Thanks for bringing back one of my all-time favorite afternoons. The trolling in the video Losing My Revenge Tour is all-time great. I am in tears - thanks again!
I think Ruckert will get a chance this year for many reasons stated above but also the fact that the NFL is featuring Ruckert type of players and Ryan Day is more closely tied with modern NFL offenses than Meyer or Tressell were. Living in KC, I can tell you how devastating Travis Kelsey is with the loaded offense the Chiefs have. NFL defenses cannot account for all their weapons for 4 quarters, and I think the Buckeyes have the same level of talent across their skill positions to dominate college football in 2020, assuming the season can happen. Ruckert could easily be an All American.
Sounds like a good dude - I hope he stays healthy. The slot corner will be an important position this year and it will really help to have some experience at least in the rotation.
Wow, he plays fast and violent. Certainly hope he gets a chance, I can see him wrecking on kickoff and punt coverage right away.
Byars ended up being a very functional TE as well. Can you imagine what Ryan Day could have done with his talent.
I still get physically ill thinking about that game. The tackling was horrific.
A great what-if I have is what would JT have been able to do with a full year under Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson where they were the primary play-callers. His senior year was Ryan Day's first year with the Buckeyes and it was pretty clear that Coach Meyer was still driving the offensive play calling. I don't think Coach Day would have had JT pass as much as Haskins, but his pass to run ratio would have probably looked similar to what we saw with Fields, but with more creativity and mid game adjustments. I believe JT never really developed as much as he could have as a passer because he was a master of the run option.
That's what the Buckeyes need, a more comfortable and focused recruiter. How spoiled are we? Its ridiculous.
This is probably an unpopular take - but I don't have an issue with the Browns selecting DPJ over KJ. I wish they would have selected KJ, and I think he would have been a good pick, but I do believe DPJ has incredible upside and is a good fit for the Browns. I hope they both kill it as rookies.
That is a freaking awesome story. The legend of coach Hartline grows! Good luck to coach Still, that is awesome.
That is awesome, congrats to the newly weds!!!
I have been telling all my coworkers who are Chiefs fans that JK Dobbins would be an instant impact player and would make their offense even better. I hope it happens, because as good as Damien Williams was in the playoffs, he really is not an every down back.
Great message from a Buckeye Great. Stay safe everyone! Let's lock down the spread of this virus the way AC used to lock down opposing PGs!
With Andy Reid and Patrick Mahommes and crew, JK would be a super star. Definite Rookie of the Year candidate.
Charles Woodson gave me the most anxiety before a game. I really wanted the Buckeyes to win that game, but I just knew he was going to make plays. That punt return was crushing.
I think for top recruits, and even elite players, brand recognition (marketing) can make an incredible difference when it comes to national recruiting, preseason rankings to awards selections, and eventually for the draft. These kids are learning to be aware of their brand while they are still in HS. the resume (film) is built during the season and at the camps.
My respect for Coach Bellamy grew a lot after reading these couple of articles. He seems like he has a great love for his players. He is definitely a coach to keep our eyes on.
The question was stupid whether or not the guy feels like it has merit. What would any player do who doesn't play perfectly every play? Jeffrey always talks about working hard to get better. If the reporter cannot cite a specific play or game, it is just some weird kind of badgering. And if he can't understand that, he is just writing an ego-log.
Jeff killed that question and I think ultimately it will impress NFL people, so he should be thankful to this former/never was a sports reporter.
That's a business decision each player in this situation makes. Jeff and his team did not see the value of participating beyond his 40, he knows his body and I respect his decision.
I love all these guys, but I would love it if Justin Hilliard came out of nowhere and became an all-conference LB his SR year. His persistence is an incredible example to everyone.
I am his age and can honestly empathize with him. During our 20s, he was riding high through the Cooper years. That and the natural arrogance that permeates AA must make the last 15 to 20 years a special kind of hell. Just the opposite of the gratitude I have for what the Buckeyes have turned out since early 2000s. It is hard to not smile when you think about it.
As a Cleveland Browns fan, I can appreciate the cycle of disappointment to apathy he feels. But at least I have the Buckeyes to lift my spirits. He can only turn his longing eyes to the Lions!
That was such a righteous kill, Jeff O. My goodness that is beautiful. The reporter clearly did not watch his film, Okudah is one of the smoothest college CBs I have ever seen.
This is just my opinion - I think Joe Burrow would have had a legendary, and possible Heisman winning season if he would have won the job over Haskins, but the defense would still have been the same liability and I think the Buckeyes would still not have won the title in 2018. Haskins was great, I don't think there was a wrong decision. As Buckeyes fans, I think we can just appreciate the insane time we live in. 2017 - the Buckeyes QB room had one of the greatest leaders in B1G history, a future 1st round QB and record setting passer, and a guy who would eventually have the greatest season for a major college QB ever, all under the coaching of a future HOF coach in Day. That is special.
I agree, if Marcus has way better hands than Malik, that kid needs to be on offense. Malik is still one of the top five best ball hawks I have ever seen play football.
This is a great post - I was so wowed by Justin's athleticism at the beginning of the season, I really didn't pay attention to his being late on a few throws or missing open receivers. His decision making during the Clemson game was similar to NFL QBs as far as making quick reads and either adjusting or making an assertive throw. It is amazing what could happen this season.