Scarlet Assassins Reloaded: Quarterbacks

Written September 1st, 2011 by Jim

Braxton Miller and Joe Bauserman are listed as co-starters on the Akron depth chart.

It has been reported that Joe Bauserman will be on the field for the first snap on offense (which I predicted in January), but clearly both players will have their chance to drive, drive on down the field with the men of the scarlet and gray (see what I did there?).

On the surface, it appears that neither quarterback separated themselves during practice, but when you look a bit deeper, the “or” listing is a clear indication of who the best quarterback was during camp. Read More

2011 Spring Game Recap: QB Situation

Written April 24th, 2011 by Robby Donoho

44,276 may have seen a glimpse of what the future/the first 5 holds for Ohio State at this year’s Spring Game, which the Scarlet (offense) dominated the Gray (Defense) 59 to 27.

The score line makes it seem like the offense was the juggernaut of the 2 sides, but honestly both teams had their moments and the defense captured some life as they harassed all 4 QB’s at some point during the game.

In this recap, we’ll focus JUST on the QB’s, since that appears to be the big talking point going into the 2011 season. So who will start in the first 5 games without TP? Let’s take a look.

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Spring Game Primer

Written April 11th, 2011 by Jim

Excited for football yet?

With spring practice well underway and the spring game quickly approaching, it is time to move from “way too early looks” at each position into some more informed analysis based on practice reports.

[Note: I apologize for not getting to the defensive backs in my “way too early looks”.]

This offseason has been a tumultuous one to say the least. The tattoo revelations leading up to the Sugar Bowl and the resulting suspensions guaranteed a shadow over the off season. The additional news concerning Jim Tressel didn’t exactly make that shadow go away.

Fortunately, time heals all wounds, and cracking pads on the field helps to speed up that process- at least for me. After some time off from writing following the Tressel news conference (which is part of the reason why I didn’t get to the DBs), my enthusiasm for football is back in full swing.

So what follows will not only be a look at the DBs for the first time, but also a review of all of the position groups with some updated thoughts based on news from practice. I apologize ahead of time if this ends up being lengthy.

My rebuttal: FOOTBALL!

My attitude this offseason has always been that no matter what happens, when the Buckeyes take care of business on the field everything else will fade into the background.

Redemption through wins.

Off field BS be damned.

Here is a look at how each position is looking heading into the spring game.

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Way Too Early Look: 2011 Quarterbacks

Written January 11th, 2011 by Jim

There's always something to worry about in the offseason...

With the suspension of Terrelle Pryor, the starting QB for the first five games of 2011 will be one of the hottest topics this off season.

While there will be plenty of intrigue and fan interest, it won’t matter.

That’s right, who plays quarterback in the first five games of 2011 won’t matter… not even a little bit.

Okay, okay, long term it matters, but for the first five games of 2011 it makes no difference.

Why? because does anyone really think that Tressel will put a game in the hands of the new quarterback to win or lose?

Absolutely not.

It took Troy Smith and Terrelle Pryor two full seasons as the starter before they earned Tressel’s trust and were moved from the realm of ‘game manager’ to winning a game throwing the ball… and even then, Tressel still wins games in November by pounding the rock on the ground.

So Buckeye Nation, this is my plea to you. Please, please don’t debate who should start at quarterback based on their merits as a passer.

We all know that the starting QB is going to be chosen for excelling at taking the ball from center without fumbling, handing it off without fumbling, running around without fumbling, and throwing it far enough out of bounds to guarantee no interceptions.

Too pessimistic for you?

Well, another reason it doesn’t matter who starts in place of Pryor is because the Buckeyes are more than capable of going 5-0 running the ball with a stable of outstanding young backs running behind a massive offensive line.

Buckeye fans, get ready, because deep down, we all know who the starting QB will be. Read More

Say Hello to our New Poisonous Nuts!

Written August 14th, 2010 by Joe

tBBC’s newest edition and recruiting guru checks in with the class of 2010.

While we may be looking at a fairly small class of 18 newcomers, they seem to be creating quite the early buzz!  Here’s a look at 7 of them making some early noise…

Visions of the future

Corey “Philly” Brown – He has already been coined with the nickname “Philly” for his hometown. He has caught the eye of some of his teammates. The early buzz is he has the open field moves and speed to be a threat.

Christian Bryant – The Comparison to Antoine Winfield is already getting thrown around. While I think it is way too early to mention him in that same breath, it is great to hear that while small in stature he is showing a very physical style of play in practice so far. It will be hard for him to find playing time behind Chekwa, Torrence, Howard, and Evege, but he has the talent if he is called upon. I don’t see a red-shirt in his future.

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