He was brilliant at times, seemed like he was missing in action in others. If he's consistent this fall, Devin Smith could turn in a fantastic season at WR.
There are plenty of variables - his continued development, effective ball distribution, impact of the new players at other skill positions, etc - but I like his chances.
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As much as it would be nice to see Devin Smith step up, I think we'll have to depend on a new face to be "the guy" to create match up problems. Smith is fast and has good leaping ability, but his size allows him to get pushed around by more physical corners and safeties. I think guys like Michael Thomas and Jeff Greene will have to be a huge factors if we don't want to see repeats of MSU when we face teams with elite, physical secondaries. I think Devin Smith translates as a slot receiver in the NFL.
I still think Jeff Green is going to blow up this season. Talk about a guy with motivation to get on the field early. I'm also hoping Mike Thomas can make a solid contribution this year.
Hey, I am pulling for you Devin, but to sit around and expect something that we haven't seen in all of the years you have been here would be foolish. I will be pleasantly surpirised and cheer loudly for you if you can be reliable and dependable for every game of the season instead of just realing in a few sensational catches and disappearing during the more crucial games. I remember Wisconsin and I remember California but that is such a small sample. Good luck to you this year...signed "The Corps"
In fairness, his numbers have improved every year of his career. Could blow up simply by becoming the No. 1 option instead of No. 2/3 because progressions.
Devin is one of the guys that is exciting given the ball is thrown so they don't have to slow up or adjust. We caught glimpses of that between him and Kenny G
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The highlights from the CAL game last year were impressive. Kenny placed it perfect for him to not have to break stride...
Indeed. Granted it was Cal, but it was a road game, not having starter reps for a couple of years like our starter currently has, and without the aid of an eventual top NFL pick in the backfield with him.
Road game? Did you see the stands?
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Watching the highlight, I've never seen Braxton as accurate as Kenny G was in that game. It obviously sounds like a knock on Miller, but I mean no ill intent. It was beautiful to see the reads and touch on the ball with those passes.
I was always in the Braxton camp, but I am very surprised that we refused to work in a dual QB system at times. It's curious especially because of the success Urb experienced with it in Gainesville.
There were simply runs that Braxton could make that KG couldn't, and I think there were passes KG could make that Brax couldn't. That said, #5 has more upside as a passer still because of the uncoachable release speed and arm strength. To think what he could be if he really came out with some mental resolve and savvy this year.
That and we gotta get him to feather it at times.
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After watching that highlight again I was under the belief that we were instant offense all season long - just add water. Don't get me wrong we really played well at times offensively but it was frustrating when we had so many holes defensively.
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Potential just means you haven't done it yet, and he hasn't.......he must lose that tendency to disappear in games, or one of the new guys behind him will really make him disappear.
I don't care who steps up this season but someone has to. With a new O line the ball will be coming out of Miller's hand fast, someone has to get open.
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Smith will always be remembered, at least in my opinion, for that insane grab against Miami at the beginning of the 2012 season. What was the official injury for Spencer? Looked pretty nasty in the Orange Bowl.
Looks like most people feel the way I do...I like Devin and recognize his talent, but can't understand how he disappears at times. His biggest catch in my opinion wasn't the highlight reel catch against Miami of Ohio, but rather the go route that put us up in East Lansing to help keep the streak alive. I do know one thing, he's got some young pups nipping at his heels. Devin needs to become more than a burner for long bombs once ever 3 games. Devin, I'm pulling for you and want you to be successful.
Devin, w've all seen that you can make the tough catches. Pleae make the easy ones.
High variance of possibility here. I think he could go for 1,000 yards next season. I also think there is a less likely but very real possibility he's not a starter come fall.
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And don' t forget the CATCH he made to win the game vs. Wisky in 2011 when we were in dire straits!!!
He seems to be just a deep threat. When it comes to a standard route he barely ever gets the ball. He's going to have to learn to develop his possession game now thats philly is gone
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I'm sure he'd like (along with the rest of Buckeye Nation) to take it up a couple of notches and become an elite receiver. Some WRs are good in the slot and in the seams, some run the deep routes well, some are good at the intermediate shake and bake routes. I think a receiver has to find his identity and the coaching staff needs to utilize them in the right way. Yeah ... I'm going for the Mr. Obvious Man award.
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Upvote for realizing it and making the 'Mr Obvious' call out on yourself. I'm amused.
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I think consistent QB play and play calling are also factors that will either allow or deny Smith to blow up the year.
I think he will have a solid season, likely comparable to or better than last year. One thing that's always confused me about him though is his ability to both make some of the most ridiculous catches and drop the ones that are perfectly timed and thrown. Gotta fix that. Or just tell Miller to give him a challenge every time lol.
...and Michigan still sucks.
I didn't know anything about Kato Mitchell before i saw him on the field. The dude is quick as snot and reminds me of Jeremy Gallon. A very good slot option. You have consistant catching the ball abilities or you don't. I don't know how you go about improving hand eye coordination. Best of luck Devin.
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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.
I'm with you, Z.
We can all play the blame game if we want, and we call all point our fingers in different directions, but our defensive backs and wide receivers were abysmal in 2013.
In order for me to get excited about familiar faces at those two positions, I need to see marked improvement in the first 3 games this season.
We need possession receivers, we need route runners, and we need a QB that can check it down and zip the ball in to move the sticks.
I leave it up to the best coach in college football to figure out if our QB can be a pass first guy. If he can't, let's not have an identity crisis on offense back there. Let's get creative and have three 1,000 yd rushers this year.
So excited to watch this offense develop over the next 10 months.
The current Buckeye situation is admittedly riveting must see TV. The doubts of who will it be on offence are just as thrilling as the doubts of whether there will be anyone on defence... such an exciting time to watch the chase!
sometimes I feel this is more exciting than if we had all returning seniors and were the heir apparent for the national title! Gotten excited about recruiting like never before and now so eager to see the young kids step up and contribute. I like the slow build of a juggernaut legacy rather than just a quick flash in the pan and slow decline.
Any receiver for the Buckeyes can be outstanding, given we have a qb who can throw accurate passes, which Miller cannot 100% of the time. Miller is a great QB, possibly the best in the 2015 graduating class in the country, but he is the definition of the spread offense, which doesn't involve a whole lot of passing, especially since we have a loaded backfield. (that might be an understatement)
RB Depth Chart:
1 Ezekiel Elliot
2 Rod Smith
3 Bri'onte Dunn/Curtis Samuel
4 Warren Ball
Since Dontre Wilson is a pivotal/hybrid/slot back, he will most likely be on the other side of Miller during shotgun formation or sometimes pistol. Curtis Samuel should be playing the same role/position as Jalin Marshall/Dontre Wilson. Since Marshall will be out 4-6 weeks for a arthroscopic knee surgery, which could delay his playing time.
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