Day could pull a Les Grossman and have a nameless underling punch McMuffin by proxy. Justice would be served and Day's hands would be clean.
I can understand the frustration some have with Coach Stud. The OL underperformed in the run game last year (two-thumbs up for pass pro) and this year's OL haul definitely has some developmental guys on it (which I'm fine with--especially the Ohio boys). But, the fact Day has worked in lock step with him for the past few years and elected to keep him on staff is the biggest indicator to me that he's performing to Day's satisfaction. That's more than enough for me to keep my fan support behind him.
"Honey, don't worry. He's just a friend now. Don't you trust me?"
Yep. And this from MLive:
He rushed for 2,526 yards and 38 touchdowns, both Big Reds single-season records, and he averaged 9.8 yards per carry. Thirty-two of his 258 carries went for 20-or-more yards, and 12 of those covered at least 40 yards.
With those numbers, he seems like a great candidate for H.
I think you're onto something there, AK. Come on down to Ryan Day's BOGOBoom Emporium!
Especially in the close games when gameplans have fallen short, players haven't executed to their best, and sheer willpower and determination tip the scales in the victors' favor.
43201, what would be your opinion of Dobbins if he regained his top-end speed and endurance during this offseason? Weber's speed clearly jumped between his sophomore and junior years because he worked on speed during the offseason. Last year, Alford mentioned Dobbins needed to work on his endurance and it's not a stretch to believe that won't include speed work, too. In 2019, I think we're going to see a noticeably faster Dobbins who doesn't lose gas after 30 yards.
This is awesome. Two fans arguing about which 1,000-yard tOSU RB is better. A sure sign life is good in Buckeye-land. Meanwhile in weasel territory, they're trying to figure out if a walk-on or converted tight end is going to be their feature back. All is as it should be and may it never change.
Some of our most sure-handed receivers didn't start out that way. Smith, Campbell, Thomas all had their encounters with the drop monster and pushed through it via perseverance, coaching, and repetition. By the time the season starts, Mack will have had 10 months to hone his technique under Hartline's tutelage. He is a man on a mission this year after losing most of last year to injury, so there's little doubt he's taking full advantage of that training time. Hope to see him have one helluva year--including another circus catch to drive a dagger through the weasels' hearts--and position himself nicely for the 2020 draft.
Excellent point! That's certainly a moment a young athlete looks forward to like few others. Would suck to have it spoiled.
You bet! The fact 247 doesn't have him in the committed column yet or listed on the team's committed list probably indicates they jumped the gun a bit as suggested, but this is definitely a good sign.
I continue to think Williams was underrated and should've had a fifth star. Dude can flat-out fly and has the hands to match. Can't wait to see what he's going to do in C-bus. At the very least, he should get some looks on PR/KR this year to breath some life into that unit.
Gobucks, to assuage your concerns, take a look at how many 3* recruits ended up going in the first round of this year's draft. 3* recruits routinely develop into NFL-caliber players. Ratings are a factor, but not the only and definitely not the most important. Time will tell if Day's commitment to give a few under-the-radar Ohio boys a shot pays off, but building long-term rapport with HS coaches in the home state by doing so seems to be a wise investment. Best of luck and congrats to Ty. I hope he crushes it!
Good points on Mattison/Washington's histories, but I like the philosophy Mattison is bringing to the D this year with a limited number of packages the players know how to execute quickly and with precision. That alone should enable the D to take a step forward this year. All the BS formations Schiano implemented last year to confuse the opposing QB did more to confuse our own players and slow them down. And let's not forget those horrible compressed formations with 7 guys on the line that restricted lateral movement, allowing one blocker to block multiple guys and leaving no one to fill gaps or cover crossing routes (Rondale Moore really seemed to like that scheme).
I'm not expecting miracles from Mattison and Washington--just a D that performs to its talent level. I'm willing to bet simplified scheme and better synergy between the front 7 and secondary allows our guys to excel and they get it done in 2019.
No kidding! Seriously, look at the size of these incoming linemen. Someone at 11W is going to have to come up with a new term to capture just how big these guys are. Massive, gargantuan, humongous...none seem sufficient.
Day: "We're not going to be hesitant about anything. We're not going to be apprehensive. We're going to go after people and be aggressive, because that's the way I think you gotta live life."
It's becoming easier and easier to see why Urban was so confident to turn the program over to Day. He seems to have a healthy share of Woody's ruthlessness. Why do I get the sense he's not content to let 62 stand as the most points scored against scUM in The Game?
Haha! Thanks, Piedmont. I maxed out my extremely rudimentary Adobe Illustrator skills on that one!
So happy to see this for Terry. The dude was just a model player on and off the field. Led by example and always played full throttle. The play during this year's The Game in which he plowed through two scUM defenders two get an extra three yards for the 1st down was so illustrative of his competitive drive. Hope he enjoys a long, healthy, and wildly successful NFL career.
Bucknut, to your point, the manner in which they marketed themselves as a package deal didn't reflect much understanding of how college football recruiting works. Their coaches are as much to blame for that as they are. We're now seeing that reality set in as Thomas says he's going to play where he wants to play. I just find it ironic that Thomas was the benefactor of an offer from tOSU based in no small part on the advocacy of his two teammates...and now he's not even considering tOSU anymore--which is fine. He can and should do what is best for him. He should've started with that position from the outset instead of with the silly package deal gig. Big picture--the manner in which some of these young athletes are marketing themselves isn't good from the perspectives of personal and psychological development, and team chemistry. High school coaches--but mainly parents--need to take a more proactive role in educating young athletes regarding the pitfalls of social media and image projection. Social media can be a blessing or a very severe curse and it's becoming increasingly important to know how to use it effectively.
I thoroughly understand your position about Johnson and appreciate it. I just don't think missing out on him makes a difference between a championship team and a non-championship team. There are a litany of factors higher than a recruit's rating that make the difference in the long run. Leadership, how the line gels, executing the system, injuries, etc., etc. I just don't see losing out on him--or any single recruit--as being a hit to a championship run.
Finally, regarding flips...yeah, when there isn't a drastic change in program or personal circumstances, I think flipping--even when it benefits the good guys--teaches the wrong lesson. It waters down the meaning of the term "commitment." Kids can and should keep their recruitment open for as long as they need. Take all the visits, enjoy the process. But, once an athlete gives a program his word that he's going to be a part of their team, that's it. Recruitment over. Commitment--even verbal--should mean something. I guess I'm just a firm believer in the "My word is my bond," principle.
Rosenbuck, I'm not indignant at all. Look back and you'll see you're the one who opened up the verbal sparring by telling me to get a life (I have a very successful one, thank you). I'm just pointing out that it's perfectly fine to hold young men and women to high standards of conduct, especially when it comes to being in the public eye. These kids need effective guidance on how to handle themselves during the recruitment process. That's the role of their coaches in today's social media-influenced world. All this self-aggrandizement isn't healthy for the athletes or their team. That said, let me know the moment you think you can have an intelligent conversation without the personal attacks.
Rosenbuck, the fact that you don't expect decent behavior from high school kids shows that YOU don't know what you're talking about. I've had the privilege of working with many high schoolers and recent high school graduates and this type of egocentric behavior is neither the norm nor something to defend. But hey, good luck with your low expectations of today's youth. I just hope you're not in any position to mentor them.
IBleed, I'm with you. This "trio" needs a f-ing healthy dose of humility. The behavior of these three shows a tremendous degree of immaturity and arrogance even for aggressively-recruited high school kids. Hell, Thomas is fortunate just to get an offer from tOSU. Give me guys who handle their recruitment with some humility and cognizance that the moment they suit up for their first college practice, they're at the bottom rung of the ladder. We didn't see any of this BS from Wilson, the Bosas, Young, Miller, Fleming, or any of the 5* recruits tOSU has brought into the fold in recent years. The Buckeyes will be just fine without any of these three if the attitude they've projected throughout their recruitment is any indication of their character and level of commitment to something bigger than themselves.
This GIF is the pictorial definition of "douche bag," a.k.a. "f#@kstick."