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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Eight Is Enough For Silver Bullet Points

Written August 29th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, it’s certainly been an… interesting… day as far as news goes. But before we dive into the dregs of college sports (and those who “oversee” it), let’s enjoy the fact that it’s finally FOOTBAW! season.  Here’s your “pump up”/palate cleanser before the season kicks off.

Buckeye 411

  • Captains, My Captains- Well, the news yesterday that Ohio State had named eight captains to start the season surely made Tom Bradford happy, although it did make the position seem a bit like the “everyone gets a trophy” phenomenon we see in youth soccer. My guess? Urban is looking to “spread the wealth” among several people since there’s no small group of standouts this season.  At any rate, I’m ecstatic that Kenny Guiton will be getting the opportunity to lead, even as a “backup”.  Smooth Jazz for everyone.
  • Wash It Down With Juice- Today, many lucky souls in the media got to experience the new food that will be enjoyed at the ‘Shoe this season. As you remember, the University ended their contract with Sodexho and is going a bit more local with Levy Restaurants for their fan- fare.  Marcus Hartman has great coverage of the reason that I hated him all day on Tuesday… wonder what this will mean for the fitness of the two ushers on our staff? Luckily we have a fitness guru to keep them in shape.
  • Injury Report- Coach Meyer said on Wednesday that Defensive Lineman Tommy Schutt will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken foot; “Mr. Adaptability” Chase Farris will return to the Defensive Front from his tenure with Coach Warriner. Schutt had been working in with the first team as practice progressed this fall- here’s wishing him a quick recovery.
  • Sure, Why Not? Ohio State has 8 captains, why not 10 “Assistant Head Coaches”?  Stan Drayton was elevated to that role over the past month due to his investment in the program… and he certainly deserves it.
  • BULLetin Board Material- Sure, it’s just a fansite (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but here’s a “hate piece” from The State College Of New York At Buffalo fans.
  • Thinking Healthy- A couple of other wellness stories this week: The Dispatch had a great discussion about the concussion debate, and talked at length with Andrew Sweat about his decision to walk away from football due to the issue. Also, Maurice Clarett was in Columbus again to advocate for expanded health care and mental health support. Nice work, folks.
  • Welcome To The Interwebs- Coach Meyer must have heard that Ken was finally on twitter, since he decided to join him this week. Also online? Ohio State announced their official YouTube Channel, which brings us awesomeness of this nature: Read More

Team Leadership Can Be Found Up Front

Written August 19th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

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There is no doubt the 2013 Ohio State Buckeye football team has all the tools to be something special. Sixteen starters return from last season under the best coaching staff in the nation.  This year’s recruiting class adds a speed aspect to the game that was lacking during the undefeated 2012 campaign. The defense returns some of the best play makers in the conference. The offense is led by the B1G Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback. The Buckeyes are ranked as the #2 team in the nation.

Yet one major question still surrounds this team as we head into the first game of the season. Which players will step into the role of team leader?

Urban Meyer knows the answer.

The bottom line to success in 2013 begins and ends up front on the offensive line.

80 starts return to a front five that improved drastically throughout last season. Led by team captain Jack Mewhort, the Buckeye offensive line led the offense to 242 rushing yards per game and 37 points per game. Marcus Hall, Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, and Corey Linsley bought into what coach Ed Warinner was selling.

And now, Ohio State’s run game coordinator believes that this unit is one of, if not the best in the nation.

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Silver Bullet Points Is Recovering Nicely

Written April 3rd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

After a weekend filled with excitement and disappointment, it’s a bit of a quiet mood at tBBC headquarters. We like baseball, and know that OSU sports are amazing even if not the “got to be on television” variety, but I’d be lying if I didn’t confess that there’s a bit of a let down these days.  Ah well… only two songs possible for today’s soundtrack. Onward.

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- As you may have read, Ohio State offensive lineman Antonio Underwood will miss up to 6 months with a torn ACL that he experienced in Spring Practice this week.  There’s significant speculation that he’s going to red-shirt.
  • Fired Up- The other “injury” news from Tuesday was Braxton getting blasted as a part of a scrimmage drill, in spite of the fact that he was wearing a black “no contact” jersey. He spent some time on the turf, but then got up and returned to drills later in the practice. There are reports that he tried to lower his shoulder on a run following his return, and that he approached the defense very heated about being knocked to the ground. After practice, Urban talked about the need to have a competitive spirit and to be the kind of quarter back that “want to go get in a street fight and get after it”.
  • The Stable- Carlos Hyde sat most of the “team” portion of Tuesday’s scrimmage to get the Young Bucks more opportunities. Rod Smith and Brionte Dunn continue to impress, but Warren Ball seems to have not missed a beat by missing last season with a foot injury, and was a highlight for the second straight week.
  • Make Them Pay- Linebacker Armani Reeves took an interception 71 yards in the team portion of practice, but was leveled at the end of his run by Chase Farris.
  • Diamonds In The Rough- The Buckeyes showed a bit of the “diamond” formation that the 49ers have made popular since last season (and that Nebraska gashed OSU with in Lincoln two years ago). Today, Hyde was joined by Smith and Dunn in the backfield in a “broken wishbone” look. Woody would be so proud.
  • Wither The Slot- Jordan Hall is still recovering this spring, so the “slot” position has fallen to Chris Fields.
  • Jonesing- Saturday, Cardale Jones had one of his best practices; enough to make Coach Meyer say that he was confident that Cardale could play Quarterback at Ohio State.  While his accuracy continues to be an adventure, those who saw him in practice said that his running reminded them of a current Raiders QB (No, not Matt Flynn).
  • Manning Up- Coach Meyer had good things to say about Patrick Elflein, who saw time at several positions on the offensive line.
  • Sparing No XSpence- Noah continues to be the defensive lineman that stands out… man, we need to come up with a nickname for him.
  • ‘Preciate It- As you can tell by today’s graphic, something special is in the air for Ohio State Students this week. Here- let Urban tell you about it: Read More

Silver Bullet Points to Vacation

Written July 11th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

May be vacation, but feels like home

Salutations from our nation’s 48th state, where I currently find myself vacating on the same road that I live by several hours to the west. Yup, this is as close to Rich Rod as I’ll ever get… probably for the best.  Knowing that we were headed this way the wife let me plan our trip around two sacred OSU sites, although she did boycott one of my musical selections for the journey. Ah, well… at least she let me watch the 2002 game on the BTN this evening.

Buckeye 411

  • Rolling In The Deep- An updated depth chart was released today, with a few interesting things of note. First, unsurprisingly, Storm Klein is no longer in the two deep, being replaced by Connor Crowell. Also of note, though, was that Jake Stoneburner, Jack Mewhort, and Jordan Hall were still listed as starters; we know that the first two have had their scholarships removed for the time being, and that Jordan will miss time due to injury recovery. Also of note- Chase Farris is still listed as a defensive end, even though news out of the WHAC has him being moved to offensive line for the fall campaign.

This “update” seems to be merely a reflection of Coach Meyer’s decisions regarding Klein’s actions, and there may not be any more to read into it. Again, Urban stated at the end of spring practice that the chart would be set- fall camp was about preparation and not position battles.

  • Watching The Watchers Who Watch Watchlists- Several Buckeyes are on national award watchlists this pre-season, including Stoneburner’s place on the Mackey list for the nation’s best tight end. Others to keep an eye on include John Simon and Jonathan Hankins for the Bednarik award (Nation’s best defensive player), while Braxton is one of only a few sophomores on the Maxwell list (Nation’s outstanding player). We’ll keep a… uh… watch on these as they develop. UPDATE- Drew Basil has been listed on the list for the Groza Award for the nation’s best place-kicker.
  • Sully, Making Friends And Fools- With his 20 point performance against OKC in Monday’s D-league game, Jared Sullinger has won the praise of Celtic Homer ESPN Grantland editor Bill Simmons, while making the GMs who chose to pass him by look really really stupid. On the twitters today someone posted (help me out in the comments) that Sully’s back issue and work ethic made him drop in the draft, while DHoward’s back issue and work ethic are making him a key free agent this summer.  Yeah…
  • Happy Landing! While regular readers of tBBC will recognize our love/hate/water-under-the-bridge with the gang at SBN, I can’t be more excited than when I saw one of our favorite “independents” join their newest Ohio State offering. Hats off to Ian… and give him a follow on twitter as well.
  • Belated- Happy Birthday to Urban Meyer, who turned “still lower cholesterol than Brady Hoke” on Tuesday.

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Spring Game Primer

Written April 11th, 2011 by Jim

Excited for football yet?

With spring practice well underway and the spring game quickly approaching, it is time to move from “way too early looks” at each position into some more informed analysis based on practice reports.

[Note: I apologize for not getting to the defensive backs in my “way too early looks”.]

This offseason has been a tumultuous one to say the least. The tattoo revelations leading up to the Sugar Bowl and the resulting suspensions guaranteed a shadow over the off season. The additional news concerning Jim Tressel didn’t exactly make that shadow go away.

Fortunately, time heals all wounds, and cracking pads on the field helps to speed up that process- at least for me. After some time off from writing following the Tressel news conference (which is part of the reason why I didn’t get to the DBs), my enthusiasm for football is back in full swing.

So what follows will not only be a look at the DBs for the first time, but also a review of all of the position groups with some updated thoughts based on news from practice. I apologize ahead of time if this ends up being lengthy.

My rebuttal: FOOTBALL!

My attitude this offseason has always been that no matter what happens, when the Buckeyes take care of business on the field everything else will fade into the background.

Redemption through wins.

Off field BS be damned.

Here is a look at how each position is looking heading into the spring game.

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2011 High School All-Star Games Recap

Written January 13th, 2011 by Joe Laing

As promised here is a combined recap of the 3 High school all-star games that we previewed.  Lots and lots to talk about.

Offense / Defense All-American Bowl

In the game that showcased a high number of Buckeye commits our guys really showed out.  Chase Farris was named the defensive MVP for his play on the defensive line.  Kenny Hayes was probably one of the top 3 most recognizable recruits in the game and was talked about all week by the experts. He showed why by performing well in the game. These two were not the only D-line commits to perform well in all-star games, as we will get to further down.

Chase Farris

Derjuan Gambrell scored from the defensive side of the ball as he was able to pick up a fumble and take it back 28 yds to the house.  Ron Tanner and Jeremy Cash also made appearances in this game, but I have not heard reports on their play.

On offense, Nick Vannett, who is a guy that many haven’t talked much about, was very impressive in the game. After seeing him this season and hearing how impressive he looked in the game, I for one am really excited about the skill set he brings to Columbus.  He follows in the footsteps of other Ohio State TE’s that will pride themselves on blocking and have the ability with their huge frame to make plays down the field.

Tommy Brown; not much news during the week or the game.  He will most likely be a red-shirt and fall into the two deep on the inside in a couple years.

The one guy from Ohio that really showed out was Cardale Jones.  He threw for 125 yds, 2 scores, and ran for another.  While he has been hot and cold all year, it really comes down to a test score;  If he can qualify, we will find room for him I think.  I don’t see Braxton red-shirting so there could be at least a year of seperation, and if Braxton turns out to be the star that many believe he will be, there is an opportunity that he leaves early and gives Jones 2 year.  If nothing else, Jones looks like he has the ability to move out to WR for certain plays, especially in the red-zone.

His teammate Shane Wynn also performed well.  He scored a TD and had a block that left many talking as he led the QB to the endzone.  He is tiny, but we might regret this one in a couple years in terms of a weapon we really could have used.  I’m not sure why we are taking a pass on this one, although there have been rumors of grades, but I hate to speculate.  Eilar Hardy and Jarrett Grace are two other guys that played in this game that we might regret passing on in a couple years as well.

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Offense / Defense Bowl Preview

Written December 30th, 2010 by Joe Laing

Checking in with a preview of the Offense / Defense Bowl being played Dec. 31 @ 4. Will be held in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.  TV will only be Comcast in the South.

Practices have been delayed because of players not arriving on time, due to the weather on the east coast.  We could see a very sloppy game because of the lack of practice, even moreso than usual in these all-star games.

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“All Eyes on OSU” is one of the storylines for this game.  With 7 committs playing in the game and 6 of them on East team:

  • Toledo Whitmer DE Kenny Hayes
  • Elyria DL Chase Farris
  • Toledo Westerville TE Nick Vannett
  • Columbus Eastmoor safety Ronald Tanner
  • Toledo DB Derjuan Gambrell,
  • Akron OL Tommmy Brown.

On the West will be Florida safety Jeremy Cash.  The game looks to have a heavy Buckeye flavor.

Cash the only Buckeye for the West

The game itself has a large Ohio flavor.  In addition to the 6 Buckeye commits from Ohio, Cleveland Glenville standouts Shane Wynn and Cardale Jones will suit up for the West team.  They were once talked about as being in the running or having offers from Ohio State, but that talk has really died in the past month or so.

Two of my favorite players from Ohio that were not offered by Ohio State are both Notre Dame commitments- Pickerington safety Eilar Hardy and Cincy Colerain LB Jarret Grace, also suiting up for the West side.

The others from Ohio are Westerville OL Ray Ball, who has committed to play at Wisconsin.  Strongsville TE Ray Hamilton Brad Carrico has committed to play at Notre Dame.  Carrico is the only Ohio player playing for the East team.  In total that makes 13 players from the state of Ohio.

Look for a fun and exciting game with a lot of local talent and stay tuned for a post game write up. In the meantime check out this link for updates on practices and any updates on our recruits from our friends at Buckeyeplanet.com.

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