I like Mattison too but the checkbook is wide enough for him as it is. At age 70 he'll be retiring soon, very comfortably, having given a couple of really good years to firming up the Buckeye D before doing so. At that point Hafley will be more than ready to take full control.
Penn State plays at Iowa this week which should be a good game unless Iowa's offense is as awful as it showed in Ann Arbor. And yes, NW has a bye like we do.
Was RB prospect Bradford there?
Yes, but it was Wiscy's Revenge Tour.
Jim has a shelf life of about 4 to 5 years at every stop he's been. Expiration date fast approaching in A2.
There were some sprinkles in the air at one point. ttun doesn't do well in adverse weather.
p.s. I'm also really liking the Mattison/Hafley defense, like everyone else. It's fun to watch them fly around making big plays.
One thing I see that was much more constrained in the Urban era is that punt and kick-off returners are given more leeway to do their thing. It's exciting, not just for the fans but for the players too, and I'm glad to see it. Extra risk, extra reward.
I only saw him slide right. I figured he's more comfortable punting from that side of center. Did he go left also?
Playing Fields for whole games also increases the odds he gets injured. Of course if it's close he stays in, but it would be great to get him out sooner when possible.
Looked like we took we let up on offense after the explosive opening. Would've been great to get near 40 early on so that we could've given Chug & Hoak a bunch of real game experience in the 2nd half while also protecting Fields. As it stands now, if Fields goes down with anything serious we are done this year. One can say we're probably done even if Chug & Hoak get experience but it's 100% if they don't get in some games.
Well, Kevin Feder, yes, but your point stands. He gone.
Awesome News! Can't Wait to see him in action. KA-BOOM!
Another great get! The cupboard is now officially stocked back up again. The future is looking good on the O-line!
Great write-up Taylor, you are definitely a 5-star writer! And Martinez sounds like a Great Get for Day, Hartline, Hafley, and Co. Can't wait for football season to begin!
LIstening to Greg Mattison talk, and keeping in mind the recent disclosure of personal tragedy in the young life of Ryan Day, it strikes me that Mattison must have had such a strong mentoring connection with Day when they first worked together at (was it Florida?). I think that connection was almost like a father-son relationship and if I'm right about that then it makes even more sense that Day would seek to hire on Mattison as Day readied to take on the enormous challenge of replacing Urban Meyer at Ohio State. A lot of people were mystified by the hire of Mattison, both at Michigan and at Ohio State, but it makes a lot more sense when you look at it through the lens of someone who grew up without a father and for such a difficult, tragic reason. Sure, it does make some sense professionally also (Experience X1000) but I think it makes even makes more sense pyschologically as something of a reassuring father-son dynamic. That will be 5 cents please ;-)
"I was a little sad Weber's going to a team where he has no real shot to work his way to the top of the debt chart"
Well, it really depends on how much money he spends while he's there (hardy har har ;-)
I can't wait for the coming season! Should be really fun and interesting. Fields will hopefully step up to his potential and be the elite QB that we are all hoping he will be. But even if that doesn't happen I think we have enough firepower on O. and D. to win the Big Ten Title with an efficent albeit as yet unproven (like Fields) game manager like Hoak at QB. We're good at RB with Dobbins returning and eager to kill it, we're probably good on the O-line, esp. if the Rutgers transfer proves his mettle, we're really good on D-line with Chase Young & Co., we're looking good at linebacker esp. with Harrison who is an absolute stud, and we'll probably be better in the defensive backfield with experienced returners like Okudah, Fuller, White, and Wade. Oh, and the receivers should be strong also even though we lost a ton of talent there. Uber-experienced KJ Hill provides leadership and the super young talent of Olave and Wilson should shine. IF they gel with Fields and/or Hoak then we could be in for a ton of fun and tons of points on the scoreboard. Yeah, I can hardly wait. Not at all scared about what's to come; in fact, just the opposite. And Day hasn't yet proved himself over an entire season, true, but he did just fine in the 3 games last fall w/out Meyer and I expect that to continue seamlessly into this fall also. It's a great time to be a Buckeye fan!
Justin Field's passing game is still completely unproven. If that's not up to snuff then we get J.T. Barrett #2 which isn't bad but neither is it approaching what Dwayne Haskins showed he could do. I really hope that Field's can sling the ball accurately but we'll see.
Spoiler Alert!!! Blue 64, White 10, Final.
But seriously, Hoak looks likes a very capable game manager and a good passer. Quick release. I didn't count but I'd guess that he took most snaps in the game. Great Pick Up in case Fields goes down or doesn't work out as the starter for whatever reason. I hope we see a lot of him in the Fall (2nd half) where he can get in some valuable real game experience in case he's needed to step up and win at some point.
I should add that different markets may air programming at different times and we're not in the Columbus market, so YMMV.
I didn't downvote you but Von Miller (former Bronco great) was there for NBC and he had a big decorated hat on.
Per the article, he has two years of eligibility left.