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Comment 11 hours ago

We have no idea what "stuff" Baugh did - I'm guessing a buildup of small team rule violations that add up to a serious violation warranting game suspension - but the real take-away message is that Baugh can't be counted on given his history, so the coaches are going to have to do their best to recruit over him, as Meyer phrased it recently.  If the kid comes around (as Rod Smith seems to have), great.  It's a team bonus.  But personally, I doubt he'll be here next season.

Comment 11 hours ago

Don't have any inside info, but I'm guessing there just comes a point where the coaches realize the amount of effort they're putting into recruiting a kid isn't increasing their odds of signing him enough to justify continuing that effort.  So they start putting their efforts elsewhere and promply drop out of the kid's Top 5.

As to why, who knows?  It could be anything from "World Wide Wes" being able to take care of his family better than Ohio State can to simple personality differences with coaches, growing up a UK fan, etc.  It's easier for fans to soothe their egos with the notion that "bagmen" bought the player, but I'd bet in most cases it really comes to the simple issues like where they feel more comfortable, where they imagine they'll be more successful.

Comment 28 Aug 2014
Pittman was about on par with Wiley. Both of them were a bit behind Robert Smith. Saine may have been the fastest RB in OSU history, but we never got to see it due to the injuries. The player that doesn't belong on your list is Lydell Ross. He was a 4.5 guy at best, and I doubt we ever saw better than 4.6 speed on Saturdays. He also had terrible balance/tackle breaking ability and limited vision, which explains why he struggled to get 4 YPC when Clarett was getting close to 6 behind the same line.
Comment 25 Aug 2014
Damien Harris and Kirk are the two recruits that I'm most excited about this year. Landing either would be phenomenal. IMO, both are on that next level of elite, like a 5 star plus player. If I had to pick between the two, I'd pick Harris. He's the best HS running back I've seen in several years. To me, Harris looks like he has Maurice Clarett's vision and instincts, Beanie Wells balance and nimble feet and Antonio Pittman's elite speed.
Comment 24 Aug 2014

Does anyone know what happened with Devan Bogard?  Did he get injured again and I missed it?  I know he moved to LB last year and was thought to have a very high ceiling.  He was the earliest to get his stripe removed as a freshman and looked like one of those guys that was going to play very early.  I recall him being a terror on a few special teams plays last year, but have heard nothing about him this year.

Comment 24 Aug 2014

People that are surprised by Reeves still being a starting candidate may want to consider that the change in coverage philosophy may be playing to his strengths.  He may be excelling at man coverage and jamming his guy close to the line of scrimmage.  I recall a few plays last year where he reacted explosively and nailed a receiver for little or no gain, looking very much like a Donte Whitner or Antoine Winfield, two of the hardest hitting, most physical DBs per pound of body weight we've ever had.  He may be exceptional in a scheme where he doesn't have to do a lot of thinking figuring out his responsibility for more than 3 or so seconds after the ball is snapped.

The problem is we as fans just tend to remember those times when a DB looked really bad and usually assume if he was the one closest to the guy that caught the ball he was obviously the one that wasn't where he should have been.  I'd venture to guess - and I'm not Ross Fulton or have any coaching experience so I am really just guessing - that with the complexity of the coverage schemes last year that about half the time it wasn't the case that the guy closest to the receiver was the one that blew the coverage.  In other words, Reeves and Roby may have had much better seasons than our gut-level fan reactions have led us to believe.

Comment 22 Aug 2014
Kenny just has that feel about him, doesn't he? Outsiders hear that and think you're deluded beyond crazy. But if it happens Buckeye fans will be thinking something like: "Uh-huh. Great things are destined to happen when you apply the principle over a long period of time that preparation meeting opportunity creates success. "
Comment 21 Aug 2014
I'll agree that the criteria used makes a pretty weak case but overall I think Miller tends more towards clutch than not clutch. Trying to define that with strictly objective criteria that ignores atmosphere and several other game intangibles just seems silly. By the end of the year I think cumulative injuries had caught up to Braxton, moreso than the competition not bringing the best out of him. The real test of clutch is whether or not a player's skills elevate when it matters the most, and I believe Braxton's actually do more often than not.
Comment 21 Aug 2014
As others have said, this is a no win situation. If your scenario plays out, Michigan football will be lampooned by the national media in a way you're probably not going to like. The best outcome is probably a very neutral, uninspired 28-7 comfortable win that few outside of Ann Arbor take notice of.
Comment 21 Aug 2014
Man, you had it good. I had to climb up on the roof with a metal hanger just to get one channel, after walking 5 miles to and from school up hill both ways in 2 feet of snow.
Comment 21 Aug 2014
The 2011 team called and they want their meme back. In fact, they did such a tremendous job of shocking Buckeye fans that season that we're sealing #SHOCKTHEWORLD in concrete and dropping it in the nearest ocean.
Comment 20 Aug 2014
Have you ever seen a college QB put 60 yards of air under a ball and have it caught for a long TD? Me either. (I exaggerate: Troy to Ginn/Holmes may have happened a couple of times.) 30-40 yards with accuracy and timing are much more important than being able to launch bombs three quarters of the field.
Comment 20 Aug 2014
I didn't think Cardale was awful. Passing touch left a lot to be desired, but his size and physicality often kept plays alive in a way that reminded me of Cam Newton and Vince Young. That said, one thing I noticed about Barrett from his highlights was excellent touch on the ball and very quick decisions. Reminded me a lot of Guiton, who was better than Miller in those aspects. When the offense sputtered under Miller, it was almost always due to holding the ball too long and not taking the easy opportunities that were available. Of course, Miller was capable of firing a 30 yard rope for a TD on 3rd and long, or busting a 40 yard run, to compensate for the wasted downs.
Comment 20 Aug 2014
He didn't even necessarily need to change, other than being smarter about the size of his twitter audience and the likelihood of his tweets being read by people that very much DON'T have his best interests in mind. Other than always thinking the worst of others to artificially elevate a weak self-esteem, there's no good reason to interpret "We ain't come to play school" as anything other than a colloquial teenager lament intended for his homeboys. Read in that light, and not as an indicator of functional intelligence, it's actually pretty funny.
Comment 19 Aug 2014
Had virtually the exact same scenario. Did it playing basketball (feet got tangled with the other guy on a fast break shot block attempt). Re-dislocated it many times playing basketball and tennis. Finally had the surgery when it started popping out at night if I turned the wrong way. Took a couple of months to regain full strength, but 25 years later it's perfectly normal and have never had any issues with it.