Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin

Written July 24th, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

As I was pondering how I could fill in for Jason as he took a week off from Wednesday Night Rumble, I realized there is no unique way to fill in for his fantastic presentation of opinion. So, I decided to do something different for me but really close to my old commentary. In this new series, we bring you the positive rumblings across Buckeye Nation, those making a good recovery despite the naysayers, and those who have bumbled into trouble one way or another.



I am proud to present the positive portion of today’s RSB. Representing the Rumblin is new Bengal and former #NastyBoy Buckeye, Reid Fragel. His stock has been on the rise as of late because of his versatility. Fragel is smack dab in the middle of a fight for playing time, as a rookie who just switched to tackle a little more than a year ago. Reid took some time to answer some questions the day before he reports to camp.

My AVI on Sundays this fall

My AVI on Sundays this fall

How has the transition from college to the Pro’s been for you? Your high and low points after the draft?
The transition has been good so far, the true test will be when the pads come on this first week of camp.  As far as the difference in the game, it is a much faster and physical game.  My highs after the draft was obviously first of all knowing I had a shot to play in the NFL for a team close to Columbus.  Draft day itself had some lows up to that point though, going much later in the draft than anticipated was a bit tough, but in the end I am happy where I am at and the opportunity that lies ahead of me in Cincinnati.
With the excitement that has been coming out of camp so far about your versatility, how are you handling it?
I have always seen myself as a player who can bring versatility to whatever team I landed with, and think it might be something I can use to separate myself from others.
The fact that they believe they have what they need to shore up their blocking woes at TE and you competing for a tackle spot there’s lots more for you to learn obviously. How is that going?
Learning the tackle position while competing for a spot is a great challenge, but personally I have responded best when under pressure in the past so it is an opportunity I am very excited about.
Last but not least. What are you predicting for your former Buckeyes? 
I am very excited about this upcoming season for Ohio State.  It will be weird watching them on TV at first I’m sure, but I predict another solid season.  Another undefeated season sounds tough, but I honestly can’t pick this team to lose a game this year.
Icing on the cake?
A silent crowd of about 100,000 in Ann Arbor on November 30th.  Jeff Heuerman, Mackey award winner.  Capping it off with the best offensive line in the Big Ten.
Thank you to Reid for hanging out with us! We’ll check back in frequently to see how his first season as a Bengal is going! Give him a follow on twitter @Fragel79.


Trying to find a good Buckeye story this week that could be considered a good recovery was quite the task. With everything that has happened in just the past few days it was down right impossible. There is one Buckeye that recovered nicely this week and did it in a way as to tell his nay sayers, “It ain’t happening here”.

Coach Meyer has been under a lot of stress and strain of late with all of the Aaron Hernandez talks and current players issues. He has taken a beating in the national media without reason and has stood tall.

You! Will be held accountable for your actions

You! Will be held accountable for your actions

He then reminded all of us why he is considered one of the best coaches in America. I personally think he will eventually go down as one of the greatest of all-time in college football. Everything he touches he turns to gold and the past couple of days he has sent the message that he will not let anyone jeopardize the Empire he is building in Columbus. Not wasting any time in issuing the punishments for things that happened last weekend with two important cogs in the wheel, as well as two others.

Coach Meyer recovered from the onslaught nicely by suspending Hyde and Roby until things are settled, as well as taking care of two other problems in Baugh and Gardner. He is making sure his players and the nation knows he isn’t playing favorites. Great recovery by Coach Meyer this week in righting the ship.


This past weekend made writing the Bumblin’ portion of this article pretty dang easy. Suffice it to say everyone has heard their fair share of the bad info, and there could be good info on the horizon — but not just yet.

I want to take a different approach to the issues at hand with each of these four players that were punished, and what they have in common.

Could a Hyde/Roby - less Buckeye team still compete for the National Title?

Could a Hyde/Roby – less Buckeye team still compete for the National Title?

Each of them were found to be in a bar when their incidents happened and not there to just socialize. Apparently three of the four were involved in altercations, and even though there are various reports hinting that Hyde’s is a mistake, you still have to wonder why was he in the bar.

I know that had to be the first question that Coach Meyer asked of them, especially with what’s approaching in just a couple weeks. That being said, I am sure the coaches want these player to enjoy their down time and “cut loose.”

But not at the expense of the upcoming season.

Especially with the reputation Ohio State has built the past few years. Urban Meyer and company have been trying to get the Buckeyes back on top by “cleaning up the program.”

That process can literally be derailed by just a few people making dumb mistakes.

That being said, I don’t  think the Buckeyes will be ruined after the past weekend. Like others have said, the next man steps up! That too is in my point. It’s important to remember though that these aren’t just men. They are college students from 17-23, trying to enjoy the life they have.

These kids also need to keep in mind, which I am sure they are reminded daily, that they are also responsible for their teammates. I think the latest issue will get better, and I also think that the team will be better for it.

Hyde, Roby, Baugh, and Gardner are stark reminders that things can and will happen in Columbus. How they recover and learn from their mistakes will be on display this fall.

Stay tuned.


I am picking a video just like everybody else! Ken and Jason!!!From my favorite band GnR and a simple message about pain in November that TTUN will experience. Righteous tune Dude!

tBBC Roundtable: Ohio State Recruiting 2013

Written February 7th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

After a momentous day for Buckeye football, and after a few frosty beverages, here’s the staff’s reflections on the epic 2013 recruiting class!

Charles Brought Us A New Table!

Charles Brought Us A New Table!

Who’s the player on offense/defense who will make the biggest impact during his career at OSU?

Ken: Mike Mitchell. I think he has potential to have a Spielman/Katzenmoyer type career at OSU

WVa: Offense: I am going to go with one that has been in the fold for a good bit. Jalin Marshall is the guy I see coming in right away and contributing and will have a great career in Scarlet and Gray.

Defense: Tracy Sprinkle is my guy here. He looks to me to be the perfect fit to take over where Nathan Williams left off and really reminds me of my favorite Buckeye to come out of WV Darrion Scott. Good size and plays low and will show early what he has in that motor that never quits.

Tim: For me, the player who will make the biggest impact will be Cam Burrows. There is a question of whether he will play safety or corner at OSU, but wherever he finds himself playing, he will be an impact player on defense. His combination of size and speed could enable him to be a great one.

Jason: Jalin Marshall. All these kids have tremendous talent and endless possibilities, so I’ll put my eggs in the basket of the one who’s the best player in Ohio

Eric: The biggest impact defensively is likely going to be on the Defensive Line, where the Buckeyes are going to be making up the most ground.  A good freshman, like Joey Bosa, could step in and really make life easier for the defense.

Offensively, that’s a little trickier.  The answer is going to be whoever manages to fill the playmaker role for Urban Meyer the best.  It could be Ezekiel Elliott, James Clark, or Jalin Marshall.  It could also be any one of a dozen others who may prove to be extremely effective as a fast, shifty, playmaker.

Mali: I think that we’re going to see some amazing things from Dontre Wilson… I watch what DeAnthony Thomas does in Eugene, and what Harvin did with Meyer at Florida, and I can’t help but envision some fireworks from the moment he steps on campus.

I’m also excited to see what Chris Worley will bring to the table- a safety that hits like a linebacker, or a linebacker that can run with receivers… as the game gets faster, it’ll be great to have a counterpunch.

What new recruit will most likely see early playing time? Who redshirts? Read More

Tim Gardner Is (Finally) A Buckeye!!

Written July 29th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Agility? Check.

Great news for a Saturday; it’s great to come back from a vacation to read that Indianapolis Lawrence Central’s Tim Gardner has become the 16th member of the Ohio State 2013 recruiting class.

Gardner initially “verballed” back in June, but was informed that his commitment wasn’t quite necessary at this time- there’s speculation that the Buckeyes wanted to see his discipline in the form of some conditioning.

He did the work, and was seen as a part of Friday Night Lights working with Buckeye great and offensive guru LeCharles Bentley… you can check his form in the photo to the right, from our friend Josh Winslow.

The off field dedication, the passion and potential that LeCharles saw in him all led to the staff welcoming him as a part of this incoming class. At 6′ 5″ and 300+ pounds, he’s projected as a guard at Ohio State, although he currently plays tackle at Lawrence North, an Indianapolis powerhouse. You can get a glimpse of his work in this highlight video- pay attention to his feet and agility, as well as his propensity for finishing blocks.

Gardner is currently rated a “three star” by some recruiting services, although there’s a lot of speculation that this will change as Tim continues to work through his senior season.  He held offers from Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, and Louisville as well as Ohio State.

With Gardner in the fold, there’s speculation that Ohio State may only take one more offensive lineman in the upcoming class. If that person is willing to work as hard as Tim did to earn his place in the scarlet and gray, it’ll be an elite group coming in.

Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Mr, Gardner!

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