WNR SPECIAL EDITION: Lone Survivor

Written March 27th, 2014 by Jason

Bjm9OdnIMAAwkqvIn town for one of eleven stops on his Patriot Tour, retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell was a guest of Urban Meyer this past Saturday as a guest speaker to talk to the team after practice. As a lot of you know, Luttrell wrote the book Lone Survivor based on his account of the events surrounding “Operation Redwing” in 2005 in Afghanistan. The book was made into a major motion picture aptly titled “Lone Survivor”.

If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, I strongly recommend reading the book first. Having done both, I can attest that the book is much better, though the movie does do it justice.

As some of you may recall, Jim Tressel required the Ohio State football team to read Lone Survivor over the summer of 2009. This of course aroused my curiosity and made me want to read the book. So, one hapless day while bumming around Barnes and Noble I came across it in the best sellers section and took it home.

The title leaves nothing to the imagination: The story has one survivor and it is obviously Luttrell. Knowing that, I wondered how good of a book/story it could be if you already know that only one of the four SEAL’s on the mission are going to be coming home? After reading it, “how good” was not the question. The question I was left with was “what am I doing with my life and how can I make it better?” And yes, the book is an amazing. Early on you realize that knowing that he is the only one who makes it out is secondary to how it happens. It will take your breath away and that is no exaggeration. Read More

tBBC Radio Hour: Spring Game/Roy Hall

Written April 15th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

It’s that time of the year again… Football is back! On this week’s edition of The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour, we’ve got plenty story lines, predictions and performances to talk about after Saturday’s annual Spring game, held at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday for the first time in school history.tbbc Radio Hour itunes

Helping us do so is the great Jeremy Birmingham of Eleven Warriors. Birm brings us his perspective from the game, as well as breaks down who he though had a solid showing in the game and what can be taken from the scrimmage.

He also breaks down his thoughts on Braxton Miller, Urban Meyer’s second year, and the depth surrounding this Buckeye team.

Then we go from the Gridiron, to the Hardwood. Former Buckeye Wide Receiver Roy Hall joins us, to talk about the Driven Foundation’s basketball game for charity coming up on Friday. The Driven Foundation president also talks about his relationships with fellow Buckeyes Maurice Clarett and Antonio Smith — as well as what his foundation has been able to accomplish over the last few years.

That’s all jam packed in another addition of tBBC Radio Hour! Enjoy!

 

What Do You Want To See On Saturday?: Spring Game 2013

Written April 12th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

A bit of a different version of WDYWTSOS, since we all want to see the same thing- Awesomeness and no injuries.

So, we’ve polled our staff of experts for their predictions on the following aspects for “Getting Down At Paul Brown”- let’s see how much everyone’s been paying attention to the Spring Practice Updates:

Bombs Away

What player scores the first points of the game?

WVa: Braxton Miller will score first and it will be on a long run. 

Ken: Devin Smith on a long pass play from The Brax

Jason: Rod Smith. My bet is they limit Hyde and with Brax wearing the black shirt his running is cut out.

Janelle: Devin Smith on a deep ball from Braxton

Eric: Might as well ask what your favorite color of M&M is based on the taste.  I’ll go with Michael Thomas on a nice Brax pass.

Dexter: I’m going to go with Evan Spencer on a Bomb downfield from Braxton Miller. That is my favorite color M&M.

Charles: To be a bit different, I’ll go with Drew Basil

Mali: The obvious answer is Drew Basil.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: Bloomington Shocker

Written March 6th, 2013 by Jason

A big time showdown with the Indiana Hoosiers on the hardwood. Spring practice has started on the astro-grass. The weather must be warming up (soon?) in Columbus, Ohio. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Upset in B-Town

With the conference tournament and eventually the NCAA tournament still on the horizon, it can be tough to put a ton of stock into the importance of a regular season game these days in college basketball. There’s seemingly always tomorrow or another shot to fix what you have done wrong. Last night’s game in Bloomington, Indiana against the 2nd ranked Indiana Hoosiers was one of those exceptions, and the Buckeyes rose up to the challenge.

Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith feeling good in Assembly Hall

Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith feeling good in Assembly Hall

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Ohio State 2012 Spring Game Rosters Announced

Written April 19th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye
Today, the results of this year’s 6AM draft for Saturday’s Spring Game were announced… here’s what the teams will look like.

Team Scarlet

  • Head Coach – Tom Herman
  • Assistant Coaches – Everett Withers, Mike Vrabel, Tim Hinton
  • Game Captains – Zach Boren and Jack Mewhort
  • QBs- Braxton Miller, Justin Siems
  • OL- Darryl Baldwin, Reid Fragel, Marcus Hall, Eric Kramer, Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort, Tim Trummer
  • RBs- Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith
  • FB- Zach Boren
  • TEs- Jeff Heuerman, Derek Burkholder, Nick Vannett
  • WRs- Chris Fields, Frank Kangah, Ryan Ross, Evan Spencer, Michael Thomas, Tyrone Williams
  • DL- Michael Bennett, Logan Beougher, Chase Farris, Joel Hale, Johnathan Hankins, William McCary, J.T. Moore, Se’Von Pittman, Kharim Stephens
  • LBs- Connor Crowell, Storm Klein, Ryan Shazier, Stewart Smith
  • DBs- C.J. Barnett, Christian Bryant, Doran Grant, Zach Domicone, Travis Howard, Vincent Petrella, Ron Tanner, Julian Vann, Jamie Wood
  • K/P- Drew Basil, Kyle Clinton, Kevin Niehoff
  • LS- Bryce Haynes

Team Gray

  • Head Coach – Luke Fickell
  • Assistant Coaches – Kerry Coombs, Ed Warinner, Stan Drayton, Zach Smith
  • Team Captains – Etienne Sabino and John Simon
  • QBs- Kenny Guiton, Cardale Jones
  • OL- Ivon Blackman, Brian Bobek, Jacoby Boren, Tommy Brown, Taylor Decker, Andrew Norwell, Ben St. John, Antonio Underwood
  • RBs- Bri’onte Dunn, Jordan Hall
  • FB- Adam Homan
  • TEs- Kyle Schuck, Jake Stoneburner
  • WRs- Corey Brown, Peter Gwilym, Verlon Reed, Taylor Rice, Devin Smith
  • DL- Adam Bellamy, Dalton Britt, Chris Carter, Garrett Goebel, Steve Miller, John Simon, Nathan Williams
  • LBs- Curtis Grant, Ross Oltorik, Joshua Perry, Andy Reed, Luke Roberts, Etienne Sabino
  • DBs- Corey Brown, Adam Griffin, Orhian Johnson, Tyvis Powell, Bradley Roby, Nick Sarac
  • K/P- Ben Buchanan, Kyle Clinton, Russell Doup
  • LS- George Makridis

 

April Showers Bring Silver Bullet Points

Written April 19th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Thursday’s cup of Mulligatawny, carefully crafted for the best damn fans in the land… since you know how to ask. Fingers crossed for good weather on Saturday!

Mr. Romance, That's Me.

Buckeye 411

  • We Talkin’ About Practice- Today’s event was open to the press, and was a bit less spirited than last week’s affair. Afterward, Coach Meyer said that this was pretty typical, given how hard the team had been working. Highlights included John Simon being John Simon, Jordan Hall making plays in space, Sabino doing a great job bringing pressure, and some standout opportunities from some of the younger Bucks, including a couple of great plays from new DL Chris Carter and Connor Crowell. We also are hearing solid things about Michael Bennett… Bennett, Hankins, Simon are going to be in a lot of offensive coordinators’ nightmares, methinks.
  • Injury Update-  Lots of dings and nicks today: Shazier and C. Jones were out altogether with an illness, and Christian Bryant, Curtis Grant, CJ Barnett, and even Drew Basil were banged up. And that’s on top of the guys who have been rehabbing all spring: Storm Klein, Wood, Domicone, Nathan Williams, Reed, and Perry.
  • Tie? Today’s practice ended in a “tie”, with no winners and no losers.  The coaching staff reminded each other that this is like kissing your sister… one more aspect of the SEC that Coach Meyer has brought to Columbus.
  • Getting Drafty In Here- By the time you’re reading this, the football staff will have drafted teams for the Spring Game; Coach Hermann against Coach Fickell.  And the draft will not just include players, but athletic training staff, team secretaries, etc. We’ll have full coverage at tBBC once the lineups are announced.
  • Format- Four 10 minute quarters. Clock will stop in 1st half. Running clock in 2nd half.
  • Passing? Fancy!  Don’t expect the Spring Game to make Woody proud- the QB’s will be off limits for contact, and it will mostly be a passing scrimmage according to Coach Meyer.  He’s a bit worried, though, about the catching part of that exchange.
  • N00bs- Coach Meyer said that Taylor Decker (who got time with the one’s today), Mike Thomas, and Brionte Dunn have really excelled during the Spring Workouts.
  • Where I Disagree With Urban- The losing team on Saturday will get to do some Community Service, mostly likely in the Buckeye Grove dedicated to OSU greats. I love this idea, but don’t think that Community Service should ever be a punishment.  That being said, he’s Urban Meyer and I drive a Honda. FWIW.
  • If Only I Were A Student- I could tell him myself in the open forum that’s coming up in May.  Wonder if anyone will try to take him up on his offer to kick a field goal in next year’s spring event
  • That Awkward Moment- The Four Letter Network was in town today for interviews and practice footage… all while they are still involved in suing the University.
  • Anyway- Some great quotes from their time with the Buckeyes, including Stoneburner saying that this team sees the season as twelve bowl games and The Game as the Superbowl.  Braxton compared the new offense to Oregon in tempo- the goal would be to run 80 plays a game and create mismatches in conditioning as well as talent and strategy.  Let’s just hope that’s the only “Oregon” aspect we see in Columbus (more later).
  • Get Them Now- Between 45 and 60 K tickets have been distributed for the game; and Students get in free with ID.  Pack the ‘Shoe!!
  • Oh, And By The Way- I love Cam Burrows. That is all. And no, I’m not going to tweet at him to tell him so.

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Shots from the ‘Shoe: Spring Football Recap

Written April 26th, 2011 by Joe Laing

We continue our overview of Buckeye spring practice with Joe’s look across the positions. As always HUGE thank you to Josh Winslow for his photos- be sure check out all of his Spring Game shots.

The Future? or The Present?

QB’s- IMHO the position should go to Braxton Miller for the first 5 games.  He finished off an up and down spring with a great showing in the spring game.  He can make all the throws, has escapability and the ability to get some first downs with his legs.  Obviously he is the youngest but him graduating HS early and coming in for the spring was a great decision.

Taylor Graham, Kenny Guiton, and Joe Bauserman all had their moments this spring.  Bauserman makes a great backup with the ability to save a game for us if the starter goes down.  Graham and Guiton will have their say come fall, but Graham lacks the ability to win with his legs, and Guiton doesn’t provide the greatest ability with his legs.

I really like what was said about Pryor and him stepping up and being a leader/coach for the 4 QB’s vying for the starting job.

RB’s- Talk about an embarrassment of riches with Hall, Berry, Smith, Hyde, and Herron.

The best thing about the news out of spring and the spring game was not the number of rushing attempts these guys got  or the talent they all have running the ball, but the number of receptions they received out of the backfield.  Hall and Berry split out provides the offense a lot of versatility.

Look for Berry to continue to be explosive in the return game as well.

FB’s- Zach Boren is one of the best all around fullbacks we have seen at Ohio State, and David Durham transition to the position adds a great player for the future.

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Midweek Football Update: Catching Up

Written April 14th, 2010 by Jim

The switch over to the new (old) site has set us back a little bit. So here are a bunch of links for your browsing pleasure.

The usual suspects check in once again with practice reports and various other updates.

First up, the practice reports.

Ken Gordon from the Dispatch has his usual notes from Tuesday’s practice.

The good folks over at ElevenWarriors.com were lucky enough to make some observations from Tuesday’s practice as well.

Finally, Tony Gerdeman from theozone.net continues their fantastic coverage of spring ball with his observations from Tuesday.

And for a summary of the summaries, Vico over at OurHonorDefend.com does a fantastic job breaking everything down and highlighting the most interesting bits.

At the end Vico talks a little bit about the recent stir concerning Ohio State ‘stealing’ Oregon’s signals in the Rose Bowl. Other folks have reported on this as well.

My thoughts? If Oregon is too stupid to disguise or change their offensive signals enough over the course of the season so that other teams can’t pick them up from watching game film, that is their problem. Also, what Vico said.

Everything else:

Ken Gordon  has a report on Duron Carter and his status this spring.

TheOzone.net has: an article on waiting your turn to play at Ohio State, Etienne Sabino and his progress this spring, Tressel Talks Pryor’s Spring Progress, and Sanzenbacher and his thoughts on the passing game.

Whew, TheOzone.net bringing it strong like usual.

ElevenWarriors.com has a transcript from the Big Ten spring teleconference (at least the Jim Tressel parts of it).

Finally, our very own Jeff Seemann checks in with a boatload of material from Fox Sports Ohio.

I think that about does it. Sorry if I missed anything. Hopefully now that the move is over we can stay on top of this a bit more and provide our loyal readers with some original material instead of just links.

Stay tuned!