Love Zeke, but he needs to demonstrate better maturity and judgement. A good start would be a more conservative personal appearance without the wild hair a bushy beard. I respect a person's right to express themselves with their looks, but he has to remember that he also represents a professional football team and the NFL.
Like most teams, if the starting QB goes down to injury it will be difficult for a back-up to lead the team to any type of Championship. 2014 was an exceptional situation to be sure. However, we don't really know what any of these guys are capable of until(And if) they are thrust into that position. The Coach's now have their group, and it will be on them to develop these guys and have them ready to compete, but its not realistic in 2019 to expect to have multiple Quarterbacks that would start at a majority of other schools.
I'm feeling a little better about QB position now, and I think it was good that the Coach's have told him he can compete for the starting job. Yes, I fully expect Fields to be the starter, and he appears to be the best guy(with the best skill set) to lead a team to a potential Championship, but the Field's I saw in the Spring Game still has a lot of work to do and should not just be given the job.
This is a positive development! Another raw talent for the Coach's to work with, and who knows, he could turn into a legitimate back-up with enough preparation and effort.
My concerns are keeping Fields healthy, the O-line gelling as a unit and finding the best linebackers for the starting positions. Team has enough talent at every position group to compete on a national level, but there are so many intangibles that go into a successful season. Hope they can add some quality depth at QB position before fall camp begins.
Well, we all know that Clemson and Bama will be very good, but everybody else is a "Wait and see" proposition. I think the Buckeyes have a chance to be a better overall team then last years unit, but they are likely to struggle early in the season till they hit their stride. However, many things can alter the course of a college football season(Key injuries, suspensions, etc), and being able to build team chemistry is often the key ingredient to a successful team(2014 Buckeyes). We'll have to see what happens!
What type of construction has reduced capacity by 30,000?
He probably said that in the heat of the moment without really thinking about it, and if changed his mind its understandable. I really doubt its an issue for the guys who played on that team.....I only recall one player ever mentioning it(Jeff).
Hopefully, all of the returning players and coaches can learn from 2017 & 2018 and approach every game on the schedule as the most important. Also, I think having the two highest profile games on the schedule at the end will benefit a team with a new Head Coach, a new starting Quarterback, and several new starters on both sides of the ball. Shouldn't have to worry about another emotional let-down after the Penn State game.
Yeah, it was a terrible no call, but does anyone really expect the NFL to go down that road? Reversing the outcome of game.....or even replaying the game because of missed or poor calls would open a hornet's nest for the league.
I agree that is was terrible missed penalty, but on the Ram's previous possession they had to settle for a field goal to tie when the officials missed a face-mask on Anderson that would have given the Rams a first and goal at the one-yard line. Basically, the ref's were allowing the player's to play in this game and there were several potential penalties(On both sides) that were not called. The result was an exciting game with a frustrating outcome for Saints fans.
Its good to see so many of these guys want to come back and turn things around after a difficult year for the defense(By Ohio State standards). Depth is always important, and with better Coaching he can be a key contributor next season.
Why would Tate do this before the NCAA rules on Fields? Also, does he also think he can transfer and not have to sit out a year? He should follow Joe Burrow's lead and stay and compete to be the starter, and then only transfer if someone else is named starter after Spring Football.
So much for his tweets about not going anywhere! If true, it could signal an end to the "Read option" offense that was the cornerstone of the Urban Meyer offense. I wonder if any of the current Tight Ends can be converted into fullbacks?
I'm sure Mr. Davis is a good man, but the performance of the linebacker group ranked towards the bottom of the BIG Conference. I know the group has lost some talented guys to the NFL, but you can't tell me that this whole group is a bunch of overrated guys that are not capable of playing at a high level. Poor fundamentals, questionable schemes and personnel decisions have been the problem the last two seasons. Things have to change!
Boom indeed! Great hands, and with the great trio of seniors leaving he will be an important cog in Coach Day's offensive machine. The receiving group has a chance to be a great unit again next season.
Well, I said earlier in the season that this has been one of the poorest Ohio State defenses in many years and that changes needed to happen. Don't know if these guys are "Home runs", but I have to give credit to Day for realizing he needed to blow-up the defensive staff.
Good and mature response from Baldwin, but I think everyone(Including fans) need to take a step back and let the process play out. If Tate was honest in his comments about staying and competing for the job, then there is still two things to be determined in the Spring and Fall. First, the NCAA will have to rule on Fields waiver request. Second, allow ALL the available quarterbacks compete for the starting job, and choose the guy that gives the team its best chance of being successful. After that has been determined, the other quarterbacks have to keep grinding because injuries happen in this game(2014) and depth at QB is important. I want the guy(Whoever it is) who can be a great leader and effectively operate the offense, and I want a backup(s) that supports the starter and keeps himself ready to step in at a moments notice.
Coach Day is probably working on the next recruit.....or assistant Coach.
Yeah! That 2002 defense was among the best in Ohio State's history, and one of the best college defenses period. Doss was a leader on that defense.
Grinch may be successful at Oklahoma, but it was clear that one of the two had to go. I don't know if Greg is still one of the top DC's in the country, but he has a wealth of experience and is a great recruiter. Mistakes were made in the defensive scheme employed, but there was plenty of poor execution from the players......especially at linebacker. I'm not sure about Davis as a coach, perhaps the biggest problem was playing the wrong guys for the type of defense they wanted to run.
I'm glad he has spirit, but he'll need to let his performance on the practice field do his talking. He needs to put in the time with the receiving group and build a rapport, and most importantly, stop talking about himself and start talking about making the "Team" better.
If the NCAA grants his waiver it will be a very interesting QB battle this Spring and Fall. Obviously, everyone is still waiting for Haskins decision, but I think that decision was made already and he'll be the first quarterback drafted. Hope Tate sticks to his word and fights for the starting position. While Fields seems to have more upside then Martell or Baldwin, leadership is an important intangible that could factor into who gets named starter.
I never criticize any of these young men for leaving early if they think it's in their best interest. I don't know how his evaluation came back, but I admire his comments and his honesty. This is big news for the 2019 defense to have him back, and he could play a leadership role on a greatly improved defensive unit next season.
Tate is saying all of the right things, and I hope he will stay regardless of what Haskins and Fields decide to do. I like his spirit, and I would not be surprised if he won the starter job even if fields transfers in and is cleared by the NCAA to play in 2019.