I’d say as a team, size inside and health are going to be the two main factors in determining whether this is a middle-of-the-pack big ten team or a potential conference champ. If the squad stays healthy and the team defense negates our size disadvantage, this team could be something special with its unique combination of veteran players and playable depth.
Fucking jort-wearing motherfucker
Yeah, not gonna lie, he was someone whose potential I was pretty excited about. We've had plenty of 3 stars who turned into OSU greats, and I thought he had a chance to be one of them.
He had a strong finish to the end of the year, hope to see him build off of that. He does a great job leading the offense, I can’t wait to see how this year’s team fits together!
Look at his stats, his last year he was absolutely good enough to keep playing in the league. He had his second highest passer rating for his career, 16 TDs to 4 picks, 468 yds rushing at 7 ypc. And that was on a godawful Chip Kelly-coached team that bore no resemblance to the teams Harbaugh coached to NFC title games after losing guys like Borland, Willis, Alex Boone, Crabtree, and Anquan Boldin. His top WR was Jeremy freaking Kerley. Maybe he wasn’t a top tier starter but he was better than the worst starting QBs and certainly better than most backups. He was effectively blackballed for his protest.
He wasn’t just called a “son of a bitch” by anyone, it was by the president. I’m sorry but no one else gets to determine what is a valid protest for someone else. If he did it “on his own time” as the person you responded to wishes, it wouldn’t have received nearly the same amount of attention. That’s the whole effing point of a protest. He stood up for a cause which obviously was still so necessary and important. And in response to his peaceful actions he’s been torn down by the freaking president and his legion of followers since. And now they have the audacity to call for “peaceful protests?” It’s hypocrisy 101.
oh and right below my comment box is an ad asking me to wish happy birthday to that divisive clown, how disappointing 11w.
Their secondary is one of the best in the country and their offense always shows out, I don't see them losing 4 games. NDSU is tough but the Ducks aren't losing that one, and they get their two toughest conference games at home, and one of those games they play Clay Helton. I see them as 10-2, with 11-1 more likely than 8-4.
Maybe 10 years ago, but now? Nah.
Being a buckeye fan has skewed your view of recruiting, methinks. We’re way ahead of the curve. First signing day is still a few months away and traditional signing day is over 8 months away. OU has picked up a couple big names today and they have a silent commit from the top dual threat QB. Bama will be Bama. Also this whole coronavirus thing exists, it’s throwing a wrench in most things. We’re an outlier, having so much of the class set so early.
Akron was really good this year. They’re losing a lot of seniors, but they’re bringing back a 20 ppg scorer and Groce is no slouch. Still, it’s a disappointing home slate to be sure.
The Battle 4 Atlantis is gonna be awesome! When was the last time we were in a real destination preseason tournament? And no I don’t count the preseason NIT.
Yeah I was disappointed in Mike going round two because it seemed like a front office failure. You made exactly the points I was coming to add. I know no one wants to be wrong putting their stamp on a guy who doesn’t have a TON of film of what he’ll be doing in the pros, but I find it hard to believe so many scouts watched the film they did have of him and didn’t see a first rounder.
I'd like to add Ken Johnson's senior year to the list: 12.5 points, 7 boards, and 4 blocks a game. He's still the B1G all-time blocks leader and one of my favorite Buckeyes.
Was Aaron Craft underappreciated? I think there’s plenty of people who’d say his “fame” exceeded his game. They’re wrong, but still I don’t think he was underappreciated.
Lol whine much? He shot 40% the previous year and is a solid free throw shooter, that usually indicates someone can/will improve from three. Also 3 assists for a guy that gets 20 minutes a game in college ball is plenty- especially since he’ll be coming off the bench. Idk if you noticed but we didn’t have anyone average 4 assists a game last year. I bet Holtmann will be calling you any minute to apologize for not scooping up Mike Conley to play backup guard for a year as a grad transfer.
We are going into next season with the best forward group (Sueing, Towns, Liddell, & Young) in the B1G, two good guards with a ton of experience, and now fill in one of our two weaknesses with guard depth. We are definitely lacking in the big department, but this is an upper-half B1G team with the potential to be even higher if we see an improvement/impact from some of the “other guys” in Ahrens, Jallow, Diallo, Key, and Brown. The transfers are concerning but the future is not as bleak as you paint it.
This is exactly the type of 1-year player we needed to get, a smart, winning, pass-first guy who can keep the ball moving and knock down the occasional 3 when he’s open to keep the defense honest. We just couldn’t go into the year with 2 guards.
Goodbye Kaleb! Also, with his solid FT shooting and 40% junior year from 3, I bet he improves that 29% mark from last year.
I just don't get it. There were times when Luther was more active off the dribble on offense, and times when he was just out there. He's an average shooter. What better offensive role does he think he can find? And he was one of three guards on the roster who already got lots of playing time, so that can't be the issue. We're set up to be a damn good team next year. I guess I just don't buy the "offensive role" rational. If that's really it, hopefully by now there's enough tape on how Holtmann's offense runs so we don't have to run into this situation in the future.
Ok this one is a total what the fuck...like we don’t have guards, and he was already a key player. I hate to presume but this one kind of portends something bigger is wrong.
Seems strange we haven’t offered Hicks considering his list, but you’ve gotta trust Day.
Duane didn't elevate his game over that period, if that's what you're implying- his numbers basically mirrored his season as a whole. An 11 game stretch is hardly a substantial data set. And while there were a lot of average-good teams in the B1G, I'd argue that there weren't any great ones and generally everybody just won at home. We were 6-0 at home and 2-3 on the road to finish the year. 1 road win was against Nebraska and the other was Livers-less UM, who lost to the last 3 good teams it played even with Livers (their mid-late season 5 game win streak that people thought signaled a turnaround began with a home win over MSU at their low point before they went on a tear and then games against the 8th, 10th, 11th, & 13th teams in the standings). In the midseason 6-game losing streak we only played two home games and lost them by a total of 7 points. I don't think the team was all that different to end the year, and if it was it wasn't Duane Washington's play that sparked it, it was CJ's. He, the lead guard who moved the ball, did improve both his scoring and assist numbers which helped offset the loss of DJ. Which just furthers my belief that having a guy more like him on the court when he's off would make the team better.
I have to disagree simply because we need another ballhandler when CJ is off the court. When CJ is out we get way too much Duane hero ball, with less + worse passing and generally poor shot selection. Maybe Duane will grow as a lead guard but I have my doubts- he's a chucker at heart. Luther is much better as an off-ball guard. I don't think we're doomed if we don't add a guard but I think the team could really benefit with a secondary ballhandler a la Andrew Dakich for a season, someone who actually moves the ball and moves people enough to give our lead guy a break.
Also, when you're recruiting transfers, you have tape on them at the D1 level, you have a more accurate understanding of what they're truly capable of. Projecting high schooler's futures is a lot tougher than transfers, I'd imagine.
Not to be a stick in the mud, because he did play high school here- but he's not "just" anything, he's a D-1 defensive coordinator's son from Iowa.