Oh no, I meant no disrespect to Teague, Crowley, or Chambers. I don't believe this is an based solely on talent. I believe all 4 backs are of similar talent levels, but with different strengths and weaknesses. I just see it as an upgrade as far as having a commodity not based solely on potential, but one that is proven with plenty of potential as well. It's likely Sermon is a better player (right now) than the other players in the room, but maybe that won't be the case by the end of the season.
Also, important to note. According to Letterman Row, who quoted Sermon himself, it was an LCL injury not an ACL apparently. They said he's ahead of schedule in his recovery and would be cleared by next month for full participation.
I hope he does, but he only has 19 career rushing attempts against backups, so I don't think it's a stretch to say a guy with 6.1 ypc for his career and over 2,000 career rushing yards while splitting carries his entire career is an upgrade. If we apply his career ypc to the number of carries JK had last year that's an 1,836 yard season. Obviously he's never carried that workload, and probably won't here either, but his production with "limited" carries is undeniable. If you listen to OU people, his role only diminished because Jalen Hurts played running back at OU last season.
I actually think this move is being underrated, even by the people on this forum. I'm pumped up, this is the definition of "just what the doctor ordered". Many are saying this is a great move for depth reasons, but Sermon is a stud, and assuming health will be the starter and likely the best back in the conference (either Sermon or Journey Brown imo). Sermon isn't Dobbins no, Dobbins was arguably the best back in the entire country last year, but Sermon is a clear upgrade over everyone that was in our RB room. He's is a surefire high-level starter on a playoff caliber team, and could've started at OU, but they had a room full of good backs. After the season ended, I voiced that my only concerns with this team were potential holes at cornerback, and at runningback and Shaun Wade's return and Sermon's transfer answer both of those question marks emphatically. I think Master Teague is a good player, but his lack of consistency last year gave me pause. He's a big, fast, strong kid, but he didn't display great vision or great balance in many of his carries last year and his big runs were the result of GIGANTIC holes created by the OL where he wasn't touched. He went down at any sign of contact at all and that was troubling to me if he was going to be depended on to help sustain drives all season long. Sermon is exactly the type of back you want, he's got great balance and good vision that can get you 4 yards every single carry regardless of the circumstances, and while the OU line is elite I didn't see them opening up the types of holes I saw our OL open up this past season alot of times Hurts and the other backs had to make people miss near the line of scrimmage. Running behind our OL will make those homeruns easier to hit, since he looks like he has plenty of speed (mid 4.5's). He's deadly inside the opponents 30 yardline and deceptively quick for his size. With the expected improvements at other position groups offensively (QB,OL,WR) this upgrade vs what we had returning at RB may very well be the difference between a playoff team and a national championship team. I pray to God there's a football season.
"I'm not criticizing your post. I'm just saying it's completely irrelevant who OSU starts at RB. They have superior athletes at basically every other position on the field. They could start anyone at RB and beat Michigan easily.
And they aren't our biggest rival anymore. Most Michigan fans are basically apathetic about the game at this point. As Brian has detailed, OSU made every possible sacrifice to ensure they never lose to Michigan, so there's really no point in paying attention anymore. It's a foregone conclusion every year."
"Glass half full look is there might not be a season so no loss to OSU?!"
They'd gladly sacrifice the season since it means avoiding the inevitable lol
Tennessee still reigning champs?
"the best damn banned in the land" lmao
logged in to upvote lol
I think there's ample depth on the d-line. There's no chase young there, but they're talented throughout. Smith, Harrison, Friday, Jean-Baptiste, Cooper, and Stover at DE is plenty. Togiai, Vincent, Garrett, Jackson, Cage could all fight for starting positions at DT.
The only linebacker i expect to lose is Malik Harrison and while thats clearly a huge loss, I think there's talent in that room as well. Hopefully Browning or even Hilliard could fill that role while Mitchell steps up in the middle to rotate with Borland.
The only positions I'm really concerned about next year are corner and runningback (ironically the positions we've had "trouble" recruiting the past 2 cycles). I think the corners are good, but they'll be inexperienced as starters and it'll depend who's coaching them. As far as running back I just don't think Master Teague is the answer there as a bell-cow back, whereas he's a great backup to spell your workhorse. You could see the difference when J.K. went to the locker room. I don't think anybody expected him to be J.K. but he cant seem to find the holes/cutback lanes nor move laterally with any quickness. He's big and fast, but that doesn't matter if you can't effectively get to the second level consistently.
Every time Sean Clifford touches the ball without handing it off it’s a guaranteed negative play lol. Just run the ball every play they haven’t stopped it yet.
I’m fine with Bama winning a meaningless bowl game. The only circumstance I would ever want to see ttun win is if them winning breaks some kind of divisional tie that helps us win the B1G.
I understand his point though, Akers has largely had a disappointing career considering his ranking whereas J.K. Dobbins just finished 6th in the Heisman voting. Cam Akers would have dominated here no question.
Yeah i think an explanation could be teams that perform well in these categories were heavily dependent on being successful in these categories against lesser competition, whereas the teams that performed worse in these categories didn't need a turnover margin/penalty yardage advantage to win their games in the regular season. Once talent is equated the teams that can win in less than ideal scenarios could be more successful. It reminds me of the College Football Nerds model. They often explain that their model adjust for teams that dont necessary depend on efficiency and their model predictions are often wrong because the model often expects certain teams (such as Georgia, Florida, Auburn, etc.) to be able to score points in inefficient low yards per play performances when placed in defensive slugfests, since their offenses typically have less to work with on a every game basis.
But the sample size is super small, so these numbers will probably look completely different in 50 years
Yeah I understood Mullens's explanation when he stated the committee had OSU #1 because they were the most complete team, but LSU's defense the last few weeks made them reconsider and view LSU as a complete team as well. I was able to accept the idea that LSU's defense had improved the last few weeks (against terrible offenses) but then he stated LSU's resume was also better which was the original argument when they jumped us the first time and that's a blatant lie. Their resume is great but we have 3 top ten wins on our resume.
Woody, Braxton, and Urban
Grower not a Shower?
Both of these teams look smaller than what I've seen in the big ten. Reminds me of 2015 and how much bigger and more physical we were than Oregon
Michigan hates online classes because all of their accomplishments predate the internet
I think it may be because they obviously needed to make changes, and there would be even more questions if he went out and hired a new OC/QB coach without even addressing Tim Beck's future, that would make everyone just assume Beck is gone 100%. This atleast "tells" recruits he will "still be on the staff" as opposed to a giant question mark by saying nothing.
I guess those geniuses in ann arbor couldn't finish that time machine in time for the game since its still 2019 and not 1969 lmao
Losing to FIU would make me want to commit there too lol best of luck.
No i contend that he played running back in high school, and needed to add more weight to play running back in the big ten like most high school running backs would. Ohio State currently lists him at 194 pounds up from 182 on his 247 profile, so he's obviously added weight but I'm sure RBs and WRs have different diet requirements and workout regimens due to the amount of hits the running backs take. So your snark was unnecessary.
We already have a 5 star running back on our roster. In a perfect world we would've packed 10 pounds on Jaelen Gill and let him play running back instead of letting him waste away on the bench this season, and we wouldnt even need to recruit a rb this year. We could've moved Steele Chambers to linebacker, let demario mccall stay at H back to back up KJ where he already was and have Mookie Cooper back him up next year turning the position into a true slot receiver role like it looks like it'll be after mccall leaves. We'd have thunder and lightning with Teague and Gill. Gill could be the best running back in the Big Ten next year if given the opportunity. Atleast he's gonna make alot of noise next year in the slot.