Hi everyone...sorry I'm a bit late lets talk all things Buckeye!
buckeye (Dec 4, 2003 1:05:15 PM)
So when do we find out which bowl game?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:05:37 PM)
This weekend we shall know!
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:09:08 PM)
Today the powers that be decide if the state title games remain in Stark County or move to Columbus. I hope they keep a good thing right where it's at.
ToledoBucknut (Dec 4, 2003 1:09:37 PM)
Well, Gary, it's December! And if I recall, you promised a Clarret update in December! What can you tell us!?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:11:38 PM)
Hi Toledo, yes it's December but I'm thinking we still need to wait a few more weeks. If nothing major happens by Christmas than there's a good chance that nothing will happen and Reecie will still be a potential candidate to play one more year at OSU.
mcorf (Dec 4, 2003 1:11:55 PM)
Gary, I have read mixed reviews and updates on Ray Williams and Gary Russell regarding size, speed, grades. Can you give an update and do they get offers?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:17:30 PM)
Hi mcorf. I'm a big Raymond Williams and I thought he was contained in the championship game more so than I've ever seen him in the games I've seen him in the past two years. He still got 237 yards on 43 carries but he didn't break anything big. That's what Mauk's crew was trying to do, keep him from busting it big. I think Ray has a solid shot still to get an offer if the grades come in favorable. I asked him about his situation at the post game presser and he gave a vague answer. I think Russell also has a shot if his academic house is in order. I'd go with Williams and Russell and call it a good recruiting haul. May the best of the four rise to the top. Russell is probably more physical than Williams but Williams has a lot of innate skills you look for in a running back.
mcorf (Dec 4, 2003 1:17:50 PM)
Do you think Tony Gonzalez or Devin Jordan ever make an impact ?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:21:40 PM)
I think Devin Jordan will be on the field next year a lot because he can block big time. He's a physically gifted receiver with size and speed and good hands but what will allow him to stand out is his ability to seek out a defensive back and knock him into Disney Land. He's got big-time blocking skills and he's a pretty good receiver to boot. I've always looked at Tony Gonzalez as a big-time cover corner with blazing speed. I think he's a cornerback with a great head on his shoulders and great closing speed on the ball. He's one of the fast guys that Chuck Kyle has ever coached and Kyle is the longtime head track coach at Iggy. I think Gonzalez will make it eventually on defense, IMHO, too much talent not to take advantage of.
mcorf (Dec 4, 2003 1:21:44 PM)
Any word on Lonie or Mitchum? Any other commits or surprises this month?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:24:25 PM)
I'm waiting on those two guys just like all Buckeye fans are. Of the two, I think we need Mitchum more because we can get another punter like Justin Kucek to come aboard. Mitchum would be a great addition to the class and being that he's in the Army All-American Bowl, it bodes well for OSU's chances with him.
bucknut13 (Dec 4, 2003 1:24:31 PM)
So after discussing Gonzalez, do you think Hiley stays on the offensive side of the ball or does he move to CB? Thanks.
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:27:22 PM)
Hi Bucknut...Yes I think Hiley is a better candidate to play on the offensive side of the ball. His innate skills are much better suited on the offensive side of the ball. But he's Superman and he can do just about anything! Smile!
LA_BUCKEYE99 (Dec 4, 2003 1:27:27 PM)
Could you comment on our future QB Zwick? How good is he and can we expect a more accurate passer next year?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:32:51 PM)
I like JZ a lot as a big, strong, physically tough QB that grew up and matured fast as a young signal caller. I think he's much more accurate than anything we've had in the past five years and I think the offense will be in good hands with him under center if he is indeed the man. He's so much more of an upgrade than what we've had to endure this year it's not even close. But don't count Troy Smith out of the running by any means. My guess is that JZ is under center for week one next season.
dope (Dec 4, 2003 1:32:58 PM)
Any commitments coming this weekend?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:36:22 PM)
I can't say for sure but you never know if any of these out of state kids will be overwhelmed by what they see and commit within a couple of days upon returning to home. I'm sure there is a Georgia or Florida kid that will come out of nowhere this year but I don't know if any will commit this weekend. I would say no if I had to guess. It's too early.
mcorf (Dec 4, 2003 1:36:32 PM)
I have heard that Zwick has pretty much been handed the job by Tressel but he hasn't been very aggressive in taking it. Do you think that will hurt him in the long run?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:39:12 PM)
I'm certain that JT hasn't handed anything to anybody yet, especially at the quarterback position. I know JZ pretty well and he'll take advantage of the situation when it's in front of him for sure.
buckeye (Dec 4, 2003 1:39:20 PM)
Is Rodney Bailey's brother going the "Preferred Walk On" route at tOSU?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:42:03 PM)
I'm not saying that he is or isn't but I haven't heard that if he is. Obviously he's no where near the imposing figure, physically, that his older brother is.
BuckeyeDave (Dec 4, 2003 1:42:50 PM)
Just joined. Don't know if this question has been asked already. After signing day, could post a projected Ohio State 2-deep for next season. I know its very early, I'd be interested in your projection though.
Kirk (Dec 4, 2003 1:42:50 PM)
We can do something like that... it's tough to say right now but after signing day, we can look at setting that up. I'm guessing that at RB and OL we could see some true freshmen in the two deep.
bucknut13 (Dec 4, 2003 1:42:57 PM)
I am a big fan of Whitner, but what are your thoughts on him in the starting role next year at SS/FS? He is only a FR now, so my thought is he can add about 10-15 lbs of muscle while maintaining his speed and become a better SS than Doss or Allen, your thoughts? Thanks again!
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:48:19 PM)
I like Whitner a whole lot, on and off the field. He's just a tremendous young man. I know he aspires to be a player like a Mike Doss and I think he could team with Salley for a number of years in the secondary. He's very fast, he's tough, he likes to hit and the more experience he gets, the better player he will be. I think he has big-time written all over him and he won't be one of those guys getting into late night trouble either. Salley and Whitner could make a nice combo back there for the next few seasons. It depends where they play Fox next year. You can make a case for Fox at either corner or safety for next year.
HurricaneDawg (Dec 4, 2003 1:48:31 PM)
What is the real story with Louis Izzary?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:51:31 PM)
He did something he shouldn't have done and he's paying the price for it. That's about all that I can say about that. I don't condone anything about what he did that night but I know Louis well and he's a good kid that comes from a good and loving family. I'm confident that once all the legal issues are behind him, that he will be a tremendous asset for this football team in the future.
LA_BUCKEYE99 (Dec 4, 2003 1:51:41 PM)
Are the bucks going to lose any juniors to the NFL this year?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:55:36 PM)
You can't get by on pure talent alone in the NFL ask Derek Ross about that. Gamble still has a lot to work on and he still needs to be coached-up more at the college level. I think it's very possible that Gamble could take the plunge but I think another year at this level would do him a world of good. I'm sure JT could promise him a more active role on offense next year to entice him to stay.
BuckeyeDave (Dec 4, 2003 1:55:42 PM)
Could we be any more excited about Santonio Holmes. He's got superstar written all over him. Add a good possession receiver to him and Ryan Hamby and the Bucks could be scary good next season.
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 1:58:30 PM)
You have to love Santonio Holmes. What a great player this young man has the potential to become. All the parts are there offensively. Hall, Holmes, Jordan, Hamby, Irizarry and White could all play prominent roles in the offense next year if JT has the ability to utilize these ridiculous talents that are at his disposal next year. And I didn't mention Fred Davis did I?
mcorf (Dec 4, 2003 1:58:40 PM)
Can you compare the Underwood brothers skills and do you feel E.J. is a lock at CB next year with the likely departure of Gamble?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 2:03:12 PM)
First of all I'm not convinced Gamble is going anywhere or that Dustin Fox will be moved to safety. That being said, I like E.J. a lot. Him and Ashton Watson made such a big impression on me during the summer all star games a few years back and I've been a big Underwood fan ever since. I think he's a tremendous cover corner that could force Fox to safety if Gamble doesn't go professional. From everything I'm hearing about his brother Brandon, he's an upgrade on his brother. I'm anxious to find out what he's all about. Watson from Wayne HS, BTW, became a starting cornerback at Michigan State in his freshman season there.
BuckeyeDave (Dec 4, 2003 2:03:28 PM)
How soon will we hear something more on MC?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 2:04:34 PM)
No news is great news as far as Reecie is concerned!
DragonKnight (Dec 4, 2003 2:04:47 PM)
On Irizarry- is everything going OK from the standpoint of counseling and whatever he needs to do to stay in good standing with the coaches and be available for next year?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 2:07:14 PM)
Sure is. I pretty much know that JT hasn't lost any faith in him as a person or a player. I really think that Louis will work even harder now to atone for what he did.
mcorf (Dec 4, 2003 2:07:49 PM)
What position do you see Hoobler, Lukens, and Reggie Smith at next year?
LightningRod (Dec 4, 2003 2:07:54 PM)
Will Curt Lukens see any significant playing time next year?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 2:11:41 PM)
I think Hoobler will come in as a tight end and excel there. I really like him there but I also like him as a Matt Wilhelm type at the Mike LB spot. I think Lukens will grow into a LB and be a pretty good one but I thought he would be a safety prospect. He's got great speed for a LB. And I think Reggie Smith could potentially follow the path of Darrion Scott and be an inside tackle eventually after playing at DE for a couple of seasons. Smith, who played defensive end all through high school, is in the same mold physically as Scott.
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 2:13:42 PM)
Hi LightningRod, I think Lukens adds so much depth to an already loaded linebacking unit. He clearly has big time skills. This kid is mentally tough and he was a sprinter in high school. You can not overlook his talents. Don't count him out but he may have to wait a year or two to shine.
mcorf (Dec 4, 2003 2:14:02 PM)
Why can't we recruit OL like Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 2:17:14 PM)
I hear you mcorf. All three schools kick our butts when it comes to producing quality offensive lineman. Maybe not Wisconsin as much as the other two but clearly this has to change going forward.
BuckeyeDave (Dec 4, 2003 2:17:20 PM)
Who do you see doing the kick-off and punt returns next season and what will JT do to improve OSU's yards per return and punt/kick-off coverage?
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 2:21:51 PM)
I think Hiley, Holmes and Gonzalez will be three guys to watch for next season to return punts and kickoffs. I don't think any freshman like Shaun Lane for instance will have that job. I look for most of the skilled freshman to redshirt next year. Special teams were always a strength at YSU although we never had many punt or kickoff returns for scores there either come to think of it, even in all of the championship years. I'm sure JT will stress and demand an upgrade in all of the special teams units in this offseason.
HurricaneDawg (Dec 4, 2003 2:18:06 PM)
With the Irizzary situation, can he still be redshirted this year? This kid can open the outside for our wideouts next season.
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 2:24:20 PM)
Hurricane, no Irizarry cannot be redshirted. I wish he was now that we've seen how much actual use we've gotten from him this year. But all freshman want to come in and play and I'm sure he was no exception. I'm encouraged with the number of balls thrown to the tight ends this year and I think Hamby will be the main man next year but Louis will ease into the offense and make big contributions next year.
LA_BUCKEYE99 (Dec 4, 2003 2:18:10 PM)
Goodbye from Los Angeles. Thanks for all the incites. One last question though. Why are we only playing 3 non conference games next year? Can we add a 4th? We have a bye week the 11th of September and so do the Trojans. Anyone up for an early Rose Bowl Matchup next year. I like the extra game. Please tell me that were not going back to a 11 game schedule after 2 years of 12-13 games. Thanks again.
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 2:26:58 PM)
Hi LA...yeah I'd like to see that 12-game matchup be with the Trojans, why not? I believe that 12 games are now the limit not 11 so hopefully we can still add another game. I'm sure they'd like a home patsy to fill that week if possible but I like your scenario better. I doubt if it will happen
Cville Buck (Dec 4, 2003 2:18:12 PM)
Gary, I agree next year is fun to look at from the skill positions. BUT, how do you feel it all shakes out with the O-line.... It scares me..
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 2:32:33 PM)
Hi Cville. I want to believe there has to be better days for the offensive line but it's amazing how impotent we were up front this season. I still think it's hard to block 8 defenders with 6 guys at the point of attack and that JT's stubborn tendencies to pound a square peg in a round hole when you don't have the Reecie hammer at your disposal was a big part of the problem. And look at how many third-and-two's that come to mind that Krenzel threw incomplete to the ground or behind the receiver for instance, that was another big part of the reason for a lack of production by the offensive line. Everything worked against them because there was no Reecie and JT had no answer for that.
Kirk (Dec 4, 2003 2:33:01 PM)
Thanks again Gary for stopping by today... and thanks everyone for your questions. Be sure to stop back in tomorrow for Steve's chat as well!
GaryHousteau (Dec 4, 2003 2:34:23 PM)
If that's all I want to thank those of you who participated in the chat this week. Let's hope for a great recruiting weekend and guys like Marcus Freeman, Erik Haw, Antonio Pittman and others will help lure some of the other big name recruits to Columbus. Remember when it comes to Ginn and Davis, have no fear! Watch them commit on Jan.3. Have a great day!