Shortly after the video chop of Braxton getting stuffed early in the 3rd quarter was the muffed punt by Philly Brown with tOSU up by 9 in the 3rd. Ugh...I had forgotten how close we were to taking control of that game, and then a SR kicks the door open for Clemson's comeback! I wonder how different the tone of this spring and summer would have been--both in the Buckeyes' camp and on the national scene--if tOSU had finished with, say, a 42-33 win?
The 2014 tOSU D-Line will be awesome, but the 2015 one will be pretty great, too: Bosa and Diesel Washington at the height of their college powers, plus Tommy Schutt or Michael Hill blowing up the interior, and probably Tyquan Lewis at the other DE. And LOADS of hungry, athletic youngsters behind them.
Reeves could still surprise us as a functional starting CB. But what we saw of him last year was someone who was not NFL draft material. At tOSU, especially under Meyer, the starter at every position ought to be getting a real sniff at playing on Sundays. And cornerback especially is a position that puts a premium on athleticism and speed--neither of which Reeves displayed much of (from my limited perspective, compared to other top-level CB's).
Let me put it this way: who's more likely to blossom into an all-B1G stopper at CB for the Buckeyes in the next year or two: Reeves, or Apple/Conley? If Apple and/or Conley even have a chance at being Roby 2.0 (big impact in RS Freshman year), then why not give one or both of them a chance at starting and make Reeves the extra CB for passing downs?
Really, Hazell and Purdue are exactly where Boeckman and Illinois were last summer. Two former MAC coaches shellshocked after an inaugural season even more wretched than anticipated. Illinois improved some in 2013, but not enough to make everyone think Boeckman is the answer. Purdue will probably do the same in 2014--winning 3-5 games and turning Hazell's hot seat down to "simmer" instead of "roast." This is the season of reckoning for Boeckman, and 2015 will be the same for Hazell, if they can't drag their team to a .500 record and a depressing bowl game in Memphis or Albuquerque or someplace like that.
With the push to the playoffs and other factors, it's easier than ever for us who are fans of contending, name-brand schools to show undue contempt to these second-tier schools. Even the mighty SEC has its Kentucky and Vanderbilt. I'm not saying Minnesota and Purdue and Illinois and Indiana and Rutgers shouldn't expect success; we just need to properly define what success is there. Remember, James Franklin won 8 games a couple of times at Vanderbilt and everyone fell at his feet in awe. Now, that doesn't excuse mediocrity at Iowa or Michigan or Nebraska, and it doesn't give MSU or Northwestern or Wisconsin a pass if they retreat from their recent success...but we just have to understand that it's not really fair to mock Purdue when they're actually content with going 7-6 and winning that bowl game in Memphis or Albuquerque or someplace like that.
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.