The wait is over… the Buckeyes are in camp and the season is upon us.
Here’s the trailer to what’s sure to be an epic season of Ohio State football- Renewed and Revived. The Buckeyes come back alive in 2012.
This is just a taste of what’s to come.
The one and only 2012 Ohio State Football Movie Trailer’s official release: August 6, 2012
Since there are rumors that Mississippi State’s Rodney Hood might be considering Ohio State as a landing location for his transfer, we went to our SEC and MSU Bulldog expert, WCBI’s Robby Donoho.
We begin with the timeline of Rodney Hood’s time leading up to his transfer from Starkville:
October 27, 2010 – Rodney Hood verbally commits to play for Rick Stansbury and Mississippi State University.
2011 – Signs LOI to play for Bulldogs
November 21, 2011 – Hood named SEC Freshman of the Week
January 2012 – Hood returns to his hometown of Meridian, MS to discuss transferring from Mississippi State.
Jan 2012 – March 2012 – MSU falls from #15 in Top 25 polls to missing the NCAA Tournament, the only team in the January 2nd Top 25 to miss the Big Dance.
March 15, 2012 – MSU head coach Rick Stansbury ‘retires’ as coach of the Bulldogs. Immediately following, Rodney Hood ‘feels comfortable’ with Mississippi State.
April 2, 2012 – Mississippi State hires former Purdue assistant coach Rick Ray as newest head coach.
April 3, 2012 – Hood tweets that he had ‘toughest’ workout in his basketball career with Rick Ray.
April 8, 2012 – Rodney Hood is granted his release from his scholarship at Mississippi State. (Full release can be viewed here)
So…here we are. All-SEC freshman Rodney Hood, a former 5-star prospect according to Rivals.com, is looking for a new school to call home.
An important date on that timeline was during January 2012, when Hood returned to his hometown of Meridian to discuss possibly transferring from Mississippi State.
We still don’t know what spurned this trip home, but we do know his father Ricky had to talk his son OUT of leaving MSU during the season and staying on to play for the Bulldogs.
This, coincidentally, was during the time where the Bulldogs were in the midst of their epic downfall from being a potential sweet 16/elite 8 squad to missing the Tournament all together.
Fans will discuss everything from his character to his demeanor to his work ethic, but being around Hood for his freshman year at MSU: the kid CAN get it.
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The BBC decided to bring in the big guns for this preview, and for good reason…no one knows the Boilers better than me.
34 teams in this year’s preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches poll were rated higher than the Purdue Boilermakers. Let me be the first to caution those who voted in the poll: you just poured gasoline onto a burning inferno. Not smart. Anyway, just like in years past, Purdue struggled come postseason and tourney time this past season in college basketball; managing just one win in the NCAA Tournament and an early, embarrassing exit at the hands of Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament. (The 18 point loss to VCU in the Round of 32 of the Tourney doesn’t seem so bad now).
All joking aside, it was still a solid year for Purdue, finishing 26-8 and second in the Big Ten was a far cry from where most preseason prognosticators had them once the news of forward Robbie Hummel’s second ACL tear was announced on Saturday, October 16. As you can imagine, I remember where I was, how stunned I looked when I panned down at my cell phone while standing on the sidelines of the Minnesota-Purdue football game and reading ‘Robbie Hummel out for the year with 2nd ACL tear.’ Immediately, Purdue was dropped out of the Top 25 by most writers, picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten. Why do the voters feel the need to do this again, this time with Hummel returning to the team? I can tell you immediately: this team will compete for a Big Ten title, even without 2 of the best to ever play in West Lafayette.
After remembering the past and the legacy that brought us here, it’s time to get excited about the 2011-12 Ohio State season. Who knows how the things that start today at the practice facilities will end up in November and beyond, but it certain that this team has one vision and one purpose.
Stay tuned to tBBC for weekly looks at the top plays of the Ohio State season, and be sure to follow me on twitter: @RobbyDKitchel If you find yourself in the Columbus (Mississippi) area, you can also catch me on WCBI Sports.
We begin the 2011 Ohio State Movie Trailer series by paying tribute to one of the greatest coaches in Buckeye history, who revolutionized the program. This year, the Buckeyes will be playing under new leadership, but there’s no doubting who they will want to win for this season.
The 2nd Installment will be released Monday, August 8th. Until then, keep it locked here on tBBC and follow me on Twitter for more on the 2011 Ohio State Movie Trailer series!
The 2nd of however many articles I will publish on the 2011 Spring Game focuses on the offensive side of the ball, which if you haven’t noticed has some positives and negatives going into next season.
On our first look at the 2011 Spring Game, we dissected each of the 4 QB’s and how they looked out on their possessions. This time, we will look at the offense as a whole, position by position.
There’s no doubt about it, the backs are going to be Ohio State’s strong suit going into 2011. With all of the talent, speed, and power at the tailback position, offensive coordinator Jim Bollman is going to have one heck of a time trying to figure out who his #1 will be. And to be quite honest, he may not need to name one for the first 5 games.
Let’s be straight here: after watching the spring game, Boom Herron is OSU’s #1 back once he returns from suspension. His combination of speed, power, and patience carrying the ball is by far the best on the team. I’ve heard from many Buckeye fans that they don’t want to see Herron as the feature back of this offense. Those fans were served a dose of humble pie as Herron looked excellent breaking tackles, waiting for his blocks, and fighting for extra yardage. Not to mention, we saw a little bit of his speed shine as well.
Outside of Boom being #1, it’s a dead heat for who’s going to be the #2. That means the #1 for the first 5 is not an easy decision to be made. And who knows, maybe there won’t be a #1 back on this team going into the non-conference slate. Go back to the ’03 team that had Lydell Ross and Maurice Hall. While Ross may have the so-called ‘starting running back’, they shared the bulk of the carries. That could be the same situation heading into the home opener this year.
44,276 may have seen a glimpse of what the future/the first 5 holds for Ohio State at this year’s Spring Game, which the Scarlet (offense) dominated the Gray (Defense) 59 to 27.
The score line makes it seem like the offense was the juggernaut of the 2 sides, but honestly both teams had their moments and the defense captured some life as they harassed all 4 QB’s at some point during the game.
In this recap, we’ll focus JUST on the QB’s, since that appears to be the big talking point going into the 2011 season. So who will start in the first 5 games without TP? Let’s take a look.