I don't see how this differs from Fields leaving Georgia and transferring to OSU. I don't remember all the indignation and predictions of the imminent collapse of society when Justin chose to join the Buckeyes. It is amazing how many fans who wouldn't hesitate to leave their current job for a better opportunity think college football players should abandon their desire to actually play college football and maybe make it to the NFL just to provide roster depth for their favorite team. That reeks of entitlement.
Talent is as talent does. This young man may well be one of those small number of players who could probably have gone from HS to an NFL roster/practice squad. If so expect him to be a major contributor next year. Talent quickly overcomes experience and Wilson appears to have talent to spare.
NFL teams are not dumb. The simple fact is that college football is in no way equivalent to the NFL. No matter how good a player was playing college football there is no guarantee he will be successful playing against NFL teams. Only one thing proves a player can succeed in the NFL and that is actually getting on the field and proving it. Frankly the same thing applies to college football verses HS football. All those four and five star HS football stars who never make a significant impact on a college football field and the three star guys who go on to college and NFL stardom are no different then the high draft picks that fail and the late round pick and udfa's who have highly successful NFL careers. I guess from that perspective college football is pretty dumb too.
I might be wrong, but I don't think there are a lot of college coaches who were truly successful NFL players before turning to coaching. That brings a level of credibility that commands respect not to mention a depth of understanding about playing the position that only comes from first hand experience at the highest level. Combine it with what appears to be a genuine affinity for coaching/teaching and the ability to connect with recruits and you have something special.
The Michigan question is a thought provoker. I would have to say, with some difficulty, that yes if a single football loss to Michigan would come with a guaranteed NCAA men's basketball championship I would be OK with it. Primarily because as much as I would love to see OSU beat Michigan every season forever, that is unrealistic. At some point Michigan is going to snag a win in football so if OSU could pair that loss, whenever it occurs, with a basketball national championship that would be a pretty great consolation. A different question would be would I trade any chance of OSU ever winning a NCAA basketball championship for OSU NEVER losing to Michigan in football again. If that were the trade I am afraid I would have to throw the basketball Bucks under the bus. Sorry guys.
More Kiper brilliance. Projects T-Mac as a first round pick and then describes him as an "under the radar guy". I think he meant to say previously under the radar guy. If you are picked in the first round you don't qualify as under the radar. I do hope he is right regardless. Having Terry picked in round one would be fantastic.
Only one thing proves whether any player can make it in the NFL, actually going out on the field against NFL competition and succeeding. Truthfully nothing Haskins has done up to this point guarantees he will be a successful NFL QB. I am rooting for him to be the QB equivalent of Thomas and Elliot, but time will tell. One thing that has been proven many times over is that success against college competition proves nothing.
We'll the reason OSU exists is to educate students, specifically Ohio residents with the support of Ohio tax payers. I have no problem with out of state students, but all things being approximately equal I would much rather see Ohio kids get those scholarships and have out of state students pay for their education should the want to attend OSU even at the risk of the football team "suffering".
No I haven't lived in Trotwood in a very long time. Grew up and attended school there many moons ago.
Well it is The Ohio State University and for my money (and as an Ohio tax payer I mean that literally) I always prefer to see OSU athletic scholarships go to Ohio kids. You have to recruit to the level that you want to complete, but I will never complain about a strategy that starts with securing commitments from all of the top ten players from Ohio you can get every year.
College football doesn't even come close to being a true farm system. The differences are numerous, but can be illustrated very simply. Name one minor league baseball manger making $7,000,000 annually. College coaches are not paid and college football is not structured to develop players for the major professional leagues. To the extent that occurs in football is a side effect, but one that produces adequate enough results to prevent NFL owners from taking on the very significant cost of funding their own system.
There is no evidence Terry wouldn’t have looked just as good in post season evaluations last year as he does this year and that is what is improving his draft stock. On the other hand I do think Campbell genuinely improved this season. He is the guy who probably actually did raise his draft position this year.
Hope to see him playing every Sunday for years to come.
Frankly all these 4 and 5 star kids choosing to pile onto the same teams isn’t the smartest choice. There can only be so many starters and being a high level recruit who ends up riding the bench on a team simply because that team happens to have one of the few guys in the country who is better than you are is pretty stupid imo.
That is why I favor very liberal transfer rules. Guys who could be starting for 95% of the schools in division I shouldn’t have to spend their college careers playing special teams and providing depth on hyper talent rich teams.
Nick Goings convinced me of the wisdom of transferring to a team you can actually play for years ago. Instead of spending his time on OSU’s bench watching Eddie George play he transferred to Pittsburgh iirc, got on the field and ended up having a decent NFL career.
I have been of the opinion he will more of a DE the NFL. Always seemed a bit light to be a true interior run stuffer against NFL interior Offensive linemen. I have no doubt he will find a spot where he will excel one way or another.
I have seen speculation as well that USC will make a run at him to be their next coach. I have every expectation they will but that doesn’t mean he will be interested. In fact I suspect he will be approached by any number of schools over the next couple of years.
I think what happened in that 10 day period is the Fields transfer became a reality. Competition is all fine and good but Tate needs to be realistic. Between him and Fields they represent two of the highest ranked quarterback recruits in the last several years. Both of these guys need to be playing full-time and they obviously can’t both be Ohio State’s starting quarterback. Martell‘s window of eligibility to play college football is closing and if he doesn’t get on the field now he runs the risk of exhausting his college eligibility without ever having the opportunity to start for a college football team. That is simply too great of a risk for a five-star recruit to except in the name of competition.
Don't underestimate the effect of establishing yourself as Brees's favorite receiver. While Thomas's talent is top tier, his stats are greatly enhanced by matching that talent with one of the most prolific passers in NFL history.
If Gill doesn't see the field a lot this season than he is not the player he was projected to be. Who is going to keep him on bench? It is time to admit that Victor and McCall are not the players people hoped they would be. Cooper liked to say "if a dog's going to bite he will bite as a pup" and those words are true more often than not.
I think it is safe to say that Day is going to succeed or fail on his own terms. If he fails no one will be able to say it was because he was held back by not having his guys on the staff.
That seems like a sensible plan. The only possible flaw would be if he is not on track to graduate within a year. I can't blame him for leaving however regardless of how he times it. While some people want to denigrate him if one looks at it from a pragmatic point of view he was a 5* recruit who is in the position of spending his entire college career on the bench. Not because of injury or a basic lack of talent, but simply because of the extremely strong depth chart and now possibly being a poor fit for the new HC's offensive scheme. That isn't a situation anyone should blame him for trying to change. Having said that I do have to admit there is something about him that rubs me slightly wrong.
That is absolutely the point and the reason that not just Saban, but the overwhelming majority of highly successful college coaches with no prior NFL experience, get their butts handed to them when they try their hand at coaching an NFL team. Rick Vermeil, one of those rare college to NFL successes, said it best in an interview he gave after he had been in the NFL a couple of years. When asked about the difference between coaching the Eagles and at UCLA he replied. At UCLA we only played two or three opponents a season we actually had to prepare for. Everyone else we could pretty much beat just by showing up with our base offense and defense. In the NFL you have to prepare for every opponent every week or regardless of the records you are going lose.
Successful college coaches win largely by out recruiting their opponents and overwhelming them with superior talent. That strategy as a general rule fails miserably in the NFL where the talent levels from one team to the next are marginal.
I have watched college football for 50 years and from the perspective you are viewing it it is the same sport today it has always been. Several years ago I saw an analysis of college basketball teams with regard to their likelihood of making it to the final four. A point was given for every player on the roster who was projected as a future NBA player and half a point for every player project to play professional basketball overseas. Teams with 1.5 to 2.5 points had a very high correlation with making it to the final four in any given season.
College football is no different. Talent is spread very unevenly through college football teams, but those teams who have the most players with NFL potential are the ones who dominate the sport. The unpredictability comes in because even the best teams have numerous players who are not going to make it in the NFL and when games occur between top teams with varying match ups between players with and without genuine NFL talent unexpected mismatches occur that result in upsets and blowouts.
I read an insightful analysis of the OSU Miami BCS championship game that explained how the OSU defensive line was simply much more talented than the Miami offensive line and how that was the factor totally overlooked by almost all prognosticators that lead to OSU's unexpected upset of the Hurricanes. There are other factors at work, but the vast differences in the talent when top teams play most of the opponents on their schedule makes predicting what will happen when two top tier teams meet little more than guess work. The basis of comparison is fundamentally flawed.
We are watching two freshman who would be top 10 draft picks this year.
Exactly. ESPN pays to get the broadcast rights. Other networks could pay more and get them, but they don't want them at those prices. That's not antitrust. That's free enterprise.