Silver Bullet Points To The Rafters

Written January 18th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

It’s hump day, which means the mid-week linkage and notes from around the world of college sports.

Flying High, As Always

Buckeye 411

  • Dennis Hopson’s number hasn’t been retired by Ohio State. As someone who grew up in Ohio during his reign, I find that unbelievable… almost unforgivable. So, like a lot of other folks, I’m 100% behind the #Hop2theRafters movement to let OSU know it’s time for jersey number 32 to be honored… you can get involved, too:
  • Mark your calendars- Right now, Ohio State’s spring practice is set to begin March 28. The spring game will be played April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. While Urban is out recruiting the next wave of Buckeye legends, the fact of the matter is that the team might look very very different come March 28- particularly if February goes as has been prophesied.
  • Not Just Recruiting Players- Coach Meyer has an open coaching position as well, and the OZone’s Brandon Castel has a look at the candidates. My three “favorites”:
    • Chuck Heater, Temple Defensive Coordinator
    • Troy Douglas, former UNC DB Coach
    • Travaris Robinson, current Florida DB Coach
  • Vested Interest- Speaking of open coaching positions, the Colts has one.  And, you know our opinion is that they should look no further than the man upstairs. (No, Tim… not that one)

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I Demand to See Braxton Miller on the Field

Written April 24th, 2011 by Jim

Braxton Miller

Following the Spring Game, the quarterback competition remains decidedly unresolved.  If anything, the debate over who should start will be more heated now than ever. To put it concisely, Braxton Miller looked too good to keep off the field while Joe Bauserman looked too shaky to be counted on during crunch time in a hostile environment (namely, at Miami).

The simple solution, and the one that a majority of fans will no doubt be on board with, would be to name Miller the starter and roll with it. He can just flat out make plays and he showed it in the spring game. He led some tremendous drives throwing and running the ball, and he looks more than capable of successfully leading the offense.

The downside with Miller would be his inexperience. In crunch time, could he be counted on to protect the ball? To not force plays while driving the team down the field? He could, but expecting true freshman quarterbacks to play mistake free football is a gamble to say the least.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is fifth year senior Joe Bauserman. The argument for Bauserman centers on his experience and ability to make smart decisions and protect the football (even though last year’s Illinois game casts some doubt even on that). Read More

Spring Game LiveBlog

Written April 23rd, 2011 by Eric

It’s the day we’ve been waiting for since Solomon Thomas picked off a pass to seal the Sugar Bowl win. The Buckeyes take the field again to bat around the pigskin in the annual team scrimmage.

As Graham pointed out yesterday, the format for this spring game is completely different than any we have seen before. The scoring will be different than any other football game, which will make it a unique experience for those of us watching.

The Spring Game will air on the Big Ten Network at 1:30 PM Eastern Time. Our LiveBlog today will kickoff at 1:00 PM. Make sure to stop by and enjoy the game with us!

This is going on tonight.

The NFL Draft is tonight at 7:30 ET on ESPN/NFL Network.

ElevenWarriors has a look at the Buckeyes hoping to hear their names called over the next three days.

A lot of Browns fans seem to want Eric Berry at 7 and Colt McCoy in the 2nd round, that would be just fine with me. Thaddeus Gibson in the 3rd would be too good to be true.

The Cavs play game 3 tonight at Chicago (7:00 ET, TNT). Will the

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Bulls be encouraged that they played so well in game 2? or discouraged that they played so well in game 2 and still lost? We will find out tonight.

It should be a nice sports evening.

Also, the Buckeyes had their spring game ‘draft’ yesterday (photos).

Scarlet Roster

  • They get Pryor, but how much will he play?
  • How often will Pryor throw to Stoneburner when they are on the field together?
  • Mike Adams and Marcus Hall playing tackle together should be fun to watch.
  • Dorian Bell and Storm Klein together as linebackers is a glimpse of the future.

Gray Roster

  • Loaded at running back.
  • Sabino is worth keeping an eye on.
  • Kenny Guiton will get a chance to show what he’s got.

Draft Order

  • Mike Adams was the #1 tackle taken which is nice to see.
  • Nate Oliver was taken over Orhian Johnson at safety which is interesting, possibly because of his versatility (ability to play safety and star)?

And don't forget about this on Saturday.

Branden Castel takes the time to break the draft down in much greater detail as well as taking a look at which team has the ‘edge’.

Tony Gerdeman brings us Tressel’s thoughts on the draft.

And the guys over at TheSilverBullet chime in with some thoughts.

Finally, check out the guys over at WaitingForNextYear throughout the day for plenty of thoughts on the Cavs game as well as the draft tonight (if you are interested in a Browns-centric perspective).

If all of that doesn’t get you through the morning and/or afternoon I don’t know what will.

Have a good day everyone.