Conley Chat: Nov. 22 Archive

Here is the archive of Bill Conley's Chat session on Bucknuts.com from Monday afternoon.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:02:42 PM)
Hello everybody, great win over the weekend!!

osugrad (Nov 22, 2004 3:03:22 PM)
Good Afternoon, what's the story with Ronnie Wilson? Sounds like he thinks hes a Buckeye?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:03:58 PM)
Ronnie would like to be a Buckeye, but he has not been offered yet. The Buckeyes are looking at him as an OL. It may come down to how the numbers work out.

redondo (Nov 22, 2004 3:04:15 PM)
Hi Coach Conley - Recognizing that although we would all love it if the Buckeyes could, it is unlikely that every top recruit the Buckeyes have in their sights will come to Ohio State. Are there enough top tier recruits remaining with enough interest in OSU to complete the class and have it rated in the top five nationally? Thank you.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:05:04 PM)
For it to end up in the top five nationally, they're going to have to hit a very high percentage out of state. The remaining in-state players they are recruiting are not of enough quality for them to finish top five nationally.

12Bucks (Nov 22, 2004 3:05:25 PM)
How much can a win like this really impact recruiting?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:07:17 PM)
It can do nothing but help, but in the long run hard work is they key to recruiting. We had some of our best classes after mediocre years and some average classes after outstanding seasons. Recruiting goes until February and that's a long way away. As sweet as a victory as it was, it will wear off by the time signing day takes place. The key is the next 2 months.

bucksfan47 (Nov 22, 2004 3:07:37 PM)
Coach, Do you believe coach Tressel will stay with this type of offense as long as Troy is at the helm? What are Zwicks options if coach Tressel stays with Smith for the forseable future? Thank You!

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:08:51 PM)
I think this offense is perfect for Troy because the shotgun formation allows him the ability to read the coverages, being that he is only a little over 6 feet tall. Plus it allows him to get the ball quickly to the big play makers, like Ginn and Holmes. It wouldn't surprise me if Justin Zwick contemplates transferring.

VirginiaBuck (Nov 22, 2004 3:09:07 PM)
Bill, It looked like JT took the harness off Troy and man what a show he put on. Do you really think Boeckman has a chance to compete for the job. I just don't see a RS Frosh doing that regardless of what would have happen Sat. Your Thoughts

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:09:43 PM)
I think the first thing Todd has to do is secure the second quarterback spot. If he does that, then he's one play away from being the starter no matter what.

Mike68 (Nov 22, 2004 3:10:04 PM)
Coach, in your opinion if Wells and Gwaltney were both to commit, would we still take Ringer and end up with 3 backs this year or do we not want to have 5 young backs on the roster and risk "scaring" off C. Wells in 2006?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:10:46 PM)
I think that if they got Maurice Wells, that would probably meet their tailback. I think the jury is still out on Javon Ringer.

osugrad (Nov 22, 2004 3:10:51 PM)
Who replaces Nuge if Huston doesnt get a 6th year?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:12:35 PM)
Right now, the leading candidate would be Ryan Pretorious, a 25-year-old walk-on from South Africa. He'll be a RS freshman next year. Aaron Pettrey will be the next logical candidate. I don't see it being Jonathan Skeete.

DCBuck (Nov 22, 2004 3:12:43 PM)
which good recruits visited for the game also?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:13:15 PM)
Maurice Wells, Elijah Hodge, Ronnie Wilson were the only officials. Alex Daniels was also there.

osugrad (Nov 22, 2004 3:13:25 PM)
the Bucks need to land a top LB and DL, who do see us getting for those 2 positions?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:14:23 PM)
LB wise they like Elijah Hodge, Brian Cushing, Freddie Lenix, Alex Daniels, Rico McCoy. Those are probably the key names ...

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:15:00 PM)
On the defensive line, they like Kade Weston, James McKinney and Melvin Alaeze.

redondo (Nov 22, 2004 3:15:14 PM)
Hi Coach Conley - My question is about home field advantage. I understand aboutthe crowd noise effecting visiting teams, but beyond that what is it that makes it so difficult to win on the road? Is it the idea of trying to get rested in a hotel full of partying fans? is it just the disruption? What are your thoughts? Thank you.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:16:17 PM)
I think it's more the crowd noise than anything else, which can make it intimidating for especially a young football team. I think Chad Henne and Michael Hart found that out this weekend. A more experienced team or individuals learns to deal with that.

spbuck (Nov 22, 2004 3:16:24 PM)
Bill, please rate our chances with Maurice wells.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:17:35 PM)
If he goes out of state, our chances are excellent. You've got to watch out for the Florida schools, especially with the Florida change, and don't count out Georgia Tech. He enjoyed his visit to OSU. We'll see if that wears off. Percentage-wise at this point, I'd say 40 percent.

Wells20 (Nov 22, 2004 3:17:59 PM)
Coach Conley, Another Bucknut (who couldn't be here for the chat) would like your input/evaluation of Ringer and Wells and how they compare to each other. Thanks!!

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:18:24 PM)
I think Wells is probably a more versatile RB. But a healthy Javon Ringer is also outstanding.

edbuck51 (Nov 22, 2004 3:18:28 PM)
How good is AJ Hawk? He seems to be near the ball on almost every play.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:19:06 PM)
In my opinion, he is the best linebacker in the country. It's a shame he's not going to win the Butkus. It's great that he says he's coming back.

Buckeyebill (Nov 22, 2004 3:19:19 PM)
Coach, How do we get the same results/effort like last Sat. What distinct differences did you see and why??

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:20:38 PM)
It was the first complete game the Buckeyes have played this year. Both sides of the ball and special teams. With Troy Smith growing mentally and with his great leadership ability, I believe the team will continue to improve through the bowl game and on into next season. If I was a betting man, the Big Ten championship next year will be decided in Ann Arbor.

Mike68 (Nov 22, 2004 3:20:47 PM)
You mentioned that Ronnie Wilson does not have an offer from us yet, is it normal to have players come in on an official visit w/o offering them first?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:21:24 PM)
It is somewhat rare, especially for an out of state player. But sometimes it depends on how many are on the board. Sometimes you need to do that to keep a player hot.

eddie (Nov 22, 2004 3:22:12 PM)
i think that troy smith is perfect for the tressel type offense because of his ability to scramble for first downs

trolley (Nov 22, 2004 3:22:21 PM)
Bill, knowing JT like you do...do you envision him opening our offense up like we did for Michigan for an entire season? Or will his conservatism take over once again.

Guest (Nov 22, 2004 3:22:23 PM)
Bill, Do you think JT will stay with this style offense and Troy at the helm or do you see a move back to the more conservative offense that Justin or Todd may be able to run better.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:24:04 PM)
The thing that makes the current offensive scheme good for the Buckeyes is not only does it display TRoy Smith's athletic talents, but also the offensive line are better pass protectors. By him being in the shotgun, the ball can be released quicker and the defense must be careful about rushing upfield too far because of Troy's ability to tuck the ball away and run north and south.

redondo (Nov 22, 2004 3:24:48 PM)
Hi Coach Conley - Do you think the Buckeys have a realistic shot at Walker Ashley? Thank you.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:25:30 PM)
I think he may stay with USC, but you never know. OSU probably has a 35-40 percent shot, they need to get him on campus.

edbuck51 (Nov 22, 2004 3:25:38 PM)
Do you think the o-line is as good as they were Saturday, or as average as they were most of the year?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:26:24 PM)
I thought they improved as the game went on. I got worried early when we didn't score inside the 5-yard line twice. But on both the long drives of 99 and 97 yards, I saw low pad level and leg drive to get the ball out.

bucksfan47 (Nov 22, 2004 3:26:34 PM)
Coach, Do you believe EJ Underwood will be back? Grades, or draft?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:27:31 PM)
He's a project for the coaches right now. The only draft he would make would be the military draft. He's not even close to being ready for the NFL and he's going to have to pick it up in the classroom. He's very high maintenance.

edbuck51 (Nov 22, 2004 3:28:12 PM)
Do you think there will be any realignment of duties with the staff excluding anyone who might move on to another team?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:28:30 PM)
With the victory over Michigan and with a good showing at the bowl game, I anticipate no changes.

VirginiaBuck (Nov 22, 2004 3:28:42 PM)
What happen to Lydell Ross? Did he bulk up to much thus affecting his agility? it is a shame to see him go out like that when it seems like only yesterday the game against Indiana his freshman yr.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:29:15 PM)
I think the number one primary problem with Lydell Ross was that he did not mature mentally. He has unbelievable talent, but played with little or no confidence.

medina mike (Nov 22, 2004 3:29:29 PM)
Bill - have we given up on Travis Beckam (sp)....after all, he rescheduled THE GAME!!!!

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:30:09 PM)
I think the Buckeyes would still like to get him in for a visit. And as long as he is in on one of the 3 major weekends (including the first weekend in Jan.), that means he is still a very hot prospect.

oz (Nov 22, 2004 3:30:24 PM)
what are the chances of Gwalney committing to OSU

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:30:46 PM)
Probably 35-40 percent also.

Wells20 (Nov 22, 2004 3:31:02 PM)
Coach and all Buckeyes, I missed the opening and opening drive of the game, so I missed Nuge getting introduced as the last senior. What kind of feeling was that?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:31:51 PM)
Normally, Coach Tressel saves the most popular senior for last. Nugent will probably not only go down as the most popular senior but as the greatest kicker in Ohio State history, at least at this point. He could run for governor and win hands down.

Barry (Nov 22, 2004 3:32:09 PM)
Coach, If Holmes returns and Ginn continues to play widereceiver, is it possible with the emergence of Lyons, Gonzo and Dukes, and the return of Jordan, that Roy Hall could become a receiving TE next season in the roll the Louis Irizary was once slatted to fill?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:33:32 PM)
Roy Hall, in no way, wants to play tight end. He's been asked more than once. But the staff can do unique things by making him a flex receiver, especially in double wides or the third receiver on the side with trips, flexed 4 yards outside the tackle.

1xbuck (Nov 22, 2004 3:33:37 PM)
Who will punt next year? We have been very fortunate the past three years.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:34:08 PM)
It will probably end up being a battle at this point between A.J. Trapasso and Josh Huston if Huston gets another year of eligibility.

edbuck51 (Nov 22, 2004 3:34:26 PM)
Why do you think Zwick might transfer? Unless he goes 1-AA, he'll only have one year left. Not many QBs come into a major program and see the field for their senior year.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:34:42 PM)
Yeah, you're right. If he transfers, it would probably be I-AA.

oogatz (Nov 22, 2004 3:35:04 PM)
Do you really think Zwick will transfer. He would have to go to a Division IAA school or lose another year. For a redshirt guy who wants to play in the big time, I don't see him doing that. Even if he were to be second banana the next two years, and I'm not so sure he will even though Troy was spectacular this weekend, he'd still probably be drafted if he did well in the combines. I think Zwick might figure he is too committed to leave now, and like you say, he'll only be one play from being the starter. Zwick still offers a lot as does Boeckman, so even tough I think Try has cemented the starting position for now, things have a wy of changing. If all 3 guys improve, we'd have what every staff dreams of; depth in the QB position. I'd appreciate your comments, or am I being naive?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:36:20 PM)
He probably would stay if he thought he had a legitimate shot at winning the position back. That looks like a long shot. Now he not only has to worry about Troy Smith but also Todd Boeckman, who will be a year older and more experienced.

spbuck (Nov 22, 2004 3:36:46 PM)
Bill, what do you think of our frosh who are redshirting this year as offensive linemen, Skinner, Person, and Michum. Who do tyou see with the most potential, any possible future AA or All Big Ten type talent. Do you see any of the 3 starting next year? thanks!

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:37:25 PM)
Of those 3, I think Kyle Mitchum has the better chance because of his superior athletic ability. All 3 are big and strong. But Mitchum has a little better feet.

12Bucks (Nov 22, 2004 3:37:45 PM)
Coach, back to Ringer for a sec, All reports are he is rock solid as far as character and we've seen what he can do on the field. Hard to believe with the other offers he has that we aren't willing to take a chance on him.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:38:31 PM)
I think he's a very good football player. And as long as the outlook for a complete recovery is there, the Buckeyes would not be wrong in offering him. He could end up being a great one. It would be a shame to play against him.

goodnightsleep (Nov 22, 2004 3:39:26 PM)
Have to say, I think OSU is sure showing character that was not in the coop era. To beat Mi and to do it how they did it with out the talent that they have wow. There sure is a notable differnce with JT. By the way I live in Cumberland MD (home of Earle Bruce) they show the Virgina-Georia Tech game I COULDNT BELIEVE IT. I had to listen to on radio.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:40:47 PM)
I think JT probably had a better understanding of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry being that he had coached here and was from the state of Ohio. John Cooper did understand this, but it took him several years. He should have been taken more under the wing by the athletic department when he first got here and it would have made life a lot easier for everybody, in relation to that rivalry.

buckimike (Nov 22, 2004 3:41:03 PM)
Bill, Did we finally see a young team start to approach their potential or was this a Michigan game "high" win

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:42:18 PM)
I think you're seeing the emergence of a very solid football team. The talents of players like Ginn, Gonzalez, Youboty, Salley, Holmes and Smith are now showing. They needed to play together a few games for that team personality to emerge.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:43:06 PM)
We are getting a lot of duplicate questions. If we don't answer your exact questions, don't be discouraged. We'll try and cover as much ground as we can. Plus, answers to all questions will be in the archive. Back to live action ...

iceman (Nov 22, 2004 3:43:15 PM)
coach,why is wells so special?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:43:29 PM)
He has quickness, acceleration, versatility.

bucklover (Nov 22, 2004 3:43:39 PM)
Coach-any rumblings on any recruits who may have let our coaches know they are Buckeyes this past weekend?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:43:54 PM)
I checked into that and we have nothing solid yet.

potto0704 (Nov 22, 2004 3:44:04 PM)
How do the Bucks look for 2005? Who will we miss the most and how good do you think we will be? Thanks.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:45:39 PM)
I think we'll be very good next year. Probably the favorite for the Big Ten. The person they will miss the most will be Mike Nugent. Especially with Texas on the schedule early, the kicking game has to be extremely solid, punting and place kicking. The fortunate thing is we should still have an outstanding return game. I thinkthe loss of Simon Fraser and Dustin Fox will also have an impact.

Grad21 (Nov 22, 2004 3:45:49 PM)
Coach, Ashton Youboty stepped up big this year and more than likely secured his position for next year. Who is your guess as to the other corner? Has EJ run out of chances to step up?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:46:14 PM)
If I was a betting man, the other corner would be Ted Ginn, along with Ashton Youboty.

edbuck51 (Nov 22, 2004 3:46:22 PM)
If Woody was watching on Saturday, do you think he got more than a little jacked up?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:46:51 PM)
If he would have survived not scoring on the 1-yard line, he would have been ecstatic.

osugrad (Nov 22, 2004 3:47:03 PM)
the emergence of Ted Ginn Jr. makes WR a less of a need this year, but do you think Amos and Hartline are the best we can do this year? Also do you see those 2 having any impact next year?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:47:54 PM)
I think those 2 players are good WRs. But it would be great to get a guy like Fred Rouse out of Tallahassee. It may be tough to even get a visit out of him, though. Selwyn Lymon may also be a possibility, however slight.

spbuck (Nov 22, 2004 3:48:13 PM)
Coach, if Marcel Frost did not get hurt, how would he have impacted the tight end postion, if at all? We heard glowing reports from 7 on 7 drills about how athletic he was. Also, do you agree with the move from DE to TE for Marcel. Just your thoughts. Thanks!

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:49:18 PM)
He's a very athletic football player. If Irizarry was still on the team, his best position for OSU would be DE. I think he's a solid tight end with good hands and speed. But he may be more needed on defense, especially with them using more of a spread offense now.

oogatz (Nov 22, 2004 3:49:37 PM)
Bill: Whenever I see Cotton or Maupin get into the games, they look awesome. Do you think those guys and Abdullah have a chance for major PT next year and might supplant some others?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:50:07 PM)
Yes, I think all three will be very good players and see a lot of action next year.

Barry (Nov 22, 2004 3:50:14 PM)
Coach while the offense was improved against TSUN, I thought that the biggest difference in the game was that the defense was able to stay fresh because of the sustained drives and getting off the field on 3rd down. What did coach Synder do differently on 3rd down to not allow UM to pick up their first downs?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:51:10 PM)
The key was the long drives that kept the defense fresh. That put the potent UM offense on the bench. As the Buckeyes became more confident, they played tighter coverage and kept the pressure on Henne.

Wells20 (Nov 22, 2004 3:51:42 PM)
Coach, There was a post on the premium board asking everyone their opinion on the 'play of the game'. No one was wrong with their pick and what a thrill it is to have so many to chose from. What, in your opinion, was the 'Play of the Game'?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:51:57 PM)
Ted Ginn's punt return put the nail in the coffin.

bucklover (Nov 22, 2004 3:52:12 PM)
Coach-it looked to me like getting TJ Downing inside made us a more physical team. I have thought that next year, this line will consist of Sims, Mangold, Barton, Mitchum, along with either Boone or Rehring at tackle. I think Sims is a guard. If you picked, what is your line next season from what you hear?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:54:34 PM)
I think you're right on. The one question I have would be the toughness of Sims. He needs to be continually pressured to perform well. I like Downing, Rehring, Mangold, Datish and Mitchum. Boone may be able to be a third guard or tackle immediately. And you still have Sims, Schafer and Coleman, Person, Skinner.

pvillebuck (Nov 22, 2004 3:54:51 PM)
when did you guys first realize the kind of talent that glenville was going to be producing, and does it take out of state programs more time to discover an up and coming high school program?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:55:54 PM)
I think when some of those kids first came to our football camp several years ago. it was apparent there was tremendous athletic talent on the team. Then the success Ted Ginn Sr. had with his team on the field reminded me of the 80's, when we had several players from Middletown on the team.

bucklover (Nov 22, 2004 3:56:14 PM)
Coach-do you see a potentially outstanding Defense next season? If Richardson becomes what I think he can, and D'Andrea comes back, I like the possibilities.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:57:17 PM)
I think shoring up the other corner spot along with the other end spot. I've been impressed the last 2 games with the improvement of Mike Kudla. He and Jay Richardson need to stay healthy. If they can, this should be a dominating defense.

MiniBus (Nov 22, 2004 3:58:42 PM)
Coach- Over the years who was the one player who you thought you had locked up on signing day but went else where?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 3:59:48 PM)
Probably Durell Price from Calif. We got the cover letter of his letter of intent, but the rest never showed up. He ended up signing with UCLA. That was the strangest situation we've had. Dwayne Jarrett actually verbally committed to us last year and that was a disappointment.

bucklover (Nov 22, 2004 4:00:19 PM)
Coach-it seems to me that JT said one of two things to himself A.) We have nothing to lose, or B.) We have matured and are capable of loosening the rains of this offense. My guess is alittle of both, but I feel we will see better offensive production next year.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:01:01 PM)
I think the key was the improvement of Troy Smith. He developed a lot through playing in the new offensive set, which was expanded on from when it was first put in.

edbuck51 (Nov 22, 2004 4:01:22 PM)
Did the Buckeyes ever have much of a chance with Henne?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:01:45 PM)
Even though Coach Tressel spent a lot of time contacting Chad, we never really felt good about him.

efox13 (Nov 22, 2004 4:02:17 PM)
Coach, I would guess you have talked to Chris Wells at some point, what is your prognostication concerning where he may be leaning going into his senior year?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:03:04 PM)
Chris is a great talent for Akron Garfield. I think he is going to stay and play somewhere in the Big Ten, probably at Ohio State or Michigan. I think it's too close for even he to say which way he may be leaning right now.

buckimike (Nov 22, 2004 4:03:44 PM)
Has Ted Ginn solidified his stay on offense. We seem to be deeper at WR than we are at DB but can we afford not to have him on the field as a WR next year

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:04:36 PM)
I think he will be a two-way player, probably more offensively and as a return man but I think he will play a lot of defense also. Probably more defined special situations defensively.

buckskinUT (Nov 22, 2004 4:04:44 PM)
Coach, I have to say, EJ Underwood has been shaky all year filling in for Dustin Fox, if he loses that spot next year, who do you see replacing him? Does Super Jamario O'Neal have a chance right away?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:05:11 PM)
I think Jamario O'Neal is a tremendous athlete and he should play at OSU very early.

rbuck (Nov 22, 2004 4:05:20 PM)
Coach, Do you see someone like Alex Boone coming in next year and earning a starting spot?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:05:41 PM)
Probably an immediate backup with a chance of breaking in to the lineup by midseason.

edbuck51 (Nov 22, 2004 4:05:46 PM)
Do you think Nuge will get drafted in the first round?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:06:28 PM)
I think it's difficult for any kicker to get drafted in the first round, but I think he'll be the first specialist taken in the draft. Cleveland could have used him this weekend (ha ha).

1xbuck (Nov 22, 2004 4:06:59 PM)
What is your assesment of the Dukes kidat wr? Will he see a lot of PT next year?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:07:24 PM)
I like Albert Dukes a lot. If he can knock off two-tenths off his 40 time, he can be outstanding.

edbuck51 (Nov 22, 2004 4:07:29 PM)
What are the three major weekends, and what makes them important?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:08:20 PM)
The first 2 in December and the first one in January. The 2 in December lock up the instate talent. The first weekend in January is important because the students are back on campus and by then recruits start getting tired of the traveling. Many of them have already had 2 to 3 visits.

Seabus (Nov 22, 2004 4:08:58 PM)
Coach, how are you today?? Being the former TE coach, who do you see at that position in the coming years? We have Nicol and Hamby next year, is there anyone else you have your eye on?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:10:35 PM)
Doing good, I'd say those are the only 2 in the pipeline now, along with Frost. It's not a great year for TEs in Ohio and with the type of offense they'll be running for the next couple of years, it probably will not be a high priority position for them.

redondo (Nov 22, 2004 4:11:06 PM)
Hi Coach Conley - Has the Myers-White bridge been burned by either side? Any chance the staf will circle back on him a little down the road? Thank you.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:11:16 PM)
Not a chance, from what I'm hearing.

Youboty (Nov 22, 2004 4:11:28 PM)
What are your thoughts on Erik Haw? Do you think he is the starter at tailback for the Bucks next year? I don't think Pittman is durable enough to be an every-down back in the Big Ten. Your thoughts?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:11:59 PM)
No, I see a solid 1-2 punch with Pittman and Haw. Pittman is probably the leading candidate.

Buckz99 (Nov 22, 2004 4:12:28 PM)
Bill, I liked what I saw out of the limited action of Dionte Johnson this year. How good do you thing he's going to be over the next three years and what do you see at his primary strenghts/weaknesses?

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:13:48 PM)
I think he'll be a very solid fullback. A good blocker. Great short yardage blocking fullback in two-tight end sets.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:14:37 PM)
We'll look for one more that hasn't been asked yet (we've had plenty of duplicate questions on the offense, the second corner, Ronnie Wilson ... all of that stuff was answered early and will be in the archive) ... Here goes ...

Wells20 (Nov 22, 2004 4:15:19 PM)
Coach, I am assuming you know Coach Hazell well. Is he most responisble for the return success this year (I know it helps having Teddy there), and was he in charge of coverage teams? I thought both were outstanding all year, and Hooble and Welch looked tremendous out there. Thanks!

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:16:35 PM)
The special teams units are divided up. Coach Hazell had the kick return unit. Normally, Mark Snyder or Mel Tucker would have had the punt return unit. But all coaches have an input. The key to both units are the returners, Mo Hall and Teddy Ginn, bottom line.

BillConley (Nov 22, 2004 4:17:02 PM)
Thanks everybody, we had a ton of questions we could not get to. We'll see you next time!!!


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