays like half of Chris Spielman, I'd be more than happy.
That'd be the damnedest thing though. Watching a one armed and one legged player hopping around and making tackle after tackle. :)
Seconding that. That was one of the greatest feats of agile footwork I've ever seen.
I have a feeling the Smith WR deep ball legacy is going to continue, as Corey takes over for Devin. All he has to do is concentrate on the ball a bit better to avoid the silly drops. It seemed like he did get somewhat better at that over the course of the season, even with limited touches.
Corey could emerge as an elite player next year right alongside Michael Thomas. He's doing all the little things well now, which I'm sure had a lot to do with watching Evan Spencer be such an important part of the team without catching many passes.
I think it was spring practice 2 years ago when coaches were already raving about Corey potentially being the best WR on the roster. They just couldn't play him because he hadn't picked up the other stuff yet.
On the contrary, Zeke did them all a tremendous favor by showing them their place in the world. In time, they will realize this and learn to love Zeke and Ohio State. And the world will be a much better place to live in.
Sarcasm font would have saved you a few downvotes here. ;)
You bess be gettin that weak "freakin" language off a Samuel L. Jackson gif, before he comes and finds you and makes you read the label on his wallet just before poppin a cap in yo ass.
"Freakin" is just not something a bad mo fo like Samuel L Jackson would ever say. ;)
(Hint: gif works a lot better without the freakin - no need to substitute something else. :) )
By itself it's too negative.
We need some Sammy graphics to help us visualize what exactly we'll be "grinding" next year. Like those ugly helmets being road graded into dust, while Harbaugh is flying away from the scene like some limp balloon, ego completely deflated, while frantically and arrogantly tweeting quotes from Ulysses or Finnegan's Wake to maintain the illusion of Michigan Man superiority, covering up the fact that he's just plain crazy.
I suggest all you bitchers and moaners about duplicate threads and topics that have been beaten to death petition 11 Warriors to get your subscription fees refunded.
Not everyone has the time to read EVERY SINGLE FORUM POST for the past month. In fact, a lot of us can only snatch 5-10 minutes a day. If we see something interesting we haven't seen before, and we want to respond, should we really spend the rest of our 5-10 minutes making sure it hasn't been covered in a previous topic?
Geez, is it really that hard to read a post title and decide there's not likely to be anything of interest there for you and move on to something that is interesting to you?
Here's a better idea. Rather than posting your lamentations about somebody else "beating a dead horse", realize that YOU are the one BEATING A DEAD HORSE by repeatedly bemoaning the existence of topics already familiar to you, completely cluttering up and wasting the time of those coming to it with fresh eyes.
The very simple solution is AVOID THE GODDAMNED TOPIC. That way the only ones posting on it will be the people new to it, who will have something fresh to offer in the eyes of the other readers.
I suspect some of the complaining is a bit of egotism by those that already posted in the earlier topics and feel slighted that their opinions are being ignored and not recognized for the great wisdom they contain.
Again, very simple solution. Don't read or respond to topics you've already read and responded to. Then you can safely imagine that everything posted in the repeat topic is the highly inferior meanderings of nitwits.
You "may" want to do this at some point. Right now, he compares with any of the top backs the last few years, but he's still growing and improving his game. If he makes as much progress his senior year as he did his junior year, you're talking Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker type territory. Reminds me a lot of Eric Dickerson actually.
Greatest... pic... of... ALL... TIME!
Also one of the greatest runs. It should be a requirement for all OSU running backs to go back and watch film of Eddie George's senior year runs, especially the ones who lose their balance by trying too hard and impatiently run into the backs of there blockers.
I think Zeke must of already watched that film, because those last 3 games I saw an awful lot of the smoothness and patience of Eddie George.
You need to very quickly learn how to use the sarcasm font, to keep those slow people from very quickly misunderstanding your intent.
Regarding Vrabel, he believed more in playing the best player and not going with a steady rotation to keep guys fresh. Think back to late in MSU B10 championship game when the RB busted through the DL for the late touchdown. Now think back to 2nd half against Oregon where we had developed enough DL players that the whole 2nd team got rotated in regularly and kept the starters fresh. Definite difference in philosophy, and results.
Why do people continue to think that a former player would be a good teacher of a position just because he was a good player of the position? This is almost never true in any walk of life. The one doesn't preclude the other, but they each require completely different skillsets. The good player has to have a physically superior body and be able to translate instructions into kinesthetic memory that is so automatic he no longer needs to consciously remember the instructions. In fact, remembering them may be a detriment to performance. The good teacher has the exact opposite requirements, and his physical abilities have little relevance.
So no, it's probably not the case that Eddie George or Joey Galloway or any other former star player would be a good position coach, unless they had the dedication to pursue it seriously when their playing days were over (like Fickell and Vrabel). It takes a unique individual to be a college assistant coach, to be willing to work that hard and be on the road recruiting that much. Anyone who didn't pursue it as soon as they were able to is most likely not that unique individual.
I also think the notion that anyone knew Drayton was leaving today is pretty naive. It just doesn't work that way, other than a head coach being aware of his guys interviewing to a degree. Urban probably doesn't even want to know anything until there's an offer on the table. You just can't effectively operate that way, trying to appease everyone by keeping them apprised of every possibility.
Even if Weber was completely blindsided, there's absolutely nothing shady about how Urban Meyer or Drayton handled it. They acted the only way you can, and it isn't any different from any other coaching staff in America.
Good job, DJ, of taking the somewhat higher road by ending with the Michigan fans that have somehow managed to maintain their humanity after all the damage the last 14 years of UM football have dealt to their pride.
That's a pretty amazing feat right there. They should all be sainted for making it through that gauntlet of torture.
I suggest you go back and look at Pryor's HS highlights compared to Gibson's. Gibson is flat out a better looking quarterback than Pryor was. Running ability is about even. And Gibson without question is playing against better competition.
That said, as long as we keep Joey Burrow, I could care less where Gibson ends up. I think Burrow is going to be really special and will be pushing for playing time in 2016.
What is this television thing I occasionally hear people speak of? I think we may have had something like that when I was growing up, but it's been so long since I engaged in that sort of time/mind wasting activity I'm not sure if I'm remembering correctly.
I still don't know how we lost that game. It's almost like the football gods decreed "Ohio State must lose this game" and then made some highly improbable plays happen in just the right sequence. Kind of like Texas in 2005. Corey Smith drops an easy touchdown. Runs the wrong route causing an int return for a TD. Barrett has several other passes dropped, and always seems to turn right into the pressure causing sacks. Meanwhile, the VT QB pulls passes out of his ass he never completed before (and probably hasn't since) on every freaking third and long.
I think if we played that game ten times and played exactly the same way we'd win 9 of them.
The way I think about that game though, is that we may never have elevated to the heights we did if we hadn't lost it.
Sarcasm font would have been good here. ;)
Yeah, but that's on them for being stupid. We should in no way discourage sources of information unless it becomes obvous they were just trolling for attention.
If I could downvote this ten times I would. It's well written and amusing, but it comes off as ridiculing someone who may well have a connected source.
Save the ridicule for when the poster has been wrong a few times.
Meanwhile, I prefer to get all the information I can.
I didn't downvote, but I considered it just for putting out there that notion of jumping down someone's throat when they say "I know someone."
WHY IN THE HELL DO PEOPLE DO THAT? The guy offered information with the proper caveats. If it doesn't seem believable to you then don't believe it. But there's no justification for implying that the guy is lying or just making stuff up.
I want all the information I can get, and I'll do my own evaluation of how valid it is, thank you very much.
Dude, he's not posting an article on the front page or writing for a print journal that you're paying money to read.
He's freely offering information. It's up to you to decide how much weight you should give it.
Saying that his sources need to be vetted is implying that he or his friend is untrustworthy, which is rude and unjustified unless you are aware of other posts by this person that were shown to be false.
I'd upvote this about 10,000 times if I could.
Is it really that hard for people to use their own discernment and simply put the information being provided into a tentative category, subject to being re-evaluated in the light of additional information as it comes in?
Apparently it is, because I've several times on various boards seen posters with really good knowledge simply reporting what they've heard get unrelentlessly ridiculed and made fun of, to the point where they just stopped sharing information altogether.
And every time it's happened, I've thought, "You unbelievably stupid CRETINS, you've made this forum a much darker and uninteresting place just because you are unable to process the world in anything other than black and white."
Worse yet, the "rumor" posters would often have a decent record of being right. I just don't get it. If you don't want to process the info as tentative, then STOP READING THE FUCKING POST and go do something appropriate for your intellectual maturity level, like playing tiddly winks or tic-tac-toe or something. NOBODY needs you to decide for them what is and isn't good information.
Yeah, I thought Bama was playing kind of tight and nervous. Both Grant AND Lee were attacking them.
I suspect they would've went into a fetal position if we'd had a LB run out there named SHERMAN.