Rumblin’, Stumblin’, Bumblin’: Going Camping

Written August 8th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

Welcome back to some football folks and welcome back to my weekly FNL article! Today I am going to take a look at the early odd’s on favorites to dominate the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Lets get rollin’ with the too early to tell who is Rumblin’.

RSB explained in one picture

RSB explained in one picture

Rumblin’

As I started my pre-season awards for #tBBCFansInteract with the locals and our staff, it became very clear to me who everyone is thinking will dominate the Good for the upcoming season. For the voting, I will be changing the format a little bit and tabulate the votes each week and recognize all who participated with links to your twitter things to get more followers! So far, it is hands down almost unanimous that Braxton Miller and Joey Bosa will be here more than not.

For the purpose of this article, it appears to me that two young players are moving right along and may get some attention during the season. Johnnie Dixon is a guy that I said after seeing his HS videos, was going to come in a compete for playing time. It appears that news out of fall camp is just that, and early this first week of camp he is getting reps with the ones. Let that sink in for a second, he is competing with what is believed to be the best WR corps since Coach Meyers arrival. He will play they are saying and that in itself makes him the early on favorite for #tOSUNEWCOMER Read More

Practice Makes Silver Bullet Points

Written August 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Little switcheroo this week; with camp in full swing as of yesterday, here’s some notes and so forth from the start of Ohio State’s 125th Season.  Inspired by Scott’s wise-acreage in our group chat this week, you’re stuck with this as your morning soundtrack.

The Band

  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes- The University announced on Monday that the OSUMB will be led by two current staff persons for the coming season, with Ohio State’s director of university bands, Russel C. Mikkelson as the primary contact person. The associate director of bands, Scott A. Jones, will be coordinating student safety and compliance with Title IX and other university directives. TBDBITL Alumni Lisa Galvin will also be assisting in the day to day operations… So they tabbed three people to do the job they expected one person to do previously. Huh.
  • Look! We’re On TV!- Jon Waters will be on both the Today Show and Good Morning America this morning. Getcha’ popcorn.

Buckeye 411

  • Roster Updates- We told you about Tracy Sprinkle; Tommy Brown was also absent, as he is planning on transferring to another program (Akron?). J.T. Moore was in a “student coach” role, due to a knee injury. Michael Hill received a medical redshirt for last season, and will be a freshman eligibility wise for the coming year. Darron Lee was also granted a medical redshirt.
  • Pay The Piper- Sprinkle will be suspended for the Navy game and have community service to complete before he’s fully reinstated, though, as was speculated earlier.
  • Split Squad- On Monday, the “rookies” practiced in the morning while the “veterans” went in the afternoon, with a few exceptions.  Jeff Greene (WR transfer from Georgia Tech, sat out last year) and Chad Lindsay (C transfer from Alabama) were with the AM crowd, while Raekwon McMillan and Johnnie Dixon practiced in the afternoon session. This was due, in part, to McMillan and Dixon’s work during the spring and off-season, but also due to some numbers issues (needing a certain number of players at a position to practice)
  • One Flu Over- Gareon Conley sat out due to illness issues.
  • For Kicks- Cameron Johnston was booming punts today, but shanked one when “Born In The USA” was blaring on the loudspeakers.  We’ll just chalk that up to an international incident. Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, and Corey Smith were on the receiving end of the punts for today’s practice.
  • Man Of Many Talents- Sam Hubbard, once a defensive back, then a tight end, practiced at linebacker today (his projected position)
  • Captain, My Captain- Coach Meyer turned this morning’s pre-practice meeting over to Jeff Heuerman, saying “it’s your team”. Foreshadowing?
  • Recovering Nicely- Braxton was “tired” today, but there’s no doubt in Coach Meyer’s mind that he’s 100% entering fall practice. The team will monitor his throwing though- a pitch count of sorts.
  • Battle Tested- Two to watch this fall: Left guard is up for grabs, as are the safety positions. Underwood, Hale, Farris, and Price all fighting for the offensive line spot, while Bell, Burrows, and Powell are vying for the safety slots.
  • Sonic Booms- According to those who were there, Coach Ash was the most vocal member of the defensive coaching staff today. Given that he works in the backfield with Coach Coombs, that’s quite an accomplishment.
  • See For Yourself- The gang at 11W have practice videos, and you can hear the thoughts of the head coach at the official OSU site.
  • Back In Black- It’s time for the annual whispers of a black alternate jersey for Ohio State this season.  If it must happen, I wholeheartedly support Josh Winslow’s idea for the look (Hyde not included).
  • This Is Gonna’ Be Fun- We love Michael Bennett hereabouts, but this story on his roommate situation makes it all that much easier to do so.
  • Culture Of Hazing- Somehow, still ok (and hilarious) in the NFL, as Jack Mewhort can attest:

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Silver Bullet Points Works For The Weekend

Written August 17th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Quick notes from week two of Ohio State’s pre-season practices. Obvious soundtrack is obvious

Doghoused

Buckeye 411

  • Thank You- Sad news out of Columbus the past few days; Adam Griffin and Jamie Wood have both undergone surgeries that will effectively end their careers with the Buckeyes, it was announced on Thursday. Saturday, Tight End Blake Thomas from Cleveland St. Ignatius also decided to hang up the cleats, after medical examination of a persistent “stinger” injury revealed the possibility of greater neurological damage from future injuries. All three have been valuable parts of the team throughout their tenure, on special teams, on the practice fields, and in the community. We wish Adam, Blake, and Jamie nothing  but the best, and pray for both their recovery and for them to find a way to continue to be involved with the scarlet and gray.
  • Video Evidence- Friday also saw the charges against Bradley Roby reduced to a class B misdemeanor, after security footage from the bar in Bloomington clarified the events in question. According to the initial story, Roby pushed/punched a bouncer after leaving the venue and trying to return; video showed that he was actually roughly escorted from the premises and then shoved several times by the security staff before “lunging” at one of them. It was at this time that he was accosted and handcuffed.  Interestingly enough, the initial police reports indicated that there was no footage available… Hoosiers, man. At any rate, it looks as if this will be deferred to a Diversion program.
  • But… On Saturday, Coach Meyer announced that Roby was suspended for the Buffalo game and perhaps further, dependent upon his meeting certain expectations.
  • In Rod We… Whoops- As we alluded to in Wednesday’s SBP, Rod Smith will also miss the Buffalo game, one that he was slated to start following Carlos Hyde’s suspension. Smith, we’re told, is being punished for a violation of team rules that occurred in January or February.
  • By Committee- Which means that, by default, the Running Back depth chart for Buffalo will be- Jordan Hall, Brionte Dunn, Warren Ball, and Ezekiel Elliott. Given that Dontre Wilson also plays a part in the teams running game, Marcus Hartman sums up the state of affairs nicely:

Hartman RBs

  • For Those Of You Keeping Score At Home- The “suspension count” is as follows: Carlos Hyde (3 games min), Bradley Roby (1 game min), Rod Smith (1 game), Najee Murray (unknown), Marcus Baugh (unknown). Two starting running backs and an All-American corner. Yup, Urban is sure lax on discipline… wonder if he’ll let the team vote on anyone’s punishment?
  • Movin’ Day- A couple of  positional notes, as JT Moore (TE) and Billy Price (C/OG) move from the warm embrace of Coach Vrable’s defensive line to Coach Warriner’s Legion of Doom. The LoD will be anchored on the right side by Taylor Decker, who’s wowed during spring camp.
  • Getting Defensive- Ryan Shazier ran a 4.35; 5 B1G Quarterbacks have filed for restraining orders. Joe Burger was running with the first team defense on Saturday, and not Josh Perry, which was a bit of a surprise. Noah Spence is up from 227 to 255, and is a bad man.
  • Offensive Notes- Braxton’s leadership continues to draw praise from players and coaches alike. Devin Smith has really stepped up, and was MVP of today’s scrimmage.
  • “Newest” Buckeyes- Here’s who’s lost their black stripes as of today: Joe Ramstetter, Dontre Wilson, Mike Mitchell, Ezekiel Elliott, Joey Bosa, Cam Burrows, Aaron Mawhirter, Billy Price, and Michael Hill. The rookies have started a cool new tradition- they’re taking the stripes (once removed), and linking them into a chain to indicate their connection to each other.
  • Who Does Number Two Work For? Well, if you believe Patrick, it works for Ohio State, who find themselves in that slot in the first AP poll of the season.

Silver Bullet Points: Media Day 2013 Edition

Written August 11th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Lots of news and notes to catch you up on before Walter White gets back to work.

  • Senior Photo

    Absent- Donovan Munger has missed most of camp thus far with some academic issues, and now has a medical (blood clot?) that will see him redshirting for this season.  Najee Murray was also not present today, having been suspended for the team for at least the duration of training camp for a violation of team rules. Lots of speculation on this one, but at this point it’s only speculation.

  • Dinged- Curtis Grant is at MLB, but has been out for concussion issues; Jalin Marshall has also missed time for a similar injury. Norwell’s still struggling with plantar fasciitis and Linsley is also feeling the impact of practice schedule- both are expected to be fine. De’Van Bogard will also return to practice on Monday.
  • Off To The Races- The running backs are a “position of strength” for the team, according to Coach Meyer. Carlos Hyde is practicing hard, in spite of being suspended, and is helping the younger players develop. Jordan Hall will be in the “H” role, and says he feels healthier than he had in a long time- that he’s regained his passion to play. Ezekiel Elliott almost lost his black stripe on Saturday, but a late scrimmage fumble disrupted those plans.
  • Texans- Kenny Guiton talked about his hand being close to completely healed, and that he hasn’t lost any velocity off of his passes. Mike Mitchell was identified as a player that is sure to see some action this fall; he also spoke about how Ohio State’s stock is on the rise among Texas preps. Dontre Wilson was a highly sought after interview today- Coach Meyer indicated that he brought something to the team that was totally new, and numerous players spoke about how difficult it was to tackle him in space.  Wilson said that he ran a 4.33 during testing, and that he’d be willing to race Bradley Roby anytime.  He also spoke about practicing at running back, and carried with him a lot of confidence regarding both his abilities and the expectations for the team.
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Billy Price is a Buckeye!

Written February 13th, 2012 by Jim

Mr. Price

Austintown defensive lineman Billy Price has reportedly ($) announced he will be a Buckeye, becoming the 3rd commitment in Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class.

Price is a high motor force along the defensive line in the mold of John Simon.

He was an early target of the previous coaching staff and Urban Meyer, as we have all come to expect, continued the recruitment with a vengeance.

Price was in Columbus over the weekend, and that visit was the final straw that led to his commitment.

Rated a four star prospect by both Scout and Rivals, Price is an excellent start to the defensive line class.

As mentioned, he is a high motor guy that plays with plenty of power, which is obviously a nice combination to have in a linemen.

It should be fun watching his progression in Columbus, and if his career path is anything like that of John Simon, it will be a lot of fun watching him wreak havoc in the trenches for years to come.

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Early Look At 2013 Recruiting

Written September 12th, 2011 by Joe Laing

Will 2013 be Ohio State's lucky year on the recruiting trail?

 

What was once thought to be a sure-to-be great 2012 class has turned into a wait-and-see year on the recruiting trail for Ohio State.

The off the field troubles in the spring and over the summer put a small wrench in that plan to say the least.

In recruiting, hope springs eternal. So whatever happens in the 2012 class there is always 2013 to look forward to, and that is exactly what we are going to do here.

At this point we don’t know for sure who will be recruiting that class, but Fickell and company have already started by extending some key early offers.

In addition to another solid in-state class in 2013, there already look to be a couple big name out-of-state guys who have Ohio State as their early favorite.

We will first take a look at the offered guys that I feel Ohio State has a good shot at landing.

There are national guys already offered out of Florida, Georgia, etc. but at this point it is way too early to even get excited about any of those guys.

Check back in the spring to see if they make the trip up to Columbus or next fall to see if they schedule an official visit, until then, keep your expectations on hold.

There are currently seven players with offers that I feel very confident in Ohio State’s chances.

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Recruiting Update: 5/25/11

Written May 25th, 2011 by Jim

OH DB Tyvis Powell received on offer after camping in Columbus over the weekend. I like his sense of style already.

There are plenty of things to go over in this update, including new offers in the 2012 and 2013 class, so let’s jump right in.

While it initially seemed like there was no way that Alabama QB Jameis Winston was going to leave his home state, after visiting Columbus over the weekend he had some very positive things to say about the Buckeyes and he would like to set up another official visit for the Wisconsin game. With CA QB Shane Dillon out of the picture, it looks like Ohio State may still be in on a QB prospect in 2012 after all.

While I don’t think the Buckeyes are the favorite at this point or even close to it, Winston is clearly very interested in the Buckeyes and it could turn into an interesting recruitment to say the least. Could we get some revenge for Trey DePriest?

GA WR Jaquay Williams is scheduled to announce his college decision this weekend. He will likely be choosing between Ohio State and Auburn. Players that wait until the end of the recruiting process usually don’t gravitate towards Columbus, but Tressel and company have a much higher success rate with players who commit early.

The Buckeyes have been one of Williams’ favorites since the beginning, so fingers crossed. One thing worth noting is that if he is choosing between Ohio State and Auburn, you have to assume that any possible future sanctions aren’t a concern for him.

As expected, there are some new camp offers to go over on the 2012 Big Board, and they will likely keep coming in over the next few days so stay tuned. I have also finally gotten around to going over the very earliest offers on the 2013 Big Board, two for the price of one! Read More

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