Silver Bullet Points Channels Carl Spackler

Written October 26th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

You have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Report-Christian Bryant’s still in the hospital, but due home today or tomorrow (according to reports). Will be off the field for a long while, most likely the rest of the season. Pittsburgh will be missing action through the Spring, while Bell and Homan may be back after the BYE week. The Donnie is “under the weather”- forces of nature being the only thing that can impact him.
  • Tress Talk- The usual platitudes, and insight on the Gopher defense,

And now we need to go on the road and play better than we’ve played on the road. We head to Minnesota and it will be the first time for any of us on our team to ever have seen the stadium let alone play in it, so that will be exciting for us. And it’s an evening primetime game, and our guys will get excited about that. So now we’ve got to go back to work and understand that we’re facing a veteran quarterback in Adam Weber. We had him in youth camp. I thought he was outstanding then, and 10,000 yards later I think he’s still outstanding. And I think the school career passing record for us is a little over 7,000 and he’s got 10,000, just to put it in perspective what he’s been able to accomplish and he’s a heck of a player. He’s a competitor. He’s a senior. You can just hear in his comments that he doesn’t want to hear about coaching transition or this or that, this is still the 2010 Minnesota Golden Gophers and still the same team it was at the beginning of the year who has a passion to get some good things done, and through his leadership, you can be sure that they’ll never stop, and that’s the kind of leader that you want to have. And he leads a young group of receivers who I think are getting better and better and they’ve done a good job of giving you a lot of different formation looks, a lot of different personnel groupings.

Over on their defensive side, they were very young when they began, now they’re eight or nine games into it and they’re no longer — you no longer talk when you talk about a team of so and so had this many starters returning because that’s irrelevant now because they’re going into this point in the season.

And they seem to have dialed up a little bit more of their pressure package in this last game or so than they did earlier in the year. They did a similar amount against us a year ago, so it’s not like we haven’t seen it. It’s not like it’s anything brand new, but they are bringing good pressure. I think they’re playing a little bit loose and getting just excited to go out and hit somebody and see if they can create turnovers and so forth, so it will be a great challenge for us.

  • Injury Report, cont.- In spite of injured feet, JB Shugarts graded out with a winning performance against Purdue.
  • Passing Fancy?- Minnesota threw the ball 49 times against Penn State; you’ve got to think that looking at the Ohio State secondary would make this a trend that continues.
  • Not Just The Home Jerseys- Redshirts are something the staff takes very seriously, so you can imagine that a decision to remove Sabino’s would be the result of something significant.
  • Tress Talk, The Sequel- on Special Teams,

Special teams, we always say, is the key when we go on the road and I think if anyone has an interest in Big Ten football and doesn’t think that the special teams had maybe the biggest impact on last weekend, Wisconsin’s fake punt was probably the turning point in that game. Michigan State’s fake punt was probably the turning point in that game. I think Iowa missed a field goal, which was big, and an extra point, perhaps. The Cleveland Browns, I didn’t see it, but the little reverse pass or whatever they did was huge in their game, and on and on and on. Missouri, I think, didn’t they bring the opening kickoff back?

So special teams is something that we’ll never stop talking about and you’ll never be able to convince me of its relative impact on the emotion of the game, and football is an emotional game. And so we’ve got to make sure that despite the fact that we’ve had to go with a lot of different lineups due to injuries in the linebacker and DB areas, we’ve got to get better at special teams, especially on the road. It’s a huge impact. Purdue found that. Go full circle, Purdue found that out, coming over here, you can’t make two big special teams mistakes and think you’re going to win in someone else’s stadium.

  • Award Winners- Boom was the offensive PotW for the second straight week, Cam was the Defensive Lineman of the week, Bryant Browning was awarded the Offensive Lineman award, with Jake McQuaid as the special teams honoree. Andrew Sweat won both the Attack Force and Tatum Hit of the Week awards. Scout team kudos to Marcus Hall, David Durham, and Chris Maxwell.
  • Tressel’s Komedy Klassic- As always, presented without commentary or context.

I apologize. It was disguised as a pooch.

I've gotta get inside this guy's pelt and crawl around for a few days.

Other Buckeye News

“He came to us (during the Purdue game) and said, ‘This is how they’re playing us; we should throw this.’ And all of a sudden he hits a 19-yard dig route. I mean, he had it down cold. Then he came back and called the next play and all of a sudden I thought, ‘Man, I’ve got all you other guys (assistant coaches) up there? What do I need you for?’

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Just to prove that he’s got a sense of humor, here’s his take on his Tigers’ experience at Auburn:

You can't even hope to contain him

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Coach Tressel Weekly Press Conference Transcript/Video
Courtesy: OhioStateBuckeyes.com Release: 10/26/2010
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COACH TRESSEL: Well, the Buckeyes are 6-0 and Paul Keels is 1-1. It’s good to see Paul back and we missed him, but glad he’s feeling well and the Ohio State Hospitals could be there for him.It’s good to have a homecoming. I think anytime you’re really anxious to get back out on that field, it’s nice that it’s your own field and I thought our guys prepared well after, you know, a significant disappointment the week before and we were most interested in trying to get better. And I thought we had a good week of practice. I thought Purdue helped us by kicking it out of bounds, and that just is another reminder of the impact that the special teams have, not just in the simple field position, but in the emotional flow of the game, gave us great field position. Now we’re in a situation where we’re 60 yards away from points rather than maybe 80, and I think your percent chance of scoring is, like, maybe 20 to 25 percent higher just between those two field zones. And then they had the error on their punt return and all of a sudden it was 14-0, and we were at home and they were young and they had been through adversities of their own with injuries to their great receiver and their quarterback and tailback, and then I think later in the game the quarterback got banged a little bit, so it was an adverse situation for them and a situation that turned out such that we could play some guys and, again, get a little bit more depth built and see if we can enter this final third of the regular season with good health and good play and momentum.

And now we need to go on the road and play better than we’ve played on the road. We head to Minnesota and it will be the first time for any of us on our team to ever have seen the stadium let alone play in it, so that will be exciting for us. And it’s an evening primetime game, and our guys will get excited about that. So now we’ve got to go back to work and understand that we’re facing a veteran quarterback in Adam Weber. We had him in youth camp. I thought he was outstanding then, and 10,000 yards later I think he’s still outstanding. And I think the school career passing record for us is a little over 7,000 and he’s got 10,000, just to put it in perspective what he’s been able to accomplish and he’s a heck of a player. He’s a competitor. He’s a senior. You can just hear in his comments that he doesn’t want to hear about coaching transition or this or that, this is still the 2010 Minnesota Golden Gophers and still the same team it was at the beginning of the year who has a passion to get some good things done, and through his leadership, you can be sure that they’ll never stop, and that’s the kind of leader that you want to have. And he leads a young group of receivers who I think are getting better and better and they’ve done a good job of giving you a lot of different formation looks, a lot of different personnel groupings.

It will be a good challenge from a linemen assignment standpoint, to begin with, for our defense, and they’ve moved the football. I think they had 27 first downs last weekend. Normally you’re going to win if you have 27 first downs. So they’ll give our defense every challenge we could possibly want. Over on their defensive side, they were very young when they began, now they’re eight or nine games into it and they’re no longer — you no longer talk when you talk about a team of so and so had this many starters returning because that’s irrelevant now because they’re going into this point in the season.

And they seem to have dialed up a little bit more of their pressure package in this last game or so than they did earlier in the year. They did a similar amount against us a year ago, so it’s not like we haven’t seen it. It’s not like it’s anything brand new, but they are bringing good pressure. I think they’re playing a little bit loose and getting just excited to go out and hit somebody and see if they can create turnovers and so forth, so it will be a great challenge for us.

8 Comments

  1. KenNo Gravatar
    October 26th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    This stuff just brightens up my day. The Platitudes section is pretty good, sounds like the Buckeyes will be “excited” on Saturday.

    Re Sabino’s redshirt burning; I’ll believe it when I see it. I can’t imagine, barring another injury, that he’d need to play this week.

    Komedy Klassic – you don’t even have to work that hard to catch these bon mots.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 27th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    So you’re saying I’m lazy?

    Not that I’m not, just wanted to see exactly who had caught on…

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    KenNo Gravatar
    October 27th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    To your credit, you actually have to read through the transcripts to ferret out the good stuff. This is probably why you’re earning the big money..

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 27th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    “ferret” Another varmint reference!! Well done…

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  2. T-KNo Gravatar
    October 26th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I don’t agree with burning Sabino’s redshirt.
    We play freaking Minnesota this week. Unless we play with only 8 players on each side of the ball — we are not in danger of losing, let alone winning by less than double digits.
    Then, there’s a bye week.
    Then, a game against an offensively-challenged Penn State team.
    He’s redshirted this far in to the season.
    For the next two weeks, keep him redshirted, then Homan and Bell could be ready against Penn State. Start Jackson against Minnesota in the meantime, or shuffle around the positions and have Klein in there.
    I just think with the one loss already and only 4 regular season games remaining (2 tough ones) it’s a nonsensical waste to burn his redshirt.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 26th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I have to agree, from my couch in Los Angeles. :)

    I’m not up on the “redshirt” rules- if he dresses but does not play, will it mean that his “redshirt” is gone?

    If not, I can easily see the staff wanting to have him available “just in case”- especially since we’ve got some sort of voodoo curse on our defensive players this year.

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  3. T-KNo Gravatar
    October 26th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    yeah — I agree, that’s a better idea: just to have him dress in case of an emergency … I would hope that merely dressing for the game wouldnt burn the redshirt, (but it wouldnt surprise me with the backwards NCAA)

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    October 27th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Well, it looks as if he’s been dressing all along… This is from the Miami game:

    Bino

    So I guess that idea is still in play. Why the big deal about it, though, is beyond me.

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