Skull Session: J.K. Dobbins' Importance, More Pulitzer-Worthy Demario McCall Photos, and a Distinct Lack of Freaks

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

First stop for McCall is a run at the Heisman, next stop? Bass masters!

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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SilverHaven's picture

Never been fishing?  Is that guy from America? Well now he's fully inducted. Aloha.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Steelydan54's picture

Love seeing the "little kid" come out in a big young man when he's afraid to stick his fingers in a fishes mouth to get the hook out. That's a first time experience that freaks many people out. Good reminder that these Buckeyes are still very young men and live in a fishbowl (pun intended) of very high expectations. 

Steelybuck54

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cdub4's picture

I am 43 and have never been fishing. Seems kind of boring to be honest.

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SilverHaven's picture

It is in deed pretty boring.  But I'll never forget catching a 4-foot Mahimahi (dolphin) off the Kona coast.
 

And no that's not me, but that's what it looks like.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Dillon G's picture

Preseason lists are needed for me to praise or rebuke to help with July.

#walkaway

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iowabuckeyes's picture

The way Kevin wrote it, you’d be one of only two people who care and we know that’s not true so I fixed it. 

For both those of you both living and dying by these riveting preseason compilations, here's your full calendar of the release dates.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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bornbredbuckeye's picture

That pic of Zach Harrison. He looks like a giant compared to the kid he's going up against. #menvsboys

GO BUCKS!!! *ichigan sucks!!!

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Dillon G's picture

Kind of like Kramer fighting kids.

#walkaway

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BuckeyeBoy_2004's picture

Dominating the dojo.....

Go be Great.....Jarvis Landry

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buckguyfan1's picture

Someone tell Gutridge to speed up his daily countdown...  Be damned Off Season be damned.

Simplify...

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iowabuckeyes's picture

I have seen too many summers go by too quickly. The older I get, the happier I am to take things slowly.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Amen, Iowa. Completed my fiftieth trip around the sun this summer.  I don't want to wish away a single day. Come at me, Offseason. Give me your worst.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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buckeye phi's picture

Try 64.  I didn't think I'd get old so soon -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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rosycheeks's picture

Kosta Koufos being known for his defense and rim protection was not something I saw coming.

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aboynamedtracy's picture

Indeed, he has joined the ranks of ninjas and the Spanish Inquisition...

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BuckInNashville's picture

Not sure that Dobbins performance was the problem. Was Mike Weber as good last year as he was after he healed up in 2017 ?  Yeah, I didn’t think so either - here’s why ... 

1. Last season’s O line was not a good run block line. They struggled against everyone except maybe the last three games of the season.

2. the run game was still structured around a read option for the most part, with a QB who ran like Joe Germaine. 

3. They split carries right down the middle.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I wouldn't say last season's online was not good at run blocking. I would say the online was in a bad position to not know when to run block and when to pass block. They weren't prepared for Haskins type of RPO where he actually passed.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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brutus0717's picture

Which makes all the false starts all the more frustrating. Why are you in such a hurry if you don't even know where you're going?

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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mb5599's picture

I would definitely say the oline was not good at run blocking.  too many times we were in goal line situations and they were unable to just line up and hand the ball off to dobbins or weber and push the ball into the end zone.  or 3rd and less than 2-3 yards and the rb would get stuffed for no gain.  

Big B

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

No, the OLine was bad at run blocking. The Buckeyes abandoned the RPO during the season because Studrawa couldn't get the concept across to his guys. They went more conventional and became really good pass blockers but really struggled giving our RBs lanes to run in. 

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Knarcisi's picture

Agree on all points.  Myers, Davis, and Jackson I think will be a vast improvement in run blocking. 

I'll add one:  The RPO had our line thinking too much and not able to drive their guy off the ball, or even get to a LB on the next level.  An indicator was that we got several illegal man downfield calls last year due to this.  I'm sorry, but I'd need to see something that shows me that RPO gives that much of an advantage and is anything more than a fad.  We're the athletically superior team until we get to the CFP and we have great play callers.  Line up and play football.  

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iowabuckeyes's picture

I also think our interior OL was too tall and couldn't get leverage against shorter and stockier DLs. LT Munford 6-6, LG Pridgeon 6-7, C Jordan 6-7, RT Knox 6-4 and RT Prince 6-7. Both Pridgeon and Jordan played out of position. 

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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mb5599's picture

agree that the RPOs made it difficult to run block, but they could not even run block on 3rd and 2 or goal line when everyone knew they were going to fire off and try to muscle the ball into the end zone.  i dont ever remember seeing a more frustrating oline when it came to run blocking.  they were subperb at pass blocking however and kept haskins upright most of the time.  they seemed to lose their nastiness when it came to run blocking.

Big B

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Mortc15's picture

They didnt really lose the nastiness because pass-blocking doesnt require it. Just catch the defender and stay in front of him is essentially the gist of pass-blocking. 

Run-blocker, i agree, requires a degree of aggression and nastiness and this line for the most part didnt seem to have it. 

I would say though, it's difficult when you pass-protect all the time to suddenly get put in situation to just drive-block straight ahead. 

Regardless, the line has to be better this year if OSU is going to end up where they want to be. Stud isn't quite on the hot seat yet but it'll get warm quick if there isn't major improvement this year.  

Buck-I4Life

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allinosu's picture

They were slobs by definition. I'm hoping it's true(reading on here) about this years bunch being much more athletic.

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buckeye phi's picture

Agreed, Knarcisi.  I remember reading a piece on RPOs when the most recent version of the concept was first (re)introduced.  In that piece they showed O-linemen blocking at the second level - and not getting flagged for it when the play ultimately resulted in a pass. 

So you really can't blame coaches for adding the RPO to their playbook as long as the officials were going to allow linemen further downfield (on the pass option of the RPO) than the rules suggest

I think what we're witnessing is the officials finally catching up to that a bit.  If O-lines are actually now going to be compelled to follow the rules (i.e., not blocking at the second level on passing plays), the very concept of the RPO is going to lose some of its luster -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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buckeyepastor's picture

For years, run blocking has been in a zone read system where a guy coming unblocked happens by design and that guy’s decision determines who keeps the ball. Last year, we needed hat-on-a-hat run blocking.  Didn’t always happen.  Gotta think that years of an offensive scheme where we didn’t have to knock people ten yards downfield played a part. 

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

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Dmac3212's picture

There was a much larger drop off in Dobbins play than Weber. Dobbins averaged 4.6 yards per attempt (7.2 previous year). Weber averaged 5.5 yards per attempt (6.2 previous year). 

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

Waiting for the BOOMS...

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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Lighteyes's picture

Regarding the Freaks list, people asked Feldman on Twitter and he basically said that Ohio State refused to cooperate. So no OSU players on it because he didn’t have any raw numbers to rave about, coach stories to talk about, etc. 

You can judge for yourself whether you think this is a good justification or not (seems really strange to me that nobody would spend 10 minutes on the phone talking up dudes, for recruiting if nothing else) , but that’s the reason. Georgia also was left off the list, for pretty much the same reason.

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BuckFly's picture

Regarding the flying soldier apparatus invented by France, does it only go in reverse?

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iowabuckeyes's picture

That’s all it has to do since France only knows how to retreat....

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

No, it also must know how to build a giant impenetrable air fortress, which Germany can just fly around/bypass. 

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Barfolomew's picture

Cool video, I've never seen a goat catch a fish before

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Have you ever seen a guitar tuna fish?

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Very lamb comment, unless it was a bass 

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

No, but I heard that you can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish

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brutus0717's picture

Watch Lists are for guys who have absolutely nothing better to do with their lives, are completely football-starved, and just want to see their team's players in print. Yep, so guys just like me.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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Hovenaut's picture

Media Days week is upon us, and that is a good thing.

Got M...igan gossip? Bang it here

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Ethos's picture

Why?  Just watch media days from last year, or the year before, or before that, etc. the answers are all the same. 

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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Hovenaut's picture

The answers could be the same, but the faces aren't.

Got M...igan gossip? Bang it here

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allinosu's picture

Actually UMs new space age offense with top secret plays they developed in their submarine is new news. The concept of no huddling and passing on first down up tempo is unbelievably far out there. 

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PsyBuck's picture

I don't ever want to watch last year's media days in particular. Still need counseling after that mess.

"No we don't give a da*n 'Bout the whole state of *ichigan"

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cledaybuck's picture

Ummmm...Last years media days is what got Urban into a giant mess.

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blueblazer22's picture

The lunar photos and story are incredible. I have seen a couple of them before, but reading about what NASA had to do to get the cameras ready and what the fellas had to do to actually take the photos is wild. Fun way to start the morning. 

The flying soldier is freaky but could be very effective I would imagine. Looks very "bounty hunter" in a Boba Fett kind of way, so more power to the French. 

"They say, "these geeks come a dime a dozen.  I'm lookin' for the guy who's supplyin' the dimes." -Classy Freddie Blassie

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mb5599's picture

i agree about the lunar camera story.  its amazing that its only been 50 years since we landed on the moon.  seems like it was much longer ago.  those pictures are amazing.  been watching all of the programs about the apollo misisons leading up to the landing on smithsonian channel and others.  what those people did in achieving that is mind boggling.  cant wait to see them get back to the moon in  a few years and mars after that (if i am still alive). 

Big B

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

All that money spent on fancy cameras, so they could take photos and videos in a hangar right here at Wright Patterson. 

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

A few buildimgs over from real aliens, too.

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t-dub's picture

I bet you're one of those guys who think the moon is real...

"What is our aim, I can tell you in one word. Victory" Winston Churchill

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dan_isaacs's picture

I love you all so much.  Thanks for the giggles.

Dan Isaacs

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Nowadays, they’d be taking selfies and tweeting them out before they even got back to earth. 

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mrgreenpants's picture

wow..

that "you did" in the background made that twitter video as real as it get.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Bare knuckle boxing is attempting to become the next MMA...

I watched the first BKFC event last year. I have a hard time believing it will be able to make the leap to the mainstream. There is just far too much blood from the face cuts. 

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NHBuckeye's picture

I’m ready for McCall to have a breakout season.  Hopefully he is fully healthy, the kid is so dynamic with the ball in space.  

Fields of Dreams

 

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BGSUBucksFan's picture

I believe Luke Farrell was on a watch list last year. Just goes to show how much of a joke those are.

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

JK will be a dominant force for the Buckeyes this season. He is the clear #1 RB and he will carry the load well.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

1. I get that Ohio State’s coaches, themselves, keep saying that Dobbins is a virtual lock to be a bell cow RB this season, but it makes no sense. Especially since the guy they’re talking about, Dobbins burst onto the scene as a . . . freshman. Yes, young RBs must learn to pass block and understand the nuances of the playbook, etc., but overall the RB position lends itself well to underclassmen bursting on to the scene.

2. Off-season cfb media predictions and lists are usually goofy, but the stupidity has been especially thick of late. I could list dozens of examples, but as an Ohio State fan, the two dumbest I notice are: seemingly half of all media hacks picking Michigan - projected to win about 8.5 games this season - to go to the playoff (et tu, Phil Steele?); and the other half somehow losing track of the simple “fact” that Ohio State has more horses than every other program in America except for possibly Clemson, Bama, UGA. 

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Spaghetti's picture

JK will be (better than) back to his old self. Easily out-performing his freshman year numbers.

Dad jokes aside, Fields and Dobbins will be an epic "1-2 Punch".... #1 and #2, get it? *snort*

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Port Richey Buckeye's picture

We've reached Yankees level jealousy and hate. They hate us cause they ain't us. Snubbing us fuels the fire within. Ohio Against The World. Fuck Mythigan.

Fuck eSECpn and fuck Mythigan.

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buckeye phi's picture

The more we're overlooked and/or disrespected on these preseason lists and polls, the more I like it.   When we are highly lauded this time of year, it seems we often find a way to blow it during the actual season.  In years the expectations are a bit lower, we like to "come out of nowhere" (as much as an Ohio State team can ever really do that) and win it all -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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allinosu's picture

I like it also and will add I'm also enjoying all the hype (again) that UM is getting with their new improve deluxe offense. It makes their fall again that much more enjoyable.

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buckeye phi's picture

I listened to a podcast the other day in which they were saying how ridiculous it was to rank the skunkweasels ahead of us this season.  From how much talent and experience they lost from last year's defense - to Harbaugh's stone-age era play-calling - to the fact we'll still have more talent on the field, overall. 

Of course, I probably had my scarlet tinted glasses on while I was listening - but sounded pretty convincing to me -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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KCAlum's picture

Right, I think of 1969, 1970, 1980, 1998, 2006 and 2015 where flops ensued after everyone talking us up as potentially unbeatable. 

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buckeye phi's picture

Precisely, KCAlum -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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TurdFerguson's picture

Don't forget that Zach Harrison anchored that 4x100 relay, including all his races, in cross trainers....  Why tennis shoes? Well, because they didn't make track cleats for his shoe size so he ran in what was comfortable. 

The guy is a mutant!

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Kevin Harrish's picture

Yeah he legit sounds like a folk hero lol

buckeyepastor's picture

Maybe it’s just me, but I sort of love that we aren’t believed to have any freak athletes, that many think TTUN after losing the foundation and staff from last year’s defense and their only consistent running back is going to win the conference, that we don’t have “national watch-list” guys. Let them think less of us.  I love that people are doubting us. I think it’s a good thing for this team’s mental toughness.  I think with a first year head coach, it’s easier to lead a team with a chip on its shoulder and feeling disrespected than a team that everyone has penciled into their playoff predictions. 

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

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ScarletGray43157's picture

I would like to see how the flying soldier is affected by weapon recoil or reloading the weapon. 

Also, return fire from the ground would cause vulnerability, along with losing power or functionality while in-flight.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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dan_isaacs's picture

Yeah, he's not moving too fast.  Even *I* could hit him.

Dan Isaacs

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

Those things will probably be on Amazon before you know it, followed shortly thereafter by Quidditch leagues, or maybe three-dimensional lacrosse.

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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buckbornbred's picture

Absolute LOVE that picture of them on ATVs. 

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

As a dad, those things make me cringe, especially with not a helmet in sight.  That would be an exceptionally shitty way to loose a kid for the season (or worse.)

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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SouthPacificBuck's picture

Let's compile a list of all the rating lists that OSU has been unjustifiably disrespected on this off-season. A lot of doubters and haters are gunna look like asshats when the dust settles on the season. Especially you, ESPN, especially you. smh

Keep football fun

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