Plenty to amuse us with this week, let’s get Rumblin’.
There’s no doubt in my mind who the best player is on the Ohio State roster. Braxton Miller returned in a way that most people watching are saying he would be smack dab in the middle of the Heisman race if he hadn’t missed almost three whole games. I will go further and say that due to how dynamic he has become compared to last year, he may sneak his way back into it.
My reasoning is simply this. Wisconsin did not have an answer for him early or very often until the Coach Meyer version of “Tressel ball” showed up. Bear in mind he justified his actions much in the same way that JT did, just win the football game. The huge difference between the two is Coach Meyer wants to get out fast, get a big lead, and then sit on it. Coach Tressel mostly wanted to get a lead and let his defense take over.
Much of the success that took place last Saturday night was due to Whiskey’s underestimation, and evidently their players as well, of Braxton’s improved arm strength and accuracy. What is really silly about some of the throws he made are the fact that he wouldn’t have even attempted them last year. He has become more of a threat on the run than before and his accuracy really is improved.
Braxton Miller will do alot of things in the rest of his career. The most important to him will be to finish the season undefeated and have a chance to hold up the trophy and kiss it. My second place finisher for rumblin’ last week was Bradley Roby. In as much grief as he received and how poorly he played. He was still able to make some plays being alone in coverage. He is one of the best run supporters the Buckeyes have had in the secondary in a good while.
As I stated earlier about Bradley Roby being my second place rumbler, he is also the guy stumblin’ this past week. Coach Meyer pretty much called him out to everyone by mentioning the fact that he needed to have a great week of practice.
Bradley Roby made the decision to come back for only one reason. He wanted to be a part of the team that wins the next National Title for the Scarlet and Gray. It’s very admirable and I even opined that he really doesn’t care about the end result because he believes he will earn his money at the next level. Mostly, Stave went after Roby because he was by himself and manned up with Abbredarus in almost every situation.
The truth of the matter is that he spent the biggest part of his time alone because the rest of the secondary was doing a great job in coverage. So much so that their only other player to have significant catches were the TE. And, let’s face it, early on the secondary was sending a clear message. They were going to provide run support first and make the Badgers throw the ball. It was obvious that Roby played a significant role in this part of the scheme as well. Roby will return and play the way he is expected to.
I will keep this short and not so sweet this week. I have to take acception with a certain group of fans in Buckeye Nation that make it rough for the rest of us to enjoy the football season. I have been working on my ability to just ignore, or in most cases, unfollow on twitter, those people who choose to be negative all of the time.
You know who you are and for the most part you are the only ones who respond to certain media types and guve them the hits they love. I have blocked and will block just about ny of those media darlings so I do not have to read their trash. I encourage you to do the same. After all, it’s a great thing that people hate us. We want it that way and we should only care about those within Buckeye Nation.
I will continue to urge those others to find a way to ignore the dummies and to not even mention them on FB and twitter, try doing what I did, block them.