It's still early, but I don't think the Buckeyes could have hired anybody better to succeed Coach Meyer. Coach Day has seen the blueprint laid out by Meyer in keeping OSU ultrasuccessful in recruiting and on the field results.
The running game is better because all those involved are better.
Justin is every bit as good as advertised when he decided to transfer. I'm glad he's a Buckeye.
Indiana always seems to muster enough offense to make the game competitive, so I hope the Silver Bullets can start a trend in the other direction. Great info on the series.
I really liked what I saw from JK in the Cincinnati game. More of that is a good thing for the Buckeye offense.
I want to see the Silver Bullets smother the Hoosier offense and give the IU punter a busy day.
Playing well in big games will help JK seriously move into the conversation.
Dwayne Haskins, because the Buckeyes have never had a more prolific passer in the history of the program. There have been great players at every other position, but Haskins clearly stands above everyone else at QB who came before him. I give him bonus points for leading OSU to the most points (62) ever scored against Michigan.
Having depth in a Power 5 conference is just as important as having a great starting unit, so the reserves will be very important to the success of the 2019 Buckeyes. Injuries happen, so at some point someone listed #2 or #3 on the depth chart will be asked to make significant plays.
Of the starters, the Buckeyes must have Justin Fields healthy to have any hope of a B10 title or CFP appearance.
I haven't seen anything yet that absolutely convinces me that Coach Day won't be able to live up to the expectations of Ohio State football.
One of the best things about Fields is that the Buckeyes have him for 2 years......so one great year can be followed by another great year.
Justin Fields is not a run-first QB. I think his passing skills are being underrated due to the spring game. When real football begins on 8/31, I'm confident that we will see the Fields that will give DC's a lot of headaches trying to gameplan for the Buckeye offense.
Ohio State would still have an above average offense even without Fields......with him, another season of averaging 40+ PPG is very likely.
I think the decision was unofficially official long before today.
Troy Aikman and Peyton Manning went 1-15 in their rookie years, I believe. Haskins is not playing for a Super Bowl contender. For the overwhelming majority of rookie QB's, the first year can be difficult, especially with a team that is not that good. Surround Haskins with some talent and an offensive line that can protect him, and I have confidence that he will be a good NFL QB. But it's probably not going to happen in his rookie year.
Remarkable that the Indians lose Kluber and Carrasco for a long time, and still have a pitching staff that is 3rd in all of baseball in team ERA. Who would have thought that Clevinger, Bieber, Plesac, Plutko, and Civale would make up the starting rotation? Bieber, Plesac, and Civale are all 2016 draft choices. They have been nothing short of phenomenal. The addition of Hunter Wood out of the bullpen looks to be a real good pickup by the front office.
Great to see Franmil Reyes go deep for a 2 run homer vs. the Sox on Monday night. The Indians really need him to get going as they head into late August. I have the same concerns about Hand......hopefully his performances of late are nothing more than a hiccup.
I have to give the front office props.......they have kept the Indians a strong contender for years with some very smart, financially prudent moves and have developed great depth in the pitching staff to the point that they could give up Trevor Bauer even with the down time of Kluber and Carrasco.
These Indians are far different than the Tribe I grew up with.......at that time the Indians were the worst organization in baseball (1970's), and I never thought in my lifetime I would see the Wahoos in 3 World Series.
The Indians pitching staff, even with the setbacks of Kluber and Carrasco, has been phenomenal. Heard the other day on the TV broadcast that Mike Clevenger is the oldest pitcher in the rotation. 3 of the pitchers in the rotation were all drafted in 2016.......Zach Plesac, Adam Plutko, and Shane Bieber. Bieber is fast becoming one of the best pitchers in the AL, while Zach Plesac leads the AL in successful pickoffs at 1st base. Pitching is what will keep the Tribe in the AL Central race all season, and the Yankees or Astros better beware, because if the Indians make the playoffs, they could be dangerous with the pitching matchups they can offer.
Hopefully Chase stays healthy, and we'll see more plays like the 4th down stop of PSU QB Trace McSorley last season.
One really good thing I've noticed about Dobbins throughout his career is that he is not fumble prone. I look for a much better year from JK due to his own focus and also the ability of Justin Fields to run. Defenses will have to be aware that the Buckeyes in 2019 will have a running QB to deal with, whereas last season Dwayne Haskins was a rare run option.
Ohio Stadium: Dedicated on October 7, 1922
Total Cost: 1.49 million
Architect: Howard Dwight Smith
Original Capacity: 66,210
First Game: vs. Ohio Wesleyan University
At the time of completion, it was the largest poured concrete stadium in the world.
First home game vs. Michigan: Oct.21, 1922......Buckeyes lost 19-0. Attendance: 72,000
I won't believe any decline in Buckeye football under Coach Day until I see it. Until then, business as usual. I think it's perfectly okay to have confidence that he will do the job he was hired for.
One big difference between the two is that Harbaugh is facing a lot more pressure to win "The Game" than Day is. Losing to a first year head coach after going 0-4 to Urban Meyer would be the ultimate embarrassment.
As long as he stays healthy, I see no reason why he can't make one of the All-American teams.
Even though the Buckeyes have depth and talent, it is still very important to have no season ending injuries to key personnel.
Justin will do just fine as QB of the Buckeyes......what I'm really looking forward to is how much he runs and when he runs. I think his ability to run will be huge asset to OSU's offense. Especially so in a 4th and short or 3rd and short situation. Just hope that he runs out of bounds often and not take on defenders when he has the opportunity to avoid them.
The coaches must think highly of Rutgers graduate transfer Jonah Jackson to put him in with the starting O-line unit the very first day of practice. May bode well for him.