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  B.J. Mullens Couldn't Have Gone to a Better Situation
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

BJ Mullens NBA Draft

B.J. Mullens Couldn't Have Gone to a Better Situation

B.J. Mullens looked like he was a little disappointed when he fell to the 24th pick. But he is in a perfect situation to develop and start in the near future. Oklahoma City (the team formerly known as the Sonics) has a hole in the middle of their lineup the size of the Grand Canyon. Mullens will get minutes right off the bat and may well be starting in a year or two. Not bad for a guy that couldn't start for the Buckeyes in the Big Ten.

By Bill Smith

There are three primary contenders for the C spot including Mullens. Johan Petro (DV) was the starter in Seattle/Oklahoma City in 05 but didn't get the job done. He has been moved to Denver. They have tried Nick Collison there but he is better at PF and that isn't saying much. Nenad Krstic started 29 games last season but scored 9.7 points and grabbed 5.5 rebounds in an average of 25 minutes a game. Not good.

At the very least, B.J. should get some minutes early on rotating with Krstic. Mullens may not be ready to go up against the big guys of the NBA but neither are either of the others.

That's what I think. Tell me what you think.



Posted on Sat, 27 Jun 2009 00:42:41 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/1FUahFHZuGE/Default.aspx

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  RB Jaamal Berry Arrives on Campus Despite Charges
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Jaamal Berry Spring Game

RB Jaamal Berry Arrives on Campus Despite Charges

Star high school running back Jaamal Berry reported to Ohio State last week for summer school despite a felony charge of marijuana possession in his home town of Miami. All the remaining 2009 recruits that were not a part of the spring camp arrived on Sunday the 21st to begin class on Tuesday the 23rd. Many had speculated that he would not be a part of the class due to the arrest on June 11th for possessing 28 grams of the drug.

By Steve Patterson

Running Back Depth

The Buckeyes are in need of depth at the running back position after losing Chris Wells to the NFL draft and the injury plagued year of Brandon Saine last season. Daniel ‘Boom’ Herron returns to be the first string starter but depth after Herron is limited. Berry and Naples Florida back Carlos Hyde are both looked to as needed depth and possible freshman stars out of the backfield this coming fall.

High School All Star

Berry is an All American running back coming out of Miami Palmetto High School in Florida. He was rated the 5th best running back in the country by Rivals.com for the 2009 class and a member of their Rivals 100. As a junior he ran for over 1,000 yards and scored 14 times. He selected Ohio State over offers from South Carolina, West Virginia, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan and Minnesota.

Night Arrest

When Berry was pulled over by police on the night of the incident for running a red light, he stated that he had purchased the drugs an hour earlier and was planning on sharing it with his friends later that night. This was his first offense and he will likely receive probation and a possible reduction in charges.



Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2009 18:16:49 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/FIK42HD2O4M/Default.aspx

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  Will Greg Oden ever realize his potential?
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

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Will Greg Oden ever realize his potential?

For years in Cleveland, the Cavs fans believed the name Ilgauskas in Greek must mean “man with bad feet.” Now the fans in Portland are wondering if Oden will ever realize his potential or will he be a first choice bust due to injury.

By Bill Smith

There is no question that big men are at a premium in both college basketball and the NBA. Look at this year's draft. There were only 2 7 foot players in the top 50 as ranked by most experts. One of those, our own BJ Mullens was rated the 16th best prospect and he was not a regular starter for the Bucks in 08-09. He got picked 24th overall in the first round.

But Oden was not just 7 feet. He has more talent on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor than all but a couple starting C in the league. He also has an NBA body. He has spent the hours in the weight room necessary to build up his body to withstand the banging of the NBA lane. Even so, in 2 seasons, he has yet to be able to stay even close to 100 percent healthy.

The human body was not designed by a structural engineer. When a body is as large, muscular and heavy as Oden, the hips down to the feet are subject to stresses well beyond those of the average body type. Yau Ming was hurt in what seemed like an insignificant injury will keep the Rocket C out of the game next year and may end up being a career threatening problem.

Oden worked out for more than 3 hours in Columbus for the Trail Blazer staff this week. According to most reports, he looked good. More importantly, he looked healthy. The question is will his health carry him through an entire season and playoffs?

Portland hopes so. If he is healthy, Portland will be very dangerous. He can be a difference maker and has a young and very talented team around him. But history is not in Oden's favor.

Having watched the NBA game for 5 decades, I have seen many more players that suffered injuries in college and early in their pro career never reach their potential. That is Oden's history as well and that is too bad. He is so talented and dedicated to his game that should his body let him down it would be a loss to the game.

That's what I think. Tell me what you think.



Posted on Thu, 02 Jul 2009 19:47:22 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/6Y0JXmnHJYg/Default.aspx

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  Taylor Graham and Roderick Smith Commit to Ohio State
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Roderick Smith Camp 2009

Graham and Smith Commit

Ohio State made a nice splash in recruiting while filling some future holes in the offense this past week by getting early commitments for the 2010 football class.

By Pete Quint

Roderick Smith

Running back Roderick Smith of Fort Wayne, Indiana has both power and speed and is considered "a potential early impact player" by recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic but I have a hard time seeing early playing time. Smith will have a tough time cracking the starting line-up in 2010 with Junior Boom Herron and Senior Brandon Saine at the top of the depth chart while Jaamal Berry (for now), Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde will be sophomores in 2010 barring any redshirting. Smith’s large frame (6-2, 220) will definitely afford him touches in a Jim Tressel lead offensive attack but Hyde (6-0, 225) sports a similar size while Berry has been compared to Reggie Bush. With the depth at running back, the Bucks would be wise to redshirt Smith in 2010.

Film: RB Roderick Smith Is Explosive – Highlights (Warning: Slight Profanity)

Taylor Graham

Quarterback Taylor Graham is the son of former Ohio State quarterback Kent Graham (88-91) and committed to OSU without an official visit. While Graham might not be the blue chip quarterback Buckeye fans have gotten used to in recent years, he has the size (6-4, 214) and lineage to make a name for himself as a Buckeye.

I love legacy players and to see another Graham on the field will be a special treat, however, I’m wondering why Ohio State went for a pro-style quarterback? The Buckeyes had great success with Craig Krenzel but since then all the successful Ohio State quarterbacks have been mobile and athletic. Reverting to a particular type of quarterback that doesn’t seem to work under the Tressel regime seems like a step back.

Keep on keepin’ on

It’s a long way to 2010 and recruiting hasn’t even begun to warm up so it’s not time to panic. The Bucks will get the horses they need, we just have to give them time.



Posted on Fri, 03 Jul 2009 00:22:24 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/PuFJR-GBMcg/Default.aspx

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  Analysis: Ex Buckeye Gholston has 4 games to prove his value.
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Vernon Gholston - Jets

Analysis: Ex Buckeye Gholston has 4 games to prove his value.

Jet OLB Vernon Gholston will have the inside track to start the first 4 games of the 09 season because incumbent starter Calvin Pace has been suspended by the league for a violation of the drug policy. Gholston has not enjoyed the success he had at OSU in his first year as a pro. The vicious New York media have long ago branded Gholston a draft bust.

By Bill Smith

His problems began with a hold out typical for the 6th player selected in the first round of the 08 draft. The change of roles has been harder for Gholston than anyone expected. Last year he was tentative against the run and pass when standing up as a LB. He was much more effective at the down end position on passing situations when the Jets went to a 4-3.

It looks like he is thinking too much before he moves. Usually more tape work helps but he is not showing the football instincts that made him a college All American. The linebacker position is anything but natural for him. He still is a factor in rushing the passer. He can command a double team and help other defenders get the sack. He still rushes too upright. He has not mastered dropping the shoulder and using his speed to get under the tackle and get to the QB. He also spends too much time hand fighting with the lineman. If the lineman gets a hold on him, he struggles to get away and resume the rush.

Adding to his concerns is a new style defense brought in this year by the new coaching staff. New head coach Rex Ryan brings a much more aggressive defense to the Jets. That should help Gholston who too often under Mangini's system was forced into coverage rather than rushing the QB.

Gholston has the preseason and 4 regular season games to take the job away from Pace. I doubt he will do it. I expected a lot more when he was drafted by the Jets. This is the time for him to step up and show the league that he deserved to be the 6th pick overall.

That's what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for http://NFLDraftDog.com and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library/Contemporary/Author.cfm?AuthorID=1003 and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com.



Posted on Fri, 03 Jul 2009 23:41:20 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/5bAP3x7mcQA/Default.aspx

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  Stoneburner Transitioning to Tight End
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

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Stoneburner Transitioning to Tight End


When Jake Stoneburner arrived at Ohio State for spring practice in 2008, the Dublin Coffman graduate hoped to compete for playing time at receiver and insert himself as another weapon in the OSU offense.


By Mark Silverman

Things have changed.

After Stoneburner was forced to redshirt last season due to a stress fracture in his right shin, the coaching staff determined that tight end was a better fit for the freshman. Stoneburner came to campus at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. He has gained almost 20 pounds since, but still has the speed of a wideout.

The Buckeyes should benefit from the transition as production at the tight end position has deteriorated since 2003. The duo of Ben Hartsock and Ryan Hamby made a combined 51 catches that season and there has been a lack of a short passing game ever since.

Stoneburner brings a skill set to tight end that has been vacant since the departure of Rickey Dudley following the 1995 season. Not that Stoneburner should be compared to Dudley in this stage of his career, but the athleticism and potential is worth mentioning.

Although the blocking aspect of his game is unproven, Stoneburner’s speed should enable him to separate from linebackers and find holes in the middle of the field. What could separate Stoneburner from previous OSU tight ends is yards gained after the catch.

Assuming he stays healthy, Stoneburner has a chance to showcase his speed and agility at tight end and modernize the position to a level that Ohio State fans aren’t accustomed to seeing.

 



Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2009 06:46:36 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/fxKtBPORHV0/Default.aspx

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  Christian Bryant, Glenville Recruit Heading to Ohio State?
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Christian Bryant

Christian Bryant, Glenville Recruit Heading to Ohio State?

Another great recruit from Cleveland Glenville could be heading to Ohio State for 2010 in cornerback Christian Bryant. Bryant is a top 250 national recruit according to Rivals.com and the top 12 recruit at his position. The Ted Ginn Sr. product would be following over a dozen Tarblodders down to Columbus to be a Buckeye since Jim Tressel took over the program.

By Steve Patterson

Many Offers

The 4 star recruit has offers from many of the top programs in the country including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, and West Virginia to name a few. We asked Bryant about his ability on the field that has received so much attention. “My vision on the field, how I read plays before they develop, how I pursue to the ball, an how I attack the ball when its in the air.” he explained to us.

Impressive Junior Year

Like most Tarblodders, Bryant is a team player above all. ”Traveling and bounding with my team for four years would be the highlight of my high school career so far.” he feels. But his individual statistics as a junior stand out. ”I just know my defense and special teams stats. Defense- 54 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 Forced Fumble, an 1 TD from an interception. Special teams- 2 Kick Returns, 94 Yards, and a blocked field goal for a TD.” he reported when we inquired.

Taking His Time

Bryant is taking his time with the recruiting process as he has yet to setup a visit. But he knows one school he will take a look at when he begins the process. “When I schedule my visits, Ohio State will be one I’ll attend.” But he does know what he wants in a college for when he does focus on his selection. ”I am looking at the academics, how the coaches interact with the players, how I fit in the defensive schemes, nice facilities, a winning mentality, and the overall chemistry of the football program as a whole.”

He feels that all schools that have offered him a scholarship are pursuing his services vigorously. ”All schools that have offered are showing interest at this point.” He doesn’t have a leader at this time but does give a slight hint as to his leaning. ”I really don’t have a leading school at this time. But what I am looking for in a school might help this question..”



Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2009 03:36:47 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/TNgATw_xf1k/Default.aspx

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  Anthony Gonzales has Hall of Fame Sized Shoes to Fill
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Anthony Gonzalez


Anthony Gonzales has Hall of Fame Sized Shoes to Fill


Ex-Buckeye WR Anthony Gonzales will move from the 3rd receiver spot he played last year to the 2nd receiver position to replace certain Hall of Fame receiver Marvin Harrison. Harrison will be 37 by the start of the regular season and was a salary cap casualty this off season. He is still a free agent.

By Bill Smith

Moving on changes a year or two early is now standard operating procedure for the Colts. Harrison was hurt much of 07 and age and previous injuries have robbed him of his speed. Last year he started 15 games but caught only 60 balls for 6.7 yards and 5 TDs. As the 3rd receiver in 08 Gonzo caught 57 ball for 664 yards and 4 TDs. Gonzo brings some of the same assets to the lineup that Harrison did but also lacks the one key asset—a Vulcan style mind meld with QB Payton Manning.

Both Harrison and Gonzales run very precise patterns, recognize coverages and have outstanding body control going for the ball. At one time Harrison had above average speed. Gonzo has average speed but both have outstanding hands and will catch any ball they can touch.

Gonzo is a much better blocker than Harrison which comes from a run first mentality at OSU. No long run happens in the NFL without good blocking by the WRs. Gonzo is also 12 years younger than his predicesor and a lot cheaper. Harrison was reportedly scheduled to make over 5 million in 09.

Gonzo is as developed and polished a WR as has come out of college in several years. He understands coverages and can get open against man, zone or a combo cover system. He will be the underneath receiver while his running mate Reggie Wayne will be the deep threat. Gonzo will be a fantasy football steal this year and for years to come.

That's what I think. Tell me what you think.



Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:05:07 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/rtjIcyb-2Ao/Default.aspx

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  RB Carlos Hyde to Sit in 2009
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Carlos Hyde

RB Carlos Hyde to Sit in 2009

According to the Dispatch, RB Carlos Hyde of Naples, Florida will have to sit for the 2009 season. Hyde still plans on being a Buckeye but fell one point shy of the required ACT test score. Hyde will have to postpone his playing days as a Buckeye until January 2010.

By Pete Quint

At 6-1, 235, Hyde would have been the biggest running back in the OSU stable and certainly would have been in the mix when it cam to playing time. Boom Herron and a bulked up Brandon Saine will get the majority of carries and with the news that incoming freshman Jaamal Berry’s legal charges have been reduced the Buckeye backfield will be good if not great depending on the growth of the offensive line.

In 2010, the Buckeyes have the luxury of two Clydesdale size running backs in Hyde and Fort Wayne, IN prospect Rod Smith (6-2, 220). Both players will bring a power running game to Ohio State that has brought the team so much recent success.



Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:20:36 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/RAzFbDUvkZs/Default.aspx

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  Ex-Buckeye Peterson has a new position and new opportunity in Denver
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Kenny Peterson

Ex-Buckeye Peterson has a new position and new opportunity in Denver

Kenny Peterson just wasn't big enough. That is a strange thing to say about a guy that is 6-3 and 300 pounds, but in the world of the NFL, he wasn't quite big enough to play DT or NT. Now that the Broncos are going to the 3-4, Peterson will take his 300 to DE and it should help his game and make him more effective.

By Bill Smith

Peterson started last year at DT and faced constant double teaming by the C and G. Despite the attention he managed to get 24 tackles and 3 sacks. Under new coach Josh McDaniels' more attack style 3-4, Peterson will be head up on the LG and is much less likely to be doubled as often. The C is going to be double teaming NT Marcus Thomas or Ron Fields and the LT will have problems of his own.

Star linebacker D.J. Williams will be Peterson's blitz buddy on the right. The new 3-4 will move all pro but too small and light DE Elvis Dumervil to outside linebacker on the left side. That combination should generate a lot more heat on the QB than the 4-3 did last year.

Peterson has good feet for a 300 pound player. His new position and responsibility should free him up to be more productive and the Bronco D needs all the production it can get. For the last few seasons, there has been no D in Denver. The Broncos have also added all pro SS Brian Dawkins which will help the D as well. Peterson should have a lot of help to bring the Denver D back to respectability.

That's what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for http://NFLDraftDog.com and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library/Contemporary/Author.cfm?AuthorID=1003 and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com.



Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2009 20:00:32 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/fOrmJyEKTes/Default.aspx

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