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from Worthington, OH

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Comment 30 Dec 2017

We will get to see in 2018. As much as I appreciate JT's toughness and ability to run the read option, we sure had some lackluster offensive games against marquee competition. I am excited about the potential we have a t quarterback and seeing what Wilson and Day do with different skill sets to work with. 

Comment 06 Dec 2017

I love JT. He's tough as nails, he almost always makes the right read in our read option offense. He is a great college quarterback. But I have no illusions about his ability to translate to the NFL. He lacks size, arm strength, and accuracy/consistency on throws.

Just the statement that the B1G championship helped his draft stock shows how little regard they have for him as an NFL prospect.

Comment 16 Oct 2017

Totally agree. And, taking it a step further. There are not many proven QBs around the country I would grab for my "fantasy" OSU team ahead of JT the way everyone is playing right now. Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield? Who else would you throw in?

Comment 11 Oct 2017

Wow! Seems like EVERY team's mascots (not you, Penn State) have taken major leaps forward over the years!

For the record, Creed Bratton didn't play on any Grass Roots records, all the instruments were played by the Wrecking Crew. There is a really good documentary of them, called "The Wrecking Crew", and if you like west coast pop from the 60's, it is worth the rent.

Comment 01 Mar 2017

As an OSU Mech Eng Grad with a son looking at engineering schools, I don't think you can go wrong with any of these schools in the top 25 or so. The difference makers in my son's search are size (big or small - Ohio State can be a little overwhelming), whether or not you want to go on to grad school ( a good portion of the rankings are grad school based), if you want to go into a certain industry ( Ohio State is aligned with a lot of automotive for instance, University of Md - his home state school - gets a lot of aeronautical recruiting).

Comment 31 Dec 2016

That jet sweep with JT under center is the most obvious play. We don't run anything else from under center, do we?

Comment 16 Dec 2016

For internal candidates, does anyone know anything about Matt Thurin? Or what a quality control coach is? Seems like he is a step above a graduate assistant and below a regular position coach. Bio below:

Matt Thurin
Quality Control Coach – Defense

Matt Thurin is in his second season with the Ohio State Buckeyes football program and is working as a defensive quality control staff member.

A native of Louisville, Ohio, Thurin attended Baldwin Wallace University where he played football and baseball before an injury ended his playing career. He played for Baldwin Wallace's 2003 Division III playoff team and graduated in 2007 with a degree in early childhood education. He has a master's in sports science and coaching from Akron (2009).

Thurin came to Columbus after working three seasons – 2012-14 – as secondary coach and special team's coordinator at Columbia University. In 2011, Thurin was a graduate assistant at the University of Colorado, working along the offensive line and on special teams. Prior to that, he spent three seasons at Akron as a defensive graduate assistant working with the Zip linebackers and secondary. Thurin's coaching career also includes a year at Walsh University.

Comment 04 Dec 2016

Our house isn't on fire. We have a great dual threat QB who just is not a super accurate passer on the move or in bad weather. We have a very young offensive line that gets exposed sometimes by good competition. The only REAL area I have for concern is the  receiver position. ONE of these top level recruits should have emerged from this group by now and a lot of  the issues look like technique. 

Comment 05 Oct 2016

With the delayed effect of the scholarship reductions and the lack of line recruits under O'Brien, I think the higher ups at Penn State expected this to be the low point right around now. I think Franklin gets the benefit of the doubt - and another 2-3 years - for sticking it out as the effects of the sanctions flush through the program.

Comment 21 Sep 2016

Thanks! I re-watched and I STILL didn't see the rumored "schematic advantage" Oklahoma was bringing to bear!