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:
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.
Here is a look at how the players in the secondary have done this season, and what to expect in the bowl game. Read More
No press conference this week, but we do have Tress’ thoughts from after The Game and so forth
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.
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.
But who cares what I think. See ya
One day late on this- sorry, I forgot that the TressPress was Monday during The Game week.
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.
“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.’”
It will be good turkey.
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.
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?
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 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.