Friendly reminder, today isn't just a day off from work, it's a day of remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Don't get me wrong, grill your meat, bring out those boats, drink that beer – but also, remember why you get to do it in the first place.
Word of the Day: Bounteous.
ALPHA DOG. Ryan Day called Justin Fields a "generational talent," and based on what we saw on the field every Saturday, that checks out.
But the cool thing is, Ohio State won't even have to wait two years for its next generational quarterback (pertinent Princess Bride quote), because Quinn Ewers is just casually the highest-rated quarterback prospect of all-time, and he was looking the part at this weekend's The QB Retreat, earning the camp's "Alpha Dog" honor in what seems to be a landslide decision.
Quinn Ewers, Southlake (Texas) Carroll- Ohio State commit: Ewers was the guy everyone was talking about all weekend including the college quarterbacks. The ball just comes out of his hand differently and no one threw a tighter ball with more velocity then Ewers. 'He's got some Pat Mahomes in him the way he throws it,' Bryce Young said. 'The kid is legit, he can really spin it," Miller Moss said. "I can see why he's the top No. 1 guy, he's special,' D.J. Uiagalelei said. The comments just kept coming all weekend long and it wasn't just how good he threw it that stood out about Ewers but his approach.
We mentioned the environment at the camp is always pretty loose and relaxed and most of the other quarterbacks go through the drills at about 70% intensity. Ewers competed hard in every drill we saw and it was refreshing to see. When you critique his skill set in terms of his arm talent, release, mobility and ability to throw in and out of the pocket from different arm angles, as well as change speeds and throw down the field with touch, it's no wonder some are calling him the best quarterback prospect to come out of the H.S ranks since Trevor Lawrence four years ago.
He'll be on campus next year. But in the meantime, the Buckeyes will have to settle for this:
- As is always the case, the college quarterbacks act more as coaches to the younger signal callers and don't take a ton of reps. The one quarterback I saw who probably threw more then anyone and looked very good doing it was CJ Stroud. Physically, Stroud looks great and has really filled out in his upper body. He made a few throws during 7v7s that looked like NFL level throws and he would be a good candidate to have if you're looking for a breakout player this fall.
This talent stockpile seems extremely unfair, which is exactly how I like my college football.
HIGH DEMAND. Justin Fields jerseys are flying off the shelves (or, more realistically, out of the warehouse. It's 2021, nobody's buying jerseys in person these days).
He hasn't even played an NFL snap yet, but he already ranks second in the league in NFL jersey sales, ranking behind only a former minor league baseball player.
Here's a look at the top selling player jerseys in the NFL pic.twitter.com/uCImRKOk1T— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) May 28, 2021
For the record, I think Justin Fields would also be a better tight end than Tim Tebow, if that's the position he chose to play.
BEEF = SQUASHED. Our long national nightmare is finally over – Tate Martell and Nick Starkel have presumably made up.
If you're unfamiliar with this situation, first off congratulations. You've made it this long without having your brain rotted but what I'm about to write and I would totally understand if you simply stopped reading now.
For those of you still with me, what happened was that back when Martell was committed to Texas A&M, he once said in a leaked DM that he would "start as a true freshman easy" because Starkel, the only other returning quarterback on the roster, was "ass my dude."
I'll be honest, my immediate instinct was to say something snarky here, but the truth is that reconciliation and realizing that your high school self is an idiot are both good and valuable things.
So instead, I applaud them.
URBAN MEYER, PRO WRESTLER. In today's edition of "when reality is wilder than anything my brain could have imagined," we have Urban Meyer making a cameo in professional wrestling in which he hands a large man a laptop to break across another large man's back.
Personally, I'm disappointed he didn't pin the dude himself.
At the very least, he should have called Anthony Schlegel in to deal with the riff-raff. If there's anyone qualified to handle a spontaneous pro wrestling match taking place in your office, it's the dude who suplexed a kid on a football field.
SONG OF THE DAY. "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra.
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