What about Jameson Williams? He was one of the top recruits and has elite speed. If he does not make the starting receiving corps rotation, they should seriously consider a switch to DB, where they could use some help.
Congratulations to coach Day. Great creds for recruiting.
Virtually equal in talent assessment. Will come down to preparation, execution, and ball security. If I am DC for Clemson, I am going to see a slight flaw in Fields; his propensity to hold onto the ball and trying to extend plays. His interception rate is impeccable but game film reveals a penchant to put the ball on the ground. I am going to coach my defense to go for the strip, particularly in gang tackling situations. Just like OSU opponents prepared to offset the fierce pass rush from our D line, Fields needs to get rid of the ball much quicker. With that said; go Bucks!
Unlike Ohio State, where Purdue and Iowa took OSU behind the woodshed, Wisconsin totally dominated all the stats. Time of possession (40 to 19 min) really tells the story. They got unlucky with turnovers and a few big plays. Make no mistake, Wisconsin is a formidable foe and they will be angry with a big chip on their shoulder.
What most of us observed last season wasTB and PW failing to shed blocks, being in the wrong place, and not finishing tackels. The lasting image of TB lumbering after runners as they ran through the defense is indelibly etched into our memory banks. We were left wondering how these linebackers were not replaced by the likes of Browning or Mitchell and deduced the decision must be the fault of talent evaluation and inept thinking by the now departed coach. We expected the new linebacker and defensive coaches would analyze and dissect what happened to last year's once proud Silver Bullets and take the corrective action with fresh eyes. It appears the new coaches are enthralled with TB and PW and they will be the starters for the Buckeyes this season. We, the fans, must accept the decisions of the more knowledgeable evaluators of talent. Hoping for the retrn of the Silver Bullets. Go Bucks!
Right on brah; sound li' competition pretty even and be shame if da Samoan no play afta all he go tru. Pick da Samoan and let NPF come into da game 2nd half and get him plenty experience fo da fucha. Dis way brah, da Samoan get da recognition from coaches and writahs, den he get drafted. NPF get game ready and play fo da next tree yeas. Simple brah,
Did you say Mitchell has speed? That's what knocked his HS rating down as he ran something like a 4.8 / 40. Still much faster than the the current statue in the middle.
"Because I am no longer a college student, I am no longer distracted by beautiful young women in the crowd" What? You graduate out of college at 21-22 and your sexual libido disappears? I will always be distracted by beautiful women until I kick the proverbial bucket!
There are many players returning on defense. If it was a SIlver Bullets quality, I would be elated. However, we are talking about the worst defense in OSU history. Hoping the new coaching staff will figure it out and come up with the proper schemes, develop players, and identify the best players to be on the field.
I have never read/heard anything negative about Tate on or off the field. He has been the consumate recruit and team player, promoting the Buckeyes and recruiting on behalf of the Buckeyes. Like Burrows, Tate was popular with his team mates. He was ready to engage in a healthy competition for the starting QB but appears he was up against a stacked deck. We cannot blame Tate for being a bitter after investing 2 years patiently waiting behind JT and Haskins. I wish him all the best and hope he will land on his feet like J Burrows.
The problem is selecting the final 4. Increase to 6 and you will virtually guarantee the BIG champion, and in a particularly competitive league play, we, or any conference for that matter, can have 2 representatives. Simple!
"Portnoy's Complaint" A disorder in which strongly felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, top ten novel written by Phillip Roth back in 69, or was it before your time?
Sheffield and Arnette have not shown any improvement for the last 2 seasons. I'd like to see Okudah and Wade as corners for 2019. I don't see either Sheffield nor Arnette being high draft choices; however, I see a bright future for both as future referees. Both do a lot of animated incomplete hand signals after giving up completions.
A good coach would not have allowed the Silver Bullets to be dragged down to the depths of despair over the course of an entire season for any growth to take place. THE worst defense in Buckeye history and by his own admission, stated placing the linebackers at the LOS became an apparent mistake and made adjustments by the end of the season. When was that Maryland game? Even in the Michigan game, the defense gave up more than 400 yards, 39 points, and allowed them to control time of possession by more than 10 minutes . It may be argued that those stats were skewed during "garbage" time; but the first string defense on the field until the end. We all know the woodshed beating of the ttun was the handwork of Haskin's passing game. Think about this, what if the offense scored a respectable 35 points, how forgiving would we be of the same defensive performance? Good bye Davis, and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out...and take Shiano with you.
*Bring back the Silver Bullets!
*Creative and unpredictable offensive playbook.
*Unleash TE J Ruckert for a 1000 yard season
*A road grading offensive line for 2000 yard rushing season
*A fearsome D line leading in sacks and TFL
A national championship
I blame the media for giving these nut jobs celebrity status. You can celebrate being a part of the OSU fandom without aspiring to actually trying to be the show. A big distraction!
Does anyone remember Sam Darnold? The QB the Bucks flattened 8 times last New Year Day enroute to a 24-7 beating. He didn't look particularly impressive in that game but was selected 3rd over all in the draft with a 63% completion rate and 26 TD passes. Haskins stats dwarf those numbers and I predict, will have a higher ceiling than Darnold in the NFL. Go Bucks!
What a bad memory fans have when they denigrate JT as though he was some kind of a bum. How many records did he break? How many games did he win on his performance. How much leadership did he provide? He was the incumbent, not one could have predicted Haskins record performance this season. Wasn't he fighting for the back up spot with Jeaux Burrows?
Re: Jamie Lee gif; always wondered what all the players were talking about when they described their work outs as grinding
Absolutely no one has used the term "Silver Bullets" to describe this season's defense. Lousy linebacker play and corners. It wasn't til end of the season for White to surface at safety. We heard "fixable" in post game analysis our defense since the first game and obviously never fixed. Most of the fan base did not entertain play off aspirations because of the lack of defense. Thanks to Haskins for outscoring the opponents.
It wasn't the committee that kept us out of the play offs; it was the season long crappy defense with a humiliating ass kicking issued by a mediocre team and for all intents and purposes, we should have lost against Maryland. Please do not equate Georgia's last minute loss as an equivalent to the Purdue loss. You are correct in that DH may be a serious contender for the Heisman IF the coaches made the corrections early in the season.
The BIG conference, both east and west, is getting competitive to the point that almost any of those games can present a trap game. We need to resurrect the Silver Bullets to keep us in the games when the offense struggles.
The mission of the committee is to identify the 4 best teams. There are many variables of course but let's not confuse a loss as simply a loss. A close loss against top rated Alabama does not equal a blow out loss to a mediocre team. On top of that, the problem of a suspect defense was never corrected in the perception of many analysts. Urban is correct in that OSU placed the decision in the hands of the committee. We all know that people love to hate the Buckeyes.
No running game makes an offense one dimensional. A lousy defense makes it imperative that the offense outscore the opponent in a shootout. Haskins and the receiving core carried this team this season. The Purdue game is an example of what can happen when the passing game is not up to snuff.
The whole defense sucks. Thanks again Arnette! Can't cover. What a liability!