Excited for RSB to be a regular Friday night feature for the college football season. An obvious play on words from someone else, it will be my take each week of who is doing great for the Buckeyes, who may have stumbled during the week, and who definitely stepped in some doodoo during the week. You can see the original here
Heading into the first game of the season against the Buffalo Bulls it’s been pretty obvious who has been rumblin for the Buckeyes. There’s been a lot of attention paid to some of the rookies, as well as returning stars like Jordan Hall. Braxton Miller has been met with great anticipation this week for a very good reason.
It should be obvious to everybody that he is a much different player now. Elected one of the eight captains this week says all that we need to hear about how much more of a leader he is now. It’s important for the QB to be a leader because sometimes his play may be off a bit and the rest of the team steps up under his direction.
Last season it was more of keeping the ball in his hands and making stuff happen. This season we should see more of the read option opening up and a lot more motivation coming from Braxton for his teammates to perform. It will be very obvious to all of us on Saturday that he is a different player.
Not too sure there should be much made of some of the news coming out of camp about some of the rookies falling off the pace. It is what it is and it’s too easy for fans to forget that these kids are only eighteen years old, some seventeen. They do not have a regiment in high school that allows them to be ready for the task at hand in one of the top programs in the country.
They come in and I have seen through others eyes that the program that Marotti runs is a definite cultural shock for those who come early. Then they get into their first fall camp under Coach Meyer and yet again – shock. They will contribute to this team, eventually and hopefully it’s when they are ready. These kids will adjust and get into the games at times the coaches see fit.
A wise man once said, “if you depend on freshmen to make you better, you’re going to be in trouble”. That man was referring to his own high school program that I was an assistant to. I imagine it applies to colleges for the most part as well. These coaches will take care of the young ones and surely the better ones will step up and adjust.
With everything that’s been going on in the sports world this past week. The one that struck the hearts of many in Buckeye Nation more than any other, was the news of the ridiculous punishment Manziel received from aTm and the NCAA. All things considered, it is perfectly clear that there has at the very least, been a bias against Ohio State as far as the team and players punishments are concerned.
The route I am going to take with this, and why I feel the fans reaction themselves is kind of ridiculous too (including myself), is that we have closure. In the truest sense of the word, we have a new coach who brought us an undefeated season last year and provided it. That program will not even notice the price it’s paying with scholarship reduction because Coach Meyer is a great manager.
There is a great possibility that that team will also bring another undefeated season and a national title back to Columbus. So, why do we care what the NCAA did or will not do to anybody who apparently broke the rules. It is in my nature to complain as well, I did so on twitter. However, I learned after reading some of the fans tweets of pain and angst that we needed to change our attitude.
We have a much bigger opponent to focus our energy on with twitter, FB, and most especially in these blogs. It’s the 2013 season, the #ChaseFor8 , and the opportunity to exorcise some demons of the past. That includes all of the NCAA punishments and anything else the Ohio State haters can and will throw our way. Focus on our Ohio State Buckeyes football team and ignore the rest. If you aren’t with us, you’re definitely against us. So be it.
It’s time for us to be leaders: