Silver Bullet Points Gets Buckets

Written March 14th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

This week, on The Walking Dead...

Be sure you get involved in the BBN Bracket Challenge, and the Women’s Pick-em Competition (password: sammy!)… even if the lady Buckeyes got hosed.

Buckeye 411

  • Meyer Musings-  Today, the press corps got to connect with Coach Meyer and talk about the end of winter conditioning as well as taking a look at what what the staff is looking forward to for the spring. While the insight was welcomed, most folks who were present were incredibly impressed with the candor and straight forwardness of the new staff. I guess not everyone is was a fan of the Senatorial tone from the previous administration and so forth.
  • Every Day I’m Battlin’- In listening to Coach Meyer, you really get an understanding of his number one priority: Will to win. Winter training has been all about competition, and will wrap up with a special dinner upon returning from Spring Break for those who’ve earned it via their hard work. Spring practice will not change this focus; Wednesday and Saturdays will be all about competitions, with winning teams receiving awards and losing teams having more conditioning to do- coaches and all.
  • Standouts Standing Out-  In addition to Big Hank’s graduation to the next level of maturity within the team standards, Coach Meyer singled out Brionte Dunn as someone who’d progressed and “graduated” as well.  Initially, Meyer wasn’t too enthused about Brionte, but following a conversation with him at his home and the work that the GlennOak star put in during the winter, he’s a fan. Incidentally, when Brionte initially told coach that he was interested in visiting other schools (presumably Michigan), he was told that “you’d better like it”- implying that his spot would not be waiting for him upon his return.  Whispers around the WHAC indicate that Dunn will certainly be pushing for significant playing time in the spring.
  • Spring Forward- Speaking of spring football, Coach Meyer talked about his desire to set the two deep after the spring game on the 21st, and having fall training be primarily for game day preparation. New Buckeyes will essentially be told that the lineup is set, and they should go and work to take a position.
  • Impressions- Kenny Guiton has had a good winter, and is “Acting like a quarterback” now. Reid Fragle has worked to become Fragel Rock as he transitions to tackle (rumors are that he’s up to 300 pounds with 8% body fat); including having his best quarter academically. He’ll be joined on the OL by Darrell Baldwin, who was moved due to Coach Fickell’s suggestion regarding his footwork. This will be a move that helps address Coach Meyer’s concerns regarding the shape and mobility of the current offensive line corps.
  • Toting The Rock- Jordan Hall had a good offseason, and Carlos Hyde/Rod Smith have come light years under the new regime. Philly Brown is the best competitor of the receivers, and Devin Smith ended the training season strong.
  • Transitions? Finished-  Coach Coombs has fit in and brings an enthusiastic energy; Coach Fickell is the “general manager” of the team and has excelled in his return to the role of an assistant. In terms of players, Meyer believes that attrition is complete; now they’ve survived training and get to play football.

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Kerry Coombs Is A Buckeye!

Written March 1st, 2012 by MaliBuckeye
Whispers we’d been hearing over the past few days have grown much louder, and several sources have announced today that Urban Meyer has filled the open defensive coaching positionon his staff.

Rooted In Ohio

Kerry Coombs, former Associate Head Coach at the University of Cincinnati, will join the Ohio State staff shortly. His responsibilities at UC included Defensive Passing Coordinator (although I’m assuming that should be “Defensive We Won’t Let You Complete A Pass Coordinator”), Special Teams Coordinator, and Defensive Backs Coach.

Coombs is a strong recruiter, and is highly respected in the OHSAA, particularly in the Cincinnati/Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky area. He was a member of Brian Kelly’s staff, and has been characterized as being the most significant member of Butch Jones’ transition to the Bearcats- he provided stability and significant impact in the recruiting areas of UC’s program. It was his influence that helped Caleb Stacey switch his commitment from Michigan to UC this past year; so he’s already got one win against Hoke under his belt. In addition, he’s been a strong presence as a recruiter in Indiana, an area that Coach Meyer is focusing on.

Coach Coombs’ defensive excellence was evident at UC as well; from his bio there-

Coombs’ first campaign as a member of the UC staff yielded instant results. The 2007 defense, led by his ball-hawking secondary, led the NCAA with 26 interceptions and 42 takeaways. That season, Coombs coached all-BIG EAST safety Haruki Nakamura, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft.

In 2008, Coombs mentored three NFL Draft picks, Mike Mickens (Dallas Cowboys), DeAngelo Smith (Dallas Cowboys), and Brandon Underwood (Green Bay Packers). Mickens was a second-team Walter Camp all-America honoree and UC’s all-time leader in interceptions and interception return yardage, while Underwood was a first-team all-BIG EAST performer at safety in his only season at UC. Smith was the national leader in interceptions in 2007 with eight, and ranks second in UC history behind Mickens. The defense finished 31st in the nation in total defense (321.9 ypg) in 2008.

As the head coach at Colerain High School, Coombs amassed a 161-34 record, which included a state title and numerous conference championships. Given the level of play in the area, and the number of private schools that Colerain was competing with, these accomplishments are outstanding.

While this has yet to be officially announced by Ohio State, rumors are that Coach Coombs interviewed over the past week and has already cleared out his office at UC (as per WLW).

After the break, you can get a sense of his personality and style from a “Sounds of Camp” video filmed at UC last season.

Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Coach Coombs!

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