Fields is obviously going to be a threat as a runner but I hope he's a smart runner this season (like Kyler Murray last year). If he tries to play the way Braxton did (aka refusing to shy away from contact and tying to truck defenders) he's not going to make it through the season.
Why would Hurts come here to be a backup (he's not a better option than Fields as our starter) when he's more likely to start at OU? He left Alabama (where he's almost guaranteed to bring home hardware every season) because he wants to start. Odds are he wouldn't be starting if he came here (Fields may not be better than him right now but he has a much higher ceiling).
Knowing the way Tate is I wouldn't be shocked if he tries to transfer out of Miami again if he doesn't win the starting job there (and right now he's sitting not so pretty in third place after his disastrous Spring Game).
Baldwin is leaving because he wants to start and feels that won't happen with Fields here. That's the way it is with QBs in CFB now. If they are losing a QB competition, that means it's time to jump into the transfer portal. One guy who is probably real happy about Baldwin's decision is Jack Miller. This all but guarantees he's next in line to take over as the starter once Fields leaves.
Didn't he suffer a pretty nasty shoulder injury in HS that all but ended his career as a QB? I don't mind him him as our emergency QB in case mass injuries happen but we'd better hope he never has to actually play at QB.
Miami would be a terrible spot for Haskins. They are rebuilding from the ground up atm so he'd have next to no talent around him in that offense. Not to mention they are a poorly run organization from the top down and have done a horrible job of holding onto their draft capital behind their rookie deals in recent years. The only appeal Miami offers is the location.
As long as people aren't on here posting spoilers for upcoming episodes (cough, cough......Reddit, Facebook......cough, cough) I'm okay with the GoT posts. Considering a former OSU player is an extra for this season I think it's appropriate in this case (I only just realized a couple days ago that one of the guys from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia appeared in last Sunday's episode).
He's also from another country (and has only been in the US since 2016). It doesn't surprise me at all that his English is still a little broken.
Riep did play some last season (I remember him playing extensively in the Purdue game).
As far as the Noah Potter/Zach Harrison comparison guys think of Potter as Sam Hubbard (the less heralded but still talented guy who makes plays) compared to Harrison as the new Bosa.
Jameson Williams was mentioned above (apparently he's not enrolled yet). And Jonah Jackson (the grad transfer from Rutgers who is expected to be the starting LG) won't arrive until the summer.
Considering how lost Wint looked at times a season ago I'm hoping Grinch's coaching was a big part of the problem and that Hafley and Barnes are about to breathe new life into his game. But one area where he struggled the most in 2018 was in run support (he was absolutely awful at securing the edge from the safety spot). You can't really test how much he's improved there in the Spring Game since the offenses don't really run the ball quite as much as they would in a normal game. Clearly his coverage abilities have improved somewhat.
Jameson Williams seems to have done a disappearing act because I haven't heard a peep on him all spring. Is he not enrolled yet (I know he's part of the 2019 recruiting class)?
Why because he left to be closer to his sick mother? Or because you blame Trevon for McMurphy's fabricated story about Zach Smith supposedly throwing racial slurs at him in practice? Seems a little harsh to write the kid off because of something shitty that McMurphy did in a desperate attempt to destroy Meyer.
It's good to see the kid having fun and finding some success though. I'm rooting for him. I felt genuinely bad for him and his mother back in December when McMurphy was dragging their names through the mud just to have another go at Urban Meyer and was using his deadbeat dad to do it.
I wonder how Trevon Grimes and his mother are doing right now (considering last I heard that piece of human excrement McMurphy ruined her life with that Meyer hit piece he did that involved the Grimes family back in December which apparently got her fired from her job).
The gargoyles most likely survived though since they're made out of stone lol.
Well it's a big reason why I thought the idea of Baldwin starting this season was beyond ridiculous (regardless of what changes the QB room might've gone through). Baldwin hasn't played in a live-action game in almost two years and atm that's a problem. You don't want that kind of rust in your starting QB going into the season if you can avoid it (people will use JT in 2014 as an argument that reps don't matter but JT was also really bad in his first two games in 2014 before he finally started to settle down and play with more laser-focus).
To all those back when Martell was still here telling me reps aren't important (when it comes to Baldwin) well I won't say I told you so. I don't regret losing Martell at all (especially given how horrible he's looked so far at the U) but I expected Baldwin would have struggles like this since he hasn't seen any live action reps in almost two years now (Fields I was a little more surprised by since he did play some at Georgia last year but he's also still learning Day's offense). I think Baldwin will be a great player for us eventually but reps are extremely important for him. Even if Fields wins the starting job in 2019 I hope Baldwin sees extensive mop-up duty time so he can get his feet wet.
He quit based on a business decision though, not because he was giving up on his teammates and the season. To me there's a difference between the two. The one thing I do wish Bosa had done differently last season was that he he should've waited until the bye week to announce that he was leaving OSU (announcing it the week of the Purdue game I suspect highly affected the team's morale going into that matchup and as a result bad things happened on the field).
I certainly hope the author is right. However Kaleb just announced last week that he's out his name into consideration for the 2019 NBA draft. I wouldn't be shocked if he's still undecided atm (for all we know there could be issues between him and Holtmann since we don't know what Kaleb's suspension was about).
Not just LeDee. We don't even know if Kaleb is returning since he just put his name into consideration for the 2019 NBA draft.
That is assuming Kaleb doesn't actually choose to enter the 2019 NBA draft (which I think he'd be foolish to do at this stage of his career).
The O-line is also missing two key pieces from their projected starting lineup (Jonah Jackson isn't here yet and Thayer Munford is still rehabbing from last year's injuries).
Considering Fuller regressed significantly last year under Grinch (after looking fantastic in 2017) I'd say he was a big part of the problem. Coombs OTOH not having him doesn't affect the safeties at all since he specifically coached the corners.
I think Fields will have a few Terrelle Pryor-like performances early in the season where he does most of his damage on the ground. As the season goes on though he'll become more dangerous throwing the ball.