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Comment 31 Jul 2019

Rank these players in order of the number of meaningful, non-ST snaps during the season (that is, snaps before a game is out of hand and there subs across the board): Mitchell, Browning, Proctor, Pryor, Harrison, Friday, Vincent, Togiai, Wilson, Saunders, Gill, McCall, Ruckert. 

Comment 30 Jul 2019

If he ends up at Texas Friday I personally will feel scorned. 

Really, you're going to take this personally?  I mean, I'll be bummed and all, but given that Bijan has no idea who I am, I'm not going to take a long look in the mirror over it. 

Comment 25 Jul 2019

I have no idea how it's going to play out for Browning, but I do think fans need to get their heads around the possibility that he's not the best option.  His 5-star status in high school is not relevant, and it sure seems like it's Harrison and either Borland or Mitchell as the two every-down LBs, with Werner rotating with the Bullet position.  I'm sure Browning is at least a backup somewhere, but if it doesn't happen (and the opportunities have been there), there's a reason.

Comment 20 Jul 2019
I was very surprised by this comparison until I figured out that by Tony Gonzalez, you meant Anthony Gonzalez, not, you know, Tony Gonzalez.
Comment 25 Jun 2019

Is Melton a take if Simon is in?  I'd gotten the impression somewhere along the line that once the staff realized that Simon wasn't a given to ND, he bumped Melton and there was only room for Simon and Kourt, assuming they both join.

Comment 09 Jun 2019
Interested to know whether the insiders didn't know anything about this possible flip, or if they were somehow made to keep it silent. I follow recruiting here, Lettermen Row and Bucknuts, and I've never seen this guy come up as a possibility. I can't remember a commit like this that was totally off the radar except maybe a guy or two who committed without a commitable offer, and we were quickly told it wasn't likely to stick.
Comment 28 May 2019
Rank these players in order of defensive snaps played next season: Wade, Proctor, Browning, Mitchell, T.Smith, Harrison, Vincent, Togiai
Comment 05 Apr 2019

I get it.  Lincoln Riley has created an all-world offense and demonstrated that he's a scheme and QB guru, but he hasn't shown the ability to field a competent defense.  Consider whether Oklahoma would be better off with a different head coach who completely handed the keys of the offense to Riley.  The offense should be the same, and the defense could only be better.

Ryan Day is currently in the same vein.  He's an offensive genius.  He made Haskins a Heisman finalist and a top 10 pick in one season.  I have no doubt that Fields (or even Baldwin) will put up huge numbers this year.

But in his pressers, he rattles off offensive players and talks at a high level about the defense.  He is going to call plays on game day, which means he can't talk to the defense when they're on the sideline.  He has joked that he has to remind himself to go over and watch the defense during practice.  He's nailing down spectacular offensive recruits, but the defensive recruits are lagging (I realize the defensive staff turnover is playing a role in that, so that's not entirely on him).  He sought out an innovator to replace him on offense (Yurcich), and a caretaker to be a DC (Mattison).  Bottom line, he still seems like someone who is primarily concerned with the offense.

That sounds a lot like Riley to me.  And I'm hopeful that Day's ceiling is higher than Riley because the defense shouldn't be so pathetic.  So a comparison to Riley is a backhanded compliment - he's an offensive genius, but the defense is forgotten.

Comment 02 Mar 2019

I don't expect much from Harrison in year one.  I actually think a redshirt is more likely than a major impact.  This says nothing about his long-term potential, of course.  But I think those that expect him to be a Bosa from day 1 will be disappointed.

I'd add Josh Proctor.  Sounds like he was really coming on at the end of last year, and with the possibility of Brendan White becoming more of a hybrid, he could easily jump Pryor and Wint.

Comment 10 Jan 2019

Wake grad here.  Hate to have to root against Gattis...but I will make it happen.

Comment 04 Dec 2018

Urban brought a swagger to the program that isn't going away with his retirement.  Tressel was awesome, but his old-school style (from sweater vests to I-formation) and big-stage losses (e.g., back-to-back championship games, USC home-and-home) had OSU trending toward a punchline.  Urban made OSU cool among recruits and fans.  And that gave the players a belief that there were almost the best team on the field.  The team doesn't win many of the biggest games of the Urban era without that.  Ohio State is a cool program now, and that isn't going away anytime soon.

Comment 03 Dec 2018
He's definitely behind Jones, Landers, Hamilton, Garrett, Vincent and Togiai. Might be behind Cage, too.
Comment 14 Nov 2018

Dude, you haven't lived if you haven't got some Old Bay seasoning.  Famous for using with seafood (I boil shrimp and crab with it), but I throw it on eggs and many other things too.

Comment 12 Nov 2018

Toughness.  This team has been pushed around on both sides of the ball, relying on a finesse passing game to get by for basically the whole season.  This was the first game that it felt like the team played tougher than their opponent.  Considering that toughness is the key ingredient in Dantonio's teams over the years, this was especially notable.  Adding toughness to talent, which has always been there, would go a long way toward a strong finish to the season.