Silver Bullet Points To The King

Written September 26th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

It’s Thursday, so we’re that much closer to gameday… got your juice yet? Hey, here’s a song that covers this week’s opponent AND the epic end of an amazing series! Double win!

Buckeye 411

  • Ohhhh! Shiny! Regular readers of this space (hi, honey!) will remember that we pointed out earlier this season that the Buckeyes would be wearing last year’s “Rivalry Gear” for a few games this season. When our friends at the Buckeye Room released the new jersey on Monday, we knew that this was a portent of good things to come- Ohio State + Alternate Uniforms + Wisconsin + Night Game = The Awesome. Today, Coach Meyer confirmed that the team would be wearing the “chrome package” against the Badgers, but not until after Sammy Silverman got us ready with the teaser poster you see  above.
  • Winning- EZE Offensive POTW, Joel Hale and “Pittsburgh” Brown Defensive POTW, and Doran Grant won the accolades for Special Teams Play.
  • Injury update- After practice today, Coach Meyer commented that Adolphus Washington would be good to play this week against the Badgers, and that Braxton Miller would get the start. This will be the first time that the entire Ohio State “starting lineup” will be available for action… Get ready, B1G.
  • Wither Smooth Jazz- Coach Meyer said that Guiton will be ready to go when/if needed on Saturday; he’s a leader and has always put the team first.
  • Hasn’t Missed A Step- At least, that’s the prognosis for Miller according to Bradly Roby.
  • Oh Yeah, It’s Personal- Roby also talked about how the game was an important one for Ohio State, and had what might be the quotes of the day after Wednesday’s practice;

When someone takes what’s yours, the next time you see them it’s going to be a fight.

We know we’re the kings. Simple as that. Last question.

  • Let’s Get Physical- We heard that it was “Bloody Tuesday” in practice earlier in the week, as the team gets ready for the challenge of a team that wants to control the trenches. Roby talked about how stopping the run was the first priority for the defense, and something that they relished. Noah Spence also talked about the aggressiveness in practice this week, and how the Silver Bullets know this will be a four quarter fight.
  • Stay Hydrated- As a night game, you’ve got to think that cramps won’t be a big issue for the Buckeyes on Saturday. But, after reading Wednesday’s preview of Sports Illustrated’s article on the Buckeyes (This time with no Dohrmann!), you get the sense that water is an important part of the team regimen. Except for Coombs, that is.
  • Enjoy It While It Lasts- Also in the SI piece; Tom Herman’s a hot commodity in coaching circles, being approached by two programs last season. He stayed due to his commitment to Coach Meyer, but it’s easy to see the handwriting on the wall.  You know where he’d excel? Texas.
  • Buckeye Swag- It’s a “Scarlet Out” on Saturday, but if you’re looking for something new to wear we’re excited to announce some great news from our friend Mekka Don. From the press release: Read More

Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 9.24.13

Written September 24th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

And now, things get B1G

Buckeye 411

  • Awards Aplenty- Kenny G’s record setting day half was good enough to win him B1G Offensive Player of the Week award, as well as the Earl Campbell Award. Guiton finished second for the latter after Cal; the award is given for the best performance of the week from a player from a Texas High School.
  • Receiving Praise- Coach Zach Smith was first on the dias Monday, as Coach Meyer was attending the funeral for Dom Tiberi’s daughter. During his time, he talked about how the team feels more comfortable attacking Wisconsin’s defense this year than last due to the emergence of a number of players at receiver and tight end.
  • All In The Plan- Coach Smith also talked about the scheme against FAMU, and that they wanted to get more “live reps” during the contest in an area that Ohio State has worked hard to develop this off-season.
  • Speed AND Precision- Devin Smith can “take the lid off”, according to Smith, but has really excelled at his route running and willingness to do the little things that help the team be successful.
  • Injury Update- Coach Smith said James Clark is done for the year; it’s likely that he will seek a medical redshirt. Coach Meyer said that Braxton would start if cleared to play- Cory Linsley said that Miller looked good in practice and was “back”, and ESPN reported that he had been cleared to play officially.  Coach Meyer said that Adolphus Washington was “probable”, and that they were still trying to be cautious with him. Michael Bennett is 100% and will play against the Badgers.
  • Scarlet And Redshirt- Coach Smith essentially confirmed that Corey Smith and Mike Thomas will be redshirting this season; Coach Fickell mentioned a similar fact about linebacker Mike Mitchell.
  • In The Trenches- No surprise, but Coach Fickell expects the Wisconsin game to come down to the Ohio State front’s ability to control the line of scrimmage. It’s the type of game that makes the Buckeyes’ depth at linebacker a concern, especially given the strength and speed of the Badger running back corps.
  • High Stakes- Coach Meyer spoke with high regard for Wisconsin, calling them the “King” of the B1g following their three straight Rose Bowl appearances. He said that the preparation needed to be flawless, as these matchups often came down to one or two series or one or two plays.
  • No Controversy- Coach Meyer said that the decision to hold Braxton out against the Rattlers was made by both parties, but that the coaches were really hoping to get him out there on Saturday. There was speculation that there was a “heated discussion” between Coach and QB during pre-game, but it seems as if this wasn’t significant enough to warrant a comment on Monday
  • Persistence- One of the concerns that the coaching staff mentioned on Monday was the ability to play a full game- to “flip the switch” in the fourth quarter when necessary. Given that the first four games have been well in hand in the second half, the challenge will certainly be present on Saturday.
  • Old Friends- When asked if he missed former Badger Bret Bielema, Urban replied, “No. I’m fine with Gary.” Coach Andersen was on Meyer’s staff at Utah, this will be the first time that the two face other since their time in Salt Lake City. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Ain’t Rattled

Written September 19th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

After an exciting week in Berkeley, the Bucks return home in a final warmup before B1G season. As the Rattlers come to town, there’s only one choice for the soundtrack this week.

Trophy Hunting

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- The plan is for Braxton to play some on Saturday; reports from practice had him wearing a brace but with no noticeable limp. That’s the good news.  The “not yet” news is that Adolphus Washington will miss the FAMU visit to Columbus, as the Buckeyes try to ensure that he’ll be healthy for B1G play. Coach Meyer said several times this week that he would be “probable” for Wisconsin.
  • Good Problem To Have- Meyer seemed most optimistic about the play of the defensive line, and praised Coach Vrable’s work with the “young pups”. Given the pressure that they’ve been able to apply minus Adolphus and Tommy Schutt, you’ve got to think that something is going right in the trenches for the Scarlet and Gray.
  • And Then- There’s the linebackers, who still have some question marks in place for Ohio State. Meyer emphasized again that the depth is not what it needs to be given some of the “misses” in recruiting in the last four years; fans will remember that several key stars either haven’t panned out as of yet or have left the program altogether. At this point, the ‘Backers haven’t been tested, but with conference play coming up that’s sure to change.
  • Seeking Hyde- Carlos is back after his three game suspension, but won’t immediately fall into the starting lineup on Saturday. Not only is the current lineup firing on all cylinders, it will take a bit to find a “fit” for Carlos’ game within the offense.  In addition, it wouldn’t be fair, according to the coaches, to sit Jordan Hall given the work results that have been produced over the past three weeks.
  • For The Sake Of Argument- Gene Smith helped schedule this week’s FAMU game in part to bring their amazing band to The Shoe. However, as an FCS school (and not a great one, at that), the game certainly won’t help Ohio State’s “strength of schedule” perception. On the off chance that three or more schools finish undefeated (Alabama, Clemson, Oregon, tOSU), this game might cost the Buckeyes a chance at the Crystal Trophy… Or, as a friend of mine put it, “Gene Smith will have cost the Buckeyes two consecutive chances to play for a national championship”.  Discuss.
  • Smooth- The same goes for Kenny Guiton, who will certainly have a large number of opportunities behind center moving forward. Again, he’s certainly earned the right to do so.
  • Remember When- Ohio State fans used to envy schools like Southern Cal for their full stable of tailbacks and five star QBs? Pretty nice living, ain’t it?
  • Young’uns- There’s a lot of anticipation that some of the newer faces for Ohio State will see action this week; Corey (Pittsburgh) Brown spoke at length regarding Eli Apple, Cam Burroughs, and Vonn Bell’s work in practice. Here’s hoping they get to showcase on Saturday.
  • Jazz Brings The Swoons- Or is it that folks Swoon for Jazz? Either way… this photo does both.
  • Bitter Bear Face- If you hadn’t already, you should read this article about how Cal’s football program has higher ideals in mind than Ohio State. Then, you should remember that Cal’s APR from 2012 would put them dead last in the Big Ten…  16 points behind the team at the bottom (hint: The Harvard Of The West).
  • New Threads- Sounds as if this year’s Nike uniforms for The Game will be a white version of the ones we saw in last year’s win.
  • Four Times The Awesome- Sammy Silverman had a well deserved extra design this week: Read More

Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 9.17.13

Written September 17th, 2013 by Clair

All Smiles

Cal in the rearview, Florida A&M in the crosshairs…

  • Smooth Moves- Braxton Miller’s sprained MCL proved to be bothersome enough for Saturday’s matchup against Cal that Urban Meyer gave Kenny Guiton the nod to start at QB. Someone tell Kenny Guiton that he is the back up, because he’s certainly playing like QB1. He knows the offense inside and out, reads defenses like a book, distributes the ball with mathematical precision, is a captain and carried his team to victory for the second week in a row. Named the Walter Camp player of the week, Guiton went 21 for 32 passing, threw 4 touchdown passes including a 90 yard soul crushing bomb to Devin Smith, and rushed for a whopping 92 yards.
  • Not So Fast My Friend- OK Guiton was magical, wizard status magical but Braxton Miller is the starting quarterback for the Ohio State Football Buckeyes for a reason…several reasons.
  • Captain, My Captain: Braxton’s scrambling ability and speed alone would land him the starting spot under Meyer’s offense. But Braxton’s development as a pocket passer and his ability to read a defense has dramatically improved since last season. In Meyer’s press conference Monday, he mentioned that the staff was going to have a conversation about a possible two quarterback look going forward. I doubt a two quarterback situation will ever come into fruition with Braxton Miller in the fold. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Fingers

Written September 12th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

As you’re reading this, I’m prepping for the drive from Los Angeles to the Bay Area with the Mrs. for Saturday’s game. Given that we got engaged on the Marin Headlands, this song by one of her favorite performers is the obvious choice for this week’s soundtrack. Gonna’ warn you, though… this week’s reflection is… uh… verbose.

Waiting

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update- The question that everyone’s been asking hasn’t yet been answered, as Coach Meyer said that Braxton threw a bit on Wednesday before leaving practice to get more treatment on his knee. Coach commented that the issue isn’t pain, but seems to be “stability”, and that Braxton is adjusting to his knee brace. It would not be surprising to see Kenny G start and be relieved by Miller, nor would it be a shock to have them split time at the position. Both will travel, Coach Meyer indicated that they would know more after Thursday’s practice and that he remained optimistic.
  • Two Thoughts- 1) The last time Braxton was held out of play in a game he returned to action and performed pretty well. 2) That being said, if Ohio State feels that they can win the game with Smooth Jazz and give Braxton a week (or two) to recover, I wholeheartedly support that decision. Long term goals here, peeps.
  • Also- Adolphus Washington did not practice on Wednesday, but is expected to travel. His is a bit of a different situation, as the injury is something that can linger. Also, as amazing as Washington is on the field, the Young Bucks are doing good work under Coach Vrable’s direction.
  • Good News- Corey Linsley is scheduled to play the entire game this week at center, having gotten the clearance to do so from the medical staff after his foot injury has significantly healed
  • Red, Not Scarlet- A couple of older “back ups” that many are surprised have not gotten the playing time they were expected to were discussed on Wednesday, and Coach Meyer said that it’s a possibility that Bri’onte Dunn and Michael Thomas may end up redshirting if they aren’t going to be a part of the planning this season. He also discussed how he felt that they were “wasted” by the coaches last year, and didn’t want to make the same mistake moving forward.
  • Getting Defensive- Ryan Shazier talked about the Silver Bullets’ excitement to play Cal, and that they were working diligently to ensure that the Bears didn’t have the success necessary to string together drives and run 100 plays a game. He also spoke about the need to maintain leverage on Cal’s running back Brendan Bigelow, as his ability to get to the edge is a strength that created issues for Oho State last year. However, Shazier mentioned that Bigelow’s talents were helped by a number of small mistakes that the young defense made last season.
  • Getting Ready- Playing the role of Bigelow this week in practice? Carlos “I’ll be back next week” Hyde. Not too shabby.
  • Stripes Lost- I guess we’re still doing that now, as Cameron Johnston, Tyquan Lewis, and Trey Johnson all had their black stripes removed today. Woot!
  • Honors- This week’s Sammy Silverman graphics, for your enjoyment Read More

Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 9.10.13

Written September 10th, 2013 by Clair

Notes and thoughts as Ohio State wraps up the SDSU game and gets ready for Cal!

  • No Big Deal- The cross country trek and it’s possible challenges for the Buckeyes seems to be getting more press than it should. The Buckeyes will fly into Oakland Friday morning and will be fully rested, able bodied young men, ready to face Cal Saturday evening. We are still talking about finely tuned, Division 1 athletes, whom still attend college and may be accustomed to missing a few winks now and then. I guess that’s why Philly Brown talked about the trip to Cal as being a business trip for the team.
  • Day to Day- Two key injuries occurred during the SDSU game last Saturday: The obvious being Braxton Miller and secondly Adolphus Washington. According to Coach Meyer, Braxton will be a day to day assessment of a sprained MCL, and mentioned in his press conference earlier today that Miller seemed like he was really feeling the first 48 hours after his injury, and was a little stiff. Delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS is usually felt within the first 48 hours of an injury or major muscle break down event. Braxton, the trainers and coach Meyer will know more in the following days. Adolphus Washington suffered a groin injury during last weeks game as well and will also be a day to day decision as to whether or not he will start. Michael Bennett spoke on Monday about  his having a similar injury last year, and that rushing back is not the ideal to ensure complete healing. Read More

The Hunter Needs Silver Bullet Points

Written September 5th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, given Coach Meyer’s perspective for this season, the soundtrack for today should be pretty obvious. There’s the awesome option, and the Ah!Sum! possibility. Happy Thursday, Buck-aroos!

Heart you, Dee Dee McCall

Buckeye 411

  • Health Update- According to Coach Meyer, CJ Barnett will be back in action this week against SDSU, and Corey Lindsley will see more time; although the staff will continue to be cautious with his recovery.
  • Back On The Attack? Although he had a good practice today, Bradley Roby has not yet been bumped up to the starter at corner this weekend. Rod Smith, curiously left off the depth chart released on Tuesday, finds himself on several special teams this weekend, which is a pretty good sign.
  • Isn’t That Special- A lot has been made of Ohio State’s practice of having players earn playing time by being a part of Coach Coombs’ charges for a time. If you want to play, prove that you’ve got the heart and passion… I like it, and am hopeful Bri’onte Dunn (who seems to have been singled out this week) will rise to the challenge.
  • Hybrid No More? Coach Meyer mentioned that Dontre Wilson is more of a receiver at this point than a running back.
  • Getting Defensive- San Diego State runs a 3-3-5 Stack Defense, which is a bit different than what the Buckeyes have seen in the past. However, several players mentioned that Buffalo chose a similar look on Saturday, so they feel more prepared. That being said, don’t be surprised to see quite a bit of unorthodox pressure coming from the Aztecs.
  • The Chase- While Ohio State dropped in the AP poll to #3 (I guess beating an FCS school is a good idea, huh NikeU?), they stayed at the #2 slot in the Coaches’ poll.  Oh, and they’re #1 on the Facebook poll… which reminds me; can we be friends? Read More

Ohio State News And Notes: Silver Bullet Points 9.3.13

Written September 3rd, 2013 by Clair

Thoughts wrapping up Game One and looking toward the Aztecs-

  • Buffalo Big Mack: Khalil Mack destroyed any doubt that he would be an NFL first rounder last Saturday after a stunning performance against Ohio State. Mack managed to make some very solid offensive tackles look silly and dominated Braxton Miller in a foot race to the end zone after picking off one of Miller’s passes. For his efforts, he was named the Mid-American Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.

The One That Got Away

  • Johnny Hancock: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel overshadowed his above average and much improved play with utter nonsense and a lack of class by flashing dollar signs and making an autograph pantomime to Rice’s defense Saturday. Urban Meyer was asked his thoughts on Johnny Football’s transgressions during Monday’s press conference. Surprisingly Meyer claimed that things get over blown these days and that he wished they (the media) would leave the kid alone. If I were a betting gal, I’d bet that if Braxton tried to pull something like that Meyer would have a different opinion. I’m sure a scathing review of Johnny Manziel by Urban Meyer would have fed the media machine for a week or two though. Read More