Football Midseason Report Card

Written October 19th, 2011 by Chris

Well Buckeye fans, we are halfway home to the end of the 2011 season. Standing at 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the B1G, this year has been some dizzying highs (winning the Sugar Bowl) and far too many lowest of lows. The real question is where the Ohio State Buckeyes grade out for the first half of the season and keys to improvement. Players and coaches will be broken down and evaluated on their performance so far.  So, listen up scarlet and gray clad coaches and players. Professor Schmidbauer is here to hand out some first half grades.

Quarterback

Breakdown: Anyone wondering what kind of faith the offensive coaches had in Braxton

Still Learning

Miller got a pretty good idea as to how much last Saturday in Champaign. The play as a whole has been pretty poor sans two games for the Buckeye signal callers. Joe Bauserman’s initial start against Akron was a solid debut for the resident geriatric of Ohio State. Braxton Miller’s first start against the Colorado Buffaloes was a nice debut as well. The rest of the performances have been lackluster, and I think we would all agree that is putting it kindly. Now the team is officially Miller’s and it seems like the Buckeyes can ride him as far as the freshman can carry them, well assuming there is not a strong wind anyway.

Area to Improve: If there is one key to the Buckeye season reaching eight or, dare I say, nine wins, it has to be the passing game. Ohio State proved you can win a game by only completing one pass, but it goes without saying we don’t want to see if the team can accomplish that feat again. Braxton Miller has not been able to consistently make throws in big spots in games yet, and opponents know that. You can believe that a serviceable passing will be a necessity to reach a New Year’s Day bowl game. Read More

What Do You Want To See On Saturday? Colorado Edition

Written September 23rd, 2011 by Eric

We’re hoping everyone has had enough time to grieve, analyze, and recover from the Miami shock. It’s time to find out what we’re hoping to see against the Buffaloes this weekend. Update- We got to be guests on Fox Sports Ohio’s “Wish List” this week… Woot!

Jim

It's Miller's team now. Let's see what he does with it.

First Downs. After last weekend, let’s just start with the basic building block on offense and get some first down. Extra bonus points for sustained scoring drives.

Big Plays. I don’t care who does it, but I want to see the Buckeyes loosen up, gain some momentum, gain some yards, and start having fun on the offensive side of the ball. I want to see some big plays (20+ yards) and some excitement. I realize this request may be a bit greedy after what we saw last Saturday, but nothing will get the offense rolling and the confidence flowing again like some huge plays.

Start Fast. With a struggling offense, playing from behind is the absolute worst thing that can happen. Let’s start fast, get a lead, loosen up and have some fun.

Defense being the defense. With a little help from the offense (gaining first downs to give them a breather every once and awhile), I look for the defense to continue to be good.
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Silver Bullet Points Recovers

Written October 5th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

At least it's not an albatross

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Report- Terrelle “should be” fine, but healing. He did some light lifting on Sunday, and nothing on the off day (we’re assuming he rehabbed); today he returns to practice. Coach Tressel wondered if there’s anyone in the Big T1e1n who’s 1oo% at this point of the season.
  • Injury Report 2- Moeller is done, as you know; he has begun the process of seeking an additional year as a medical hardship. The injury is suspected to be relapse of one Tyler had in 2008 that was unable to heal properly due, in part, to his injuries last year.
  • Injury Report 3- Decision on Stoneburner on Thursday; Aaron Gant most likely back this week
  • Tress Talk- The weather was a factor in the running game as well, since the wind allowed Illinois to load the box without fear of deep passes:

I thought the offensive line had a great challenge. It was kind of like one of those you get into a stalemate and you get into it, and you get into it, fortunately by the fourth quarter we won that stalemate. Probably didn’t win it early. Do they feel good about the fact that we didn’t win it throughout? I would hope that the competitor in all of us, we’d all like everything to work all the time, but you could see them on film. They’re a good football team. Especially in the trenches.

I thought they did a nice job of working the safeties down into the box, both run and pass, they tricked us the one time and robbed that little spot route and it was a similar coverage, though, when we threw the corner route behind it for the touchdown, but they got us the first time with it, and that also allowed them to have those extra guys in the box. That has a little bit to do with where the line goes toward where they work up the linebackers and safeties sometimes, but, no, it was — it was a reality, man, that was a tough one.

  • So There’s That, Then-Coach was impressed with the way the kicking game has come along, something fans have been clamoring for since the Marshall game.
  • Tress Talk, The Sequel- On Indiana,

And now we have a chance to come home, play against an Indiana team that they threw it 64 times last week, 98 plays, you know, those receivers are veterans. The quarterback, of course, is a veteran. Their running back does a nice job in protection, and the amount that they run him, he’s very good at it and he’s a good receiver as well.

Defensively they struggled against a very fast, fast offense that Michigan brought at them. And special teams-wise, their return men, they’ve always done a good job on kickoff return against us and Doss is back there again.

  • On The Running Backs- Boom had a great end of the game, Saine hasn’t been put in a position to be successful, etc. etc…
  • Tressel’s Komedy Klassic- As always, presented without commentary or context:

I wish we had more balls. That sounds terrible.

  • Award Winners- Boom was offensive Player of the Week, Rolle was the PotW for the Defense, Buchanan Special Teams, Zach Boren was offensive lineman of the week, Cam was the Attack Force PotW. No Tatum Award for the second straight week.

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Recapping: Ohio State 24, Illinois 13

Written October 3rd, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Apologies for the tardiness, the “Fastest recap on the web” seemingly had the same issues that the Buckeye offense did today. These are my quick thoughts; Jim will bring more insight on Monday:

Defense

  • From my vantage point (couch, 27 inch TV), the defense again played lights out. Other than the double pass back to Scheelhaase during the first drive and a few “long” (15-20 yd) runs by Leshoure, the Silver Bullets had their way with Illinois. The only scores came on the first drive and a short field situation following an interception.
  • Following the first series, Scheelhaase was held in check running the ball. Kudos to the defensive gameplan and the work of the front four in containing a dangerous threat.
  • Yet again, Ohio State did not allow a 100 yard rusher. Postgame snowcones for everyone.
  • Christian Bryant filled in admirably for Tyler Moeller; Rumors are swirling about Tyler’s condition, tBBC will keep you updated once we get an official word, which will probably come after his MRI on Sunday.

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The Countdown Continues: Seventeen

Written August 16th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Again, tempting to post a classic tune or an awesome one from my youth.  You’re welcome.

Last year, we honored Todd Boeckman for his work with the Buckeyes. This year, we want to look at a couple of the current players who are set to make an impact this year.

Legacy

#17 Ben Buchanan You can’t play Tresselball without a great punter, and Ben has this responsibility firmly resting on his shoulders.

The 2009 Academic All-Big 10 punter found himself in a “kicking dual” coming into the season, but all reports from Saturday’s kick scrimmage indicate that this job is his alone. According to Ken Gordon,

He averaged 46.1 yards on 9 punts, including a 60-yarder and a 53. His best kicks, though, came on three tries pinned back on his own 1 — 40, 44, and a booming 57-yarder.

While we’d much rather that Ben had no work this season, it’s great to know that Ohio State is in good hands… um… foot.

Secondly, we highlight receiver Grant Schwartz from Dana Hills CA, who followed his father’s footsteps to play for Ohio State.

Hello, ladies...

In addition to giving us an excuse to post his photo at the requests of our female readers (seriously, mom… stop emailing), we also love Grant for representing Ohio State so well in Ann Arbor last year:

Way to stand your ground, young man- remember that this year, it’s in our house…