You Are Not Entertained: The Game

Written November 28th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Well, let’s try to put a bow on this, shall we? Silk purse, sow’s ear and all that… Actually, there’s a lot to be positive about looking back at the team’s efforts against TTUN- and some things that definitely need attention.


Defensive Heart. Depends on who you’re looking at- Shazier played his heart out, and Simon/Hankins were fighting on every play (funny how that happens when you get held). The secondary, though… wow, we’re going to need a tune up before next season.

Courtesy, CPD

A worthy offensive gameplan. Throwing the ball on first down? Sweet sassy molassy… what was that?  My only frustration is that this type of game plan would have won against Michigan State, Penn State, and Purdue… What took Bollman so long?

A Jake Stoneburner touchdown. Nope- but he was targeted. And we had Fragel sightings again!

Weeping M*ch*g*n fans. Sigh.

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You Are Not Entertained: Penn State

Written November 20th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Well, that was awkward. Was there anything salvageable about yesterday’s dose of disappointment?

Things Started Well


  • Ohio Stadium-  Check. C-Deck, Ahoy.
  • The Best from Buckeye Fans- A number of sources said that PSU fans and players were treated with respect and dignity, so good job on this. Here’s hoping that it catches on for the next trip to Happy Valley.
  • 100 Yards from DeVier Posey- Nope: 66 yards on 4 catches.
  • 100 Yards from Boom Herron- Nay: 76 yards. Brax has 105.
  • A passing game that Penn State has to respect- Still wishing. Some big drops by the young Bucks really hamstrung this game from the start.
  • A pick-six- What about a Pick that led to Six?


  • Welcome Back, DeVier

    Boom goes the dynamite – No one will ever doubt Boom’s courage and heart. But the fumbled exchange was almost catastrophic.

  • A pocket full of Poseys – If only there was a passing scheme in the Ohio State offense… I loved the screen call, and moving him around to get better coverage; it just seems as if the Buckeyes haven’t gotten to the point where they have any idea what to do in the aerial attack, no matter who the receivers are.
  • Shazier sharp defense – Holy hell, this kid can flat out play. A couple of missed assignments, but in the second half he was a one man wrecking crew… he’s going to be special.
  • A senior moment - Unfortunately, it feels as if this year’s team is looking for the exits, and who can blame them after all they’ve been through. Still, it’s disappointing that they were unable to exert their experience and will to keep the team focused. Read More

Buckeyes Fall Short On Senior Day, Lose 20-14 to Penn State

Written November 19th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

It was a memorable Senior Day in Columbus, although not the memories that Buckeye fans were hoping for.  Ohio State’s offense continued to struggle against a solid PSU defense, and the Buckeye D were unable to effectively stop the big plays as Penn State moved to a Wildcat package to have success running the ball.

After returning from his 10 game suspension, Devier Posey received a warm welcome at his introduction during the Senior celebration; there was speculation that the fans might not have responded well to the last member of the Tat 5. His presence helped in the game, but in the end it wasn’t enough.

Ohio State deferred to the second half, and PSU started on the OSU 20 after a huge kick. However, on the first play, Howard committed pass interference after biting on the play action.  OSU’s D managed to shut out the Lions on first and second down, but gave up a slant for the first. PSU went to the wildcat, with Drake taking the snap and handing off to Green; who burst up the middle (and past Ryan Shazier) and ran 39 yards for the early PSU touchdown.

Ohio State’s Offense started with a run up the middle. Surprise, right? Miller took a sack on second down, and completed a pass to DeVier on a broken play. A pass to Herron on first down fell incomplete, but Miller’s keeper on the option look picked up eight yards; Boom picked up the first down off tackle. Boom was tripped up after a three yard gain on first down, but picked up nothing on the second.  A fumbled snap on third down, and Buchanan came out and punted into the endzone.
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Silver Bullet Points Prepares To Boil Over

Written November 9th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Step One- Get Hot At The Right Time

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update: Lots of things to report today- Jordan Hall is recovering nicely from the sprained ankle he suffered against Wisconsin, and practiced with the team today. Boom Herron also has an ankle related injury from the Badger game, but has been playing through it and healing as well. At tackle, there was no word on JB Shugarts’ situation; he’s “unlikely” for Saturday, and today’s practice saw with Antonio Underwood at right tackle most of the time, with Mewhort and Marcus Hall filling in as well.
  • Fickell Speaks: Actually, he doesn’t speak- specifically about the Penn State situation, he said that he hadn’t been following the specifics and had no comment.
  • Boiler Up- Coach Fickell spoke about how Purdue has always been a tough matchup, and that this year should be no different. While they’ve dropped their last two, they’re also 4-1 at home. He talked about how he can name every single issue from the 2009 game, and how he hopes that the focus they’ve gotten recently carries over.
  • Passing? Fancy. According to today’s press conference, the passing expectations that receivers are expected to learn at Ohio State is pretty complex, which might explain some of the challenges that this young group has had thus far. Interesting that they don’t simplify the system, it seems… although I’m sure they didn’t expect to have so many veterans on the sidelines either.
  • Getting Defensive- Coach had several things to say about the defensive efforts of his team thus far, including the need for more turnovers if they are going to be successful. In regards to the concerns about some lack of focus late in recent games, Coach Fickell said,

We got to finish. We know defensively we talk about it. It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish. It’s about us first playing four quarters. I don’t know that you can pinpoint any one specific thing that we could say is anything different. To me it really comes down the thing against Wisconsin is being able to overcome giving up one of those things, giving up one of those big plays that you can just go to the next play and not still dwell upon those things of the past and move forward. I think that’s probably, from the start of the season to right now, where we’ve got to get a lot better defensively.

We’ve had those expectations. We don’t want anybody to ever score. All of a sudden something happens. It’s like there’s a letdown. We want to keep those same expectations, but we have to know the most important play is the next play, move on, correct those things within a game. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Does Triage

Written October 19th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Could also read "Emergency Room"

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Report- Ross Homan’s injury will mean that he’s out for a couple of weeks, Dorian Bell is recovering from a concussion that he got against Indiana. Storm Klein was not 100% last week, but is expected to be ready for Purdue. Orhian Johnson should also be ready to go. Shugarts’ foot still hurts and will probably do so for the remainder of the season.
  • Tress Talk- Buckeyes, it seems, are like Goonies:

I think the other reality is that the Buckeyes never quit. The Buckeyes played and played. I thought we did a good job of putting ourselves in position to have a chance to get back in the game and perhaps take over the game and, again, to their credit, they put together a nice drive which was keyed by a couple key third-down conversions that they did a nice job with and those really are the realities in the football game.

  • Gee, You Think So, Doctor?- Coach Tressel on special teams issues:

Well, there aren’t any other issues, other than being in your lane and taking on blockers and everyone being where they’re supposed to be. So, yeah, they’re the exact same

  • What You Can Get For A Nickle: a) Hines at Star and Grant at Safety, b) Oliver at Star if healthy, c) Base defense, lots of prayer. Remember, option C is better than anything Mich1gAAn will be able to put on the field for the next year or so.
  • Tress Talk, The Sequel- I know this is “Senator speak”, but you’ve got to think that there’s a full awareness of the teachable moment that’s here-

To me the key will be, what kind of students are we, because if you’re being taught through adversity, how well are we learning from it, and that will be the fun of attacking the practice field. Because what’s interesting is Purdue really doesn’t care about the difficulty of the challenge or the adversity or the disappointment of maybe letting someone down. Purdue has had their own adversity. They lost their quarterback early. They lost a running back in preseason. They lost a great receiver. And to their credit, they just rolled up their sleeves and have gotten better and better and better and find themselves by doing so, sitting at the top of the Big Ten, 2-0, playing well, young quarterback coming in and the staff, I think, is doing a great job with that young quarterback. He’s a very, very good runner and a very good passer. I think they’re doing the things that conceptually he understands and keep adding a little bit as he goes and in terms of our situation, Purdue doesn’t really care about our adversities, they’ve dealt with their own, they just care about getting better. And what we have to make sure when we take the field this afternoon is that we’re most concerned with getting better at what we need to do. Our players and coaches spent just as long on Sunday watching the film together as they normally do, and someone asked me on the Big Ten call, well, how were our guys this week. Well, Sunday they were tired. They were sore. They were disappointed, but they went to work and went to do what they had to do. Yesterday was their day off and there were lots of them roaming around the building, watching more film, lifting weights and doing all the things they do on an off day, but in my mind, the measure of how we confront that adversity and what kind of students we are of adversity will be determined by how we hit the practice field and how we take the field on Saturday and, you know, life is tough.

  • Award Winners- Boom was the offensive player of the week, Mike Adams was awarded the Offensive Lineman award. No shock: no defensive, special teams, or attack force POTW.
  • Tressel’s Komedy Klassic- As always, presented without commentary or context.

REPORTER: Both Illinois and Wisconsin came out hard charging out of the gate and I’m wondering if there was a common denominator in those games, are those experiences something you could learn from that would help you be more productive earlier in games?

COACH TRESSEL: You mean not get behind?

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Silver Bullet Points Don’t Need No Stinking Badges

Written October 12th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Old school

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Report- Shugarts foot will continue to be a problem, Stoneburner is still probable, Mike Adams has violent stomach flu. Here’s hoping that it won’t be the strain that went through the Buckeyes last year (no pun intended).
  • Injury Report, the Sequel- When asked, Coach Tressel commented that Terrell Pryor is “ready” to be a two way threat this week. Whether or not that means he’s completely healed, it certainly means that the game plan will look different than it did against the Hoosiers.
  • Tress Talk- Coach spoke about the Badgers’ offense, and highlighted that while the running backs may get the publicity, QB Tolzien is the key to Wisconsin’s offense

I think their offense starts with the toughness that their quarterback shows. Their quarterback stands in there and holds that ball until the last second when the receiver is ready to break and runs when he has to run, kind of plays a little bit in the shadow of their rush game, which their rush game is — it deserves all the kudos that it gets, but their quarterback just kind of whatever the team needs him to do, he does, and he’s a veteran. He’s got a veteran offensive line who are very, very physical. Their tight end position is always one of the deepest and best utilized tight end corps in the Big Ten.

  • Ah, An Autumn Night In Madison- The Badgers have only lost four times at home as of late, and only three of those have come at night.
  • Tress Talk, The Sequel- On playing Wisconsin with the number one ranking in the balance,

Well, they were going to be ready if we were 15th. I mean, I don’t know that that will change their readiness. What’s most critical is our readiness and our preparation and then how we handle the adversity and how we handle the situation there. There will be times when you can’t hear. There will be times when you’re not in the same comfort zone as you are back in your own meeting rooms at halftime or whatever, but I’m not sure that anything in terms of the rankings are going to change. I mean, Wisconsin is going to be ready, so I don’t know that that will change it.

  • Brandon Saine- Sounds like they’re trying to find a way to get him the ball and have his skill sets on the field, but that might not be in the running game. A reporter asked about having him as an option in lieu of Jake Stoneburner, and Coach Tressel simply responded that you want your best playmakers on the field as much as you can.
  • Tressel’s Komedy Klassic- As always, presented without commentary or context.

Hard. Hard and long.

  • Award Winners- Terrelle was offensive Player of the Week even thought he didn’t grade out with a winning performance, Torrence was the PotW for the Defense, Mike Adams was offensive lineman of the week, Nathan Williams was the Attack Force PotW. Sabino, DeLande, and TY Williams were recognized for their efforts on the Scout Team. I haven’t heard who won the Tatum award, but it’d be hard to imagine they wouldn’t give it to Devon for this:

Assault. Plain and simple

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Does it really matter who starts at LT?

Written August 18th, 2010 by Jim

Everyone will be (and has been) focusing on the battle at left tackle this fall camp between Mike Adams and Andrew Miller, and for good reason. Ohio State has been searching for an answer at LT for two seasons, and inconsistency at the position has been an issue for longer than that.

With four returning starters along the line, that leaves only one thing to talk about. And it has been talked about, and talked about, and talked about

Having the urge to be original, I am going to take a slightly different angle when looking at the line. The twist? It doesn’t matter who plays left tackle this season. Read More

Fall Practice Rundown

Written August 13th, 2010 by Eric

Orhian Johnson closely follows Sanzo

Fall camp always seems to produce the juiciest news of the year and this year has been no different.  For the next couple weeks I will be scouring the Buckeye-sphere for all the interesting tidbits to share.

So far there has been almost nothing but good news coming out of the WHAC.  Obviously the loss of Duron Carter plus the confusion regarding TE Nic DiLillo’s situation stings a little, but everything else has been overwhelmingly positive thus far.  Let’s take a look.


  • Mike Adams and Andrew Miller are continuing their battle for the starting Left Tackle spot.  The positive spin on this is that we have 2 interchangeable players at the position in case of injuries or exhaustion.  The negative spin is that neither player has displayed enough to put them over top of the other.  The rest of the line goes LG: Justin Boren, C: Mike Brewster, RG: Bryant Browning, RT: JB Shugarts.  Surprising, right?
  • The offensive line is (hopefully) starting to look better than it has since before the 2006 (and perhaps earlier) season.  That may have something to do with the experienced, talented blood we now have on the line; it may also have to do with having to defend beasts like Cameron Heyward, Nathan Williams, and their ilk on a daily basis in practice.  All we know, though, is that the offense was able to move the ball effectively during practice and seemed to give Pryor plenty of time in the pocket to find open receivers.

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