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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

Silver Bullet Points Hoots And Hollers

Written April 22nd, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Quick reflections on the Ohio State Spring Game…

  • I’ve Solved Your Problem- You know how the NFL is worried about lawsuits concussions and keeps monkeying with the kickoffs? Well, what if we just got rid of the kickoff and did the Hoot And Holler between five position players on each of the two team; most “victories” gets possession at the 25 to start the game/overtime. It used to be that the NBA did a jump ball after each basket; now there’s just the one at the beginning of the game- this would be like that. Sure, it’s a little XFL, but who’s to say we can’t all learn from each other? You’re welcome.
  • Whereforeart Thou Woody?  Saint Hayes of the Clouds Of Dust would have certainly been less than excited to watch yesterday’s action, as the teams focused primarily on the passing game. Given the desire to protect the quarterbacks, a true “zone read” look was off the table and Coach Meyer seemed to be most interested in assessing the play of the wide receivers. Michael Thomas continued the connection that he built with Braxton at the Under Armor game and during the spring, with 12 catches and 135 yards total (More catches than the total leader for last season). For the Gray team, Corey Brown’s 7 catches were good for an additional 90 as well. Braxton ended up taking every snap for the Scarlet and went 24-31 with one INT and and 258 yards passing; Kenny G was 17-26 with one pick, one TD, and 191 yards passing. Read More

Michael Thomas is a Buckeye!!

Written October 30th, 2011 by Jim

UPDATE- While his coach is reporting that this is a done deal, Michael has not confirmed it as of yet. FWIW

Michael Thomas was in the Shoe this weekend and made his comittment official shortly afterwards.

UPDATE 2- Michael has confirmed that he’s headed to Columbus via his twitter today. Welcome home!

UPDATE 3- Well, maybe not. Twitter account might have been hacked. *Sigh.

UPDATE 4- It’s official.

Originally from California and a part of the 2011 recruiting class, wide receiver Michael Thomas has decided to join his teammate Cardale Jones at Fork Union Military Academy by enrolling at Ohio State in January ($).

Thomas has excellent size at 6’4″ and as Keyshawn Johnson’s nephew, playing wide receiver runs in his family. He was a highly rated recruit in the 2011 class, and this is clearly an exciting development for Ohio State.

Ohio State had been looking at Thomas for some time, and after rooming with future Buckeye QB Cardale Jones at Fork Union Prep School, the lure of the Buckeyes was too much to overcome. May the chemistry that Jones and Thomas developed this season translate onto the field in Columbus.

It’s nice to have some exciting news on the recruiting front after several months of relative quiet.

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Michael!

Highlights after the jump. Read More

Wrapping up the 2012 Recruiting Class

Written October 25th, 2011 by Jim

After a long hiatus, it’s time to jump back in with some recruiting talk.

Adverse circumstances surrounding the program have obviously impacted recruiting for months, but the 2012 class still has an opportunity to be pretty darn good.

The key will be finishing strong, and the Buckeyes look to be in a great position to do just that.

The biggest concern, as it has been for months, continues to be along the offensive line. Regardless of how the ’12 class finishes, the depth issues there may not be resolved until the ink is dry on the ’13 class.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, here is a look at how the 2012 class will wind down. Read More