Browning has made a lot of plays this year. I really dislike the idea of him taking DE snaps in Young's absence, Browning was finally starting to come on this year. Don't ruin the momentum, we have plenty of DEs.
I feel so bad for Rutgers. We could win by 100 if we wanted too.
Love a good Entourage gif. Go Bucks!
Jordan Fuller is going to make a team look very smart. Just such a fundamentally sound player.
I agree to your point there is more that he can do- right now he on the edge, at best, of first round consideration but his arrow is pointing up. The biggest advantage he could have is proving to be elite at the position he wants to play- outside corner. He wasn't particularly shy this preseason about stating he preferred playing outside corner and felt he was better at it. Plus, it adds more to the versatility aspect to his game.
If he wants the compensation of a 1st rounder at a position he prefers, I think he has a lot to gain coming back. That said, hard to fault a guy for leaving if he's a Day 1/2 pick.
How inevitable is it that Wade leaves after this year? This speculation or source validated? Because if he comes back, corner isn’t a big hole between Wade/Brown/Banks.
I am not saying Notre Dame is ready to move on, but I think Kelly might be before things turn sour. There has been speculation before and reading the tea leaves the program seems to be trending down, not up.
Die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
Would be a great gig to land, but probably not for Fickell. I don't think Fickell's personality and LA are exactly a match made in heaven.
Now, if Brian Kelley jumps ship this offseason before it sinks, Fickell might be an under-the-radar candidate there.
Who knows where he ends up in the rankings, but I doubt it is high enough. That kid is an extremely smooth runner with elite acceleration. I am not sure how your supposed to stick with him in the slot- that highlight tape is impressive.
If we land Stroud, I can not wait for all the hot takes about the the Miller/Stroud/McCord QB battle. Think it will rival the Haskins/Burrow debate, and it's gonna be fun.
Sr. is a great ambassador to have in the program as well. Hartline is bringing it!!!
His run blocking has been fantastic, not surprising given his size/athleticism. Very curious to see how his pass-blocking develops into next year because it is very likely he starts at RT if Munford leaves, which is probably why they lifted his redshirt.
Great article as always Kyle, much appreciated.
A follow-up question: is the use of motion a potential liability for this scheme? Specifically, motioning to bring Fuller down and Werner up, why haven't teams exploited that athleticism trade-off in them middle third? Werner is athletic, but he isn't the athlete Fuller is.
Also, and maybe more exposing, there were multiple times Wisconsin motioned with the 4-4 personnel that left a linebacker one-on-one in the slot. I've noticed it in base as well. Are there any checks to zone to potentially negate this mismatch, or is it too late after the motion occurs?
Maybe i'm biting off more than I can chew here, but seems like an obvious opportunity for teams that can throw the ball down the field.
He played really well today, kudos to Borland. This was the perfect matchup for him, a ground and pound game is his strong-suit.
At what point do we start discussing Young having the best defensive season of all-time at Ohio State? I have never seen such defensive dominance in my lifetime.
This would be my pick- third straight week there have been slow starts. I think of a lot of the game plan is to set things up for the rest of the game, but still, it could bite us at some point.
I generally don't think there is anything within the realm of possibility that he could do that would still allow him to win. That's not right, but likely the case.
Been the team's worst quarter to date- we come out of the 1st ahead I love our chances.
Interesting that Hooker got that much playing time at safety replacing Fuller- any word if Proctor got hurt in his brief appearance Friday?
Hooker made the bonehead personal foul penalty a couple weeks back as well, making it an even more curious personnel decision.
He’s an elite talent when we could very well lose our entire secondary after this year. Plus, he had heavy interest in Ohio State at one point.
Sounds like a perfect fit.
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I get the noon strategy, but it needs to be amended for the biggest conference game of the year.
Not sure I would agree about being shocked- late first/early second round money is really hard to pass up.
That said, this is the point really worth mentioning- the biggest selling point for him to stay is he gets to move to the outside where is arguably better and the position he prefers, which he said as much in the preseason. Plus, while the NFL is coming around to the idea that slot corners are valuable, the outsides guys are still getting paid more and drafted higher.
Stay, move to your favorite, better position, show your versatility (a quality the NFL loves), be a team captain, and then go get drafted in the top-10.
I think injuries were on this list as well slowing his development. But Brown and Banks are clearly ahead of him.
Birm and BG both saying it is only 1 RB now for this class, which I find pleasantly surprising. It's highly unlikely they would feel good about just one if they didn't like what they were seeing from Crowley and Chambers. Then try and take two again in '21.