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

tBBC Fans Interact: 2013 Football Awards

Written January 13th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

We here at the Buckeye Battle Cry depend on you fans to make us the blog that we are.

My favorite feature that I have been involved in since joining in December of 2011 is this twitter interaction we have done. Along the way I have been able include some of my favorite former players and in this feature, I bring in some new buddies from 95.5 The Game in Columbus who is a new big dog making some noise.

The most fun has been with you fans. Your insight into the Buckeyes players and coaches is phenomenal and I would say the Best Damn Fans In The Land!!!

Let’s pass out some end of year awards!

The Game

thegameAdam Sabie, Archie and Matt Finkes Weekday mornings from nine to noon on 95.5 The Game, and the FnA ShowHuge shoutout to the best sports morning talk show around for jumping in and having fun with us!

  • #tOSUOMVP – Adam – Hyde; Archie – Hyde; Finkes – Hyde
  • #tOSUDMVP – Adam – Shazier; Archie – Bosa; Finkes – Shazier
  • #tOSUSTMVP – Adam – Johnston; Archie – Brown; Finkes – Johnston
  • #tOSUOLINEMVP – Adam – Mewhort; Archie – Mewhort; Finkes – Lindsley
  • #tOSUDLINEMVP – Adam – Bosa; Archie – Bosa; Finkes – Spence
  • #tOSUNEWCOMER – Adam – Bosa; Archie – Bosa; Finkes – Bosa
  • #tOSUUNSUNG – Adam – Kenny G; Archie – Heuerman; Finkes – Elflein
  • #tOSUFUTURE – Adam – Elliott ; Archie – Wilson; Finkes – Elliot/Bell

Roy Hall

  • roy#tOSUOMVP  – Carlos Hyde – He’s a truck! How could you not give it to him. Plus I don’t want to get run over like the majority of all B1G defenders!
  • #tOSUDMVP  – Ryan Shazier – A great player on the field and even better person off! I pray he gets drafted in the top 15!
  • #tOSUSTMVP  – Dontre Wilson – Didn’t have as many huge returns as you’d like to see but he made other teams think twice about kicking off to him.
  • #tOSUOLINEMVP  – Jack Mewhort – ANIMAL! BEAST! LION! King Kong! Whatever name you want to give him it’s deserving!
  • #tOSUDLINEMVP  – Noah Spence – Made that #8 look good. Sacks, TFL…he’s a backfield disrupting bull-dozer!
  • #tOSUNEWCOMER  – Joey Bosa – All he did was come into every QB’s dorm room in the B1G and eat there snacks, take their dinner and made them apologize to him for not delivering it! Beast!
  • #tOSUUNSUNG  - Jeff Huererman – Huge plays down the seem when we needed them. Will be a big weapon for OSU next year.
  • #tOSUFUTURE  – Braxton Miller as long as he’s here!

Mekka Don

  • mekka#tOSUOMVP  – Carlos Hyde – one of the best RBs to ever come through OSU
  • #tOSUDMVP  – Ryan Shazier – he’s still making tackles as we speak
  • #tOSUSTMVP - Cameron Johnston – didn’t need him a lot but when we did he was effective
  • #tOSUOLINEMVP - Jack Mewhort – pancakes always taste good
  • #tOSUDLINEMVP - Noah Spence
  • #tOSUNEWCOMER – Joey Bosa – BEAST
  • #tOSUUNSUNG - Braxton Miller – I think people got so used to his amazing plays that they took him for granted. He left us with so many sensational moments.
  • #tOSUFUTURE – Ezekiel Elliott – will be next in line of great OSU backs! Read More

Buckeyes and Wolverines Battle in 42-41 OSU Win

Written November 30th, 2013 by Eric
Braxton Miller accounted for four touchdowns against the Wolverines, including 3 on the ground.

Braxton Miller accounted for five touchdowns against the Wolverines, including 3 on the ground.

The Buckeyes and Wolverines met for their annual rivalry tilt in The Game today in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In a game that was a severe departure from the historical battles in this series, the Bucks and Wolverines fought to a 42-41 game that ended with an OSU victory and their 24th straight. Braxton Miller ended the game throwing 6/15 passes for 133 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception, while running for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns on 16 carries. His counterpart, Devin Gardner, threw 32/45 for 451 yards and 4 touchdowns, while running 9 carries for 10 yards and a touchdown.

Carlos Hyde had another history-making day today. His 226 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries counts as the most yards against Michigan of any back in Ohio State history – which puts him above some very prestigious company. This also made for the first time OSU had a pair of 100 yard rushers against Michigan since 1967. On a day with little to no passing for the Buckeyes, Jeff Heuerman led all receivers with 2 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. De’Veon Smith led Michigan in yards gained on the ground with 57 on 7 carries, while Jeremy Gallon picked up 175 yards and a touchdown on 9 receptions.

This year’s version of the game started with the ball in the hands of the good guys. Things looked good for OSU running the ball with Carlos Hyde up the middle, and the offense was able to work itself into Michigan territory. Unfortunately, a pass thrown behind the receiver, and a sack on first down, helped to stymie the drive. With the Buckeyes punting, it was the first opening drive that Ohio State had failed to score on all season – a quick reminder to throw out the season records when these two teams meet.

Michigan came back with a vengance. Pinned on their own one yard line, it required only 2 plays to put them inside two yards of scoring. Receiver Jeremey Gallon, on second and long, took the screen on the left side, and had enough blockers to find an opening. He was only barely tripped up shy of the endzone by Bradley Roby. On the fourth play of the drive, Devin Gardner ran the option keeper into the endzone for the first points of the game.

Things were looking a little dicey for the Bucks offensively. Miller was struggling to find his targets in the passing game, even though the Buckeyes weren’t throwing much. Carlos Hyde was having little difficulty gaining yardage, but Miller’s running was being reasonably well defended. On another 3rd and long from near mid-field, Miller again went to the long pass. Devin Smith found himself a couple steps ahead of his two defenders, and hauled in the long pass that was a hair overthrown. He managed to maintain his balance enough to fall into the endzone to finally put the Bucks on the board.
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What Do you Want to See on Saturday? The Game

Written November 29th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

This week is THE GAME and and the game we have all been waiting for.  I’m sure this article also has the wishes you have all been waiting for.  Let’s see ‘em guys and gal:

Ken

  1. Carlos Hyde - Needs 134 yards to reach the 1,200 yard mark. Do it.
  2. Defense - TTUN has been held to < 200 yards total offense 2 of last 3 games. Make it 3 of 4.
  3. Takeaways - 2; Any combination of interception/fumble.
  4. No Injuries
  5. A Win
Jason
  1. Silver Bullets - Crush their run game, make Gardner scared to take a snap, break their spirit.
  2. El Guapo - Monster truck
  3. Points – And lots of them. Mercy is for the week. Time to put these people firmly in their place.
  4. No Punts - Simple enough.
  5. Take it to the House – Special teams or a defensive touchdown. I’d prefer one of each.
Charles
  1. A Fast Start - Take the crowd out of it early.
  2. Hit Gardner - He has taken lots of hits this season, continue that and make him worry about protecting himself.
  3. No Rushing Allowed - In losses to MSU and Nebraska M*ch*g*n was held to negative yards on the ground, let’s do that.
  4. No Turnovers
  5. No Injuries
  6. TBDBITL Being Amazing – Force the crowd to acknowledge that they got beat at halftime too. Read More

Are You Not Entertained? Purdue

Written November 4th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

There was no bad luck this time around as the Buckeyes pounded the Boilermakers 56-0……….but did our wishes have the same good luck?  Let’s check it out:

Early And Often

Joseph

  1. Another Statement Win - Big plays, Big Stops on defense, and a performance that keeps the Buckeye in the National Championship talks.  An absolutely huge statement made with a 56-0 win.
  2. Boiled Up - I want to see two straight weeks of freshman quarterback frustration. How about 2 early turnovers to put this game away for good.  A pick 6 on the second play of the game set the tone for the Boilermakers frustrations.
  3. More Wilson - Man is that kid fast! I hope to see a heavy dose of him in the running and passing game.  Only 23 yards rushing but it was from a lack of effort in getting him the ball.
  4. Double Tight – I have Lots of love for our big play tight ends. Id love to see one of the two hit paydirt Saturday.   Hello Heuerman……116 yards and a TD!

MaliBuckeye

  1. Exorcism- Ross-Ade Stadium is a house of horrors for Ohio State; the Buckeyes are winless there in their past two visits.  Time to cleanse those demons…  Consider the exorcism complete!
  2. Tricks And Treats- While I believe that Ohio State’s offense can manage yardage against the Boilers running pretty basic aspects of their playbook, it would be interesting to see some “wrinkles” that the last three opponents will need to spend time preparing for.  How about the use of a Tight End for a wrinkle????
  3. Reap The Harvest- Still no defensive score other than Bosa’s “Flop 6″ against Northwestern? They’re ripe for the picking…  It only took two plays to make this come true thanks to Doran Grant.
  4. World War Z- Let’s get the young Bucks involved early and often… ‘Zeke needs a TD or two to make up for the one he had taken away last week.  Zeke got his TD……although it came through the air, it still counts!
  5. Things That Don’t Jump In The Night (or day)- Two false starts last week, including one on a freaking extra point. C’mon, man!  Finally got this one! Read More

Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin: PurDON’T Eve

Written November 1st, 2013 by WVaBuckeye
I love you Craig Krenzel, "Holy Buckeye" was alot like the two OT's the Buckeyes have had with Boilermakers

Craig Krenzel even had Mr. Musburger screaming, “Holy Buckeye!”

I have been a buckeye fan for a very long time and that’s mostly because I am old now. Not really. Truth is, I fell in love with the Buckeye’s in 1973 watching #45 run for a long TD on the TV while visiting relatives in Columbus. Their every Saturday ritual as a family was to gather around the big (in that time) color television and do what I refer to as house-gating. The food my aunt prepared was ridiculous and also had me hooked on the tradition of Ohio State football on Saturdays during the fall.

In those 40 years I can honestly only think of one team that has been a thorn in our side that shouldn’t have been. The Boilermakers of PurDON’T. They have really done a great job of messing up some of those Saturdays. I am of the belief that this may be different for once because of the Buckeye’s performance last weekend against The Nittany Lions.

Let’s get going with who Rumbled last week.

Rumblin’

Let’s be totally honest with each other here. Two weeks ago, everyone was concerned about the play calling with regards to just running the ball and how the offensive coaching staff was not spreading the wealth. Fans were having a hard time understanding why Dontre Wilson and others were getting their well earned touches. My oh my, how a single game against a semi-rival who was suppose to be an issue can cure what ails us.

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What Do You Want to See on Saturday? Purdue

Written November 1st, 2013 by Gary Russell II

Let’s take a look at our expert’s wishes as the Bucks travel to Purdue:

Joseph
  1. Another Statement Win - Big plays, Big Stops on defense, and a performance that keeps the Buckeye in the National Championship talks.
  2. Boiled Up - I want to see two straight weeks of freshman quarterback frustration. How about 2 early turnovers to put this game away for good.
  3. More Wilson - Man is that kid fast! I hope to see a heavy dose of him in the running and passing game.
  4. Double Tight – I have Lots of love for our big play tight ends. Id love to see one of the two hit paydirt Saturday.

MaliBuckeye

  1. Exorcism- Ross-Ade Stadium is a house of horrors for Ohio State; the Buckeyes are winless there in their past two visits.  Time to cleanse those demons…
  2. Tricks And Treats- While I believe that Ohio State’s offense can manage yardage against the Boilers running pretty basic aspects of their playbook, it would be interesting to see some “wrinkles” that the last three opponents will need to spend time preparing for.
  3. Reap The Harvest- Still no defensive score other than Bosa’s “Flop 6″ against Northwestern? They’re ripe for the picking…
  4. World War Z- Let’s get the young Bucks involved early and often… ‘Zeke needs a TD or two to make up for the one he had taken away last week.
  5. Things That Don’t Jump In The Night (or day)- Two false starts last week, including one on a freaking extra point. C’mon, man!
Patrick
  1. Escape Purdue unscathed - We all know how west Lafayette has treated us. Read More

Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 10.29.13

Written October 29th, 2013 by Clair

It’s a one game season, and the Boilermakers are in the sights

  • Champs-players that graded out as Champions on offense were Corey Linsley, Marcus Hall (who should be wanted for assault after the pancake block he made late in the game Saturday), both tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, and wide receivers Evan Spencer, Chris Fields and Devin Smith. Carlos Hyde and Jack Mewhort were named Co-Offensive players of the game. Defensive champs were Linebacker Ryan Shazier and Doran Grant.
  • Cowboy Up- Braxton Miller again displayed his incredible athleticism last Saturday against Penn State. Miller was 18 for 24 for 252 yards and rushed 11 times for 68 yards and and two touchdowns. It’s safe to say Miller is becoming more comfortable in his role as a duel threat quarterback. In the press conference Monday Urban Meyer praised Miller’s level of play but mentioned he could definitely improve in a few areas. Coach Meyer mentioned that Braxton Cowboy-ed a few times out there saturday. which according to Meyer means “braxton paniced a few times when he didn’t need to panic”. Although Braxton’s panic mode is like trying to bring down a 2 ton bull, Meyer still wants to see Miller be more aware of where his check downs are once the pocket breaks down.
  • Injury Update- Most of the injured Buckeyes from Saturday were merely dinged up. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for Glenville’s De’van Bogard, who suffered a torn ACL for the second straight season. A special teams stalwart, Bogard’s loss will be one that the team feels, although reports are that he’s in good spirits given the circumstances.
  • What’s Your Beef?- Dontre Wilson got some pretty notable touches in the matchup against Penn State. Coach Meyer commented that Dontre is a great practice player and that he’s put on about 15lbs of muscle since he’s been with Ohio State. Coach Meyer mentioned he noticed Dontre coming together as a complete player and was blocking more effectively. I personally think he could use another 15lbs at least without compromising his speed. The rookie was awarded the B1G Freshman of the Week award for his work against the Nittany Lions
  • The “L” Word- When asked if he remembers what losing felt like, Urban Meyer simply replied, “Do I still have it? Yeah, I mean I just want to avoid it at all costs.”
  • Pur-dont- Coach Meyer mentioned that the Boilermaker defense switched mid-season from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4. Coach Meyer suggested that it has to do with some scheming and personnel issues. It could be that the Boilermakers are gearing up for what appears to be a run heavy Buckeye offense. Good Luck with that Coach Hazel.