During the whole Zach Smith situation and firing, while explaining to some Buckeye haters why I thought we would be better of without Smith, I was shocked that it was the first time I ever wondered why all these incredibly talented WRs underperformed at Ohio State. Naturally, I blamed the QBs inability to throw the WRs open. While I think Haskins' ability to do this far exceeded Pryor/Miller/Barrett, I think it is pretty obvious the confidence and focus these receivers ran their routes, against man to man or zone, was at another level this year. Kudos to Coach Hartline - I don't know how long the Buckeyes will get to keep him, but the improvement with Zone Six was amazing, and with Mr. Wilson joining Mack/Hill/Victor/Olave, and you figure a couple other guys will be in the rotation, Fields or Baldwin should have an embarrassing amount of options to toss the ball to.
Garrett will need to learn to block more than when he wants to, but I think he is going to be terrific. He reminds me of Steve Smith, same skill set. It could be a very exciting year.
Obviously the coaches think he is pretty good. I think he has tangible things to work on this year, which is a good thing. We'll see how he does under the new coaches.
It says a lot about Damon that he didn't take offense at Cris's comment, but rather used it to assess himself and decided to dedicate himself to one more year. The fear is always that these guys might turn Bradley Roby, immediately regret their decision to return for one more year and end up having a bad, unfocused last season. It broke my heart to see that happen to Roby, but I don't think that happens to Damon or KJ. Damon is coming back with a chip on his shoulder and a belief in what the Buckeyes are doing. I really think Arnette is going to shock a lot of people, and I wouldn't be surprised if he is an All American.
Assuming he is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the missionary rules have changed and he can serve at the age of 18. I wouldn't be surprised to see him leave for his mission after he graduates high school and will have him ready for fall practice in 2021. Sounds like a great pick up, aloha Enokk!!!
I think Okudah is ahead of Ward after each of their sophomore years, so I am feeling really optimistic that he is going to be a shut down corner next year. I saw a great analysis of the Buckeyes defensive backfield from a youtube poster (somebody on 11W shared it in the forums), and they made a strong case for Wade at FS, Fuller at SS, Brendon White as a star LB, especially on pass situations, and Okudah and Arnette on the corners. That is a really solid defensive backfield.
I never trashed Terry during his career, but until last year, I didn't really give him much thought. My appreciation of him as a player, both special teams and wide receiver, then as a man has grown significantly over the last twelve months. I think he should be considered an all-time great Buckeye and I would not be surprised to see him explode on the scene in the NFL. I wish him all the best.
I think with Sheffield's measureables, he is less reliant on a strong CFB season to push his stock value. He's a like Donald Washington a few years ago, who never made the starting DB for the Buckeyes but was drafted due to a great showing at the combine. Kendall Sheffield, while much maligned by the fans, had a far more productive career than Donald. I think it was a good time for him to declare, rather than try to push off Okudah and Wade, who are too talented to sit on the bench. Best wishes to Kendall.
Well that is pretty selfish...
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I think Dobbins can take the punishment of an every down back. His performance against Maryland was awesome, and he looked strong in the 4th quarter. I agree with those that say 70/30, but think most carries should be split in the first half and let him pound the ground in the second half.
I don't downvote and don't really understand why people downvoted your comment, but I also don't understand why you need to go negative on a very talented young guy who needs to learn to trust his eyes and speed more and not grab the receiver. Its all part of the game.
Whatever decision he makes, I am proud of all these guys who compete at a place like the Ohio State University. I think we fans take for granted how hard it is for even incredibly talented individuals to become truly elite football players. I wish Kendall all the best!
He sounds like a thoughtful young man. I wish him well with the Bull Dogs. I am pulling for Justin Fields to the Buckeyes now; losing Mathis makes that more pressing, despite the risk to the team and QB room chemistry.
If Fields comes to Ohio State, I hope it is an open competition and Tate and Baldwin get their chance to win the job. As long as Justin doesn't come in entitled and feels ready to compete, and sit if he loses out, then I welcome him with open arms. I think it would hurt the harmony of the team, already in transition, if Tate and Baldwin feel like they aren't given a fair chance to win the job.
Mike Weber will always have a special place in my heart. We see so many Ohio kids play for TTUN, here is a guy who grew up rooting for the Maize and Blue, had a gut wrenching decision to make with all the pressure on him after Harbaugh was named coach, yet stuck with his commitment. He was obviously hurt when the position coach left the day after signing day, but shook that off and played his heart out for the Buckeyes. A true convert - anybody who seen him play in the Game over the last couple years showed his love for the Buckeyes. Always a Buckeye to me - I wish him all the best in the NFL and in life.
I am sure that Tate wants to play QB in the NFL. He will not transfer because of the style of offense, unless its a bad offense. I think he would transfer if somebody (Baldwin) beats him out, because he absolutely wants to play. But he won't shy from the challenge of leading Day's offense, and Day will give him a shot. He's a competitor.
If Georgia and Alabama both knew they were definitely in the playoffs regardless of what happened in the SEC championship game, would they maybe rest players for the championship game, or hold back plays because they know they might play again in a few weeks? If they found a way to get rid of 1 week of the regular season (obviously for all teams), then expanding might work. But there would be a lot of teams out of money for that extra game, and for some athletic departments, every CFB football game is critical to their budget. I just think expansion will mean adding more stress to college kids, and we see these guys already breaking down. Not everybody is as fortunate as Nick Bosa, who has millions of dollars waiting for him.
Injuries are part of the game, but I think we push these young players far enough.
It hurts missing the playoffs, and I am probably Pollyanna on this, but considering these student athletes, I think expanding the playoff field further dilutes the regular season, and it will never be enough. The potential for these players and staff to play 15 games in a season is as high as you would want to go. No way they would agree shortening the season for everybody to make room for one more playoff round, and so now you are changing the dynamics by adding another round for these guys to get seriously injured. I don't think any of the die hard expansion pushers even think about the impact on the student athlete.
I think what is more critical for Haskins is the perceived weakness of the 2019 QB class. He might hear a lot of voices saying this might be the best time to declare. That is just something I heard. I personally think another year in college would help him immensely.
I am a Buckeyes fan and I always watch to see how we handle the other team's best players, particularly when that player had talked a lot of crap about a revenge tour, one more stop... I definitely find myself focusing on how we handle that guy.
Per Joey Bosa in a Dan Patrick interview right after THE game, Nick is "nowhere near ready to play". So everybody needs to get over his quitting the team after his surgery. I bet his fellow D-Lineman would credit him with some of their success this year. He is always a Buckeye to me, and I hope he is remembered better than some Benedict Arnold. He quit after an injury, not just to leave school. There is a huge difference.
I saw it and thought the exact same thing, even mentioned it to my wife (who was totally ignoring me by this point). She was very emotional, and it looked like his daughter was tearing up also. I love the Meyer family - cherish them while they are still on the sidelines.
Excited for this one, love his attitude. Go Bucks!!!
All the best to Nick. It is the right decision and we fans should be grateful for having watched him play while we had the chance. I love how flippant some are about him putting his career and future in mind when making this decision - he stepping away removes a distraction and allows others to step up. Even if he made it back for the bowl game, he would be rusty and probably not as effective as the guys who have played the other eleven games while he rehabs. This decision is in the best interest for the Buckeyes as well as Nick.
This is what makes college football so great - which young player is going to step up and make a play. The only regret I have about this situation is not seeing Nick play again for the Buckeyes, because he was a lot of fun to watch. I totally understand his decision. It is not traitor move - he set an example for these other incredibly talented young men, and set the bar high. Let's see who gets the prize.
But the reality is, even with Nick, even the Buckeye LBs and FS don't step up and play much better in the next five games, the Buckeyes would probably not finish undefeated. With the LBs, I don't know if it is bad scheme or the wrong players for it, but Coaches Davis and Grinch have a lot of experience, Schiano is the DC, and they need to figure out how to get Werner/Borland/Hilliard/Browning and Pryor/Wint/Wade et al in the right position to make plays.
Great attitude, can't wait to see him in the Scarlet and Gray.