And here we go… the first edition of our weekly staff wishlist!
- Juice - Game starts at noon, and the students will probably be hung over/asleep… but this needs to be a high octane start to an amazing year. Ohio State excelled in the second and third quarters last year… it would be great to get a fast start to the season.
- Front Seven - We’ve got the secondary on lockdown (we hope), but the pre-season talk has been about the linebackers and the young front. Start of the season with the kind of play that will make B1G offensive coordinators stay awake at night.
- Special Teams - While I’d be OK if Bryce and Cameron never get out on the field, I’m looking forward to a unit completely under the guidance of Kerry Coombs.
- That One Thing - Won’t say it, won’t jinx it. And if the OL is successful, I won’t mention it next week.
- No injuries
- Offensively, crisp execution with running and passing games
- Defensively, fundamentally sound tackling
- A win
Unleash The Cannon
- The New Braxton Miller Show - It would be nice to see if his passing game has improved as much as has been reported. Lets hope for about 200 yards passing from him for the game.
- Ryan Shazier Murderin’ QBs - This better be something that occurs all season long
- OSU with at least double Buffalo’s Yardage - This could mean many things, but should ultimately mean good things from both offense and defense.
- Young guy playing time - Let’s have the starters on the bench in the second half.
- First and foremost - Put a hit on someone. Tackling WILL be improved so I want to see the better team, which IS the Buckeyes, inflict some pain defensively.
- Let Braxton be Braxton - His athleticism will take care of the future. He needs to be the guy with the ball in his hands a minimum of 40% of the time running the ball.
- Referring to number 2 - The rest of the team needs turned loose. Coach Meyers teams in the past have been about multiple touches by multiple athletes. Outside of Braxton that is what will keep teams guessing, who focus on him. And they will do that. I want 4/5 WR with atleast 4 catches
- Buffalo is the team to see what younger RB talent we have - No worries with Hyde out for three games so let Ball get a good feel as the feature runner. He’s been my favorite of that class and I think there’s a reason he’s been a fast riser since the injury. Let him get an easy 100 in his first game.
I Got This
- Defense – I’ve been talking about it all winter and spring and now I finally get to see it: Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington, unleash the fury.
- CJ Barnett and Christian Bryant, I realize Buffalo is Buffalo, but lets see marked improvement in your coverage and especially wrapping up tackling.
- Curtis Grant, it’s put up or shut up time. The guy has all the athletic ability in the world and the size to go with it. Show it to us.
- Offense – Warren Ball and Bri’onte Dunn give the nation a look at just how deep the backfield is. And then we see Ezekial Elliot and Dontre Wilson with a few touches and a show the speed.
- Move the line of scrimmage - You guys all know my passion for the big guys up front on both sides of the ball. I want to to see the Buckeye offensive line moving the line of scrimmage on their own 3-4 yards per running snap.
- XBrax360 version 2: Air raid - I know what Miller can do with his feet, now I wanna see what George Whitfield taught him about passing. No better time than now to get the Heisman campaign started.
- Tackling 101 - Fundamental and sound, like the end of the season last year…
- Shutout - I want to see the defense pitch a shutout and get to the qb. The defense needs to get off to a quick start this season.
Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oy Oy Oy!
- Good tackling with proper technique - Last season tackling was a major issue for the defense and much of that appeared to be due to players going for big hits rather than going for a proper wrap-up. With the new rules emphasizing player safety, proper tackling technique is going to become even more important.
- No more than two quarters of Braxton and the starters - I want to see OSU get off to a strong start, put the game away early, and then rest the starters to prevent injuries and to give the reserves more playing time.
- Cameron Johnston blowing people away with his punting - got to give the Aussie some love.
- Three Yards and a Cloud of Ball - He did it in the spring and with Hyde and Smith both sitting out this one, I would love to see Warren Ball get 10-15 carries and keep the offensive moving with solid carries through the heart of the defense
- Contain Oliver - Branden Oliver is one of the best running backs in the country. If you the Ohio State defensive line can contain him, many questions about the young but talented group will be answered. And most likely Ohio State will exit week 1 with an emphatic victory
- Return Game - I’d love to see the freshman speed on the field. How great would it be if it made a difference on special teams? It should this season, and it starts with game one.
- Quarterback Pressure - Stopping the run game is one thing, but Buffalo is replacing two starters on their offensive line. The Buckeye defense needs to find their way to the quarterback early to disrupt any type of offensive rhythm throughout the game.
- Buffalo Dip - From start to finish, I want to see the Buckeyes scoop ‘em up and throw ‘em down!