Nothing Conflicted About Silver Bullet Points

Written March 26th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Life is full of decisions. Sometime soon (Friday?) we’ll get the official word that LaQuinton Ross has decided to head to greener pastures… but until then, here’s the soundtrack for our midweek musings.

Decisions, Decisions…

Practice Notes

  • Receiving Praise- Coach Meyer talked on Tuesday about the need for the receiving corps to be a strength of the team, and highlighted Devin Smith,  Corey Smith, Michael Thomas, and Johnnie Dixon as players who were standing out.  Jeff Greene is working hard as well, but has some catching up to do. Dontre Wilson is in the “H” position full time now, and has put on the weight necessary to be successful this season.
  • We Are The Champions- After Saturday’s scrimmage, Tyvis Powell and Nick Vannett joined Pat Elflien as those who graded out with a “champion” mark. Elflien has also earned the starting right guard spot, according to Meyer. The center position is a “toss up” between Jacoby Boren and Billy Price, according to coach Tom Herman
  • Getting Defensive- The defense “won” the scrimmage this past weekend, and Meyer said that the Fickell/Ash process is going well.
  • Those Who Can’t, Teach- Braxton is being used to help groom the younger quarterbacks, including breaking down and grading their practice footage. Cardale still is taking the majority of reps at the position, but the others are coming along, according to Tom Herman.
  • Running On Empty? Not a chance, with the backfield being a source of strength for Ohio State this season.  That being said, the coaches spoke about how the offense will look different- losing four starting linemen and El Guapo will do that to you. Rod Smith had a good Tuesday practice, and EzE is still showing some “freshman moments”. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Dethaws

Written January 29th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Well, given the news today in college sports and elsewhere, I think I’ve got a couple of soundtrack offerings that will draw it all together.  Stay warm people!! (it’s supposed to be down to the 60s in Los Angeles today… brrrrrrr.)

Squirtgun In January

Buckeye 411

  • Chosen Frozen- We’ve got to give major kudos to Buckeye coach Tom Herman, who was stuck for 12 hours in the Atlanta Traffic crapstorm following their epic blizzard of about one inch or so of snow.  Seriously, I guess the folks in the Snow Emergency Conference are in need of someone from the north to show them how to deal with the cold.
  • RE: Crootin’- Last time we chatted, it was Demetrius Knox that had Buckeye Nation wringing their hands in worry of a last minute exodus from #TheDream14. That was addressed by Coach Meyer and Coach Johnson, and ‘Meech is fully locked and loaded once again.  Now, though, we’ve got another offensive lineman who may be wavering, this time Illinois’ Jamarco Jones who is reconsidering his choice of Ohio State over the Spartans from East Lansing. Jones, who has several friends headed to Sparty in the fall, has his official “in home” from Dantonio and staff today, with Ohio State’s Warriner and Johnson following up tomorrow.  Jeremy Birmingham at Eleven Warriors has the best overview of the situation, and it will definitely be worth watching… if Jones heads to East Lansing this weekend for his “official”, then I think the writing is on the wall.
  • Four! More! Years? Well, if you’re not a fan of current Athletic Director Gene Smith, this won’t make you happy: It was announced today that he’s been promoted to Vice President and given a contract extension/raise.  Hooray?
  • Final Visit, Final Answer? Also of note this last weekend of “recruiting season 2014″ is that H-Back David Njoku will be in Columbus on an official visit, as will Michigan defensive lineman standout (and one time Wolverine “lock”) Malik McDowell.  Again, Birm’s got the latest.
  • Presidential News? Rumors on Tuesday began swirling (I think they started on Scout, but I saw it on twitter and other OSU boards) that The Ohio State University would soon be naming Michael Drake as their next President. Drake currently serves as the Chancellor at the University of California at Irvine, and is notable for his work with the health sciences within the UC system.  Given the significance of Ohio State’s medical centers, that may be an important skill set to bring to the table. Even though he’s currently an Anteater, there’s hope that Mr. Drake can bring something else to Columbus with him…
  • This Week In Silverman- Another great design from Ohio State’s master of visual excitement: Read More

One Fan’s Opinion: Past And Future

Written January 27th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Here’s some great perspective from our other Bowl Challenge Winner…. Take it away, Troy!

I would first of all like to thank Mali and the BBC staff for giving me this opportunity to take up 10 minutes of your life and let my Ohio State favoritism corrupt all of you. I still can’t believe that I lost to the 7 year old in the tBBC CFB Bowl Challenge. I give him credit though; it’s definitely not easy. But let’s get into it….

Not The Plan

Due to everybody’s surprise, Ohio State didn’t have the year that we all thought they would have had. Especially with an offense coming in as arguable one of the best in the country from both an O-line and playmaker standpoint. Yeah, the defense had a lot of question marks on it but it was well understood that with Urban Meyer’s track record, the defense was going to become championship caliber soon enough. Meyer never won a championship without his defense/ special teams being one of the best in the country. If you look back to the two national titles, you’ll see some of the best defenses in the country at the time.

But Ohio State’s inability to sure up that secondary issue that lingered all year (It started with Roby playing bad and then Christian Bryant’s season ending injury, along with a couple other injuries/ illnesses that came bowl season) and Tom Herman not feeding Hyde in crunch time were both ultimately the end of Ohio State’s “Chase.” Which I don’t really want to get started on the not feeding Hyde in crunch time part because it still sickens me to this day when I think about it… You are up by 7 early in the 4th Quarter in the B1G Ship and you have a guy who’s average almost 8 yards per carry on the season and you decide to put all of your chips on Braxton’s passing ability against a very good secondary? But as we all know, we can’t dwell on the past and must look forward to 2014, which I might add brings a very good recruiting class (In the Top 5 in every credible recruiting source, notice how ESecPN isn’t in there). But what else is new with UFM at the helm?

So now with both Hyde, one of the best running backs in the country, and that oh so dominating offensive line leaving, us buckeye fans are at a period of questioning in our football team. You along with many outsiders feel that Ohio State won’t have nearly as good of a team as they did last year. And with last year being THE year to win it all if it was going to be any year, right? I mean there’s no possible way that even a young stud like EZE and the rest of the stable will be able to replace Hyde’s play-making ability just like there’s no possible way Ed Warriner will be able to produce an offensive line anywhere close to what Ohio State fielded last year.

Well, I’m here to tell you all that the 2014 Buckeyes will be a better team than what we just saw this past college football season. Read More

tBBC Game Preview: Northwestern Wildcats

Written October 2nd, 2013 by Ken

Introduction

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PatFitz musing, no doubt

The #4/3 Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) move their Prime Time show from Columbus, OH to Evanston, IL for another 8:00 PM kickoff. The opponents, the undefeated (4-0, 0-0) #16/15 Northwestern Wildcats. Yes, another night game against another ranked B1G team.

When I saw this game on the schedule, I was only mildly concerned about the outcome. And that was based on the 2004 night game debacle in Evanston, not on this year’s talent/performance. Northwestern will be a different challenge from Wisconsin, in that, despite what we saw on Saturday, the Wildcats bring a legitimate balanced offense into this game.

Northwestern has two legitimate quarterbacks in Kain Colter (27-35, 264 yds, 4TD, 2INT)/Trevor Siemian (47-70, 671, 3,2), two quality running backs in Venric Mark (if healthy)/Treyvon Green (101 YPG)and two quality receivers in Tony Jones/Christian Jones (39 Rec, 15 YPR, 5TD).  Their offense is also a bit different from Wiscy’s in that rather than relying on raw power, Northwestern brings more speed and elusiveness to the field.

Last year’s all-everything running back Venric Mark appears to be healthy enough to be listed on the Wildcats depth chart as the starting running back for Saturday. This could be a Carlos Hyde situation where a player comes back to play in a big game after a 2-3 game layoff. Whether Venric Mark gets the every down workload remains to be seen, but I expect him to see spot duty in the backfield and to line up as kick/punt returner. Last year, Venric was 2nd team all-conference as a running back, and All-American as a punt returner, so look for Pat Fitzgerald and his staff to put him in positions to handle the ball, particularly in the open field.

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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 8.27.13

Written August 27th, 2013 by Clair

This season, we’re trying to get you twice as much information as usual, with a Tuesday SBP following Monday’s presser and one just before gameday. Let’s go Bucks!!

  • Urban’s Presser: Urban Meyer’s first weekly press conference didn’t reveal the secrets to the cosmos but it did reveal his thoughts on depth, week one opponent Buffalo and the mentality of his football team.
  • Youth in Depth: Meyer is still doubtful about the cohesiveness of his linebacking core. The unit is still young in the depth chart and according to Meyer Curtis Grant is catching up after an injury during training camp. There’s a lot of speculation that Shazier will be named captain, as he’s known for flying around the ball and motivating team mates with his energy and tenacity. Leading the B1G Ten last season with 17 tackles for a loss and ranking top 10 in multiple categories nationally, Shazier will be crucial to the success of the young linebackers in this core. Curtis Grant and Josh Perry will see time at linebacker, but Grant’s lack of game-day experience and training camp injury keep him from being where the team would like.
  • Up Front: While the jury is still somewhat out, Coach Meyer said that he feels better about the depth in the offensive line than he previously did.
  • Sunny Side Up: Meyer was asked whether he thinks Braxton Miller will be the team’s leading rusher again this year; As you can imagine that was not his goal last year and replied with a resounding no for the same this year. Miller is by far the teams biggest play maker and most gifted athlete but according to Meyer most of Miller’s scrambling yards came from designed QB runs, not from an experienced scrambler. Meyer claims Miller’s pocket presence has improved including his ability to recognized a breakdown in the play and improvise when  the pocket collapses. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Can Feel It

Written June 12th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Well, there won’t be a Rumble later today; Jason’s recovering from the Orion festival (he snuck across the boarder to TSUN, and hopes to come back with his IQ intact and his hearing decimated). As such, your soundtrack for today is my favorite Metallica song from back in the day. Also, we’re launching a new feature later this afternoon to get you ready for kickoff… enjoy!

Yeah, That’s Pretty Cool

Buckeye 411

  • Aloha Means “Hello”- So… you want to play the Rainbow Warriors? I’m totally OK with that, as long as it’s a “home and away” proposition… I’ve got my lei all warmed up and everything.
  • This Week In “The Staff Is Awesome”, Part One- CBS Sports had a twofer on Tuesday about Ohio State assistant coaches, starting with strength and football performance coach Mickey Marotti. Interesting tidbits from that article: Coach wanted to “fight” Christian Bryant to get him to buy in, but now counts him as one of his leaders; Braxton has made great strides, but has a more “laid back” personality than previous people that Mariotti has worked with, and Noah Spence was at the top of the recruiting charts at Florida as well as being a high priority for Ohio State- and he’s gained 15 pounds of muscle since coming to Columbus
  • And Aloha Means “Goodbye”- The staff at LGHL have discovered that former Buckeye linebacker David Perkins will most likely transfer to Illinois State following both his departure from the program and some issues at Bowling Green.
  • This Week In “The Staff Is Awesome”, Part Two- Believe it or not Dennis Dodds wrote a very complementary article on Offensive Coordinator Tom Herman, particularly highlighting both his offensive savvy and his ability to get the Buckeyes to buy in… even when it cost them their dinners:

In the best times, Herman’s offense had lineman Andrew Norwell vomiting. The super-fast version of Ohio State’s no-huddle is labeled “Jet.” Jet took off at a key moment in the third quarter of last year’s game at Penn State.

At that point, the decision had been made to run Penn State’s defensive line out of the building the same way Herman had done it at Rice. Go fast, make defenders run sideline-to-sideline. History shows an eight-play, 85-yard touchdown drive that lasted 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

And then, regurgitation.

“Norwell came to the sideline, sat on the bench and vomited at the feet of our offensive line coach [Ed Warriner],” Herman said. “He looked him right in the eye and said, ‘Keep jettin’ ‘em.’ That’s when I knew we had them.”

  • If You’re Into That Kind Of Thing- EA Sports seems to be fond of Ohio State’s offense, while Phil Steele has Ohio State at #2 this pre-season; we’ll be talking with him later this summer on tBBC Radio Hour.

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BBN Preview: OSU Receivers -vs- Cal’s Secondary

Written September 13th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

As a part of the 2012 season, the Buckeye Bloggers Network is pooling their expertise to give Ohio State fans the most in-depth coverage possible for Saturday’s game.

This week tBBC looks at the Buckeye passing game against the Cal Defense. Be sure to check out the rest of this series via the links at the bottom of this post!

Buckle Up

Coach Herman is new to Ohio State, but I don’t get the sense that he’s one to lean on hyperbole.

So, when he tells his receiving corps that they will be challenged in ways that they have not yet seen, you’ve got to believe that this will absolutely be the case.

Much has been made of Cal’s “unique” defense- a Bear (seriously) look that emphasizes stopping the interior run game. It’s also been highlighted that this philosophy is dependent upon corners and safeties who have the ability to lock their men down for the evening.  Given that Cal has been running this in a conference that can, at times, be a bit “pass happy”, it’s safe to assume that they might just know what they are doing.

And that’s just half the issue.

Coming into this season, one of the concerns that Ohio State fans and coaches each identified was the need for maturity and excellence from the receiving corps.  Part of that was due to the issues that emerged last year- new coach, true freshman sharing time with a professional rocket launcher at quarterback, and an offensive philosophy that emphasize any number of plays as long as they were “Dave”.  Losing their top playmaker for all but two games, and now losing him to graduation, it’s easy to understand why Coach Meyer came into the spring and fall looking to find out who would be the person he could count on.

I get the sense that, although we’re getting closer, they are still looking. Read More

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