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  Nick Montana Picks the Washington Huskies
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

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Nick Montana Picks the Washington Huskies

After taking a little bit longer to decide than expected, California quarterback and national prospect Nick Montana selected to play his college career with the Washington Huskies. The 6’3” 180 lbs son of  an NFL legend, Montana had offers from over 12 schools with Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Stanford believed to be his favorites. But a good connection with Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian put them over the top.



Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2009 03:14:51 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/lzGx9GvUjdY/Default.aspx

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  Ohio State Quarterback Todd Boeckman Signs with Jacksonville
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Todd Boeckman

Ohio State Quarterback Todd Boeckman Signs with Jacksonville

Getting a shot in NFL might have always been Todd Boeckman’s goal but being a good teammate became more important when he lost his starting position to Terrelle Pryor as a senior last season. Now Boeckman is getting a shot at the next level with the Jacksonville Jaguars as he signs a free agent contract.



Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2009 02:08:09 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/-kQ-ozPw9Ss/Default.aspx

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  Brian Robiskie will be a Welcome Addition to the Browns WR Corps
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

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Brian Robiskie will be a Welcome Addition to the Browns WR Corps

A passing game requires both a QB to throw the ball and a WR to catch it. Prior to the draft, the Browns were OK in the QB department, but a trade and an auto accident depleted the receiving end of the passing game. Brian Robiskie is desperately needed by the Browns.

By Bill Smith

The TE Kellen Winslow was traded to Tampa. Donte Stallworth is suspended indefinitely by the league for his accident under the influence of alcohol in Miami that killed a pedestrian. Josh Cribbs is too valuable as a return man to use at WR. Last year, Cribbs' returns suffered because he was trying to do too much.

Then there is the case of Braylon Edwards. When QB Brady Quinn went to Dr. Andrews to check his broken finger, he should have taken Edwards with him to check the receiver's hands. Edwards, a pro bowl WR in 07, developed a serious case of the dropsies in 08. He led the league in dropped passes.

The Browns have signed the well traveled David Patten who is talented but not as dependable as he was when he was young. The Browns missed on the one ex-Jet that could have helped them the most, WR Laveranues Coles. Coles signed with the Bengals.

What Robo brings to the team is a very reliable pair of hands and the knowledge to run precise routes. Robo will become the under receiver to open up deep routes for Edwards. Robo has the ability to become the Browns equivalent of Wes Welker of the Patriots. Welker caught 111 passes last year for 1165 yards and 3 TDs with a backup QB. Robo has the ability to do the same thing for the Browns.

Robo will have to produce right out of the gate because the Browns other 2nd round pick, WR Mohamed Massaquoi (Georgia) will take a couple of years to develop. Massaquoi has early 1st round talent but is as raw as steak tartar. I doubt that he will ever develop into a receiver that can replace Edwards which was the reason he was drafted.

Robo couldn't be in a better situation. He will have a good chance to earn a starting position in his first year. The Browns couldn't have found a WR out of college that was more ready to step in. Let's hope they both profit from the relationship.

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, 19 Jun 2009 19:02:01 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/Vh89bxM7LTY/Default.aspx

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  2009 Ohio State Football Pre-Preview
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Ohio State Saturday Game Day  

2009 Ohio State Football Pre-Preview

Summer practice is still weeks away but the realization of only having approximately three months until the season starts has gotten this reporters juices rolling. Last season was a disappointment of sorts as Ohio State lost two regular season games and dropped a thriller to their bowl opponent Texas. The Buckeyes were ranked in the top five by most of the preseason pollsters but the team just didn’t live up to its potential, especially the offense which didn’t seem to want to show up at all last year.

By Pete Quint

It’s been the modus operandi in the Tressel era to win the games you’re supposed to and lose consistently to higher ranked opponents. That’s not a jab at Tress, it’s the truth. The last time the Buckeyes beat a team ranked above them in the polls was Miami (FL) in the 2002 National Championship game. This is a disturbing trend in Buckeye football that needs to change or the team will continue to be ridiculed nationally as an above average team in a weak conference. This season, the Buckeyes will continue to load up on cupcakes in the preseason, play one legit out of conference and cruise through the Big Ten looking for another conference championship. Outside USC, Penn State and maybe Wisconsin, there’s not much competition for Ohio State in 2009.

While 12-0 is very realistic, albeit scarlet colored and optimistic, the Bucks are much more likely to go 11-1 than 9-3. Anything less than 10 wins and as least a share of the Big Ten title this season will be a big disappointment. Tressel will have his young troops ready to earn the Big Ten crown but how will the Bucks fare against USC and most likely an SEC bowl opponent? Here’s a quick look at Ohio State’s opponents for the 2009 season.



Posted on Sat, 20 Jun 2009 00:59:04 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/JElObw4LoB8/Default.aspx

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  Ohio State Recruits Complete High School at Big 33
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

Big 33 2009

Ohio State Recruits Complete High School at Big 33

Ohio players traveled to Hershey Pennsylvania to play in the main High School all star game in the summer prior to summer classes starting in college. Chris Fields was one of the players that has committed to Ohio State that was a part of an Ohio team that defeated the best players in Pennsylvania this past Saturday 38-31.

By Steve Patterson

Ohio North South Game Not In The Picture

This was the 52nd Annual Big 33 Classic. In past years there was competition for Ohio State recruits between the Big 33 and Ohio’s North South All Star Game. But last year saw both games played on the same weekend as recruits wanted to get to campus as soon as possible after high school. Having the games conflict led Ohio State recruits to begin selecting the Big 33 routinely. The game has a strong tradition and features many of the best players from Pennsylvania against some of the best from Ohio.

Chris Fields and Melvin Fellows

Wide receiver Chris Fields was on hand but didn’t put up big numbers on the day. He did came away with a good experience against some of the best competition he has ever faced. Coming from Harvey High School and finishing his senior year at 4-6 shows the program he came from isn’t a factory of talent. Melvin Fellows was another recruit that didn’t shine in the game but he is coming off knee surgery and was seen icing the left knee afterwards. He feels the knee will not be a problem once he begins weight training with the Buckeyes this summer.

Austin Boucher

One of the stars of the game was Austin Boucher from Kettering Alter who selected Miami (OH) over a late offer from Ohio State. The quarterback finished as Ohio’s MVP and put Ohio in scoring position on a number of plays throwing and running the ball from a spread formation.

Cleveland Glenville Recruits

Other Ohio State players on hand included Jonathan Newsome from Cleveland Glenville and Marcus hall who is also a Tarblodder. Newsome showed good speed rushing the passer and was able to drop into coverage when needed. Playing the LEO position for the Buckeyes could be in his future. Hall reportedly struggled at the beginning of the Big 33 practice week but feels that he improved greatly over the course of the week leading up to the game. Ohio State would like Hall to add depth at the Offensive Tackle position behind Mike Adams and JB Shugart this coming season.



Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2009 03:38:35 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/NAR86Pxj2P0/Default.aspx

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  Ex Buckeye B.J. Mullens is the 2nd rated C in the 2009 NBA Draft?
Posted by: Steve - 09-28-2009, 11:36 PM - Forum: Football and Basketball - No Replies

BJ Mullens NBA Draft

Ex Buckeye B.J. Mullens is the 2nd rated C in the 2009 NBA Draft?

By Bill Smith

A few months ago, I wrote “Where have all the Big men gone” in my own site. College basketball has become totally bereft of quality NBA size centers. The league is desperate for anyone that can dribble a basketball and is 7 feet or more tall.

This year, B.J. Mullens is ranked as the 2nd best C in the draft and 16th overall. This for a guy that wasn't even a starter for the Buckeyes much of the year. He averaged 18 minutes a game for the Bucks and scored 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Even at 275 he is not that physical but moves fairly well. At this point in his development, he really has not become strong at any aspect of the game. He is a nearly blank chalk board upon which a lot or a little could be written depending on his willingness to work on his game.

One thing that does speak well of him is that he only averages 2.1 fouls per game in that 18 minutes. He has a very long way to go to develop into a potential starter. He will likely be a rotational player that eats up minutes but both his offensive and defensive games leave a lot of room for improvement.

This draft has been said to be a weak draft. That is not totally true. It lacks the “can't miss” depth at the top. But even a lot of the so called can't miss guys miss terribly. I can't remember a draft in the NBA that had as many players with as many questions about their game as we have this year. This is the kind of draft that will make some GMs look very smart and make others unemployed.

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



Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2009 03:45:40 GMT at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Brutusreport/~3/kdLxTXQX-CU/Default.aspx

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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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