Things can’t go much better than they did in 2014 for Ohio State football, the winner of the national championship despite having to change signal-callers before and during the season, but this was not even the first season in which a senior watched while a sophomore led Ohio State to the promised land. Continue reading Replacing senior QB has gone better than you might expect for Buckeyes
The time has finally come for Ohio State and Alabama to face off in the Sugar Bowl. The winner not only gets a cool trophy but the chance to play for the national championship.
It’s been a busy week here in New Orleans, so I don’t blame you if you missed any of the great coverage from a variety of sources.
Here’s a rundown of my contributions….
OSU WRs Bridging Gap from Good to Great – The Buckeyes’ receivers say they are better now because of last year’s poor finish
Overheard at Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl Media Day – Tidbits from Tuesday in New Orleans
Tide Defense Presents New Look for Buckeyes – Ohio State has not faced a defense as big as Alabama’s this season.
BSB’s Take: Sugar Bowl Thoughts – Our four writers in New Orleans break down the keys to the CFP semifinal.
Overheard at the Sugar Bowl: OSU Defense – Luke Fickell, Joey Bosa and other Buckeyes talked about their matchup with Alabama and more
Defensive Progress Gratifying for Fickell – Ohio State’s defensive coordinator prefers to pass praise around, but others expressed happiness
Overheard at the Sugar Bowl: OSU Offense – Cleaning out the reporter’s notebook from New Orleans
Jones Still a Secret Weapon for Buckeyes? – Alabama defenders acknowledged Ohio State prep hindered by lack of film
And from FOXSportsOhio.com:
Doran Grant called the Sugar Bowl the biggest game in college football history, but the Buckeyes say they will not be fazed by the rise in the stakes — like they were the last time they were on this stage. LINK
What will Tom Herman tell Cardale Jones about how to beat Alabama? Just be himself. VIDEO
Taylor Decker called Jones a goofball, but he has seen a lot of growth from the QB. VIDEO
Ohio State did not allow media to watch any part of day two of preseason football practice, but the school published a YouTube video of highlights.
Because this is the Internet and pixels cost little compared to ink and paper, here are about 30 seconds worth of takeaways from two minutes of clips:
- Braxton Miller can still throw, and Devin Smith can still make one-handed catches.
- Cardale Jones can throw interceptions. Related: fellow Cleveland Glenville alum Marshon Lattimore can catch interceptions. Lattimore is a youngster to keep an eye on defensively.
- Also making an appearance: Super talented redshirt freshman Jalin Marshall, a receiver who had his first season wiped out by injury and could be a big-time player for an offense that figures to be somewhat retooled.
- Cornerback Gareon Conley, another redshirt freshman the Buckeyes probably could have used something from last season, makes a diving interception on an out pass by Miller.
- And in what can only be read as a nod toward Jim Tressel, the video concludes with a punt.
So there you go for now. We’ll be allowed in Wednesday afternoon for day three, so be sure to check back for details here, on Twitter and at BuckeyeSports.com.
Tom Herman’s top three quarterbacks all have different things they are capable of focusing on this spring, and the Ohio State quarterbacks coach has stressed for them to do just that.
That includes not only Braxton Miller, who is working on the mental side of the game while sidelined following shoulder surgery, but also Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, who are battling for the right to back Miller up this fall for the Buckeyes.