Silver Bullet Points Minds The Madness

Written March 19th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Sorry, Iowa and Tennessee- the tournament don’t get rolling until tomorrow, no matter what you told people yesterday. So, we’ve got one more day of work before distraction takes us all… it’s madness, I say!

Come March, Foucalt knows of which he speaks

Buckeye 411

  • Welcome Back! The Scarlet and Gray returned tanned and rested from Spring Break, and hit the field today
  • Students Of The Game- Coach Meyer announced this week that the annual “student day” will be April 5th… no foolin’.
  • Spring Game Sprung? After an article this week positing that many coaches would prefer a 15th practice to a “spring game”, Coach Meyer today said that this wouldn’t be the case at Ohio State. He talked about the value that he has in watching his team perform “in front of a crowd”.
  • We Come Here To Play Football- According to Coach Meyer, Cardale Jones is a “changed man” and leading the first string offense as Braxton heals from his shoulder injury.
  • Effusive- High praise today for Darron Lee and Raekwon McMillan, and said that Taylor Decker has taken a real obvious leadership role this spring.
  • Running On Ez? Not as of yet, as Meyer points to others that are having decent spring practices thus far. Elliott may end up being “the guy”, but it’s great to hear that the stable is still full.
  • Bell’s Toll- Missing Vonn for the spring (knee) has impacted the secondary a bit, but Cam Burrows and Tyvis Powell have stepped up their game thus far
  • More Walking Wounded? One of the whispers from Tuesday is that redshirt freshman Jalin Marshall may have also been banged up a bit in practice as well… while no injury is a good one, thank goodness it’s spring ball, right?
  • Matta Wins Again! Great three-peat for Coach in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge... and great win for the Ronald McDonald House.
  • The Bigger Picture- Remember, these are “students”, so another solid measure of success is brought to us by Sammy Silverman: Read More

Silver Bullet Points Is Talking About Practice

Written March 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

If they can celebrate The Answer in Philly, we can celebrate Spring with this great musical tribute that includes his most notorious catchphrase

Buckeye 411

  • Spring Has Sprung- Ohio State started spring practice on Tuesday, and will do so again on Thursday prior to the players taking off for Spring Break. There was a lot of media coverage, be sure to check out Josh Winslow’s photo gallery for all your “guys running around in helmets” needs.
  • Injury Updates- Devan Bogard, Evan Spencer, and Chase Farris will be missing from practice this spring as they recover/rehab.  James Clark and Braxton will also be limited- Brax has shoulder surgery this past week, but will still be running and participating in “mental drills” with every snap of the first team.
  • Also banged up? Jeff Heuerman broke his nose in a weight room incident of sorts, Curtis Samuel missed work due to a hamstring issue, and Eli Apple was not participating for reasons that weren’t made clear.
  • And Also- Coach Meyer had a procedure on Monday to deal with a cyst that was giving him headaches.  From reports, it sounded as if it’s something he’s been aware of and treating for quite some time.
  • Alas- It’s official: uber-Linebacker Mike Mitchell will not practice with the team this spring.
  • Old Face, New Space- A couple of position changes to be aware of: Chase Farris and Joel Hale both leave Coach Johnson’s legions to bolster the offensive line, and Cam Burrows has been slid back from corner to safety.
  • Deep, Man- The folks at the OZone grabbed these photos of Tuesday’s depth charts (offense and defense). The buzz at practice was Darron Lee’s move to the starting Will Linebacker- Coach Meyer in particular highlighted his ability to trigger to the ball and the work he’d put in over the off season.
  • n00bs- Raekwon McMillan saw a lot of reps at middle linebacker today, and those in attendance said that the freshman absolutely looked the part.
  • Speedsters- Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson turned heads with their jets, and Mike Thomas continues to impress. People also talked about Jeff Green, the Georgia Tech transfer- his size, hands, and speed will create problems for other teams this year. Troubled tight end Marcus Baugh also saw some significant action.
  • Numerology- If you’re into that kind of thing, there were a couple of number swaps today. Dontre is back to wearing #2 (his high school number), while the #1 jersey goes to Johnny Dixon. Stephen Collier takes the mantle of #13 from Smooth Jazz, while Raekwon will be sporting #5. Curtis Samuel in #4, Mike Thomas in #3, and Marcelys Jones at #64 wrap up the new “it’s not the players, it’s the jersey” allocations for this season.
  • Four Letter Network- They were in the house today, and if you haven’t boycotted them (as your humble correspondent has), you can check out some video hereabouts.
  • Night Moves? Some speculation that Ohio State’s trip to East Lansing this season, an early November tilt, will be a prime time game… one of the first for the B1G in November.
  • Floppy Haired President? I’m not sure what the rules are for non-American born student body presidents at Ohio State (kidding, it’s totally cool), but our favorite Italian seems to be gaining momentum at taking that position.  Now supported by the Lantern (sort of), his campaign includes making Troy Smith very happy by bringing In-N-Out to Columbus.  Check out the video here:

  •  Also Awesome?  Mekka Don’s new release!!! Check it out on Amazon and iTunes!

Other News

  • Well, Gee… Our favorite bow-tied former Buckeye (sorry Malcolm) was named the new president in Morgantown this week, after being the “interim” president for the past few months.  Well wishes to Dr. Gee… and I think I’m not the only one who’d love to see you have one more tour of duty in Columbus.
  • Ah, Jersey- Other than Springsteen and Tony Soprano, what has the Garden State ever really given America? You’ve got to think that the B1G is wondering that every week as the Rutgers financial situation becomes more and more clear.  But “NYC TV Market!!!” and so forth.
  • I Still Heart Rich Rod- Actor? Nope… but I love that he’s taking a shot:

And Finally-

Today’s my dad’s birthday. So, this is relevant (and may explain a few things):

Dad

Michigan Recruiting Weekend Roundup

Written November 27th, 2012 by Joe Laing

The weekend was just another building block for Urban Meyer.  There were 50+ recruits in town that got to see a great environment, the coaches and players at an all time high in terms of excitement, and how close knit the team is.  In addition all the coaches and players showing respect for the seniors that will be leaving and the field littered with underclassmen making impacts all over the field.  So lets just say that all recruits were excited, they had a great time, enjoyed the game atmosphere, got to see Urban Meyer’s championship rings, and loved how everyone felt like it was a family atmosphere.

Now that we got that out of the way way we can talk about the information that really matters:

  • The Glenville 3 (’13 Chris Worley, ’14 Marshon Lattimore and Marcelys Jones) were in town and will all be Bucks when the time is right
  • WR and LB recruiting are clearly the two biggest positions that Urban Meyer and staff after after. At the WR position OH WR Shelton Gibson was in town and as we have said for the past couple months if all is in order in the classroom Shelton will be a Buckeye.  KY WR James Quick has said all the right things after his visit and I have penciled him in the class.  Urban Meyer is personally handling his recruitment and he doesn’t miss very often.  Juco WR Corey Smith was in town and the staff reaffirmed his OFFER, and encouraged him to revisit for an official in January and it sounds like Brown will take them up on that offer.  At this point I think that the staff would take all three and add to Jalin Marshall, Zeke Elliott, and Taivon Jacobs and be very happy with their offensive playmakers for the ’13 class. Read More

Huge Recruiting Weekend Preview

Written November 20th, 2012 by Joe Laing

As if The Game weren’t already primed to be an incredible event, it will be the highlight of Ohio State recruiting for the fall as well.

The names and stars speak for themselves and not to mention the sheer number of high level recruits planning to be in town is unlike any recruiting weekend we have seen in the past.  Keep in mind it is only Tuesday so plan for some minor changes throughout the week.  Also this is the first step in what will be like a NASCAR speed couple of months following recruiting as things will change and we will get in on some of the top kids in the country.

Trey Johnson

The “official visits” scheduled at this point are:

  • WR Marquez North (Charlotte, NC)
  • WR Tony Stevens (Orlando, FL)
  • LB Auston Johnson (Torrance, CA)
  • LB Daniel McMillan (Jacksonville, FL)
  • LB Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, GA)
Trey Johnson may be our best shot with the above 5.  He is currently verbally committed to Auburn but that program isn’t trending up right now.  We will know more after the weekend, but at this point I am not predicting any of the above 5 in the final class.
Other ’13 recruits that plan on being in town are: Read More

Ohio State Recruiting Update: Darron Lee Live

Written September 18th, 2012 by Joe Laing

New Albany athlete Darron Lee is showing on the field why he earned an offer at camp. (Dispatch)

When I headed out on Friday night to check out some high school football action in central Ohio, I didn’t know what a treat I was in for.

A few hours and 6 touchdowns later and it was easy to conclude that Ohio State’s 13th commitment is another highly underrated 3-star steal for the Buckeyes.

I am, of course, talking about New Albany athlete Darron Lee, who I went to see play this past Friday against Olentangy Orange.

When Lee committed at the end of June the speculation was that he showed at camp that he could play LB at the next level.

Most people think that is where he was offered at and where he committed to play in Columbus.

Well, after watching him leading the New Albany offense live at QB, I am not ready to pigeon hole him into any one position just yet.

On offense, Lee went  3-6 throwing for 93 yards and 2 TDs- he won’t be playing QB at Ohio State.

Outside of his throwing, though, he showed the ability to allude defenders with the ball in his hands as a runner.

Lee rushed for 136 yards and 4 TDs on 9 carries. Those are some impressive numbers for a someone expected to play defense at the next level.

He also lined up as punt returner which adds to his versatility as an offensive weapon. Read More

Darron Lee Is A Buckeye!!

Written June 26th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

All Smiles

Let’s face it- you can be born a Buckeye, but you have to earn the privileged of playing for The Buckeyes.  This past weekend, New Albany defensive back Darron Lee did just that.

A current three star athlete in most of the recruiting services, the coaching staff was aware of Mr. Lee’s skill set for quite some time… growing up in Central Ohio will certainly help with that. However, in spite of the relationship he had with the coaches, Daron wanted to showcase his abilities, so he took his talents to this past weekend’s camp in Columbus and there earned his scholarship offer, according to the conversation he had with the staff today.  He immediately accepted.

His Ohio State offer may have seemed late in coming, given that he already held similar offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Kent State, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Purdue, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Kentucky, and Toledo.

A 6’2″ 205 athlete, Daron is expected to play safety once he enrolls at Ohio State, although it’s not out of the question to imagine him at the “star” position that Tyler Moeller and Christian Bryant have held down for the past few seasons. He currently plays defensive back, safety, wide receiver, and even some quarterback for New Albany.

Reports from camp were that he excelled against the competition there, and impressed many with his coverage.  He is a 3.0 student, and has been timed at around a 4.5-4.6 second forty. Film and so forth after the jump. Read More