Silver Bullet Points Wishes It Were A SEAL

Written May 4th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit

Lots of things to catch up on… Some of this has been around for a bit, but we’re not all edgy and trendy and stuff.

The Story Of The Week

Although it’s not really sports related, the capture/death of Osama Bin Laden did have some ripples throughout Buckeye nation and the sports world, particularly on the twitterverse:

  • New Buckeyes Jeff Heuerman and Joel Hale didn’t have to wait for Michigan Week to christen Mirror Lake with their awesomeness- they joined thousands of other Ohio State students in making the moment one to remember (especially since there’s video of it)

Draft Update

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Regular Season Review: Defensive Backs

Written December 7th, 2010 by Jim

No position went through more turmoil in 2010 than the defensive backs. They endured injuries- lots and lots of injuries, position changes, schematic changes, bad stretches in games, criticism from fans, and everything in between.

Through it all, however, the secondary continued to play remarkably well. In fact, some fans might be surprised at just how successful they have been.

Led by the senior trio of Jermale Hines, Chimdi Chekwa, and Devon Torrence, Ohio State was able to field the fourth best pass defense in the country which only gave up 156.3 yards per game through the air. On top of that, the Buckeyes recorded 18 interceptions, tied for the 10th most in the country.

Stats, as always, should be taken with a grain of salt, but given the circumstances, those numbers are impressive.

The secondary will need to be impressive against a potent Arkansas passing attack led by Ryan Mallett. In fact, how well Ohio State defends the pass will be one of the top things to watch for in the Sugar Bowl.

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Silver Bullet Points Looks Ahead

Written November 30th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Scoping it out...

No press conference this week, but we do have Tress’ thoughts from after The Game and so forth

Buckeye 411

  • Award Winners- Congrats to the members of the Ohio State team who were honored with All Big Ten accolades by the conference’s coaches. The Buckeyes led the conference with ten winners, including first team Boom Herron, Mike Adams, Dane Sanzenbacher, Cam Heyward, Brian Rolle, Ross Homan, Chimdi Chekwa, and Jermale Hines. Second Team honors went to Justin Boren and Mike Brewster, with Honorable Mention given to Barclay, Pryor, Posey and Simon.
  • Tress Talk- On Michigan

Michigan is among the elite programs and will be and their record will reflect that in the course of time but, you know, we all have our ups and downs in a period and so forth and it’s highly competitive. It’s going to become more competitive because we’re adding Nebraska. The world changed when we added Penn State. The world changes even more when we add Nebraska. The world changed when Dano (Dantonio) went over to Michigan State. There’s constantly changes, but Michigan will be back, we don’t have to worry about that.

  • Game Award Winners – Terrelle Pryor was the Offensive Player of the Week, and former Wolverine Justin Boren earned Lineman of the Week honors. Jermale Hines won Defensive POTW, while Nathan Williams was the Attack Force POTW. Jordan Hall was singled out for his efforts on Special Teams, and Hines won the Tatum award for big hit (personally, I would have gone with Berry’s block on the KO return, but what do I know?)
  • Not All Better, But A Start- Since Earle Bruce was fired, the Buckeyes are now 11-11-1 in The Game. You read that right, Tressel has now overcome the hole Coop dug for us. Here’s to seven more.
  • Award Winners Continued- TP2 was only honorable mention, something that obviously did not meet his expectations.
  • Tress Talk, The Sequel- Looking back at the season-

REPORTER: Jim, obviously you talk all the time about you want to get better over the course of a year. To be 11-1, where do you feel like this team is in achieving this goal and just how good of a team do you think you are at 11-1 at the end of the season?

COACH TRESSEL: Not good enough to be the outright Big Ten champions and automatic bid to the Rose Bowl and all those things that you shoot for, but we’re pretty fair, and I believe we’re a top ten football team and probably going to get to play a top ten football team and see if we’re allowed to stay in the top ten is what I would guess, but I think it goes beyond that.

Sometimes the ball bounces funny and you end up undefeated or you end up losing however many, and our guys just kept working and whatever came their way, they handled it and pressed on and handled adversity and handled success as it came. They need a little break and they need to take a deep breath and then they need to think about playing against one of the top teams in the nation wherever we play, whoever it is. We’ve had — really we’ve had 13 games in 2010. We played a pretty good Oregon team on the first day of the year, so it’s been a lot of fun.

  • Bowling For… Signs point to a Sugar Bowl match up against either South Carolina (again!) or Arkansas (for the first time). We’ll keep you up to date on the details when things are announced on Saturday, but will offer this travel advice: When in N’awlins, 1) 11W speaks truth, 2) this guy does not.
  • Let There Be Lights-Kicking and screaming, the Horseshoe is being dragged into the modern age.  Plus: Late night games equals more “socializing”. Minus: You know this has everything to do with television revenue…
  • Tressel’s Komedy Klassic- Again, presented without commentary or context

But who cares what I think. See ya

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Silver Bullet Points Has One Purpose

Written November 23rd, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

No such thing as overkill. Not this week.

One day late on this- sorry, I forgot that the TressPress was Monday during The Game week.

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Report-In spite of Terrelle’s “dinged wing” motions in the Iowa Game, there’s nothing to report. Rumors that CB2 will be back, or that Boom has a gimpy wheel were not addressed. Ty Moeller? Still out. Dang it.
  • Tress Talk- On The Game

Well, don’t have to tell you what week this is. It’s exciting and there’s nothing like it. You can feel the energy in our building and amongst our kids and coaches and fans and all the rest and on the campus, and we’re looking forward to it.We’re looking forward to the fact that we’re honoring that 1942 team, which one could argue that that’s when a great part of our tradition began in Ohio State football, and not to mention the fact that what those men did once the season was over, they went and served in the ultimate way, and we even lost a couple members of that team in the war, so you put all those things together, I don’t know if you could make the Ohio State/Michigan game any more special, but I think when you mention that football team and what they mean to our program and what they meant to our country, it just adds a little bit more.

These 24 seniors are great kids. They’ve done everything we’ve asked. They’ve been a part of some good football teams and they’re trying to lead this team into being a good football team and they know they only have one more chance back in Ohio Stadium. And I know they’re anxious and nervous and have a lot of emotions going through them right now. It goes fast and there’s about half of them that have been here five years and the other half four, and they’ll all tell you, I’m sure, that it’s been a blur and it’s been wonderful, and they’re going to savor every moment of this week.

You know, I think all of the things that are real, are real, but the things that are most important is what you have to focus on and the execution in a game that you’re so excited about is the focus. The Ohio State /Michigan game is the focus, and then there are tons of by-products for everybody, but the single most one everyone knows that’s ever coached or played at Ohio State is that you’re defined by your Ohio State /Michigan games. Certainly they’re on their way to winning championships or not winning championships or going to BCS bowl games or not going to BCS bowl games, but they have a — the Ohio State /Michigan game has a compartment of its own that is what you need to be most aware of, in my opinion.

  • Award Winners- Rolle was the Big Ten defensive Player of the Week; his coach Luke Fickell as been awarded the Assistant coach of the year by the AFCA.
  • Getting Personnel- Fragel-Rock OR Stoney at TE this week. Either way, it’s gonna’ be an avalanche.
  • Award Winners, Continued- TP2 was the offensive player of the week, and Rolle was the defensive POTW. Barclay won the award for the special teams, and Mike Adams was the lineman of the week. The Attack Force award went to John “The Sandman” Simon and Jermale Hines won the Tatum award. Scout Teams POTS: Rod Smith (offense), Darryl Baldwin (defense), and Julian Vann (special teams).
  • Tress Talk, The Sequel- Does this make him Starsky or Hutch?

“A lot of times when those two are yelling at each other, I’m not sure, but that’s the love/hate,” Tressel said. “There’s got to be a good guy and a bad guy. I’m usually the good guy, and (Siciliano) is the bad guy. That’s the way I designed it. He knew that when I hired him.

“And I told that to Terrelle when I hired (Siciliano). I said, ‘Hey, this guy is going to be on your fanny constantly. If you have 6 inches wrong on a step, if your hip’s not just right, he is going to be all over you. So get ready for it.’”

  • Tressel’s Komedy Klassic- Again, presented without commentary or context

It will be good turkey.

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Silver Bullet Points- Beginning of the Big T1e1n’s End

Written September 28th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

The quarter's so you can call for help...

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Report- Dorian Bell and Travis Howard should be back this week, and Chimdi Chekwa is expected to go on Saturday, even though he’s been hampered by back spasms and so forth.  Jake Stoneburner is still questionable; the high ankle sprain won’t be fully diagnosed until later in the week. Remember when the question about the tight end was whether or not Ohio State would throw to on?
  • Hate to Say We Told You So- Coach Tressel spoke briefly about Illinois student athlete Justin Green, an Ohio State verbal who only switched over to the Illini after he was told that he would be playing running back. The Buckeye staff had been up front that they saw him as a corner, so there’s got to be a little bit of wistfulness from Green, who’s at corner and could be making a difference for a team ranked #2 in the country. Read More

Buckeyes take out ‘Canes 36-24

Written September 11th, 2010 by Eric

Dan Herron was excellent today, especially in helping kill clock at the end.

It was one amazing football game as the Buckeyes faced off today in the Horseshoe with the Hurricanes of Miami (FL) for the first time since their National Championship battle in January of 2003.  The game had been massively anticipated since it’s announcement several years ago and it didn’t disappoint.  Terrelle Pryor guided the Buckeyes to a huge 36-24 win over the ‘Canes on the strength of 12/27 passing for 233 yards and a touchdown plus 105 yards on the ground on 18 carries with a touchdown.  The stat of the game were the four interceptions thrown by Jacory Harris during the game that killed potential Miami scoring drives and gave the Buckeyes a chance to overcome their continued failures in special teams.

The Buckeyes started out with the ball and got going with authority against the quick Miami Defense.  Pryor moved the ball down the field with a series of runs and passes, including a fantastic ten yard scamper for a first down.  However, the drive stalled right after the Bucks crossed mid-field which forced them to punt the ball.  Miami’s defense found good success against the run, getting penetration against the line and dropping Brandon Saine in the backfield.

The Buckeye defense was fast and vicious against Miami, attacking deep into the backfield and preventing Miami from finding much success on the edges.  Miami managed to get a first down on a fortunate spot.  Unfortunately for Miami their worst nightmare occured when they tossed a pass on third down which got tipped into the hands of a waiting Nathan Williams, giving the Buckeyes great field position in Miami territory.

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Hines Coming Down the Homestretch…

Written August 26th, 2010 by Joe Laing

We are finally a week away from kickoff.  I know that all of you have been waiting for this since last year’s Rose Bowl Victory.

The countdown to watch us stomp Marshall continues with one of the most famous numbers in OSU history that is not retired. Teddy Ginn, Joey Galloway, and Corny Greene are some names that a few people might vaguely remember.

But let’s give some love to a guy that just 4 years ago came in as a frosh that many didn’t know what to make of. Will he play? Is he a LB or S?

7 days away from seeing this again!

4 Years later, Jermale Hines will be one of your Buckeyes starting safeties. Opposing WR’s should be scared coming across the middle, with Hines staring them down.

While not being one of the Buckeye captains that were named yesterday, he will be a leader in the defensive backfield and a vital part of the defense.  He played last year as the nickel back and free safety and had 57 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 2 INTs. I envision him being top 3 on the team in tackles this year, and with a big year he will play his way into the first half of the NFL draft!

We also would like to give a shout-out to Jordan Hall,  another RB that will see carries this year, he switched his number to seven in the off season.

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.

Offense

  • 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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