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.
  • Photo by Josh Winslow

    Good Hands- While we’ve been a fan of Guiton’s smooth jazz here at tBBC for a while, it was refreshing to see how well he fits into the new Ohio State offense. Gone are the days of “Bauserbombs”, where we would pray that Braxton would stay healthy in order to keep hope of victory alive (See: Nebraska, meltdown in). Guiton’s performance in the spring game will go a long way in assuaging any flashback moments; particularly if he’s got a full arsenal of running backs during any on field opportunities he’s given.

  • Runneth Over- Speaking of the backs; while we didn’t get much of a chance to see their full potential (passing scrimmage) I was impressed with Brionte and Rod’s work in both amassing hard yardage and moving out of the backfield in the spread sets. I agree with Urban- running the ball won’t be a concern (knocks on wood re: offensive line).
  • Put It In Perspective- Ok, here’s the part where I dial things down a bit and make some reminders re: this exhibition. 1) We’ve already talked about the running game being limited, so it’s hard to truly asses a 1.2 dimensional offense. 2) There were anywhere between 13-16 impact players who were not suited up or saw limited action; this was, in many ways, a chance for the reserves to get a meaningful look. 3) Given those things, it’s hard to get a real feel for the defense- the linebackers are still thin in numbers, the defensive line was active but missing key components, and it looked as if the DB’s were much less aggressive than they will be in the future (again, that could be due to the new coverage ideologies and/or personnel). So, while it was great to watch Ohio State Football again, let’s not start jumping to conclusions regarding what this might mean in the long term.
  • Lean and mean

    Surprises! I thought that Chris Carter played well, given the recent move to defensive line. While his technique is limited (Mongo kill!), having him get a push up front will help in short yardage situations AND can be a benefit for practice as our offensive line work against him.  I loved seeing Tyvis’ interception (no, I’m not vacating it from my memory). I was surprised that Stoneburner didn’t get any touches, particularly given the number of crossing routes that the offense has been running.  The Offensive Linemen looked to be in incredible shape- huge kudos to coach Mariotti for getting them ready to perform.  On that note, check out this great interview with Corey Linsley that talks about how the physical and mental attitude of the team is changing. I was impressed with the number of young guns that got to see time and made the most of it… great moments for them and for their family.  I thought I couldn’t love any OSU assistant more than I do Luke Fickell, but Kerry Coombs is pushing that significantly. Oh, and I really am enjoying how this coaching staff seems to like working together.

  • Things That Make Me Go “Hmmmm…” Still worried about the offensive line. Granted, most of Braxton’s “sacks” would have been escapable, but I’d much rather not have him have to do that, if you know what I mean. Plus- they didn’t have to face John Simon; because, in the words of Coach Meyer, he didn’t play “because he didn’t have to”.  The punting/kicking game still leaves a lot to be desired, but Bryce Haynes made no mistakes.  W00t. Given my thoughts that the defense was playing pretty vanilla, it makes me a bit concerned that the Scarlet team had as many three and outs as they did.
  • All That To Say- This team is a work in progress… but it’s come a long way already from the start of January. If they have, as Coach Meyer has said, and “epic” offseason/summer, the sky might be the limit as to what the 2012 season holds.

Time And Change Will Surely Show

4 Comments

  1. jeffNo Gravatar
    April 22nd, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    never commented on here before…but i have to say this one thing…watching that video…the fire is back in their bellies…they got that desire not to just be the best…but to take it to anyone that stands in there way…I always liked Tressel, yet he seemed to be this passive aggressive guy. Urban is straight up in your face. Nobody wanted him to come here. least of all the people that hate us the most. They just wanted OSU to lay dormant and be somebodies kicking post. after watching that video. I hope all the other college teams look at that and say…omg they are jazzed. why is a team that is on a year’s probation that pumped. I tell you why. cause they know they can win. They know they can play. They also know when they believe in themselves. It doesn’t matter except a “W” at the last game of the year. That’s all that matters. I can’t wait for football.

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    CharlesNo Gravatar
    April 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Great points Jeff. They really did look fired up there which is very encouraging to see during a practice. I hope they carry that fire with them through this season, they are playing for pride and that hopefully will be a big motivator.

    I also really liked the fact that Urban Meyer was on the field during the game. Reminded me of the coaches at high school scrimmages I’ve officiated. It shows that he is going to be very hands on and very concerned with teaching these kids, all positive and exiting signs.

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  2. Ben HNo Gravatar
    April 23rd, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Didn’t like the XFL reference. My HS team used to do something similar to this after we went through our cupcake walk thru…it fired me up and made me want to run thru a wall before starting the game. I was very disappointed when my college team did NOTHING like it besides a gay ass 1-2-3 cheer. They were fired up and it made me fired up. If it didn’t do the same for you then I’d get used to seeing it because he did it at every stop he’s been. I have to say…I think it worked in ’06 when we got our heads pounded in 41-14.

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  3. CentralMoBuckNo Gravatar
    April 25th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    There’s another video that starts a bit earlier. Simon and Mewhort are the first matchup and it was a dandy. zBoren and Stoneburner were the next two. Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R7GGqIQwjl4

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