Thanks for sharing that. Chase is definitely on a mission for greatness. It is impressive to see someone with so much natural ability be willing to work harder than anyone.
There will be a lot of folks very close to Chase and Jefferey telling them to think about their future. They're leaders of the team but there is so much risk involved in completely balling out against a very good team after a layoff and long season.
I wish the coaches would let them practice and be more of a coach to the younger guys, then suit them up and play them for a few series and just mix in the younger guys more. I wonder if that would be the best compromise for these guys with so much at stake. They still get the experience and knowing their roles will be limited can focus on enjoying the last game and not being worried about getting hurt. Of course freak accidents can happen, but those can happen in the weight room or on the practice field as well.
That is what I expect. Also, there have been other late bloomers who have taken off their last year when they finally got their shot to start. It makes a big difference when you are playing with the ones through camp.
I am going to take a guess that Tuf Borland would easily take you in a 40 yard dash. Trashing any guy who chooses to play for the Buckeyes, impresses the coaches and his teammates enough to be named captain and starter, really deserves a lot more respect than saying obese children can outrun him. Even for a fan, that is really stupid.
Glad to see some Buckeyes still getting to play football. Bri'onte Dunn was a guy who I thought would be a Heisman candidate one year. I hope he is well, as with the rest of the Buckeyes. And sling on 12 Gauge, I hope he lights it up.
As a former HS cornerback, it is really nice to watch his highlight film and realize "that is what the coaches were trying to get me to do." His back pedal and swivel or so smooth and natural. You can see he has incredible work ethic. I wish him well wherever he ends up, but boy he would look good in S&G.
As great as the Buckeyes this year have been, I have really started to appreciate the unsung leaders that contribute helped create the atmosphere for success. I look at guys like CJ Saunders, Rashod Berry, BB Landers, etc... who don't always get the big headlines out of the games but are important to the success of the team. Are there any players you remember from your playing days that were integral to setting up a winning attitude for the whole team?
I think Coach D'Antonio and their defensive coordinators will make adjustments, I would not count on the same success in short passes as we IU saw. But that really doesn't matter because the Buckeyes still do too many other things well to really need a specific scheme to beat almost every defense in the country. Mixing up the play calling early will put the Sparty D on their heels, and then it is just a matter of making plays. The Silver Bullets will keep stopping the Sparty offense and eventually their defense will wear down. I always respect Sparty, but without a colossal collapse, the Buckeyes will win this comfortably. I will call it 45 to 21.
Agreed, if Shaun Wade stays healthy this season, he will be selected in the first 3 rounds of the 2020 NFL draft. Not bad for a CB3.
6-2.5 187 for a HS Junior is insane size. I am sure that kid is going to dominate his senior season at any position he plays. You can rest assure his college playing weight will be at least 215 with that frame.
Very under appreciated point - a huge difference between last year and this year is Wade locking down slot receivers. Funny thing - I think Mattison and Washington learned this first hand from what Olave did to TTUN last year. Wade has been a huge difference maker, freeing up Werner and White to play very aggressively.
I always ask myself after a huge win like that - is the other team just bad, or are the Buckeyes really this good. Watching Cincinnati, Indiana, Miami of Ohio competing at a very high level, and knowing the talent Nebraska has, I am inclined to believe these Buckeyes are really good. There will be some points of letdown this year, they are only human. But I have never seen a Buckeyes team that was this good through the first five games of the year, including that ridiculous 2006 team. The teams who have a puncher's chance against them (Wisky, PSU, TTUN, Sparty, and Minn) need to hope the Buckeyes play terrible and they play the games of their lives to have a real shot and knocking off the Buckeyes. Couple the talent the Buckeyes have with the chip on Day's and most of the players on this team's shoulders, I think we roll to the B1G Championship game.
I had that exact same thought - that hit was building up from last year. He completely decleated Wan'Dale, credit to the young guy for popping right back up. He's a tough man.
Love the commentary about Garrett Wilson and Jameson Williams. Purdue and Nebraska showed that when you have a Freshman gamebreaker, find a way to get that guy (those guys) in the game plan. It can be just a couple of series a game, but these two are too talented to sit, especially when you aren't going to redshirt them.
I watched the second half of that Nebraska Illinois game last week. The Illini D was gassed by the end, but Wan'dale is special. This will be a challenge for Hafely and Mattison. I think the Silver Bullets are up for the challenge, but I think we will see more Brendan White this week for sure.
Juxtapose his attitude to Bradley Roby's and it should be a lesson to everyone of these athletes who are so positioned to have an option to go to the NFL a season or two early, or come back to college FB. Roby seemed like he regretted it from the first game of his RS JR season, and by the time he didn't play in the bowl game against Clemson, I was glad he didn't. Roby is one of my favorite Buckeyes ever, so I am not saying this to bash him. But he was mentally checked out his whole last season because he didn't buy in on the opportunity to get better and dominate.
Damon Arnette made the decision and he is showing how he put in the work. He is a completely different player this year. Hafley deserves a lot of credit, but Arnette is really showing everybody that when you make this kind of decision, don't look back. Go all in and make the most of it. Make that decision the right decision through your effort and attitude. I wish somebody could have helped Bradley, but he turned out alright.
Great write up, and thanks for sharing the interviews. Hamilton and Wade both sound very thoughtful in their answers. Good ambassadors for the program. I really am starting to love this defense.
Great take, the way Landers, Hamilton, and all these DTs are getting in the backfield, I don't think I waste time bringing in a Rushmen package unless it is like an obvious pass down and you are dropping 7 or 8. Maybe towards the end of a half or game when the Buckeyes have a small lead. We don't seem to need that this year with this defense.
Goodness gracious Malik!!!
So proud of T-Mac and Zeke looked very good considering it was basically his preseason. Loved seeing all the Buckeyes.
My goodness did the Bullets look nasty last week. That was a lot of fun to watch.
I really believe Day and Wilson let the foot off the gas after jumping out to 28-0. The playcalling was a lot more conservative after obtaining a big lead against a team they did not feel threatened against. I believe the offense plays with urgency and throws a lot of new looks against an aggressive Cincy defense. Avoid mistakes and I think the Buckeyes will score 40+ points.
The Cincy O vs the Bullets will be a really good test. I think the Buckeyes have the advantage because of the D-Line, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Cincy move the ball effectively. I like the Buckeyes to win, but it could get tight.
Totally agree on this take. All the defensive coaches have said the defense will look different week to week based on the opponent. Jumping out to a huge lead allows the Buckeyes to play it close to the vest and not reveal anything new for the next opponent, which will present a different test than FAU did. I expect to see a lot more sets with White and Proctor next week and there will be more surprise looks.
I am not sure why, but that really irritated me too.
I don't think I truly appreciated T-Mac until his senior season, but he is one of my favorite Buckeyes ever. He dominated a couple games with his punt coverage like no other gunner I can remember.
I love that last comment about the defensive backs being tough to throw against. Saturday is almost here!