Team Leadership Can Be Found Up Front

Written August 19th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

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There is no doubt the 2013 Ohio State Buckeye football team has all the tools to be something special. Sixteen starters return from last season under the best coaching staff in the nation.  This year’s recruiting class adds a speed aspect to the game that was lacking during the undefeated 2012 campaign. The defense returns some of the best play makers in the conference. The offense is led by the B1G Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback. The Buckeyes are ranked as the #2 team in the nation.

Yet one major question still surrounds this team as we head into the first game of the season. Which players will step into the role of team leader?

Urban Meyer knows the answer.

The bottom line to success in 2013 begins and ends up front on the offensive line.

80 starts return to a front five that improved drastically throughout last season. Led by team captain Jack Mewhort, the Buckeye offensive line led the offense to 242 rushing yards per game and 37 points per game. Marcus Hall, Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, and Corey Linsley bought into what coach Ed Warinner was selling.

And now, Ohio State’s run game coordinator believes that this unit is one of, if not the best in the nation.

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Silver Bullet Points: Media Day 2013 Edition

Written August 11th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Lots of news and notes to catch you up on before Walter White gets back to work.

  • Senior Photo

    Absent- Donovan Munger has missed most of camp thus far with some academic issues, and now has a medical (blood clot?) that will see him redshirting for this season.  Najee Murray was also not present today, having been suspended for the team for at least the duration of training camp for a violation of team rules. Lots of speculation on this one, but at this point it’s only speculation.

  • Dinged- Curtis Grant is at MLB, but has been out for concussion issues; Jalin Marshall has also missed time for a similar injury. Norwell’s still struggling with plantar fasciitis and Linsley is also feeling the impact of practice schedule- both are expected to be fine. De’Van Bogard will also return to practice on Monday.
  • Off To The Races- The running backs are a “position of strength” for the team, according to Coach Meyer. Carlos Hyde is practicing hard, in spite of being suspended, and is helping the younger players develop. Jordan Hall will be in the “H” role, and says he feels healthier than he had in a long time- that he’s regained his passion to play. Ezekiel Elliott almost lost his black stripe on Saturday, but a late scrimmage fumble disrupted those plans.
  • Texans- Kenny Guiton talked about his hand being close to completely healed, and that he hasn’t lost any velocity off of his passes. Mike Mitchell was identified as a player that is sure to see some action this fall; he also spoke about how Ohio State’s stock is on the rise among Texas preps. Dontre Wilson was a highly sought after interview today- Coach Meyer indicated that he brought something to the team that was totally new, and numerous players spoke about how difficult it was to tackle him in space.  Wilson said that he ran a 4.33 during testing, and that he’d be willing to race Bradley Roby anytime.  He also spoke about practicing at running back, and carried with him a lot of confidence regarding both his abilities and the expectations for the team.
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Wednesday Night Rumble: Pictures and Leaders

Written August 7th, 2013 by Jason

And so it has begun! The 2013 football season is underway as camp has officially opened and the Buckeyes are back to work. A few things I’m looking for, some news on “Johnny Football” and we won’t stop there! It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Photographs

On Sunday afternoon all of the Buckeye blog sites began posting their “check in” photos of the football players unloading their cars or being dropped off at The Blackwell (I don’t care what it’s called now, it’s still The Blackwell) hotel where the program sets up shop for the month of August to train and prepare for the season. The BBC was no different. We see kids coming in with big screen TV’s, Playstation, X-Box, even an occasional book.

What I don’t understand is: Why are we so fascinated with this? And I use the word “we” inclusive of myself because I’m the same way. I wait for it every year and around the end of July/early August I’m looking for the “check in” photos to be posted. I did it this past Sunday.

Chris Carter arriving at camp

Chris Carter arriving at camp

Let me ask you this: Is there something we are looking for? Do we feel like seeing them in street clothes will give us some kind of indicator as to how much work they put in during the offseason? Who looks slimmer, who looks more muscular, “He looks fast!” kind of stuff?

I don’t ask these questions in an accusatory tone. I promise. Like I said, I do it too. When I sat back and thought about it, it made wonder “what is so fascinating about college kids carrying stuff into a hotel?” And I laughed a little bit.

I will say this: Based on the pictures I’ve seen, Chris Carter looks slimmer, more muscular and a LOT faster!

Emergence of a leader

It’s tough for me to say that there is something I’ll be following as camp opens up since I don’t actually get to see anything other than clips from local media outlets that have access to practices. And even if The BBC was worthy (which it is and we should be given) of press access, it’s not like I live in Columbus and could go and see for myself anyways. So I find it hard to write “what’s happening” type pieces that so many other sites with the same access as us seem to write. In all actuality, and I made this clear in the spring, there are things I’ll be hoping to read about from those that do have access. So, anyways, now that I’ve confused you all… Read More

Silver Bullet Points To Gold

Written August 7th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

While camp is in session over at the WHAC, it’s important to remember that in 1936 another Buckeye was rocking the world this week. By this time that year, Jesse Owens had already won three of his four gold medals in the 100 and 200m, as well as the long jump; the fourth would come on August 8th. So, as excited as we are for the speed that OSU has gained on it’s football team, it’s important to also remember someone who was so talented that he broke another barrier. Today’s soundtrack is a song that was at the top of the charts in both Europe and the United State in 1936 as well… pretty appropriate for August.

Buckeye Bullet: Ohio State Speed

Buckeye 411

  • We’re Talking Practice! Day three in the books, and based on comments from Coach Meyer, it was a pretty good one. He was impressed by the strides that Braxton has taken and where he is with his leadership/communication. He also talked frankly about freshman Dontre Wilson, that he had electric speed and brought something they didn’t have in the past.
  • Line? Up- Taylor Decker seems to be leading the battle for the starting right tackle slot, while Marcus Hall has trimmed down significantly in a move that has helped his mobility/agility- Coach Warriner commented that he needed a belt now.  Corey Linsley is still recovering from off season foot surgery, but there’s no concern regarding his being ready to play in a few weeks.
  • That Being Said- Coach Meyer singled out the line and the linebackers as still being areas of concern, particularly in terms of depth.  When asked what would help get these positions to look more “Ohio State-ish”, he replied “another recruiting class”.
  • Good News! No one was in trouble with the law this week! W00t!
  • In Fact- Carlos Hyde, Marcus Baugh, and Bradly Roby were all part of practice on Tuesday.  No decisions have been made re: Roby, as Meyer stated that he was “still getting information” on the situation.
  • For Kicks- Cameron Johnston is the starting punter, according to Meyer, and has athletic ability to the point where they are able to do some “different things” with the punting game this year.
  • The Downside- As powerful as the offense is expected to be, we might not get to see Johnston or the amazing Bryce Haynes work their magic much this season. Alas.
  • Triumph From Tragedy- News broke on Monday that B1G programs would be recieving “refunds” of sorts, as the Penn State bowl allocation would be split among the rest of the conference due to their sanctions. Ohio State announced that they were donating the amount to child advocacy groups, which is pretty cool, given the circumstances. No word on how other programs are planning on using their allocation.
  • Buckeye Pron- Looking for a schedule wallpaper for the old laptop? Well, this one from Sammy Silverman will do nicely, I think: Read More

Silver Bullet Points Was Told There’d Be Cake

Written July 10th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Hey! It’s Urban Meyer’s Birthday today… and Thad Matta’s tomorrow!  Those are national holidays, right? {Takes off pants at work} {Is escorted Leaves work for the day}. So, today’s soundtracks will… uh… help set the mood for a “special celebration

Much better, and more realistic

Buckeye 411

Silver Bullets Point To Hope

Written May 22nd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

What’s really important

Continued thoughts and prayers to our friends in Cowboy and Sooner land… soundtrack should be obvious for today.

Buckeye 411

Simon’s contract has a total value of $2.545 million, including a $385,652 signing bonus. The deal includes base salaries of $405,000, $495,000, $585,000 and $675,000.

Goin’ Hunting With Silver Bullet Points

Written November 14th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Pretty obvious inspirational quote for this week’s Wednesday update, don’t you think? If you’re really interested in what I’m listening to these days, here you go.

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Buckeye 411

  • Fun With Numbers- As a reminder, Coach Meyer is 14-1 lifetime after bye, and 32-2 with multiple weeks to prepare for a game.
  • Injury Update- According to Monday’s press conference, Etienne Sabino is back and will be starting against Wisconsin this week.  Bri’onte Dunn has sprained his MCL and will miss this week, but won’t need surgery- he’s hopefully back for The Game. Armani Reeves is back from the IR, and Corey Linsley is a bit banged up, but will go on Saturday.
  • Meyer’s Musings- In Tuesday’s B1G conference, Coach Meyer said that they haven’t really talked much about an AP championship with the team, choosing instead to try to “win as many games as we could for our seniors” He spoke about how the Wisconsin match up has become a great rivalry, particularly since they’re in the same division now.  Looking at the offense, he mentioned how well the team is working together, and that Carlos, Braxton, and the Offensive Line really feed off of each other.
  • Watch These Guys- Both OSU’s Braxton Miller and Wisconsin’s Monte Ball have been named to the “Players To Watch” list for the Walter Camp Award.
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    Bert Blathers- Also in Tuesday’s B1G Conference Call, Coach Bielema talked about how impressed he is with Ohio State’s improvement as the season has progressed. He mentioned the offensive line in particular, and said that they are playing really well at this point in the year.  He also addressed speculation that his team would be satisfied after last week’s win, which put them into the Conference Championship Game for the second straight year; and said that his team would not see a let down against the Buckeyes, especially given last year’s game. Added to the fact that it’s “Senior Day”, and it’s sure to be a high intensity game.

  • Simon Says- In reflecting on the game this weekend, senior captain John Simon commented, “The tougher team always wins this game”. Not sure what that says about the 2010 team, but it does bode well for this group heading off of the bye week.
  • The Gentleman’s Response-  NSFW due to language, but… yeah.
  • Hoops Note- Tournament travel for 2015 is going to be AWESOME! {Sees Ohio State Sent To Southwest Region}
  • Ticket Masters- Camp Randall is a tough place to play, but insiders are telling us that Buckeye fans headed to the game should be able to get tickets pretty easily this time around. Part of it is the early struggles that the Badgers have had this year, but part of it is that the game is scheduled for one of the Wisconsin High Holy Days.
  • Hoops Note, Part Two- Congratulations to the Albany Great Danes, Ohio State’s opening day victim, for knocking off the University of Washington on Tuesday night!

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Silver Bullet Points Hoots And Hollers

Written April 22nd, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Quick reflections on the Ohio State Spring Game…

  • I’ve Solved Your Problem- You know how the NFL is worried about lawsuits concussions and keeps monkeying with the kickoffs? Well, what if we just got rid of the kickoff and did the Hoot And Holler between five position players on each of the two team; most “victories” gets possession at the 25 to start the game/overtime. It used to be that the NBA did a jump ball after each basket; now there’s just the one at the beginning of the game- this would be like that. Sure, it’s a little XFL, but who’s to say we can’t all learn from each other? You’re welcome.
  • Whereforeart Thou Woody?  Saint Hayes of the Clouds Of Dust would have certainly been less than excited to watch yesterday’s action, as the teams focused primarily on the passing game. Given the desire to protect the quarterbacks, a true “zone read” look was off the table and Coach Meyer seemed to be most interested in assessing the play of the wide receivers. Michael Thomas continued the connection that he built with Braxton at the Under Armor game and during the spring, with 12 catches and 135 yards total (More catches than the total leader for last season). For the Gray team, Corey Brown’s 7 catches were good for an additional 90 as well. Braxton ended up taking every snap for the Scarlet and went 24-31 with one INT and and 258 yards passing; Kenny G was 17-26 with one pick, one TD, and 191 yards passing. Read More
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