Playing Safe Is Playing Scared

Written September 14th, 2011 by Chris

QB1?

New writer Chris brings us insight into the quarterback situation in Columbus, with a look back at some previous QB tandems…

There is an old saying that history often repeats itself. When it comes to a quarterback derby, Ohio State’s history is fraught with them.

It became clear with each boo on Saturday from the 105,000 fans crammed into Ohio Stadium that the honeymoon with Joe Bauserman is over. With every errant pass, throngs of scarlet and gray clad spectators wondered when it was going to be Miller Time, well Braxton Miller time.

Whether a change needs to be made or not, the problem is nothing new when it comes to Buckeye signal callers.

Stan Jackson and Joe Germaine duked it out in the late 90’s. Steve Bellisari and Austin Moherman dueled at the turn of the century, and most recently Terelle and Todd fought for the job in 2008.

While the Bauserman – Braxton affair has many similarities to the Boeckman and Pryor battle, this one resembles one that unfolded right in front of my eyes: Troy Smith vs. Justin Zwick.

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Sports Illustrated: How Tressel Lost Ohio State

Written May 30th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye
Really? That’s your title?

After much speculation and rumors, the article that possibly expedited the end of the Ohio State careers of Jim Tressel (and Terrelle Pryor?) went online at Sports Illustrated this evening.

In it, author George Dohrmann raps up a six week investigation into Ohio State football and other aspects of life in the WHAC.  As you can imagine, it’s not flattering.

Sports Illustrated is alleging that the number of student athletes who have exchanged memorabilia for tattoos is actually 28, and not the 6 that were originally named.  After interviewing former employees at two Columbus area tattoo parlors, this number also includes nine Buckeyes currently with the program- Jamaal Berry, C.J. Barnett, Bo DeLande, Dorian Bell, Zach Domicone, John Simon, Storm Klein, Etienne Sabino, and Nathan Williams

Also in the piece, SI alleges that some of the exchanges of memorabilia was for marijuana, and that players often partook while they were at the various tattoo establishments.

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2010 Terrelle Pryor > 2005 Troy Smith?

Written December 1st, 2010 by Jim

Although there is still a game or two left between various college football teams around the country, for Ohio State and its fans, the waiting game has begun.

Having put the finishing touches on an 11-1 regular season with a convincing 37-7 victory over Michigan on Saturday, the Buckeyes now wait to see who and where they will be playing in their bowl game.

At the moment, the most likely destination is the Sugar Bowl against an SEC opponent (likely Arkansas). But until the bowl selections are officially released, everything is uncertain.

Rather than looking forward into the unknown, I thought I would take a moment to look back at how the regular season went for the team.

Each year, I have ridiculously high expectations for the Buckeyes in the preseason. So high, in fact, that it is almost impossible for the team or the players to live up to them (thankfully, I have video games to take care of that).

I, along with most other Ohio State fans, had particularly high hopes for Terrelle Pryor following the Rose Bowl. So, how has he lived up to those lofty expectations?

Read on for a look at Pryor’s 2010 season, how it compares to some previous Ohio State greats (see the title), and some speculation about the future.

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Silver Bullet Points is Better Late Than Never

Written November 4th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Juuuussst a bit outside

As promised, updates from Tressel’s press conference and other college football news:

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Report-Homan and Bell will be back for Penn State, as was reported earlier. Evenge is also progressing in his rehab.
  • Speaking of Penn State- Today’s “Good Tweet” announces that Dustin Fox will be the honorary captain when the Lions come to Columbus next Saturday.
  • Injury Report, cont.- As was speculated across the webs and in this week’s tBBC Radio Hour, Jake Stoneburner is not yet 100%, but will be closer after the bye.
  • I Found My Quarterback In San Francisco- Coach Tressel today spoke about Troy Smith’s game with the 49ers, and mentioned that Coach Mike Singletary contacted him while he was weighing whether to start Troy or David Carr.
  • Award Winners- We updated this on Tuesday, but here are the honors for the Minnesota game: OPOTW-’Boom’ Herron, DPOTW- Brian Rolle, LB, Attack Force-Nathan Williams, Lineman Award- Justin Boren, Special Teams- Jonathan Newsome, Tatum Award- Storm Klein, Scout Team- Verlon Reed; Stewart Smith; Dionte Allen

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Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade: #1 Troy Smith

Written August 30th, 2010 by Jim

The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.

Troy Smith (2004-2006)

They could make a movie about Troy Smith’s journey at Ohio State. From an athlete who struggled to find a position on the team to a Heisman winning quarterback, the path Smith took was incredible, and there were many ups and downs along the way.

Troy’s transformation from an athlete into a quarterback was almost as drastic as his transformation from an immature college student into one of the best leaders to ever play at Ohio State.

Smith had a few run ins with trouble (including accepting illegal benefits that resulted in a two game suspension) but he learned from them and grew from them like only a true champion could. Read More

Heisman-winning quarterback days left!

Written August 23rd, 2010 by Jay


There isn’t a better choice than Mr. Troy Smith to take us into the final 10 days of the countdown.  We haven’t seen Troy yet on the Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade list, but you know he’s got to be on there. Where will he finish in the ranking?  There are only a few spots left…

Five… and counting

Written August 31st, 2009 by MaliBuckeye

Since we’ve entered “game week”, it would make sense to highlight Michael Wiley or the great James Laughlin, 1979 team MVP.

Actually, since Jim’s blocked punt in the 1979 MACh1gAAn game led to another loss by TTUN, and since we seem to be making a lot of friends from “bluer” websites, let’s take day five in a different direction.

As in the last five versions of The Game:

2004- 37 to 21 Troy and Teddy lead to the upset of the #7 team in the nation.

2005- 25 to 21 “The Catch”. Oh, and the amazing tackle by Shawn Crable on Ohio State’s last score.

2006- 42 to 39 The Game of the Century. #1 vs. #2. Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and the Buckeyes win again, with help from Morgan Trent and Shawn Crable.

2007- 14 to 3 All Beanie, All Day. Plus, Jake Long allows Chad Henne into the Gun Show that is Vernon Gholston.

2008- 42 to 7 Goodbye, Beanie. Hello, Boom and Terrelle.

Just think, if they hadn’t been breaking all of those practice and training rules, they would have been shut out.

To be honest, the best thing about day five  is that next year we’ll be able to use this template for countdown day six.

Troy Smith is way, way better than you

Written August 26th, 2009 by Jeff
This picture marks the one and only occasion in which a Michigan player actually got within 8 feet of Troy Smith

This picture marks the one and only occasion in which a Michigan player actually got within 8 feet of Troy Smith

We had a couple of interesting pieces to publish today, so the countdown had to wait until the street lights went on….thanks for your patience!

There’s only ten days left until the Ohio State Buckeyes take the field for the opening game of the 2009 season.  Now is the time that you begin to literally taste the excitement.  You can begin to smell the air in Ohio turning crisp, that genuine aroma of fall that you don’t truly recognize if you’re not from the midwest.  To me, that is the actual essence of college football.

Day #10 could have had so many great athletes recognized here at The BBC.

  • Rex Kern,  QB from the legendary teams of 1968-1970.
  • Art Schlichter, the brash QB from 1978-1981
  • Rich Spangler, the sure-shot kicker from 1982-1985

Or we could just go with the guy that still thrills us all here in Ohio and still gives them nightmares in that state up north.

Yeah, let’s go with Troy Smith.

Ohio State football has long been a force, and no single man can be credited with being the savior of the game (well, maybe Woody).  But earlier this decade things did not look so good for us until Troy Smith returned the Buckeyes to greatness.

Justin Zwick was our quarterback in 2004, and we struggled a lot with him at the helm early on.  It actually took a 55-yard FG at the buzzer to beat lowly Marshall.  More than half of Zwick’s passes ended up incomplete or in the hands of our opponents.

Then the losses started coming.  An OT loss to Northwestern showed just how bad things were about to get.  The murmurs about removing Zwick for Smith began to turn into screams.  The next week, a loss at home to Wisconsin started Buckeye fans into panic mode.  Tressel felt the heat to make a switch at QB.

Against Iowa, with the Buckeyes trailing 17-0, Zwick fumbled the ball deep in his own territory, and the change was made.  Troy Smith took over during Ohio State’s worst slump in over a decade and the weight was now on his shoulders.

Smith won 5 of the remaining 6 Buckeye games in 2004, turning a 3-3 Zwick team into an 8-4 Alamo Bowl champion….and a complete destruction over #7 Michigan, 37-21.

In 2005, his starting record was 9-1, which included a come-from-behind win at Michigan 25-21 and a 34-20 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame.

Then came the dream season of 2006, in which the Buckeyes ended up 12-1.  Smith’s final home game was known as the “Game Of The Century” between #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan.  Guess who won?

Wanna know just how much we love Troy Smith in northeast Ohio?  We actually didn’t mind that he got drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.

  • Smith’s record as a starter was 25-3.
  • He became only the second QB ever to go 3-0 against Michigan.
  • He was the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner
  • He has a National Championship ring
  • He gained over 1,000 yards….against Michigan alone.

But none of those stats are as pretty as it is to actually watch the man in action.  Thank God for YouTube….

“The Catch” against Michigan, 2005;

The play that won him the Heisman against Penn State;

The entire day against Notre Dame;

And then there’s this collection of dominance over Michigan….Troy’s in WAY too many of these clips;

Troy Smith, thank you for all you did for us.  This day is for you.

10 days left!

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