Ryan-Shazier7There is a new class of Buckeyes headed to the NFL. Thursdays NFL “Annual Selection Meeting” aka The Draft saw two Buckeyes selected in the first round and a host more taken later. We’ll look at where they’re headed and the situations they are facing. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble! The NFL draft is an annual right of passage where hope springs eternal. No matter what perpetual form of doormat your favorite team may be, the draft allows them to select the next “big thing” to make an attempt to restore the franchise to winning ways. The Ohio State Buckeyes are always well represented. In fact, so much so that they are third all-time in overall players drafted behind USC at number 1 and Notre Dame at number 2. This year would prove to be no different as six Buckeyes heard their name called. Let’s take a look at who they are and where they are headed. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Embraces The Media

Written June 28th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Do you feel lucky, Bucks?

For those Buckeye fans who are more than ready to talk some football, today was a good day.

First up, Ohio State Head Coach Luke Fickell joined Dan Patrick today and talked about his status,

  • According to Coach Fickell, Gene Smith has removed the “interim” tag. He is the head coach… a great move, especially for recruiting. However, you’ve got to wonder if this will still be the case in January of 2012.
  • He hasn’t talked to Coach Tressel face to face since Memorial Day, but has stayed in contact somewhat… no prohibitions on communicating with the former Head Coach.
  • TP called Coach Fickell while he was at a Taylor Swift concert and left a message; Luke hasn’t called him back, holding that TP knows that the University wants the best for him and wants him to finish his degree.
  • Was asked about “Changing the culture”- Wants to restore the focus, get back to “the things we believe in” and “they know exactly what expectations are”.
  • To avoid a repeat of the problems from the past- Education (continued), holding students accountable.
  • Patrick said that he has heard that the issue, at part, is the Buckeye fanbase- that they love the program and the players so much that it makes it hard to police or monitor these types of situation. Coach Fickell said that Buckeye fans do love the team, but often don’t understand NCAA rules. He went on to say that it’s up to the student athletes to know what’s right and to choose to do it.
  • No doubts about being successful.
  • Wouldn’t speculate on any NCAA response- it’s “out of our hands”.
  • Patrick- “If I put all the Big Ten coaches in an octagon, who’s coming out?” Fickell- “Me.” He then went on to talk about his wrestling experience, although wouldn’t comment on whether or not he could take Brady Hoke (hint- he could). Our friends at Scarlet and Game take this a step further.
  • Coach Fickell said that he didn’t have a plan to wear a vest during gameday, saying that “Some things are sacred.”

Seemed a lot more relaxed than at the BTN Interview and press conference… although, the Taylor Swift things makes me a little nervous.

This afternoon, the “conversation” continued, as four members of the Ohio State football team met with the media for a scheduled time of Q&A.  Unscheduled, and welcomed, were comments from Coach Fickell, who joined Buckeye Seniors Joe Bauserman, Mike Brewster, and Nate Oliver as well as John “The Sandman” Simon.

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Way Too Early Look: 2011 Linebackers

Written February 28th, 2011 by Jim

Never having to worry about replacing linebackers, no matter who graduates- if only there were some way to describe that type of consistent excellence...

The Buckeyes lose two starters at linebacker in 2011, Brian Rolle in the middle and Ross Homan on the weak side.

The situation is remarkably similar to 2009, when Ohio State lost James Laurinaitis in the middle and Marcus Freeman on the weak side. Fortunately, the duo of Rolle and Homan proved more than capable replacements.

Over the years, that has been the pattern at Ohio State. Whenever linebackers leave, others step in with little to no drop off. 2011 should be no different as the linebacker wheel of awesome keeps on turning in Columbus.

There is a plethora of talent for the Buckeyes to work with, and as usual, it will be an exciting spring to see which linebackers separate themselves from the pack and how the coaches tweak the system to take advantage of the new talent.

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Silver Bullet Points Spits Fire

Written November 16th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Forged in the fire of adversity

As the days grow shorter, so too do the press conferences. Here’s what we’ve got:

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Report- No significant changes; Bryant, Moeller, and others still out. The Donnie is dressed, but Tress said he wasn’t going “live”, and probably wouldn’t be back until after Michigan week.
  • Tress Talk- On preparing for the Hawkeyes

They do what they do and they do it so well. They believe in it. Their players believe in it. They’re very, very physical at what they do and the schemes back that. They want to be a balanced offense and they’ve probably, over the past couple years, gotten more balanced, and so they’re not going to change. Now, they may change a little play they run because of what people are doing against them or they — in ’06 they blitzed us a lot more than they ever did. They came after us pretty good, but it was within their system. It wasn’t as if they’d never run those blitzes, they just did their blitzes rather than eight percent of the time they did it 15 percent of the time and it felt like they were blitzing every down, that’s what you admire about them, that’s what you admire about Penn State, that’s why you come out, we got behind Penn State and that wasn’t a shock to me that we were behind Penn State, Penn State plays their defense, they play their offense, they do what they do, they’re very capable as anyone else is, they have good athletes. How we were behind was a little bothersome, but scheme-wise, the good teams, they’re going to do what they do, and Iowa will do that.

  • Award Winners- Of course Boom Herron was honored as the offensive player of the week, and Chimdi Chekwa was the defensive POTW. Mike Brester won the Jim Parker award for lineman performance, Drew Basil was awarded the Special Teams POTW, Cam Heyward was the Attack Force honoree, and Brandon Saine had the Jack Tatum hit of the week. Scout Teams award: Spencer Smith, Don Matheney,and Vince Petrella.

REPORTER: Your players talked after the game about the, job if speech is the right word, but the talk you gave them before they went back out for the second half and just did you feel disappointed that you had to make that speech at that point or that you needed something like that and just what were your thoughts there during that? Did you think you were at kind of a junction of the season there a little bit?

COACH TRESSEL: I was disappointed that we weren’t playing like we were capable of playing. We’ve all been in games where you’ve played as well as you could and you lost and that happens, or you played as well as you could but you made those two mistakes and, therefore, you lost. I didn’t think we were playing anywhere near we were capable of playing and we were playing against a team that they knew was good. We play them every year, it’s not like we hadn’t played them in a while, and we were playing in our stadium and all the rest, and at this time of year when you’re supposed to have been improved, so, yeah, I was disappointed in our — and up until that stop, I wasn’t disappointed in that, in fact, I was energized by that, but disappointed up to that point.

REPORTER: How often do you have to go to that big halftime speech to get your guys motivated?

COACH TRESSEL: You only do what’s going on in the course of the moment, so you don’t sit there saying, okay, it’s game seven and I haven’t played that card because you can’t play a card. I mean, you have to react to what’s going on and, you know, typically what’s going on is that we’re playing near to our ability and we’re maybe not doing some little things, it’s atypical that we just weren’t ourselves.

  • Posey’s Take: DeVier stated that he knew Coach Tressel had something to say, since” his heel didn’t stop moving and he was shaking his leg“. When asked what the coach said, DeVier responded,

I really can’t repeat that. He got pretty animated. He definitely, you know, spilled his heart out to us and he challenged us, he challenged us to go out there the first play, you know, the kickoff team to make an impression and defense to get a stop and once we got the ball back in the huddle, he was like, you know, we had those — we had that penalty and then we had another penalty, but his attitude didn’t change. His eyebrows didn’t go up. They were still down. And he was like, well, let’s just make the drive a little bit longer.

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

They’re a little bit thicker on you, a little bit stronger on you…

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Silver Bullet Points is Better Late Than Never

Written November 4th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Juuuussst a bit outside

As promised, updates from Tressel’s press conference and other college football news:

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Report-Homan and Bell will be back for Penn State, as was reported earlier. Evenge is also progressing in his rehab.
  • Speaking of Penn State- Today’s “Good Tweet” announces that Dustin Fox will be the honorary captain when the Lions come to Columbus next Saturday.
  • Injury Report, cont.- As was speculated across the webs and in this week’s tBBC Radio Hour, Jake Stoneburner is not yet 100%, but will be closer after the bye.
  • I Found My Quarterback In San Francisco- Coach Tressel today spoke about Troy Smith’s game with the 49ers, and mentioned that Coach Mike Singletary contacted him while he was weighing whether to start Troy or David Carr.
  • Award Winners- We updated this on Tuesday, but here are the honors for the Minnesota game: OPOTW-’Boom’ Herron, DPOTW- Brian Rolle, LB, Attack Force-Nathan Williams, Lineman Award- Justin Boren, Special Teams- Jonathan Newsome, Tatum Award- Storm Klein, Scout Team- Verlon Reed; Stewart Smith; Dionte Allen

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