Wednesday Night Rumble: Dynamic Duo

Written April 17th, 2013 by Jason

The Scarlet and Grey game for 2013 is in the books. Who stood out? Who can change the game? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Scarlet and Grey 2013

Remember back around the last week of December and on through New Year’s when everyone was upset and moaning about the Buckeyes not being bowl eligible? Seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? I told you time would fly by, and here we are with summer camp and the 2013 season opener as the next events on the Ohio State football schedule. Game-of-Thrones

Like a lot of you I wasn’t able to logon to the Big Ten Network’s live stream of the game or listen to the radio play-by-play online. I followed along on twitter for some of the pregame and a little bit of the first quarter and decided to wait it out and stay away from it until the BTN broadcast at 7 on Saturday night. Then I didn’t even have a chance to see it at 7. Good thing for DVR’s. Read More

What Do You Want To See On Saturday?: Spring Game 2013

Written April 12th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

A bit of a different version of WDYWTSOS, since we all want to see the same thing- Awesomeness and no injuries.

So, we’ve polled our staff of experts for their predictions on the following aspects for “Getting Down At Paul Brown”- let’s see how much everyone’s been paying attention to the Spring Practice Updates:

Bombs Away

What player scores the first points of the game?

WVa: Braxton Miller will score first and it will be on a long run. 

Ken: Devin Smith on a long pass play from The Brax

Jason: Rod Smith. My bet is they limit Hyde and with Brax wearing the black shirt his running is cut out.

Janelle: Devin Smith on a deep ball from Braxton

Eric: Might as well ask what your favorite color of M&M is based on the taste.  I’ll go with Michael Thomas on a nice Brax pass.

Dexter: I’m going to go with Evan Spencer on a Bomb downfield from Braxton Miller. That is my favorite color M&M.

Charles: To be a bit different, I’ll go with Drew Basil

Mali: The obvious answer is Drew Basil.

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BBN Preview: OSU Receivers -vs- Cal’s Secondary

Written September 13th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

As a part of the 2012 season, the Buckeye Bloggers Network is pooling their expertise to give Ohio State fans the most in-depth coverage possible for Saturday’s game.

This week tBBC looks at the Buckeye passing game against the Cal Defense. Be sure to check out the rest of this series via the links at the bottom of this post!

Buckle Up

Coach Herman is new to Ohio State, but I don’t get the sense that he’s one to lean on hyperbole.

So, when he tells his receiving corps that they will be challenged in ways that they have not yet seen, you’ve got to believe that this will absolutely be the case.

Much has been made of Cal’s “unique” defense- a Bear (seriously) look that emphasizes stopping the interior run game. It’s also been highlighted that this philosophy is dependent upon corners and safeties who have the ability to lock their men down for the evening.  Given that Cal has been running this in a conference that can, at times, be a bit “pass happy”, it’s safe to assume that they might just know what they are doing.

And that’s just half the issue.

Coming into this season, one of the concerns that Ohio State fans and coaches each identified was the need for maturity and excellence from the receiving corps.  Part of that was due to the issues that emerged last year- new coach, true freshman sharing time with a professional rocket launcher at quarterback, and an offensive philosophy that emphasize any number of plays as long as they were “Dave”.  Losing their top playmaker for all but two games, and now losing him to graduation, it’s easy to understand why Coach Meyer came into the spring and fall looking to find out who would be the person he could count on.

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Gameday Recap: Ohio State 56, Miami 10

Written September 1st, 2012 by Tim Shoemaker

Welcome Home

The debut of the Urban Meyer offense everyone was hoping to see took a little longer than most would have liked.

After trailing the Miami University 3-0 after one quarter, Ohio State cruised to a 56-10 victory today at  Ohio Stadium.

The offense struggled in the first quarter, out gained 172 yards to 48 by the Redhawks, but thanks to the tough running of Carlos Hyde and a highlight catch by wide receiver Devin Smith, the Buckeyes found their rhythm in the second quarter.

Several things caught my eye from the game today, both good and bad. I will start with the good, though:

  1. It was great to see Nathan Williams back on the field for the Buckeyes. He showed so much promise early in his OSU career, and has dealt with injuries the past couple of seasons. Today, though, he got back out there and was all over the field. In the first quarter, Williams pressured Miami quarterback Zac Dysert, causing him to throw the ball low and incomplete, on what would have been a touchdown for the Redhawks. On the next play, Miami missed a 24-yard field goal.
  2. When give his opportunities, Carlos Hyde was very impressive. Hyde finished with 84 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. When he’s able to square his pads and run downhill, he really is a load to bring down. He also is a lot faster than people give him credit for.

    Just... wow.

  3. The play of the wide receivers looked much improved. Devin Smith’s catch was no doubt the highlight of the game and Evan Spencer made a really nice catch as well, but I was really impressed with Philly Brown. Meyer had talked about how improved Brown was during camp, and I had questions about his hands, but he showed up big time in the first game of the season, finishing with seven catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.
  4. When Braxton Miller is good, he’s really good. He is an outstanding athlete. But to me, the best thing about Miller is his vision. He sees things unlike any other player I’ve watched before. That 65 yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty.

In a 46 point win, it may seem difficult to pick out bad things, but even Meyer described the first quarter as “ugly.” So, here are three things I would like to see OSU address:

  1. The OSU pass defense needs to get significantly better, as there were too many big plays allowed. The secondary gave up plays of 42 and 58 yards in the first quarter, but Miami was only able to come away with three points. In the third quarter, the Redhawks got another big play–a 44-yard touchdown pass from Dysert to Nick Harwell. Pass coverage must improve in the future for the Buckeyes.
  2. The defensive line did not play very well, either. There weren’t a lot of blitzes called, but the defensive line is supposed to be the strongest point of this Buckeye defense. There wasn’t a whole bunch of pressure by the front four, allowing Dysert some time to throw when he needed it. A lot of Miami’s offense were quick passes, but he did have some time to sit back and throw, too. If not for a significant amount of drops by the Miami receivers, this game would have been a lot closer at halftime.
  3. Braxton Miller still has a ways to go. Sure, it’s easy to be blinded by the numbers, 17 of 24 for 205 yards passing and 161 yards on the ground, with three total touchdowns. His ability to change the game with his legs is second to none, but you’ve still got to be a little worried about his arm. A lot of his throws, especially down the field, were ducks. His accuracy must improve for OSU to beat the better teams on its schedule.

Overall, though, Meyer’s debut was a good one. After a shaky start, Buckeye fans were able to see the Urban Meyer offense they were hoping for. Next week will be a bigger test, though, as Central Florida is a much better team than Miami.

We’ve got you covered all week here at The Buckeye Battle Cry.

Silver Bullet Points: Fall Practice- 8.6.12

Written August 6th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Another quick update on the state of Ohio State football, following media access on Monday. Huge thanks to our friend Josh Winslow for the photos!

  • Injury Updates- Jacoby Boren practiced today, but no contact. Jordan Hall and Nate Williams were also present, but doing work on the side of the field. Coach Meyer commented that they were right on schedule in terms of rehab. Josh Perry tweaked a hamstring and spent time with the medical staff
  • Doghouse Update- Brionte Dunn practiced, and Coach Meyer said that they were waiting to see how the legal process concluded before making final decisions regarding any punishment. Also, Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort went with the #1 team- Meyer characterized them as “good kids, but stupid.” They will be on scholarship beginning fall semester.
  • MIA- Curtis Grant missed practice, as did Verlon Reed and Pat Elflein. Grant was home in Virginia with his grandfather, who has been ill. No notes on Reed or Ellfein at this time, although Patrick had a cyst removed recently Read More

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Another look at the 2012 season from Tim Shoemaker…  If you’re interested sharing your opinion, don’t forget to drop us a line!

Ohio State wide receivers caught just 65 passes as a group a last year—dead last in the Big Ten.

To put that in perspective, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State and Northwestern each had one wide receiver catch more than 65 passes.

To put it mildly, that will simply not be good enough this season. Not with Urban Meyer under the helm.

With DeVier Posey suspended for the first ten games of the season, Devin Smith was the leading receiver for the Buckeyes in 2011. His statistics? A not exactly mind blowing 14 catches for 294 yards and four touchdowns. Posey has since moved on to the NFL, leaving the Buckeyes’ receiving corps as its largest question mark for the 2012 season.

There are no senior wide receivers on the roster, so Corey “Philly” Brown and Chris Fields are the veterans of the group as juniors. I use the term “veterans” lightly here, though, as Brown has just 14 catches in his OSU career and Fields has just 11. So, who steps up this season for the Buckeyes?

There are proven playmakers at the other positions on the field, except for wide receiver.

Tight end Jake Stoneburner will likely be the favorite target for sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller. Versatile tight ends seem to have a certain niche in Meyer-coached offenses, and Stoneburner is just that. Stoneburner, though, is currently suspended after being arrested roughly three weeks ago for obstructing official business, but many say that Stoneburner will not miss any games.

Running back Jordan Hall will also be used in a variety of ways by Meyer. But, Hall recently suffered a foot injury that will cause him to miss roughly 10 weeks, and potentially three games of the regular season.

But Miller will need some help from the wide receivers, too. Read More

Are you not Entertained? Michigan State

Written October 2nd, 2011 by Eric

Well, by this point, I’m pretty certain things like 406 punting yards are pretty entertaining. But that’s only because we all know that at this point laughter is all that is left.

Let’s see how the crew did.

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MSU's BJ Cunningham was tough for OSU to stop, netting 154 yards on 9 receptions.

Return Of The Burn. Jake Stoneburner did catch two passes for 8 yards. We even tried to go for him in short yardage routes!

Hungry Hankins. He scooped up a fumble that he may have consumed. Does that count as hungry enough? In fact, the defense as a whole was very impressive, particularly up front. The Buckeyes D-Line completely devastated the MSU running game, leaving them with only 71 total yards.

Defensive Score. And we still don’t have one, though the defense did prevent a couple of scores with their turnovers. There were also two near pick-sixes, but near pick-sixes don’t put points on the board.

Special Teams Savvy. Special Teams was fairly pedestrian today, though Jordan Hall did have a couple of exciting returns to give us decent field position. Not that the offense could do anything with it, of course.

Need I Say More?. Shugarts, as usual, led us off with the false start party. He was, however, not the only one today.

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Post Game Notables

Written September 3rd, 2011 by Joe Dexter


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It was a very successful afternoon in Columbus to open the season for the Buckeyes, who defeated the Akron Zips 46-0. After playing shutdown defense and exploding on the other side of the ball, there is a lot to take from the first victory of the season. Here are your Notables from after the game on Saturday.

Notable Player Quotes

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QB Joe Bauserman -

On his performance throughout the game

“It felt good to get out there and get good timing and get comfortable with the seniors and offensive line. I tried to lead the best I could. It’s something I’ve always dreamed about.  It felt good but now I’ll watch film and critique it and move on.”

On sharing playing time with Braxton Miller

“It was good for both Braxton and I to get out there. Braxton came in and did well and moved the ball. We both were focused. Now it’s time to watch the film and prepare for Toledo.”

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