tBBC Roundtable: Spring Wrap-up

Written April 17th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye
The BIG show with Matt Finkes is on The GAME

Finkes makes it a BIG Show!

tBBC loves to do round-tables and I in particular really enjoy the interaction that I have with fans and  former Buckeyes who have helped out here. This round is no different, we welcome back my buddies from The Game in Columbus 95.5 and the guys from the new BIG show with Matt Finkes, and producer Adam Sabie. They can be heard weekday mornings from 9-12 and bring you some great co-hosts, and have a nice format for all.

I will be introducing you to a super fan in this round of questions in Michael Doty Sr. who is a U.S. Air Force veteran, a huge Buckeye fan and as many others do, put’s his family first. I had the privilege of meeting Sr. recently as he stopped in my area for lunch on his way to a party in Columbus called the Spring Game, which just happened to be his first time in #TheSHOE. Sr. does his homework and knows his Buckeyes, we welcome him to his first go around with us.

Sr and me before he heads on to Columbus

Before the Spring Game

As usual, we have our own guys putting in their most important two-cents worth. I have included links in all of our participants names so you can follow them on that twitter thingy. Lets get started!

From the start of practices to the game Saturday, who stood out to you the most on Offense and why?

Matt FinkesBrionte Dunn. Stronger more physical and has home run speed now.

Adam Sabie –    I want to say that Cardale Jones stood out the most on offense to me.  Not because his performance in the Spring Game was great, but because he clearly has potential and that, if it were developed, could be great for the Buckeyes.  One thing he and Barrett definitely need to work on though is their deep ball passing.  Jones is still a year away, so let’s hope that he can practice on that for whenever he takes over for injured Braxton mid-season.
Michael Doty Sr. - Let start by saying no player stood out but I will say that Brionte Dunn looked like all business out there.  Very improved and ran hard and determined….I see him be #2 on the depth chart with fall practice opens. I was also impressed with Corey Smith’s ability  to get open and his speed, needs to work on his hands though.
MaliI was impressed with Jacoby Boren, to be honest… we know he comes from good stock, but there’s always been a concern that he was undersized for the center position.  On Saturday, I thought he played pretty well, and I’ve been really excited to hear about his role as a team leader throughout the pre-season.
Patrick - I guess I’d have to say the receiving corp. You keep hearing good things out of Michael Thomas and Corey Smith. No doubt this group needs to improve.
WVaEven though he did disappoint in the spring game itself, I was impressed with Nick Vannett and him stepping up with Heuerman being out of commission. Nick showed some flashed last season of being a guy who should be on the field at the same time as Jeff. There’s only so many footballs to go around but Nick has probably earned his reps now.

From the start of practices to the game Saturday, who stood out to you the most on Defense and why? Read More

Silver Bullet Points Fingers

Written September 12th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

As you’re reading this, I’m prepping for the drive from Los Angeles to the Bay Area with the Mrs. for Saturday’s game. Given that we got engaged on the Marin Headlands, this song by one of her favorite performers is the obvious choice for this week’s soundtrack. Gonna’ warn you, though… this week’s reflection is… uh… verbose.

Waiting

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- The question that everyone’s been asking hasn’t yet been answered, as Coach Meyer said that Braxton threw a bit on Wednesday before leaving practice to get more treatment on his knee. Coach commented that the issue isn’t pain, but seems to be “stability”, and that Braxton is adjusting to his knee brace. It would not be surprising to see Kenny G start and be relieved by Miller, nor would it be a shock to have them split time at the position. Both will travel, Coach Meyer indicated that they would know more after Thursday’s practice and that he remained optimistic.
  • Two Thoughts- 1) The last time Braxton was held out of play in a game he returned to action and performed pretty well. 2) That being said, if Ohio State feels that they can win the game with Smooth Jazz and give Braxton a week (or two) to recover, I wholeheartedly support that decision. Long term goals here, peeps.
  • Also- Adolphus Washington did not practice on Wednesday, but is expected to travel. His is a bit of a different situation, as the injury is something that can linger. Also, as amazing as Washington is on the field, the Young Bucks are doing good work under Coach Vrable’s direction.
  • Good News- Corey Linsley is scheduled to play the entire game this week at center, having gotten the clearance to do so from the medical staff after his foot injury has significantly healed
  • Red, Not Scarlet- A couple of older “back ups” that many are surprised have not gotten the playing time they were expected to were discussed on Wednesday, and Coach Meyer said that it’s a possibility that Bri’onte Dunn and Michael Thomas may end up redshirting if they aren’t going to be a part of the planning this season. He also discussed how he felt that they were “wasted” by the coaches last year, and didn’t want to make the same mistake moving forward.
  • Getting Defensive- Ryan Shazier talked about the Silver Bullets’ excitement to play Cal, and that they were working diligently to ensure that the Bears didn’t have the success necessary to string together drives and run 100 plays a game. He also spoke about the need to maintain leverage on Cal’s running back Brendan Bigelow, as his ability to get to the edge is a strength that created issues for Oho State last year. However, Shazier mentioned that Bigelow’s talents were helped by a number of small mistakes that the young defense made last season.
  • Getting Ready- Playing the role of Bigelow this week in practice? Carlos “I’ll be back next week” Hyde. Not too shabby.
  • Stripes Lost- I guess we’re still doing that now, as Cameron Johnston, Tyquan Lewis, and Trey Johnson all had their black stripes removed today. Woot!
  • Honors- This week’s Sammy Silverman graphics, for your enjoyment Read More

What Do You Want to See On Saturday? San Diego State

Written September 6th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

The Aztecs from San Diego State come to THE SHOE this weekend and here’s our wish list:

MaliBuckeye

  • Scrambled Legs -  I’m OK with Braxton not needing to scramble, but on the cases where he feels pressure let’s see him work some magic
  • Swinging Gate - We saw two options off of the XP formation.. might there be more?
  • Roby – 1 – Kenobi - Welcome back, Bradley… time to earn your jersey number.
  • Tight Ends - A couple of great checkdowns against Buffalo, but let’s get the big(ger) fellas involved in the offense?
  • Reading Rainbow - Braxton is still learning the reads and keys on the option play, and seemed to struggle a bit against Buffalo’s three man front. SDSU will bring even more unique looks- how will he respond?

Eric

  • Improved Blocking - While we were starting some new guys on the line, the pressure that Buffalo got when they put their minds to it was a little much. Hopefully a week of work will have improved some of the footwork and given us the leverage to help Braxton out.
  • No Turnovers - The two turnovers we committed against the Bulls were two too many, and both were caused by poor decisions (getting fancy on a run, and getting tunnel-vision on the screen). Let’s not put our defense in a hole again this week.
  • Attacking Defense - In the same vein, lets force a few additional turnovers by getting some serious pressure on QB Adam Dingwell.  Eastern Illinois forced him into 4 interceptions (granted on 63 passes), so hopefully the Buckeyes can do something similar.
  • More EzE – I was disappointed to only see Ezekiel play as few possessions as he did.  Get that boy the ball and let’s see what he can do.

The Hunter Needs Silver Bullet Points

Written September 5th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, given Coach Meyer’s perspective for this season, the soundtrack for today should be pretty obvious. There’s the awesome option, and the Ah!Sum! possibility. Happy Thursday, Buck-aroos!

Heart you, Dee Dee McCall

Buckeye 411

  • Health Update- According to Coach Meyer, CJ Barnett will be back in action this week against SDSU, and Corey Lindsley will see more time; although the staff will continue to be cautious with his recovery.
  • Back On The Attack? Although he had a good practice today, Bradley Roby has not yet been bumped up to the starter at corner this weekend. Rod Smith, curiously left off the depth chart released on Tuesday, finds himself on several special teams this weekend, which is a pretty good sign.
  • Isn’t That Special- A lot has been made of Ohio State’s practice of having players earn playing time by being a part of Coach Coombs’ charges for a time. If you want to play, prove that you’ve got the heart and passion… I like it, and am hopeful Bri’onte Dunn (who seems to have been singled out this week) will rise to the challenge.
  • Hybrid No More? Coach Meyer mentioned that Dontre Wilson is more of a receiver at this point than a running back.
  • Getting Defensive- San Diego State runs a 3-3-5 Stack Defense, which is a bit different than what the Buckeyes have seen in the past. However, several players mentioned that Buffalo chose a similar look on Saturday, so they feel more prepared. That being said, don’t be surprised to see quite a bit of unorthodox pressure coming from the Aztecs.
  • The Chase- While Ohio State dropped in the AP poll to #3 (I guess beating an FCS school is a good idea, huh NikeU?), they stayed at the #2 slot in the Coaches’ poll.  Oh, and they’re #1 on the Facebook poll… which reminds me; can we be friends? Read More

What Do You Want to See on Saturday? Buffalo

Written August 30th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

And here we go… the first edition of our weekly staff wishlist!

BannerMaliBuckeye

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. That One Thing - Won’t say it, won’t jinx it. And if the OL is successful, I won’t mention it next week.

Ken

  1. No injuries
  2. Offensively, crisp execution with running and passing games
  3. Defensively, fundamentally sound tackling
  4. A win

Unleash The Cannon

Eric

  1. 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.
  2. Ryan Shazier Murderin’ QBs - This better be something that occurs all season long
  3. OSU with at least double Buffalo’s Yardage - This could mean many things, but should ultimately mean good things from both offense and defense.
  4. Young guy playing time - Let’s have the starters on the bench in the second half. Read More

What Do You Want To See On Saturday?: Spring Game 2013

Written April 12th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

A bit of a different version of WDYWTSOS, since we all want to see the same thing- Awesomeness and no injuries.

So, we’ve polled our staff of experts for their predictions on the following aspects for “Getting Down At Paul Brown”- let’s see how much everyone’s been paying attention to the Spring Practice Updates:

Bombs Away

What player scores the first points of the game?

WVa: Braxton Miller will score first and it will be on a long run. 

Ken: Devin Smith on a long pass play from The Brax

Jason: Rod Smith. My bet is they limit Hyde and with Brax wearing the black shirt his running is cut out.

Janelle: Devin Smith on a deep ball from Braxton

Eric: Might as well ask what your favorite color of M&M is based on the taste.  I’ll go with Michael Thomas on a nice Brax pass.

Dexter: I’m going to go with Evan Spencer on a Bomb downfield from Braxton Miller. That is my favorite color M&M.

Charles: To be a bit different, I’ll go with Drew Basil

Mali: The obvious answer is Drew Basil.

Who’s the offensive MVP? Read More

Silver Bullet Points Is Recovering Nicely

Written April 3rd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

After a weekend filled with excitement and disappointment, it’s a bit of a quiet mood at tBBC headquarters. We like baseball, and know that OSU sports are amazing even if not the “got to be on television” variety, but I’d be lying if I didn’t confess that there’s a bit of a let down these days.  Ah well… only two songs possible for today’s soundtrack. Onward.

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- As you may have read, Ohio State offensive lineman Antonio Underwood will miss up to 6 months with a torn ACL that he experienced in Spring Practice this week.  There’s significant speculation that he’s going to red-shirt.
  • Fired Up- The other “injury” news from Tuesday was Braxton getting blasted as a part of a scrimmage drill, in spite of the fact that he was wearing a black “no contact” jersey. He spent some time on the turf, but then got up and returned to drills later in the practice. There are reports that he tried to lower his shoulder on a run following his return, and that he approached the defense very heated about being knocked to the ground. After practice, Urban talked about the need to have a competitive spirit and to be the kind of quarter back that “want to go get in a street fight and get after it”.
  • The Stable- Carlos Hyde sat most of the “team” portion of Tuesday’s scrimmage to get the Young Bucks more opportunities. Rod Smith and Brionte Dunn continue to impress, but Warren Ball seems to have not missed a beat by missing last season with a foot injury, and was a highlight for the second straight week.
  • Make Them Pay- Linebacker Armani Reeves took an interception 71 yards in the team portion of practice, but was leveled at the end of his run by Chase Farris.
  • Diamonds In The Rough- The Buckeyes showed a bit of the “diamond” formation that the 49ers have made popular since last season (and that Nebraska gashed OSU with in Lincoln two years ago). Today, Hyde was joined by Smith and Dunn in the backfield in a “broken wishbone” look. Woody would be so proud.
  • Wither The Slot- Jordan Hall is still recovering this spring, so the “slot” position has fallen to Chris Fields.
  • Jonesing- Saturday, Cardale Jones had one of his best practices; enough to make Coach Meyer say that he was confident that Cardale could play Quarterback at Ohio State.  While his accuracy continues to be an adventure, those who saw him in practice said that his running reminded them of a current Raiders QB (No, not Matt Flynn).
  • Manning Up- Coach Meyer had good things to say about Patrick Elflein, who saw time at several positions on the offensive line.
  • Sparing No XSpence- Noah continues to be the defensive lineman that stands out… man, we need to come up with a nickname for him.
  • ‘Preciate It- As you can tell by today’s graphic, something special is in the air for Ohio State Students this week. Here- let Urban tell you about it: Read More

Silver Bullet Points To Los Angeles

Written March 27th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, howdy-do, Buckeye nation! Thanks for paying attention to my little neck of the sunshine state… hope it works out as well as last time Ohio State had a team out here.  You know what? Since we’ve already got a visit scheduled to the Bay Area for September, what say we just go for the trifecta and come on back out this way in January. Multiple options for today’s soundtrack- Vintage, Old School, Hippie, Country, Top 40, Hip Hop, Rock. Oh, and I’ve got a great recommendation for a place to stay.

Silver Bullet, Knotts Berry Farm

Buckeye 411

  • Big Plays- In today’s scrimmage, both Heuerman and Fields had long receptions for scores, coming on the first play and a fourth down play action (respectively).
  • You Rock- Also, we found out today that former DeSales star and one time Michigan defensive end Chris Rock has returned home to Columbus to be a walk-0n third year sophomore at Ohio State. Given the last “walk on” from TTUN, there’s reason to be optimistic regarding his career as a Buckeye. If nothing else, he certainly helped my parenting skills.
  • Backup Plans- It seems that Tuesday’s practice was a chance for the staff to look a bit closer at some of the folks who might be called into service if there’s an injury. Kenny G sat out while Cardale took snaps with the second team, and Carlos Hyde gave way to the “young Bucks” in the backfield. Which brings us to…
  • A Good Problem To Have- Great reports from the Running Backs thus far; Rod Smith had an amazing practice Tuesday, while Brionte Dunn was singled out by some as a highlight  in last week’s practices. Not to be left out, Warren Ball’s shiftiness and ability to get extra yards seemed to be a constant part of Tuesday’s work. Oh, and there were even passes to a fullback during Tuesday’s drills.  Running Back by Committee ain’t to shabby when all of the Committee are stellar.
  • Rising To The Challenge- Coach Withers talked at the end of practice about his wanting to see more from Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown, telling him that he wasn’t playing well enough to keep from being jumped on the depth chart by some of the incoming team.  On Tuesday, Brown seemed to be playing with that edge, making key plays in coverage as well as a crucial stop in the goal-line period.
  • Up Front- Coach Meyer talked about how positively he feels about the current offensive line; they’re picking up where they left off, and should be among the best in the conference. Defensively, Michael Bennett has taken a more vocal leadership role for the D, including a firey moment when the Offense managed to score. Bennett, according to Coach Meyer, has graded out as 5/6 “wins” for each practice.
  • New Crush Candidate- Since John Simon has chosen to leave me, I’m just going to get on #TeamSpence for the near future. From what we hear in practice, he’s going to be the next in great Ohio State rush ends. Read More