If you look at it from the perspective that if you lose to Michigan on the last game of the year, chances are you are not in the BIG and therefore do not even have a chance to play for the Natty. If that is not taken into consideration, then I would pick the win over Clemson. Harbaugh is already beat down, and I would like to finally wipe that smirk off of Dabo's face.
If KJ Hill fell to 7th round because of his 40 time, where do you think Borland is going to go? Werner probably will get drafted, but Borland is an UDFA. I look at the scheme played last year helping the linebackers, especially Borland, more than talent. With the corners and safety playing more zone and facing forward, they were a lot more active in run support than the previous year, so I think that more than anything hid weaknesses in LB play.
My take is this - we would have never beat Wisconsin 59-0 with JT Barrett. Without that score, we would never have even gotten to the playoffs. JT would have won that game, but without Cardale's arm and Devin Smith's catches, no way we rack up 59 points and make the playoff.
Not sticking up for TTUN but they did have many self-inflicted wounds, but I do attribute that to loose coaching. 1) Very late hit out of bounds on Fields 2) Mysterious fumble by Patterson 3) Offsides on OSU punt.
On the flip side, I see several players enter the portal after spring - McCall, Petit-Frere if he doesn't start, Harris, Gill, Gardner or Babb, Willimason from the secondary,and potentially one of the linebackers.
Sorry to disagree with you both but when you time a 40 with a sundial (Borland) you are destined for the XFL. Werner has maybe late round draft potential. Malik Harrision, the best linebacker last year only projects to be late third rounder.
If there was pro-level talent, they would have left after their junior year. With that said, the key to playing average talent is to make sure they all know their assignments. BIG championship game and Clemson they reverted back to some of their bad habits. And if you want to criticize feel free, but go back and watch the tapes.
All I can say is after spring ball, the transfer portal is going to be loaded with OSU players
I'd like to see CJ become a graduate assistant and work under Hartline, then follow a similar path as Corey Dennis in case (when?) Hartline moves on. And let's face it, he has no real pro future. I also see at least three of these guys in the transfer portal after spring ball, especially if the NCAA relaxes the rules.
All I know is when I read about Pelinni and after seeing the way he basically messed up Nebraska and the my home town YSU penguins, I heaved a big sigh of relief. And then he has the nerve to say he wants his brother Carl to get the YSU job if he takes the defensive coordinator job at LSU. (fat chance)
If the remaining linebackers that started were good enough, they would have turned pro. They played adequate with the new system, but regardless what the pundits say, Borland was slow and Werner couldn't cover a good tight end. I hope these other linebackers get a fair shot, and replace these guys.
One thing no one seems to be addressing is how Combs and Mattison will mesh. Mattision was on the filed last year and high energy Combs does not seem to be an in the booth kind of guy. Plus what about relationship with Matt Barnes? Chemistry among the coaches just as important as chemistry with players.
I think the "strictly business" tweet from Randy Wade says it all. Bye Bye
NPF and right tackle and I look for Harry Miller to take Jackson's place at left guard. Future looks bright.
I would love to hear Al Washington's take on this. I am from the camp that said Borland and Werner were most of the problem last year. The first half against Wisconsin on the BiG it resurfaced again. Against good tight ends, Werner was getting beat. I don't believe Whtyie was ever given a fair shake.
If he played just two more halfs he would be over 2 grand. No questions then.
We got the Terminator to go with the Predator.
One of the most telling things I noticed was the overall speed of the big men. No more evident then when Tyreke Smith chased down Pigron for a sack. Wow!
6th thing - why no mention that a lot of players did the close the curtain move of Chase Young (two fists brought down in front of the helmet) in support of Young. Pretty neat.
Just wonder if this impacts all previously played games. Its one thing if you have a player suspended, but totally another that would jeopardize the season.
If Day was the OC in 2014, no way we lose to Virginia Tech. He would have made adjustments before the end of the first quarter.
I honestly think Brendon White is getting the short end of the stick this year. Werner still can't cover the tight end out of the h position. Mattision acting like well he did get more snaps than those other guys. BS. I see him as the next guy to hit the transfer portal.
All I know is that Borland runs like his feet are in cement and Werner got beat (badly) at least once by their tight end.If you want the best players on the field they are White and Browning.
The running game, other than Fields run, looked about the same as last year. Is it the offensive line, Dobbins, or both? If the offensive line graded out as champions and Dobbins did not, does that mean its Dobbins? Small sample size,so I guess we'll see against Cinci. Need to see 125+ at of Dobbins at least.
If, as has been indicated, he was basically told he should transfer, why the hate? He obviously wasn't as great as advertised, but the coaches should have convinced him to stay as he was a better option for #2 (or possibly even #1) then what is on roster now. In fact, maybe if he was here, Fields would be flashing more with better competition.