Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by OSUBuckeye4Life, Feb 20, 2008.
Oh... thanks. Lol.
I was going to say the exact same thing. It was supposed to be crowded this year and we almost had to play Homan(?) in the backfield at one point.
He and Rod Smith are apparently switching jersey numbers too
You mean the role Corey Brown played this last season?
I might be in the norm but I prefer when a team as a solid #1 RB, not a guessing game every week. Then again, Im not a collegiate coach, so...lol
I think, barring injury, this team does have a solid #1 RB.
You still can't have too many tailbacks.
I think Jordan is a bit better suited for the hybrid position, he seems a bit shiftier and can make more guys miss in space. Brown has the pure speed and it would be nice to see him focus on being that pure stretch the field vertically type receiver.
Hyde is a pretty good #1 option at tailback, Hall could certainly fill that role, but with the way Hyde came on last year and some of the guys behind him started to step it up I think the best way to get as many of your play makers on the field as possible is to have Jordan focus on that hybrid role, they can always move him back if he's needed.
If there was ever a sure-fire pick for a captain (again), it's Jordan.
With the offense now set and our staff has had a full year to work the kinks out and get to know each other on game days, I'm really looking forward to how they are going to use our personnel. This next year should be leaps and bounds better from a schematic and tactical point of view. Jordan ought to be the catalyst, along with Braxton, for this offense to take its next big leap forward. I'm really excited for what a healthy Jordan Hall can do in an Urban Meyer/Tom Herman/Ed Warinner offense and I really hope they use Jordan to our advantage next year.
I on the other hand do not expect our offence to be that much more advanced than they left off. This is because they had no bowl practice. I expect a drop off early, get back to the same level by third game and then progressively get better. The year after should be the way you are describing.
There is an exception to that rule - which is when the crowd triggers transfers that exacerbate the very problem you describe.
Back in 2002 we had Clarrett, Ross, Hall, Riley and another Frosh whose name I can't recall. Everybody had at least two years eligibility left and it looked like Clarett had the job nailed down. That crowd resulted in Riley and the 5th back transferring. Then we lost Clarrett. IIRC Ross was slowed by injury for a couple of games leaving Hall and a walk-on.
Not suggesting we don't go after all we can get - just saying.
RLS strikes again?
Seriously though, that was a very different situation. JT was a fairly mediocre national (battle) recruiter who was reliant largely on Ohio talent and had yet to build his reputation as a big time coach. Toss in a tiny class of almost all washouts in 03, a rare departure of the feature back that triggered the depth issues and you had a perfect storm.
Urban just turned down the #1 back in America in Derrick Green because he has so much depth and is poised to increase it even further in 2014.
I would argue that that "rule" is wrong, simply due to the fact of scholarship limits. I'm not saying OSU has "too many" tailbacks now, but I would imagine the coaches feel they're at least pretty close to being maxxed out at the position, for the time being.
Is the freshman back you were thinking of Sammy Maldonado?
edit: Maybe not. He was a freshman in '00.
There are different style backs...
as Grad has stated elsewhere... we may be 'full' at the time being for the Carlos Hyde style back (Derrick Green?)... but maybe not at the scatback style that would go along with a traditional spread
Those were the only scholarship tailbacks in 2002. The following year Ira Guilford was a freshman who had to play there because of depth issues.
I seem to remember being [censored]ed that the NCAA was stringing Clarett and the school along.
Let's not forget that he was mimicing UW's running back on the scout team and all smiles on the ESPN set before the season opener. Most people thought MC13 would be back before classes started, but Guilford was moved over in fall camp as a backup.
There was some other stuff going on also, (one named) Branden Joe tore his pec trying to bench-press the world and (the other named) Brandon Schnittker was still just a fullback.
Jordan you are going to have some young pups nipping at your heels..Go HARD and show them The Urban Way.
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