the game in Lincoln will be a tough one , no doubt. I think the Huskers win the Big Ten West
how many times has Kyle Korver been traded ? He is still in the association at his age ( 38 ). Just goes to show how important it is to compliment great players with 3pt shooters. His ability to catch and shoot the 3ball has kept him a valuable commodity
I am with Kasino Royale and many others. Plenty of ways of be an effective running team with an option QB. As others stated, Urban's insistence on using shotgun only contributed to the problem . The Purdue game ( why do we all keep referring to that fiasco ) showed this point clearly. The Boilers are primarily shotgun, but near the goal line, they went under center with sometimes a lead blocker. Just blaming Haskins inability to run is a very poor excuse for the abysmal showing in short yardage situations.
So proud, yes proud , of Gene Smith and coach Holtmann. I love this approach to scheduling. Your weaknesses get exposed, then you learn and get better . Sparty has been using this out of conference philosophy for many years and it has certainly works for them. Even if the Buckeyes lose all these high profile matchups ( which I doubt ) , they will be all the better for it in the long run.
If you are poor wear some of these ensembles ( and I use that term loosely ) you are crazy. If you are wealthy, and seen wearing the same clothes, you are innovative and eccentric. NBA players make alot of money.
Of all the former Bucks listed here, I always thought Ron Lewis was the most overlooked by the NBA. He had a complete offensive game and good enough athleticism to defend at that level. Craft's lock down defensive ability could have given him a NBA opportunity but at his size, being a good 3pt shooter is a pre requisite to make it in the association. Like some of the other posters, I am curious about the quality level of play in that Chinese league that Sullinger is dominating
First of all, thank you Colin for this article. Good work. I'm always curious about what our former Buckeyes are doing overseas. Basketball is truly an international, almost global, sport. I was surprised to find out there is a pro league in Japan. Glad to see so many former OSU players making a living doing what they enjoy.
Just watched some Steele Chamber highlights. All I can think about is Eddie George.
Steele Chambers wins best name for sure. Cade Stover's father wins the John Simon award for father who just needs some eligibility. Dawand Jones picture reminds me of the WWE promos where the interviewer is very small to make the wrestler look bigger ( mean Gene Okerlund ). Wow, is he enormous. OK, Mick Marotti, you're up. Transform this potential into Buckeye monsters.
This is valuable non conference experience for the Bucks. And from what I've heard today, Kaleb Wesson will still be a part of the program at that time. He was not invited to the NBA combine.
With inexperienced depth at the QB spot , I think the zone read should be used judiciously and not be staple of the run game. Wisconsin, Alabama and many other programs run the ball successfully without incorporating the QB as a runner. Put Fields under center and let him direct handoff to Dobbins ( or Teague, Crowley , McCall etc ) and let the big boys up front do their work. And occasionally use a lead blocker too . ( Rashod Berry or Tommy Togiai come to mind )
this is why Urban makes his players contribute on special teams before they become line of scrimmage players. Special teams is how most guys have a chance to make a roster. If Weber is a solid kick and punt coverage player, he has a chance
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