Love his passion, and he clearly has a history of player development. While helping to coordinate the defense is critical for the Buckeyes success, I think his first challenge will be getting a talented, but mostly untested backfield ready to compete at an elite level.
I'm still bitter about the 1971/1976/1980 Rose Bowls.......games that would have resulted in National Championships.
Dobbins on offense and Okudah on defense are the two biggest departures, but collectively the team is losing a bunch of talented and experienced players. We'll see if some younger guys can rise to the challenge, but its difficult to imagine that the 2020 team will not be a notch below the stellar 2019 unit. Having said that, if Fields can stay fully healthy all year and the young running backs step up the offense will be explosive and could help carry the defense while the young DB's gain experience and confidence.
What if Coach Meyer persuaded JT Barrett to turn pro after the 2016 season? Who wins the starting QB job(Burrow or Haskins) and how would a different offense by Ryan Day influence the Oklahoma and Iowa games?
It has never been easy to go undefeated.....even when they only played nine or ten games a season. Even a traditional powerhouse in NCAA football like Ohio State has only accomplished this a few times. Sadly, if the Buckeyes had been able to beat Clemson and LSU this year it could be argued that this was the greatest season in Ohio State history. There has been several close calls through the years where the team had a tie(1961 & 1973) or a single loss by less then a touchdown(1979, 1996, 1998, 2015 & 2019 to name a few),but this is why 1968 and 2002 are remembered as magical seasons by Buckeye fans.
I watched most of Gameday and remember both Saban and Jimbo Fisher being on, but didn't see Ryan Day. Did he appear earlier in the day?
I don't want to dig up the old arguments about the 2018 QB competition between Haskins and Burrow. What I will always wonder about is 2017 playing out differently if Urban had encourage JT Barrett to move on and the Buckeyes had the QB battle a year earlier. The 2017 team had a better defense then 2018, and I always wondered if the Oklahoma & Iowa games would have been different with Haskins or Joe B at QB. We'll never know, but it would have been nice to have had TWO seasons of either guy as the starter.
Sad news indeed. Brain cancer I hear. If there was a Mount Rushmore(No pun intended)of rock drummers, Neil would certainly be on it. Besides his powerful and mesmerizing drumming he was also responsible for the often thoughtful lyrics to many iconic Rush songs.
Its a good thing when your able promote someone who has worked hard and earned respect from both co-workers and players. Corey seems to be a solid guy, and the fact that he married Urban's gorgeous daughter also speaks to his qualities.
Many great scenes in both Godfather 1 & 2, but this my favorite!
I don't think the media will pick them to win the BIG again this year!!
Very big news indeed! This will make the defensive backfield substantially easier, and I truly believe it will pay future dividends for Shaun. Having said this, it will still be imperative for at least two other corners step up for the fall. One thing we learned this past season is that elite teams will find a weak link on your defense and exploit it. When Shaun Wade was out due to injury or ejection the defense struggled. I have faith that the defensive coaches will get these guys ready to compete. Having a "Lock down" corner will greatly improve the Buckeyes chances of a return trip to the CFP.
And this announcement is a surprise to......NOBODY! He had to take advantage of this opportunity to be a top five pick, and everyone in Buckeye Nation will be rooting for him at the next level. As far as the impact on the 2020 Buckeye defense goes, I trust that Coach Johnson will have another stellar unit ready to go. I'm more worried about replacing the entire defensive backfield.
While they may be fun, its too early for predictions for 2020. Too many unanswered questions for the likely top teams.... like what players leave early for the draft and what young players emerge from spring practice. For Ohio State, they should be very explosive on offense, but they have some BIG question marks on defense. Even in the unlikely event Wade returns they will be thin at defensive back, and also have to replace their best defensive lineman(Young) and best Linebacker(Harrison)in the front seven. I think they have some talented guys ready to step up, but we won't really know till they start playing games in the fall.
One of the most talented Buckeye teams ever! Wish Cooper had selected Joe G. as starter and scraped the the QB rotation, but the team would have won a National Championship had not been for Springs slipping in the backfield allow Ty Sheets to score and shift the momentum of the TTUN game. The Rose Bowl was a classic game and probably Cooper's high water mark as coach.....we won't talk about 1998 and Sparty.
They are both great backs, but I think JK had a slightly better overall year. Best of luck to both of these outstanding young men.
Joe was a little tongue and cheek there, but he told the truth. Wish him well, but I hope they can back-up their great confidence on the field. I like LSU chances in this game, but Clemson will not be an easy out.
He was another great corner for the Buckeyes, and an outstanding young man as well. Good luck at the next level.
The 2020 defense will need the D-line to be dominate....especially early in the season. The projected starting DB's did get some significant playing time this past season due to the numerous blowouts, but with mixed results. These young DB's have talent, but they will need time to develop and will likely struggle against better offenses. The Offense will need to be explosive as the defense is not likely to be as stout as the 2019 unit.
The sting of last Saturday night has left me a little numb about the rest of these games.......not much interest. Having said that, I would be surprised if Bama doesn't take their frustrations out on that team up north. There was a time I use to root for all Big teams to win their bowl under the theory that it made the Buckeyes look better, but after Harbaugh criticized Urban before the season I realized that I never want to see them win an important game while he is their coach.
While I don't think JK will return, if he decided to return for his senior season I'm pretty sure Ohio State would cover his insurance policy to cover him in the event of a catastrophic injury. I think the Buckeye's have some talent in the RB room, but Dobbins is in the same class as Zeke Elliott.
Saturday was a tough loss, but it shouldn't overshadow an otherwise excellent season. This years team was a joy to watch. Perfect regular season winning ever game by double digits, third Big Championship in a row and another dominate victory over the rival. Proud of those young men.
Both the fumbled pass returned for a TD and the targeting on Wade were egregious calls by the replay officials, and they were not just "Bad calls", they had huge impact on the outcome of the game. Smith, and everyone at Ohio State should be outraged. It seems likely that Wade will be declaring early for the NFL draft......how sad that he was not allowed to play in what will likely be his final game in a Buckeye uniform.