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Pre-Season Selections for Surprise Player of 2005

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by brutus2002, Jan 22, 2005.

  1. brutus2002

    brutus2002 Junior

    I'm gonna go with Erik Haw. IMO he will be another weapon nobody will be expecting. I think he could be used similar to Bush.
     
  2. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Devon Lyons or Rory Nicol....both will benefit from the attention paid to Teddy and Santonio
     
  3. brutus2002

    brutus2002 Junior

    Very good choices Grad. BTW If we run the spread with 1 back 3 Wr set do you think we can get a LB'er vs. TE match-up alot or does it depend? Thanks grad.
     
  4. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    I'm going to go with Marcus Freeman at SLB. Close runner-up will be Fox's replacement at corner, whoever that will be. I also think Hoobler could make some noise at MLB if D'Andrea can't play (but I hope Mike can be back at the Mike).

    I think there's going to be a few surprises on the offense also, but nothing big (hopefully I'm wrong). I don't see Lyons becoming a major factor, with Ginn and Holmes firmly entrenched as WRs with Gonzo as the clear-cut #3 WR, but I think he'll make his presence known. I agree that Haw will give Pittman a run for his money (bad pun, I know) at RB, but I'm not sure that he will be a big surprise unless he just tears up the conference. Something tells me that we also may be hearing a lot from Boeckman at QB.

    Bottom line: Marcus Freeman will light it up at LB.
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2005
  5. gobucks35

    gobucks35 Newbie

    someone on the DLine, maybe richardson. i'm also a big sirjo welch fan... hopefully he'll get some PT and surprise some people.

    also, who's the front runner to replace nuge?
     
  6. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    As much as I find the concept difficult to accept right now, I think it could be Troy Smith at quarterback. The surprise is that I don't really expect him to play at all but, if the other guys can't rock and roll with mobility, then I think he might just be starting at QB by year end.
     
  7. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Staff Member Bookie

    Mike Kudla is going to make the leap from "solid" to "star" next season.
     
  8. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    I'd say Haw has a chance to make a mark for himself. I am really excited to see him get so9me carries. Imagine Haw and Ginn in the "Shot-Ginn" You've got two guys with sub 4.25 speed??? Like Tress said after a holding penalty brought back a Ginn TD against Penn State.... We should have our linemen take a knee, no one can catch 'em.

    On D, I like the idea of SirJo Welch playing every down. I don't think he'll replace Salley or Whitner on the depth chart though. Still, if you recall, #30 on Defense, damn near made EVERY special teams tackle this year.

    Freeman should excel, as Mili pointed out. Witht the LB's returning, I don't know if he'll get as many reps that he'll need to make the noise Mili predicts, but I also don't see any reason why we shouldn't expect Freeman to be a stud.

    Speaking of Mili, I tend to agree with his WR analysis. The great thing about our WR situation is that if Lyons, or anyone else, wants to see the field more frequently than does the number 4 reciever, they'll be working thier pants off in practice. In the long rung, guys like Lyons, already damn good, get REALLY damn good.

    As I sit here and think about it, just about every name on the roster jumps out at me.. The 05 team, from top to bottom, has got me as giddy as a teenager seeing twat for the first time.
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2005
  9. brentbuckeye

    brentbuckeye The Smoothsailer

    If he returns next year and gets his confidence, I am sure it will be EJ Underwood. I think he tried to do too much too early and paid dearly for it. I know a lot of people struggle to say anything good about this kid but he can play.
     
  10. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    I thought he was on a bus to Cinci?

    I have no problem with Underwood at one corner and Youboty at the other.. none what so ever.
     
  11. stowfan

    stowfan Senior

    Word from this part of the state is T.J. Downing is now ready to step up and win all Big 10 honors next year. The O-Line improved greatly when he started seeing a little playing time. Remember at all times, guys from NE Ohio are rough, and the guys from the greater Akron/Canton area are the roughest of the rough.
     
  12. BIATCHabutuka

    BIATCHabutuka out of chaos comes playoffs

    first off, good call on tj downing.

    i will go way off the beaten path and say gonzo will be playing some both ways in an effort to shore up corner.
     

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  13. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    I like many of the selections above (particularly SirJo - though his play on ST in '04 makes him less a surprise than an '05 confirmation) -- Still, I'm also hoping for a pleasant surprise in the kicking game.
     
  14. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    Great insight by the VG. As I recall, Gonzo played quite a bit of corner at Iggy, did he not? Certainly he has the requisite speed, though quickness might be an issue.
     
  15. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    Didn't Gonzo pretty much shut down Wheelwright in the Ohio all star game a few years ago?
     

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