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Comment 10 Jul 2019
Related to the question posed to Andrew Ellis above, any particular reason why Houston TX DT Vernon Broughton isn't included on the big board? Other DE more likely targets and/or needs? Seems to me I just read somewhere, may be related to a Birm comment, that he has real interest in Ohio State and I would assume, even with only a few spots still available in the 2020 class, that he would still be regarded as a very high target.
Comment 27 Jun 2019
Go 6-0 in the East, most especially beating PSU, MSU and UM. This makes it most likely that the Buckeyes play in, and then win, the conference championship game. Do that, and assuming at most only 1 loss during the regular season, and Ohio State makes the playoffs and then can make its run. Going 6-0 in the division is, to me, the key.
Comment 26 Jun 2019
With respect to Werner, and especially Borland, by scheme I think it relates to the sense that the defensive approach, too often, seemed to play into those players weaknesses. The scheme, and the way and timing of how they were utilized, demanded that those players, again too often, do things that were beyond their capabilities. Do that regularly and it's asking for trouble.
Comment 24 Jun 2019
The Buckeyes would be blessed to have either (or both!). But for some diversity of talent, with all the speed at WR and at H-back, it would be good to have a power back like Kendall Milton, especially in short yardage situations. My understanding is that Milton can catch the ball too. But either would be a phenomenal addition to an already very good class.
Comment 15 Jun 2019
The more that I read about Buckeye recruiting under HC Day, as in this post, the more confident I am about maintaining the high quality of recruiting at Ohio State. Eventually, recruiting may even improve to consistent equality, or dare I say better, with the likes of Alabama and Clemson, and recently Georgia. Need to make the step up to 4 or 5 5-star recruits in every class. And the 2020 Buckeye recruiting class will be fine on the defensive side of the ball. With the turnover in defensive coaching this year, it will take a little time. 2021 is already shaping up to be a very good class, with serious inroads into 2022. Quite impressed so far.
Comment 07 Jun 2019

Throwing to the TE diversifies the offense.  A diversified offense has a better chance to make the big play at a critical time, that may turn around a close game, especially on the road. And it provides an additional weapon to attack the defense, especially if the defense is overplaying in a way that opens up throwing to the TE.

No one is saying make the TE a primary part of the passing game. However, especially with a talent like Jeremy Ruckert on the team, 5-8 targets per game, particularly at opportune times during the game, helps to open up the defense. Then the running game is better and the outside receivers most likely have a little more room and time to make big plays. 

More diversity to the offense, that's all that most people who advocate a more active, passing catching role for the TE, are saying.

Comment 06 Jun 2019

This seems like a completely reasonable take, but I wonder how the TE will fit into a Coach Day led offensive approach.  Will Coach Day, under the influence of Coach Wilson, be more inclined to include the TE as an integral part of the passing offense? 

With TE talent like Jeremy Ruckert on the team, a tall, strong TE who can catch the ball, it seems a shame to not utilize his specific talents more.  I know that there has been some talk about utilizing him on the outside, at H-Back. Having said that, still optimistic that Coach Day takes a different, more offensively active approach to the TE than Coach Meyer was inclined to do. Especially in a more pass inclined offense, that seems to be where a Coach Day led offense is likely to go.

Comment 06 Jun 2019

This is a very sound approach, given the situation.  New QB, experienced RB, lean on the RB in the early going. And give the OL a chance to develop in run blocking, an area that needs improvement from last year.  With more OLmen playing "in" position -- guards at OG, tackles at OT -- the run blocking should be much improved.  This will be a clear test of Coach Studrawa's position coaching abilities.

With the talent behind J.K. Dobbins on the depth chart, expect Master Teague, Demario McCall and Marcus Crowley to all get some carries too. Coaching staff is surely aware of not overworking Dobbins early, as it is a long, hard season, especially with significant back-loaded games against Penn State, Michigan, the B1G championship game and the playoffs.

Comment 05 Jun 2019

A day that changed the course of history for the free world.  We must never forget.

Sources vary, but the D-Day casualty figures are:

  • The First U.S. Army, accounting for the first twenty-four hours in Normandy, tabulated 1,465 killed, 1,928 missing, and 6,603 wounded. The after-action report of U.S. VII Corps (ending 1 July) showed 22,119 casualties including 2,811 killed, 5,665 missing, 79 prisoners, and 13,564 wounded, including paratroopers.
  • Canadian forces at Juno Beach sustained 946 casualties, of whom 335 were listed as killed.
  • Surprisingly, no British figures were published, but Cornelius Ryan cites estimates of 2,500 to 3,000 killed, wounded, and missing, including 650 from the Sixth Airborne Division.

A further summary is provided here.

And, for those who haven't seen it, the 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan gives an excellent, realistic overview of D-Day and its aftermath.

Comment 05 Jun 2019

This is just an observation that isn't based on hard evidence, but it seems that if the parties involved admit that something happened, more or less fess up as it were, there may very likely be consequences, but if you deny that anything happened, or deny that you were aware of any of the details, the situation may not result in further inquiry that results in serious consequences.  People have learned this from prior cases where accusations have surfaced; admit wrong doing, face the consequences; deny wrong doing, or knowledge of wrong doing, and the issue often, effectively, goes away without any serious consequences.  Whether this is what is going on at Clemson, with the PED scandal, is not necessarily clear.

Comment 04 Jun 2019

I noticed that Coach Hartline is listed as the primary recruiter for 4-star 0.941 OT Michael Carmody.  Coach Studrawa is the secondary.  Not sure if it's a territorial thing, or that Coach Day is giving Coach Hartline broader responsibility, due to his demonstrated recruiting expertise.

Perhaps Coach Hartline can work his magic and help the Buckeyes land this top rated OL prospect.  Then put him to work on the defensive side of the ball :).

Comment 03 Jun 2019

Should be an excellent test for the defense and the FAU offense presents an immediate challenge.  FAU shouldn't present a serious challenge in terms of game outcome, based on their recent recruiting results, per 247Sports:

2019 - 60th nationally, 1st in C-USA - highest rated recruit 0.871 3-star ATH
2018 - 75th, 3rd C-USA - 0.870 3-star DT
2017 - 60th, 1st, 0.868 3-star PRO QB
2016 - 89th, 3rd, 0.852 3-star PRO QB
2015 - 79th, 2nd, 0.850 3-star OT
2014 - 94th, 8th, 0.857 3-star APB

Average player ratings were 2019 - 0.825, 2018 - 0.830, 2017 - 0.821, 2016 - 0.802, 2015 - 0.804 and 2014 - 0.773.

If the Buckeyes come prepared, FAU may stick close for a half, but Ohio State should pull away in the second half. Great first test for the defense.

Comment 02 Jun 2019

Surfing through the Buckeye prospects page on 247, I noticed that Brian Hartline is listed as the primary recruiter for 2020 4-star 0.941 OT Michael Carmody from Mars PA, currently CB'd to Notre Dame.  Coach Studrawa is listed as the secondary.  That would be a major get in a position of need.

Don't know if it's a territorial thing (Hartline has primary in this area) or if Hartline has already earned the respect of Coach Day to act as primary on an important OL recruit.

Comment 02 Jun 2019

With regard to recruiting on the defensive side of the ball, last year's defensive performance as measured by Total Defense (Average yards yielded per game), 71st in the nation of the 128 FBS Division I teams, was an aberration from more typical, recent Ohio State defenses.  As a matter of fact, as measured by Total Defense, last year's defense was the worst Ohio State defense in the Coach Meyer years. Most recently, during the Meyer era:

2017 -  9th in the nation, 300.9 ypg.
2016 -  6th in the nation, 296.1 ypg.
2015 -  9th in the nation, 311.3 ypg.
2014 - 19th in the nation, 342.4 ypg.
2013 - 47th in the nation, 377.4 ypg.
2012 - 34th in the nation, 359.6 ypg.

2015, 2016 and 2017 were three straight years, immediately prior to 2018, with Top 10 defenses.  The tradition of excellence on the defensive side of the ball is there. No reason to believe that the current defensive coaching staff can't duplicate that, and recruits should be made aware that Ohio State has a recent history of very good defenses, and, perhaps more significantly, getting defensive players drafted into the NFL.

It's very likely, as others have said, that the coaching changes, particularly the high turnover on the defensive side of the ball, has adversely effected 2020 defensive recruiting. I'm confident that the defensive recruiting will eventually pick-up, especially when one of the remaining top-ranked defensive players commits to Ohio State.  Then other top-rated defensive commitments are likely to follow. This may not occur, however, until well into next season, as players wait to see 2019 game results.

Comment 01 Jun 2019

Defensively, it's much harder to oversee everything, and identify exactly why the offense beat you on a certain play. Helps to have two sets of eyes, especially when they're focused on one specific level of the defense. 

This is an interesting and insightful observation, which, on the defensive side of the ball, makes it all the more important to have a set of eyes in the booth, constantly communicating with the primary signal-calling defensive coach on the field.  In this sense, the co-DC role works. They closely interact as the game unfolds and it's best, IMO, and as you say, if Coach Day generally limits himself during the game to overseeing what's going on, intervening only when absolutely necessary.  I have a sense, especially since hiring Coach Mattison, that that's how Coach Day will handle it.

Comment 31 May 2019

Since Coach Day's specific expertise is on the offensive side of the ball, IMO, he should hire a DC who is capable of running the defense and then, essentially, let him go.  Oversee, but don't meddle too much. Even give him significant input on the hiring of defensive assistant coaches, as this becomes necessary. And, while the co-OC/DC model works for game preparation, in fact, cross consultation between coaches is essential to building a sound game plan, once the game starts, a sole DC should effectively run the defense, and, perhaps most importantly, make the necessary in-game adjustments as the game progresses. The sole DC, in-game, is the defensive focal point for quick reaction and response as the game unfolds.

We will see whether Coach Mattison fits this model, but it appears that he will, depending on how the in-game role is handled.

Comment 31 May 2019

QuadCitiesBuckeye, thanks for the clarifying details.  Isn't the Chernobyl design, water-cooled with graphite moderation, rather unique from the more common gas-cooled, graphite moderation of (I think) most (if not all) of the other examples of graphite moderated reactors that you cited?  Isn't the water cooled design, as at Chernobyl, generally regarded as quite unsuitable for commercial power generation? Was the water-cooled, graphite moderated design ever employed anywhere but the USSR for power generation?

Comment 31 May 2019

As an aside, anyone have any info on the recruiting status of top-rated OLB Sav'ell Smalls, from Washington state?  Seems to me I read somewhere that the Buckeyes had made his Top 12, but haven't heard much else.  Assume the Buckeyes are still actively recruiting him. Is commit Gee Scott, Jr., a fellow Washington state player, friends at all with him? Is he likely to visit and has he set a commitment date?

On the defensive side of the ball, add CB Kelee Ringo from Scottsdale AZ to the list of players who should be at the top of the defensive recruiting board, as well as continuing to pursue (as a flip from LSU) CB Elias Ricks from California, CB Clark Phillips III from California and S Lathan Ransom from Tucson AZ.

Comment 31 May 2019

In 2018 the OSU/UM game was the highest rated and most watched college football game of the season to that point.  Even with a noon kickoff.  I get the recruiting angle, that some recruits might be influenced by attendance at The Game and a noon kickoff makes that more difficult, but don't think that it is a definitive reason for moving away from a noon kickoff.  We seem to be recruiting pretty well observing the tradition of a noon kickoff.

Comment 31 May 2019

I'd recommend Midnight in Chernobyl, by Adam Higginbotham, published earlier this year.  May have a connection with the HBO mini-series, because I'm pretty sure that I read somewhere that the author did fact checking for the mini-series.

Comment 30 May 2019

IMO, much better to play MSU in Columbus at noon, as the Buckeyes did in 2017 when they won 48-3

With so many MSU players/coaches from Ohio, take away the "incentive" to perform in Ohio Stadium in a marquee night game.  Make it a more low-profile, old-fashioned football game.  And as I've said elsewhere, do this with Penn State when they visit Columbus too.

Comment 30 May 2019

QuadCitiesBuckeye, you're right that graphite moderated reactors have been utilized, in test/research reactors in the US (and probably in other Western countries), but my point was that a graphite moderated reactor would not be licensed for full-scale commercial power generation in the West, as at Chernobyl in the USSR, as pointed out here by Nobel Prize winning physicist Hans Bethe.