Please bring back their entire D-line. Please!
The challenge for Arkansas is recruiting. They used to benefit from being the SEC option for Texas players. With A&M joining the SEC, their pipeline of higher rated Texas recruits has dried up. Throw in Oklahoma being good and even Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU having more success recently and they are in trouble. They aren't beating Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Fla, etc. for recruits from the gulf states. It won't be easy to build the program back up to where they can compete in-conference.
Exactly right. Doesn't change the game plan for Hamilton, Landers, Togai, Cornell, etc. Just makes it easier to execute if it's true.
Some of it is just facts though. He was here a long time. He was our backup. He graduated from Ohio State. His former teammates still seem to love him. At one point one of the DL here at tOSU said Joe Burrow was the next Tom Brady based on what he saw in practice. Now people in the national media are saying that as well. According to Joe himself, JT Barrett, Urban, etc. he got a lot better and more mentally tough while he was here. None of that means that he didn't continue to progress and get better at LSU. It just means some amount of what you see in him as a college QB was shaped here. It means Ryan Day had a hand in the development of 2 first round QBs, which will matter to future recruits. That's why some of us are still happy to claim Joe Burrow as a graduate of The Ohio State University and a former buckeye player.
People forget that until Burrow broke his hand he was getting the 2nd team reps and on track to be the next starter. Without that Joe might be our 2nd year starting QB today. He did everything right while he was here, graduated and stayed until he thought he had no choice. He and Haskins are obviously both NFL level talent, they both deserved a chance to play. I can't hold it against him for the way things went down, I'm sure even he wishes it happened differently. For me, he's a Buckeye every day until he steps on the field against us. Then after he loses to us, he'll be a Buckeye again.
I think you're right. Fields 300+ yards with 4 passing touchdowns in a half + 1 drive is finally getting some attention. People are realizing OSU sees so much garbage time and short fields that the stats are skewed for the offense. Lots of talk on the broadcast yesterday about projected full game numbers. It'd be interesting to see stats for the contending QBs broken down by drive (opportunity to score) - yards, attempts, completions, TDs.
Agree. I think the coaching staff has been able to successfully refocus the players on how they grade out vs. just the scoreboard. That keeps every game meaningful regardless of score and keeps the players trying to improve vs. just coasting through the easy games.