Ohio State will have an entirely new starting lineup at wide receiver in 2016, and there figures to be a huge competition for playing time in Columbus this spring.
Despite the graduation of Braxton Miller and Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall opting to go pro early, Ohio State is still set to have more than a dozen scholarship receivers this fall — all of whom were four-star recruits.
J.T. Barrett met with the media Wednesday and talked about what he has seen so far in winter workouts, including the return of Corey Smith and Noah Brown as well as early enrollee Austin Mack.
Big Ten football could be said to have come back to Earth in week one, although there weren’t too many upsets around the league. If anyone was overly disappointed in the league’s weekend as a whole, their expectations were probably too high.
Ohio State football’s offseason as the first reigning national champions of the College Football Playoff era is nearly over, and two items are of particular note as the final hours tick away: J.T. and the Bear.
Sounds kind of like a Burt Reynolds movie, doesn’t it?
Well that isn’t it. Just a quarterback from Texas and a defense from, well, a lot of places but in this particular case the mountains of western Virginia.
I think we’re going to see both J.T. Barrett and the Bear defense the first time Ohio State takes possession in 2015. In the case of Virginia Tech, there seems to be a belief that is their best chance to win (They are probably correct). As far as Barrett? Only time will tell. Continue reading Ohio State football: J.T. Barrett and the Bear→
Day two of Ohio State spring football featured chats between reporters and the Buckeye quarterbacks. Well, at least some of them.
As you probably heard by now, only J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones took the opportunity to spend time with the media. A school spokesperson said Braxton Miller was offered the same but declined.
What does that mean? Probably nothing. Miller has never been great in the interview room nor a real fan of the process (which I think any of us in the media can admit is fairly flawed). My general theory on why the former is true is because at his core Miller still sees himself as just a normal guy who happens to be really talented when it comes to football. I asked him if this was the case two years ago at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago and he agreed.
So to me, if Miller doesn’t give great answers in interviews it is because he hasn’t put a lot of thought into what he might say, and that is because he still isn’t convinced any of us should really care. Nothing wrong with that.
As a member of the media, I want guys to come out and talk, but only if they’re really interested in doing so. We waste a lot of time with questions that don’t mean much and get a lot of answers that aren’t really sincere — either because that’s the fastest way to get the interview over with or it just sounds good. And nowadays everything is a soundbite waiting to happen, sometimes in and sometimes out of context. Continue reading Ohio State quarterbacks take center stage in spring football→