We’re pretty good around these here parts of letting people know what we want to see when it comes to the football sport. More specifically, what we want to see form our Buckeyes! Alot of it’s wishful thinking but for the most part, it really is what the folks wanna see. I provided the outline with offense; defense; back-up QB play; new playmaker show; how many times will Coach Coombs’ hair catch fire; and whatever else they want. Let’s get started with the head honcho.
Offense- We’ve been hearing about some of the new aerial weaponry, it’s time to see it- Vannett/Baugh at TE and the stable of athletes at WR. I’m also interested in seeing Curtis Samuel after hearing a lot of good things this spring.
Defense- We’re running Press/4 coverage exclusively now… what will that look like against the spread? How will our linebacker play be different than last year? And will Joey Bosa kill someone on accident?
Back Up QB play- No one will replace Kenny G’s leadership, but is there a serviceable option for when Braxton’s resting?
New playmakers Show- Again, Curtis Samuel is the guy that I’m keeping my eye out for, as well as some of the young pups on the offensive line
How many times will Coach Coombs hair catch fire- Depends on if he gets to run with the “can you beat a Buckeye” contestants again.
Offense - I want to see some consistent play from the offensive line and good burst and hole recognition form the RB’s. These groups could be key for a good season and the need to show growth.
Defense - Improvement out of the secondary and LB’s. I am not sure they can be worse, but for Grant, Perry and D. Grant to step up and make plays.
Back-up QB play - No mistakes, I would like to see JT Barrett jump up and take this job from Cardale Jones, and I’d love to see Stephen Collier show some things.
New playmakers show - Can’t wait to see EZE get a majority of the carries.
How many times will Coach Coombs hair catch fire - This will depend on how many times Reeves and or Apple get burned. I will say six times!
Offense - I’d like to see the offensive line function somewhat cohesively. The Buckeyes have a lot of positions to fill, but I hope that Warriner’s boys begin to mesh. I’ll cut them some slack and not expect much in pass blocking, but I expect the line to be aggressive with their run blocking.
Defense - Similar to Patrick’s thoughts; substantial improvement in back seven play. At this point, they don’t even have to “make” plays; just don’t let the offense make plays. Secondary stalemates would be wonderful!
Back-up QB play - Aside from what we’re here (at OSU) for, I’d like to see big game management by Cordale and flashes of competence. Again, like Patrick, I’d like to see JT Barnett get substantial playing time and play well.
New playmakers show - I’d like to see EZE and Dontre Wilson perform in their “new” roles.
How many times will Coach Coombs hair catch fire - Only one time. Once it’s been lit and burned, that’s it. Right, WVa and Jeff?
Offense - spring games are usually built for offense and for a show, thus no hits on the QB’s but good chase! I honestly only care about one match-up here and it’s the stout as well as new and improved D-line against the new O-line. There is a ton of talent blocking up front. We have seen great individual development since the staff has been in town, I want to see how quickly this o-line comes together. It’s replacing one of the best rushing attacks in a long time.
Defense - I have a need here to see the LB’s and secondary attacking our receivers from the get go. Even though it’s usually built for a show, I want this defense to send a message to the offense that they want those scarlet jersey’s back. Vonn Bell will be the key as far as I am concerned (although he’s injured and won’t be playing on Saturday). There’s talent here that can go a long way, let’s see if it’s already stepping up.
Offense: I’m with Ken, I want to see the line and how well it appears to (hopefully) be coming together. The big ugly’s are always overlooked. Attention will be on them Saturday.
LB Anyone: I would like to see some LB’s step and show some killer instinct and closing speed!