I look for Dobbins to have a big year. The ability for Fields to run the read/option should give Dobbins more opportunities to make big plays running the ball this year...unlike last season where defenses could more easily key on him.
Hope it goes well for Baldwin.
As for Fields this could be a blessing in disguise for him. Like Haskins last year, he will get all the first team reps which should speed his development under Day's system. I have faith that Day will modify his offense where Fields can be successful.
I know this was back in HS but I was impressed with Fields' Elite 11 video where he outplayed Trevor Lawrence. It shows you what he's capable of doing. Again, I have faith in Ryan Day's ability to develop QB's. Go Bucks!!!
A big part in the majority of Ohio State's players' calculus in deciding to play at here is to help to be prepared to play at the next level. If you can compete and succeed at a place like Ohio State that improves your chances to play in the NFL. If Ohio State wants to continue to be the type of program that plays at the level of the Alabama's, Clemson's, Oklahoma's and Georgia's of the college football world then it has to be open to going after guys like Justin Fields. It might not be fair to guys like Baldwin but, it's the reality of college football at the highest level currently. Additionally, getting back to my original point, making an NFL squad is highly competitive and if your goal is to play there schools like OSU and the others I mentioned before are where you best experience what it's going to be like.
I know for a fact that Kalil Branham, a top 5 recruit in Ohio has decommitted from the school up north. At this point it looks as if he's looking at SEC schools at the moment. I know the family hasn't had a lot of love for the Buckeyes...I just wonder with a guy like Al Washington on staff and a position coach like Brian Hartline on staff, there might be a prospect for change...the kid is talented.
Guys like McLaurin and Dixon will find a spot on NFL squads because of their outstanding special teams play.
This should have been implemented a LONG time ago!!!!
I remember well the morgue that was Ohio Stadium back in 1998 when Plexico Burress and MSU beat the Buckeyes. Actually I was more upset with the defensive performance than I was the offense even though there were a lot of breakdowns by the offensive line in that game. The Buckeye D failed to put enough pressure on the MSU QB who threw up a number of jump balls the 6'4 Burress easily snagged.
I do remember the Buckeyes rebounding to beat Tom Brady and Michigan in the Shoe later in that season. It did take some of the sting off that MSU defeat.
Additionally, Chase Young is probably a little banged up and playing more snaps than he should and it's making him much less effective than he was earlier in the season. The team needs to take it to heart that indeed believe they can be beaten if they don't step up their level of play Saturday night! If the defense comes to play up to their talent level the Buckeyes can blow them out....we just need to see it on the field.
We'll see a LOT of this Saturday night if the defense is not prepared to stop Rondale Moore!
Really happy to see his teammates back his decision...Hopefully they will be able to rally together and pick up their level of play! Go Bucks!
This is where the coaches really earn their paycheck. Will they be able to bring this group together and playing at a level where they can hold up against Purdue, Michigan State and Michigan? I certainly hope so. Go Bucks!!!
The only possible positive I see is few see Ohio State seriously competing for a national title now that Bosa is out. Many believe Michigan will win this year. This will be an opportunity for the team to step up to the challenge. Hope they come out with renewed focus and intensity on the field...especially on defense. GO BUCKS!!!
Remember watching Knox last season really knocking guys off the ball on running plays. I was impressed. Honestly I haven't been watching as closely this season but, as whole. the unit (not just Knox) has not been able to drive defenders like they did last season.
Like I mentioned in a previous post...overall they are worse...however, Haskins and the receivers are getting better as the season goes on. That's been our saving grace.
I really don't understand not getting Tate into the game during short yardage situations. I understand the whole bit about possibly upsetting the team's continuity but, they have been very poor in short yardage situations this year...it's worth the risk and they should have implemented this past weekend while they were at home...There's no way they'll go to it on the road at night.
The only aspect I would disagree is Haskins....He is actually getting better...even with the increased pressure.
Before the season I thought the Purdue game is where Ohio State could potentially slip up and lose. After yesterday I'm more convinced than ever Ohio State might lose to them...especially with the game being on the road at night. I have no confidence in the Buckeyes ability to contain Rondale Moore. Injuries on the defensive line have certainly slowed the Buckeye pass rush. I really hope I'm wrong here but, I don't have a good feeling about this game.
While I'm not opposed to Haskins running the ball I would rather not call a lot of designed runs with him. The last thing this team needs is for Haskins to go down with an injury especially related to his throwing hand/arm/shoulder. Let No. 7 do what he's does best...drop back and sling the rock like few others can in college football.
Disagree...look at the 3rd TD featured on this page...Berry clearly and effectively blocks his man into the endzone which enabled Webber to run into the endzone untouched...didn't look bad to me.
Sheffield picked up his game big time from the start of the season....think he will be the best corner on the team next season.
Really don't think this team is quite on the level of that team...where Scoonie Penn was one of the best PG's in the country, Michael Redd, one of the better wing players and Ken Johnson was a great shot blocker. Only KBD I would consider an elite player (with time young Wesson could get there)....the rest I would consider to be "grinders". However, a team of grinders surrounded by an elite player can make a lot of noise in the NCAA!
I would not compare OSU 2016 to Alabama 2017.
In 2016 Ohio State had a signature victory on the vs. a top 10 team...Oklahoma.
Alabama has no such victory in its resume. It's best victories are Miss State an LSU..both outside the top 15.
This year (if Ohio State beats Wisconsin) the Buckeyes will have 2 top ten victories...PSU & Wisconsin plus a victory over Michigan St. who will also probably be ranked higher than any other team Bama has beaten.
So, there's no real parallel between OSU 2016 & Alabama 2017,
His call on Denzel Ward's hit is one of my all-time favorite Gus Johnson calls!! He's the best out there right now!!! "What a Hit!! Denzel Ward, You got barbeque back there and you didn’t invite me??? HURT MY FEELINGS!!!"
If the Buckeyes can fix their special teams issues, I'm pretty confident in their ability to win the remaining games on their schedule comfortably...of course we're talking about college football...so expect at least one uncomfortably close game remaining. This will be enough to put them into the final 4.
With the way JT is playing, I feel better about this team than I do about last year's squad even, without playmakers like Hooker, etc..in the secondary.