Did anyone else think that quite a few of the punts in the spring game could have been blocked but maybe the defense held up?
One thing that worried me while re-watching the spring game was the defensive alignment against 5 wides. Unless I'm mistaken all 3 LB's were pulled into pass coverage so that the back end could stay in quarters (I think).
It looked as if there were 4 D-linemen and 0 Linebackers which made me worried about how a QB draw would be defended. I guess the Safeties have the QB draw in that situation?
Or even this guy:
OSU did not use all of the plays they had in the playbook last year once they got into conference play. There were things shown in the early games that very rarely got used like quick passes to the TE's or wing (after the option play-fake) that would have held off the LB's trying to go downhill to stop our option. I also think they seemed to quit using the shovel option and didn't get the ball that much to Wilson on the sweeps.
I don't remember hardly any slants that would have started to freeze LB's & they should have been open all day for 5 yds or so.
J-Lo's tweet is awesome.
I don't get why people are faulting OSU for this.
26,000 x $20 = $520,000 (there likely would have been a lot more people buying tickets at the gate.)
65,000 x $5 = $325,000. The reason for the pricing seems obvious to me.
Jayme Thompson just transferred out. I wonder if that is related.
I wonder if he academically qualifies for grad school at Cal Berkeley.
I saw the hands still on after 5yds as well. Maybe they figure that if Sparty got away with it last year - why not mimic it?
I re-watched the 1st quarter last night before getting tired - only watching the LB's. I saw #5 McMillan doing that but not #37 Perry. I don't know if that is his hesitation or if by design.
I couldn't believe that A) Jones actually threw that ball at someone and not over their head out of bounds, and B) that the receiver didn't intentionally drop it. He had to have known that he wasn't likely to make up the 20 yards after catching it just to get back to the line of scrimmage.
I thought Reeves did everything he could do on that first throw to Smith. You're right he didn't turn to locate the ball but I thought if he would have done so he might have had to slightly slow down in order to turn and given up a TD. By putting a hand up I thought he messed up Smith's vision of the ball enough to create more difficulty in making the catch - if Smith had caught it (he probably should have - but maybe lost sight of the ball from Reeve's hand) I thought Reeves could have taken him out of bounds before he scored - if Reeves turned I think Smith would have scored.
It is the plays where the receiver has to slow down and jump to make the catch where Reeves didn't turn around last year that drove me crazy.
I was mad about the Danny Clark signing until I saw his highlight video. That dude is a better passing QB than Braxton as a Sophmore in HS, IMO.
From what I read it's because Wilson is already a starter & Urban wants to see the younger guys in a pressure situation - he already knows what Wilson can do.
Does this mean we have used up all of our scholarships unless someone redshirts?
He should try suspenders.
Another article indicated that Meyer thought Elflein & Decker did not need reps or the experience (or risk of injury) of the spring game & Meyer was happy with where they are.
Are you sure you aren't mixing the kickers up? Nuernberger looked much better to me - I'm pretty sure it was Clinton who was kicking way wide and short at the 47 & 52 yard tries. Nuernberger (DAS BOOT) drilled the 52 yarder & it looked to me like he barely kicked it.
I agree with this. I think the Spring game format does not showcase Cardale's strengths in that he would probably have preferred not to be wearing that black jersey & the defensive players might secretly be glad he was.
If we're in a come from behind situation with 1:30 to go, I probably would prefer to see Barrett, but otherwise I'd have to defer to Meyer as to why Jones is above him on the depth chart - I think it has to do with his ability to move the ball running and the threat of him hitting the home run if the defense cheats up to stop him (he can throw quite long with what looks to be little effort).
I had to DVR the game & got to watch it late last night.
I don't think the offense was running like it will in real games as the QB keep part of the option didn't seem to be much of a real threat & that limited the RB's on the give.
The defense looked better than last years defense and there were starters not even in there. The D-lineman were getting in the backfield quickly. The CB's finally looked like they knew how to play CB. The LB's looked like LB's. This might be an awesome year. I'm probably going to watch the recording another 10 times in the next 4 months.
I was surprised to see Collier in without a black jersey. I didn't know what to make of that.
I saw people complaining on facebook about the prices and mentioning that TSUN's game was free.
I reminded them that TSUN's spring game was an inferior product.
Lacrosse is freaking awesome on TV. I haven't seen one live & wonder how hard it is to follow the ball - I lose track of it on TV w/ the fake shots & passes sometimes. BTN will play some of the OSU games at times.
I miss the Texans Offense when they had Lynch (#44) & various other O-linemen we have since lost. That offense was potent back then & the TE's & RB's were usually open for big gains off of play action because they had to double Andre Johnson. The Outside Zone is pretty fun to watch when it's working well.
Weiss at 102 was one that made me chuckle (wish he were still at ND, though). So was Muschamp at Florida ranked 52 and Bielema at 53 (Andersen @ 21 / Petrino @ 16). RichRod @ 30 w/ Hoke @ 38 is also nice.
I think Charlie Strong should be higher than 26, though.