I have always contended that the coaches cost Rashod Berry a chance at the NFL when they moved him from DE to Tight End. I wonder how many other times that has happened ? A player forced to moved from his best position to a new position for the good of the team ? Berry is a NFL caliber athlete who is not a natural pass catcher.. I hope is blocking is good enough to get him a chance at an NFL camp next year.
Ledee seems overrated as a top 100 four star recruit. He has a good physical body, but seems to lack the quickness necessary to play on the perimeter. It is obvious he was a face up jump shooter in high school. He had no real post up game, yet. It is difficult to imagine him as a stretch four, at least not in the near future. Good luck young man. I hope you fight a good situation for more playing time.
Ohio State is not good enough to be in the NCAA's. This is one of my complaints about the way the 64 ( 68 now ) team field is selected. Too many average, or even slightly below average teams like OSU from power 5 conferences, get in over more deserving mid majors. I never understood why smaller conferences determine their champion solely on their conference tournament. A team in the MEAC , Sun Belt, Patriot league, etc can go undefeated in season long conference play, have one bad night in conference tourney play, and they're out. With so much parity in college basketball, more teams from these smaller conferences should get an opportunity instead of a power 5 team that went sub 500 in their league
I don't consider guys who were enrolled for one semester at OSU, a Buckeye. Oden, Conley, Russell etc were four month rentals. I do not think of those guys as former Buckeyes , regardless of how talented they are or what they accomplished in their one season. I think of players like David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale , Aaron Craft etc, as former Buckeyes ; players who I got see for several years and build an invested emotional bound in their success.
Branding ? exactly how much money will Chase Young earn from his 'brand " ? -- I hope the hype videos don't show all the plays Young gave poor effort last season. Not a great motor.
why not just direct snap to Webber or Dobbins ? That takes care of Urban's worry about the " extra man " . Martell likely won't be allowed to throw it anyway
Whatever the outcome versus UC , I am thrilled the game was scheduled. Take the Izzo approach ; see how good you team really is
Would like to see Kentucky on the schedule in the near future. West Virginia too. Border wars
It still amazes me that the offensive coaching staff decided to continue using the " read option " run game when it should have been very obvious to all that Haskins was not a threat as a runner. The decision to scrap the read option should have been made the day Haskins was named the starter. Stubborness or lack of creatvity. ? I'm sure the coaches are immeasurably smarter than me , so how has it come to this ? Defensively, maybe this is just who they are: average. I am still waiting for the punt and kick return teams ( granted there are few opportunities for kick returns in this era ) to make more big plays
So many local TV and radio hosts say the Bucks have superior talent to everyone on their schedule. Who determines that ? High school recruiting " experts " who assign a star value to 16-17 yr olds ? They say OSU has more 4 and 5 star players so they must be more talented. Your play on the field determines how good you are.
The running game ( and red zone ) issues were predictable, the coaches should have seen them coming the minute Haskins was selected as the starter. When the coaches say they need to figure out how to run the ball without a running QB , it makes them sound just stupid. Many teams don't have a running QB and still have great success in the run game, Wisky is a great example. The coaches do football for a living and I'm a just a guy with a keyboard, but really, how difficult is this. Trash the zone read, when you need to run, run it. Line up , I formation, tell the Slobs to get a hat on hat and drive block. Plenty of teams who are primarily in shotgun, go under center on short yardage . Purdue did it Saturday night. For Urban to stubbornly say, " we don't practice that " is ridiculous. I realize the O line is the key here, but using " zone read option " with a QB who is not a legitimate run threat is futile.
Yes, it is too late to fix the scheme issues. That is part of what bothers me ,especially offensively. The coaching staff should have known that using " zone read option " principles was NOT going to be effective without a legitimate threat at QB. It just show either their stubbornness or lack of creativity. Plenty of team run the ball efficiently without a QB who is a runner. BTW , did anyone notice what Purdue did on their first TD of the 3rd qrt ? They are a mostly shotgun formation team, but they lined up in I formation, QB under center ( is that allowed ?) and a lead blocker in front of the Tailback. I'm fairly certain Dobbins and Webber would be happy to receive the handoff while moving " towards " the line of scrimmage with a big blocker in front occasionally
the coaches' decision to move Berry from DE may have cost him a chance at the NFL. He is a superior athlete but does not have natural hands. I feel like he is wasted as a TE
You don't need read option to be an effective running team , ask Wisconsin. I would like to see OSU get their QB under center and use a lead blocker in front of the tailback. If you are not using read option, there is no need to have the running back being handed the ball while stationary , standing beside the qb. If the OSU offense is changing to a more pro style attack, then it only makes sense to put the qb under center more. It makes play action fakes more effective. The read option as it is now for OSU, with Haskins at qb , is really no option at all. The defense knows Haskins is not keeping the ball, and he shouldn't, he is not a skilled runner.
Not For Long. NFL. - every highly recruited high school player comes into college believing they will have long, lucrative pro careers. But , that is not the reality. Not every college player has an Orlando Pace, Antoine Winfield type career. The vast majority will not get drafted and the ones who are drafted will be fortunate to be in the league two or three seasons. Take your schooling seriously young Bucks. Take advantage of the opportunities given you as a Buckeye. Real life Wednesdays is the best program Urban has implemented.
Miller is an average NFL wideout. His time in the league was 3yrs; that's what average players get. I hope he can use his athletic gifts to earn a paycheck, but if not, life goes on. Real Life Wednesdays is the most important program ever implemented by OSU football.
Beyond excited for the game vs Cleve St in St, John Arena.
When I tell folks that Antoine Winfield is my all time favorite Buckeye, they don't believe me. But it so true. Winfield was the best open field tackler I have ever seen, an absolute stud of a DB. Other position groups are up for debate, but the title of best CB in Buckeye history is a no doubter.
Wise decision by a tremendous young man. Good Luck Josh Perry.
If this was a job interview for Sullinger, then he must be disappointed. I don't think Jared will ever get another NBA opportunity. The NBA game has quickly evolved into a faster paced, shoot the 3 ball league, where teams value defenders who can switch the pick and roll and guard multiple positions.That is just not Jared's game. He is 6' 8" post player who has trouble finishing at the rim over longer athletes. He must create space horizontally because he is not a good leaper. Jared has soft hands, a solid skill set and good basketball IQ. As much as I cheered him as a Buckeye, I just don't see him fitting into today's NBA. I hope he can continue to make a nice paycheck in China or another foreign league.
S & G transition defense was awful.. Many times Team F just outran their defenders down the floor to get easy offense. Scoonie may need to consider re-tooling the roster, bringing in some younger guys who can run the floor. Sam Thompson and Jaesean Tate are two examples that come to mind. I hope they can convince Byron Mullens to return as well. He was the most athletic big S&G had at running the floor and defending pick and roll. He is closer to getting another NBA opportunity than anyone else on that roster.