He's a world-class curmudgeon, too, who seems incapable of seeing an issue from anyone else's point of view. Probably my least favorite Detroit sports radio jockey, and I listen to them all up here. At least Mike Valenti owns his Sparty bias and makes his sardonic points in a humorous way.
Agreed, especially when facing a B1G defense for the third week in a row, in 40-degree weather. Dunn will see his touches, but he needs to be able to block and catch safety-valve passes, as well, or Meyer & Herman will restrict him to short-yardage situations.
I thought the same thing - different types of players. And for returns, how about Dontre running back kickoffs (smaller holes to slip through, less unblocked hard hits) and Jalin taking punts?
The line would have to truly dominate the B1G in order to get 3/4 of its members on the 1st-team. Part of me thinks Spence is not going to be as productive as Bennett, but at the same time, opponents might give Spence some space in order to double-team Bosa. I say Bosa is a lock, and whichever of Bennett or Spence gets the sexier stats (sacks, TFL, FF, etc.) will get another 1st-team slot.
I hope Christian Bryant makes an NFL squad - he's got some talent that could translate well to the next level, now that he's healthy.
My gut feeling is that Devin Smith, Jeff Heuerman, and Dontre Wilson (and Evan Spencer to a lesser degree) are going to get most of the snaps and most of the targets. There's probably only room for one other pass-catcher to get even close to 20 catches. Will that be a bigger guy like Greene or Thomas? Or an all-around receiver like Corey Smith or Johnnie Dixon? Or a slot type like Jalin Marshall or James Clark? I know my categories aren't perfect, but bear with me--I'm generalizing here.
One of those guys is going to complement the Buckeyes' scheme in 2014 enough to warrant some throws from Braxton...but I don't have a good handle on who that will be yet. Do you?
Has anyone else figured out the nickname for our (likely) starting linebackers? Perry, Grant, Lee--all Civil War commanding officers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_A._Perry). So I nominate them as "The Generals."
I also reserve the right to utterly retract this suggestion if/when McMillan supplants Grant as a starter.
I found this thread because I was thinking the same thing. It's entirely possible that Trey ends up transferring closer to home to get a fresh start. A year ago, could you imagine our prized LB recruits Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson being out of the program? I'm glad local, less-heralded recruits like Worley and Perry and Lee and Powell are getting serious playing time, but our future superstars (for the most part) are going to come from south of the Mason-Dixon line. Hopefully cases like Mitchell, Johnson, and even Curtis Grant don't make other out-of-state blue-chippers leery about coming to Columbus!
I absolutely can see Reeves succeeding as the 4th cornerback on a B1G Championship Ohio State team. Not trying to be mean, but he just didn't look like he had either the physical skills or the instincts to be the lead dog.
Hey, if a bulky QB is to your liking...
58 catches, 800 yards, and 10 TD's sounds good to me...since those are the numbers mentioned above to get Smith into position on tOSU's all-time charts. Less yards per catch is to be expected, since Devin will likely be targeted on more of those short, safety-valve type of horizontal throws that Philly Brown got the last two years. It inflates the number of catches but drags down the average.
Kid wraps ballcarriers up and swallows them alive. There's always a place for that in a d-line rotation. If he has the mobility to contain runners outside the tackles, then Thompson might get a shot at replacing Bosa in 2016. [Tries to project OSU defensive line in 3 years...fails...shrugs...trusts Meyer and LJ]
For me, going from 3 to 4 wins is the tipping point for a successful postseason. But my semi-realistic dream scenario for the Buckeyes is winning the B1G tournament, then making a 5th straight Sweet Sixteen before losing close to a #1 seed.
Has Orlando Pace ever thought about coaching? It may not be his thing, but just imagine having him teach technique to the O-linemen and get out on the recruiting trail as one of the greatest college and pro offensive tackles of the last 20 years! Please, Urban, make a call to Orlando and at least put the idea in his head - we'll need someone to replace Warriner if he takes a HC job.
Maybe it's just from comparing him to the waif that is Marc Loving, but it seems to me that Ross has gotten stronger this year. He's capable of getting into the paint and finishing through contact. I wish he grabbed a few more offensive rebounds, but he's been okay at the "4" this year. If he stayed for his senior year and improved his handle a bit, Q would likely be a B1G POY candidate.
Honestly...this is kind of cool. I mean, it's a 2-bit app and who gives a care, but if it stokes the fires of the rivalry...that's a good thing, right? And with the massive student base of tOSU, this guy was pretty gutsy eliminating them as customers.
I'll be in AA tomorrow, eating at Zingerman's, proudly wearing Buckeyes attire in a sea of maize-and-blue. Blend-ing is overrated.
Exactly - thank you. Smith is a perfectly serviceable 2-guard to give you 15-20 min./gm. I've always loved his rebounding (best hands on a Buckeye since Sullinger), and those irrational-confidence hot streaks he goes on every several games.
But as a senior with a decent shot, Lenzelle has felt the pressure to be the gunner for this offensively challenged team--not to mention that he was undersized when defending opposing SF's. A bigger, offensively gifted guard like Jordan Sibert (or Caris Levert!) would have looked really good on this team.
I wasn't able to watch the game, but were Craft's fouls legit? Seems like that was the difference in the game right there, with him only playing 19 minutes. Especially since he scored 10 points in limited PT, and you have to think he would have 1) scored at least 15-16 in his normal 38 or so minutes, and 2) helped keep Newbill and Frazier from scoring so much.
Watching Bennett burrow through the middle of an O-line is a real treat. I hope his arm is healed; that gigantic cast he sported last season can't have helped him shed blockers--though it probably made a nice bludgeoning tool.
Like most of you, I'd love to see Bosa-Washington-Bennett-Spence become the main defensive 4 for the Buckeyes. The sheer athleticism of that group would overwhelm most offensive lines, especially in the B1G. However, A-Wash and Bennett have to prove that they can stuff an inside power running game, and we won't know that until later in the year when we play MSU and M&#!*$@n. By then, if our tackles have held up physically and can hold the trenches, I like tOSU's chances to run the table.
I live about 15 minutes south of Detroit and have been known to proudly don a tOSU sweatshirt while eating at Zingerman's Deli in AA. It's been fun needling my friends and neighbors up here as the Buckeyes have thoroughly dominated Michigan the last decade. However, I noticed a strange phenomenon last season. UofM fans--who normally detest and ridicule all things MSU--crossed over to root on Sparty against Ohio State, and rejoiced at the outcome of the B1G Championship game almost as if the Wolverines had won!
I told my MI buddies, "At least Ohio State brought together the state of Michigan, amiright?" Didn't get much of a laugh.
How long before we lose Ramzy to a national writing gig? Seriously, I predict that in 5 years we'll be reading his stuff and talking about how awesome he was on elevenwarriors #backintheday.
Anyway, this was a good reminder for me not to get too worked up over the recruiting of high school kids. They are vain, and fickle, and hard to project. I got another reminder in the whole Malik McDowell saga - do you honestly wish he would have signed with tOSU? Doesn't it seem likely he would have switched his commitment, or maybe stayed one year and then transferred? I'm kind of glad the Buckeyes avoided the drama there.
Yeah, if Darius Slade does flip, it will just be the rich getting richer (forgive me a cruel chuckle). [cruel chuckle]
You know who looks interesting? Dylan Thompson. I know, I know a "depth" guy for the DL, along the lines of Joel Hale. Probably...but did you watch his highlight tape? Dude swallows ballcarriers for lunch. If he can tone his body and develop his burst off the edge, he might get some snaps at SDE after The Bosa leaves.
Very good point. I was disappointed to see the passing offense stunted for the last few games. Seems like it was a 4-headed monster: bad weather, Braxton's inconsistency, the WRs' inconsistency, and Herman & Meyer turtling a bit on the playcalling. But Miller must command the offense if he stays for 2014, even with the loss of Hyde and Brown and most of the O-Line. He'll need to strafe the entire field to the tune of 65-70% completion, limit turnovers, plus be a major weapon running the ball, in order to be a 1st-round prospect.