Happy “Archie Days Until Football!“, people. Oh, and please notice that I spelled that with two “Os” and not a “U”, just the way St. Woody would have demanded. Look, Imma let you finish Germany, but College Football is the greatest game of all time!
Ahem. Here’s your Wednesday morning soundtrack. Looking forward to Block O and TBDBITL bringing this to The ‘Shoe
There should never be a question that we’re big fans of longsnappers here at tBBC… heck, yours truly even stalked Bryce Haynes’ father at last year’s Cal game. Having spent a good portion of my college career looking upside down at teammates, I understand how important this role can be (especially when done as poorly as I was wont to do).
So the announcement today that Worthington Kilbourne’s premier specialist had become the latest member for the “Elite ’15″ is certainly doubly reason to celebrate. That’s three verbals in three days, for those of you playing at home… although this one is being identified by some as a “gray shirt”.
Liam McCullough chose the hometown Buckeyes over offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Big Blue Nation; saying that being a member of the scarlet and gray has been a long time dream for him.
Again, according to Jeremy Birmingham, McCullough sees his role as being the “next man up”, having worked with Mr. Haynes and Cameron Johnston on occasion over the past few months; he attended both the Wisconsin and Penn State games this past season as he was weighing his offers.
He’s listed as the #2 player at his position in the country by the people who would know. While longsnappers don’t usually get the rating love that other positions do, you’ve got to believe that Coach Meyer and Coach Coombs won’t make an offer unless the young man has some serious star potential. And remember, preferred walk-on Sam York will be joining the team this fall; he also brings quite the repertoire of snap-ocity.
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For the second straight week we go all “in loco parentis” for SBP… here’s the soundtrack to match, from back in the day. Or as I call it, “The Day”.
As a part of the 2012 season, the Buckeye Bloggers Network is pooling their expertise to give Ohio State fans the most in-depth coverage possible for Saturday’s game.
This week tBBC looks at the special teams matchup with the Miami University RedHawks . Be sure to check out the rest of this series via the links at the bottom of this post!
As the Buckeyes look to start the Urban Meyer era, there will be many changes that fans will experience.
However, the emphasis on solid special teams, a hallmark of the previous administration, will continue under the new regime… and perhaps even be more of a point of pride.
Like the Vest, Coach Meyer has called the punt the most important play in the game. Indeed, the fact that he has taken charge of the Special Forces’ planning and preparation highlights that the man is serious about the kicking game. While at Florida, this was certainly evident- the Gators prided themselves on their ability to aggressively get after the punt and the fact that their return teams were almost expected to score every time the ball was on it’s way.
Instead of being another time to gather a fresh beverage, Buckeye fans will need to stay glued to their seats during the specialists’ time on the stage.
But before we look at what the 2012 version of the OSU Special Forces will be, let’s take a gander at the visitors from Oxford. The RedHawks return a good portion of their specialists from 2011, including punter Zac Murphy and kicker Mason Krysinski.
Murphy, a former walk on who earned third team MAC honors as a freshman, averages 39.1 yards per punt in each of his first two seasons, as well as having a long of 66 yards to his name. He was also responsible for dropping 13 punts inside the 20 last year, but had two kicks blocked in the 2011 campaign.
Krysinski, a 3.98 GPA student, struggled a bit in 2011. To go with his season long 45 yard FG against Bowling Green, he averages 56 yards a kickoff with only one touchback. It will be interesting to see if his numbers improve with the change in NCAA guidelines regarding kicks this season… and no better time to experiment than the first game of the season. He was 2-6 in field goals, and missed four extra points in 2011.
At this point, return specialists have not yet been identified, although the Miami media guide indicates that 50% of the punt return yards and 98% of the kick return yards return for the 2012 campaign. My guess is that, barring a new face deep to receive (Freddie McRae?), we might see defensive back Dayonne Nunley or receiver Dawan Scott awaiting kicks.
The RedHawks coverage team excelled at times last year, holding punt returns to a 7 yard average and kickoff returns to just over 14 yards per attempt. They allowed one punt return for a TD, and scored none themselves.
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SBP gets the ol’ bumperino this week to accommodate life. It happens, right?
Smith said multiple offenses by individual teams is a concern of his, especially if the violations committed are in relation to recruiting.
Smith was cited for breaking NCAA recruiting policy despite his distaste for recruiting infractions in particular.
“I intend to retire here as a Buckeye. You can never say never that you won’t do something else, but as far as athletic director or athletic administration, this is my last stop.”
I’m sure there are alumni and fans who have an opinion regarding that timeline.