Helwagen Chat Archive - April 23

Steve Helwagen stopped by chat this evening to discuss OSU's spring game. Read on for a complete transcript.

tom57 (Apr 23, 2005 6:30:12 PM)
it sounds from the stats and game summary like Haw had the better game than Pittman. What do you think?

tom57 (Apr 23, 2005 6:34:16 PM)
It sounded like the weather was horrible. was it bad enough to be a factor?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:34:16 PM)
hello everybody, will start in a moment or 2.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 6:34:51 PM)
Thats the way I read it. I wonder if the coaches didn't hold some players out, given the wet conditions. Notice the Bucknuts article doesn't even mention TGII.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:36:01 PM)
one more minute

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:36:50 PM)
OK, turning moderation on now.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 6:37:10 PM)
I was going to head over from Indpls Friday night. Decided not to. I'm kind of glad I didn't.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:37:22 PM)
Fire questions now, and I will respond on the weather.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:37:32 PM)
Yes, the weather was a factor.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:38:53 PM)
It was cold. And it rained the entire game. The field held up incredibly well. I did not see many guys slipping. But they just decided to keep throwing anyway. And it was windy, too. Just an ugly day. About the only day I can remember worse was the Eddie George game against Illinois in 95 where the ice just stung you in the eyes.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 6:39:01 PM)
Steve - Did we learn much from the game today? If so, what?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:40:24 PM)
You've got some young players who are coming on. I think it will be hard to keep Marcus Freeman off the field. Todd Boeckman had some nice moments, like the TD play. I like to see guys compete and I think we saw that today. Haw and Pittman are getting real close to Big Ten quality and one or both may be there by October. That's some of what I saw.

tom57 (Apr 23, 2005 6:40:28 PM)
Was Haw as impressive as the numbers indicate. Seems from the stats that he was the more impressive back.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:41:35 PM)
Haw had a great second half. He didn't break any long runs, but once Scarlet committed to running between the tackles he excelled, getting 6-10 yards a clip. Then, he had the speed to get around the corner on the TD. He showed it all on that drive. He wasn't going down easy, either. He was trying to power over would-be tacklers.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 6:41:39 PM)
What happened to TGII today?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:42:29 PM)
He had nothing to show, for starters. Nothing to prove, so why risk the injury. Zwick flat out missed him wide open 2-3 times. One of them the wind must have taken the ball because it was a sure TD if he could have just gotten it to him. ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:42:58 PM)
He had a reverse, one catch for 5 yards, a punt and a kick return and also played 6 plays in the red zone on defense. Good enough. Let's see what somebody else can do.

ihateedwards (Apr 23, 2005 6:43:15 PM)
With Ohio State not putting a great amount of talent to the NFL draft this year does next year have a lot getting drafted? I think OSU could rival last years draft class. I see Hawk going top ten at the least. (very angry about edwards going to my beloved browns)

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:43:41 PM)
On the Edwards comment, now the Browns have a real tool at wide receiver and tight end, huh? ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:45:32 PM)
Yes, next year will be a modest take with Hawk, Carpenter, Schlegel, maybe DAndrea, Salley, Everett (with a good year), Green, Sims, Mangold and maybe Youboty and Holmes. That's 11 draftees if it was held today. A lot can change, though. I think Hawk and Youboty could be first rounders with Carpenter, Salley and maybe Sims and Holmes also on the first day.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 6:45:41 PM)
Have you been keeping up with the NFL draft today? Any surprises, in your opinion? What do you think of the first pick?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:47:02 PM)
Nope, have not hardly followed it. That was Alex Smith to the 49ers. I was just surprised nobody pulled off that blockbuster trades. Those teams at the bottom (49ers, Miami, Browns, etc.) all needed so much, they could have done better to trade down for 3-4 picks. I would have rather had Mike Williams than Braylon Edwards, but what can you do?

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 6:47:17 PM)
So if Haw and Pittman might not be ready until October, what do we do in August and September? Are the QBs, the Wrs and the defense enough to carry the Buckeyes during the first 3 or 4 games?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:49:03 PM)
I didn't mean it that way. I guess I meant they'd be real good Big Ten tailbacks by October, but obviously good enough to win with in Sept. as well. The onus will not be on the running game, I feel. I think the passing game and defense will be the backbone until they are able to consistently run for the 200 a game they covet. But those days are coming back sooner than we think.

Buckj1 (Apr 23, 2005 6:49:07 PM)
Hey, am I in?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:49:16 PM)
Yes, you are. ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:49:50 PM)
Some may not have experience but this is a moderated Chat. All questions and comments come to me and I post them as I get to them, then answer them. Now on to the countdown.

tom57 (Apr 23, 2005 6:49:59 PM)
I've been a bit concerned about the ability of our QB's to get the WR aircorp the ball consistently, and the spring game stats indicated this may be a problem. You noted that Zwick flat out missed TGII. Can we write this off to mother nature or is there work to do btwn now and the fall

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:51:12 PM)
Write it off. This was a terrible day to throw the ball, but they did so anyway to get their work in. Obviously Zwick goes in the opener and you hope Boeckman gets a shot that day. Then I say it's Zwick and Smith against Texas and the better guy gets the lion's share of the time after that.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:51:55 PM)
They will not miss receivers this badly in the fall. Albert Dukes had some early foibles (a drop and a fumble), but came back and made a great grab late. Excited to see that.

ThaBuckGuy (Apr 23, 2005 6:52:00 PM)
Hoobler better than the Big Kat? Whats your take?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:52:05 PM)
No, let

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:52:42 PM)
No, let's not get carried away just yet. I liked what I saw of he and Freeman today. They were all over the field and in on a ton of plays. Hoobler is the MLB for 2006-07, no doubt.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 6:52:51 PM)
Who is Mangold's back-up and did you notice anu problesm with either the C-QB exchange or the long snapping?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:55:22 PM)
Mangold's backup is a touchy one. Datish could do it in a pinch if they don't want to break Jimmy Cordle's RS. If it's late in a game, would be walk-on fifth year senior Steve Winner or walk-on Tyler Whaley maybe. Troy Smith said Cordle had a great game at center. He played C and Mangold mostly played LG today. No problems at all with C-QB that I recall. I think Norman's long snaps were good. Makrides had a terrible day. First 2 were high and the third one went over the punter's head and gave Gray the ball at the 4. Norman is the guy.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 6:55:32 PM)
How was the punting today?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:57:02 PM)
So-so as you might expect with the first team punt unit split up, etc. Trapasso is the guy. He punted 3 times for 42.3 average, kept the ball away from Ginn. Gentry had five for 35.8 with one bad shank. The weather also factors in there, too. Heavy winds against them at times. Trapasso's long of 49 yards probably had 20 yards of roll to it.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 6:57:09 PM)
Anybody posting questions besides tom57 and me?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:57:14 PM)
Yes ...

ihateedwards (Apr 23, 2005 6:57:17 PM)
With losing a pretty much all of our linebackeres after this year, our strongest unit will become very thin. I haven't heard much about us recruiting any five star type players. Should I be concerned? Did I mention I hate edwards and all the rest of the michigan players?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:57:28 PM)
Yes you did ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:58:46 PM)
Hey, they're OK at LB, for now, with Hoobler, Freeman, Terry and Brandon Smith waiting in the wings and Lenix and the other new signees coming, although Lenix may start out at TB in the fall. Homan helps and I think Thad Gibson from Euclid could be a big get. They need another stud probably from out of state, though. I'd go with your assertion on that.

Guest (Apr 23, 2005 6:59:12 PM)
Steve, did you see anything today that concerned you?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:59:27 PM)
Buckj1 asks if I saw anything today that concerned me ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 6:59:55 PM)
Yes, the snowflakes hitting my car as I was driving in. This is April 23, for good ness sakes and it was 82 here on Tuesday. What gives? ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:00:52 PM)
In terms of football, the usual things: Line play, throwing and catching, things just weren't as crisp at times as you would like. Biggest thing would be the special teams. Those units need to hunker down and perfect their crafts between now and Sept. 3.

austinBUCK (Apr 23, 2005 7:00:57 PM)
Would Hoobler and Freeman start in 2005 on every other big ten team?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:01:13 PM)
Not at Iowa with Hodge and Greenway, but most everywhere else, no question at all.

Guest (Apr 23, 2005 7:01:17 PM)
Steve, what's your take on the RB's today?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:01:28 PM)
Buckj1 asks for my take on the RBs today ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:03:35 PM)
Pittman got off early, then was benched for Schnittker in the second half. He had some nice runs, showed vision and is clearly stronger than he was in the fall. Haw was a man for the Scarlet in the second half. They ran between the tackles and that is his forte. He is tough to bring down and he runs downhill. Then, he had the burst on the TD to get the corner. I'd rate that position a solid 7 out of 10 for the day, real good showing, and nice to know Schnittker could also get involved. They ran some I with Dionte Johnson blocking for Schnittker. That was a nice package to see.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 7:03:55 PM)
Did you get a chance to speak with Aaron Brown, Conner Smith, Chris Wells or any of the other 2006 recruits at the game? If so, what were their impressions?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:04:16 PM)
No, we generally don't speak with recruits on OSU property. I believe that is largely an NCAA no-no.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:04:32 PM)
But they were there. Those guys get credit for coming on a bad day.

tom57 (Apr 23, 2005 7:04:41 PM)
Steve, you mentioned that TGII got some reps in the Rzone, how did we look at boundary corner? It looked like Lane and Welch made some plays. It'd be great if we could leave Whitner at his natural position.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:05:32 PM)
Whitner is at safety to stay. Everett will be the boundary corner in the fall. They trust him. At worst, he'd revert back to nickel back if Welch or Lane stole the job. Jamario O'Neal will also throw his hat in there, too.

austinBUCK (Apr 23, 2005 7:05:37 PM)
From the limited amount of action you have seen and heard about this spring, would you say our o-line will be greatly improved from last year? ...and How are the young O-linemen coming along... and will we have a better pass rush than last year - if so, from who?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:07:08 PM)
Yes, the line will be greatly improved from last year. They ran the ball effectively today, and that's a good sign. The young OL, Mitchum was dinged up and I don't know if he played. Person and Skinner are in their plans. Rehring is behind Sims at LT. They have depth, which is good. You need to be a good OL to get on the field with this team, and that has not been the case for much of the last 6-8 years, really.

ThaBuckGuy (Apr 23, 2005 7:07:47 PM)
Did D. Johnson play today? How was the FB play? I've been disappointed with the FB play the last couple of years. By the way, it was a certain other individual that said Hoobler will be better than the Big Kat. lol

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:08:43 PM)
Yes, he played at fullback for the Gray. I think the fullback play was fine. Stan White is also in the mix there, too. I agree, FB play has been substandard for a while. Joe being hurt for almost his whole run really hurt because they put all their eggs in his basket.

austinBUCK (Apr 23, 2005 7:08:54 PM)
U texas is really amped here in Austin for the big game in Sept... If you had to predict a score today what would it be?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:09:00 PM)
Hmmm ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:09:34 PM)
Ohio State 38, Texas 27

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:09:41 PM)
How does that grab you?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:10:24 PM)
I just think UT's defense is going to have a hard time containing Ginn et al. Texas will score some points, but will not score "with" Ohio State. Should be a great one.

Buckwildin' (Apr 23, 2005 7:10:38 PM)
I finally was able to properly log on, so I know I missed questions/answers about the QB position. In case I didn't, could you tell me if you saw anything that'd give you any reason to believe that someone other than Troy Smith will be under center when available?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:11:26 PM)
Nope, I saw nothing to dispel that notion today. Zwick was 11 of 27 passing. Granted, the conditions were terrible and he had a patchwork line and was feeling some heat, etc. But this is Smith's team (after Miami).

ThaBuckGuy (Apr 23, 2005 7:11:31 PM)
Shaun Lane, your assessment of his play, how much playing time will he see this year?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:12:15 PM)
Probably not all that much with all the DBs they have. Will be great on special teams and could light somebody up with some late-game returns. But they have Everett and Youboty at corner. He and Welch would be next.

yooperbuck (Apr 23, 2005 7:12:20 PM)
I have to ask. Did Kerr play today and does he have any future as a buck lb?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:12:43 PM)
Kerr was out, no explanation. I assume just an injury. Now slotted as an OLB because they see Hoobler as the future at MLB.

Buckj1 (Apr 23, 2005 7:12:52 PM)
Steve, even though the weather was bad, I think we saw enough of Dukes and Lyons to say that with Holmes, Ginn, and Gonzalez, we have the best WR's in the Big Ten, and maybe the nation. Would you agree?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:13:46 PM)
Yes, I think that is a valid statement. Hall didn't play today, either. Add him in and they're 6 deep at the position and all can fly. It is a great group. You have to hope they get them involved.

buckatborder (Apr 23, 2005 7:13:54 PM)
I was impressed with the Harden kid, number 19 I think, can we expect to see him on the field any this year?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:14:07 PM)
It will be hard for any walk-ons to see the field on this team.

buckatborder (Apr 23, 2005 7:14:11 PM)
Was it just me, or did Hoobler remind you of Wilhelm?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:14:51 PM)
Wilhelm, Katz, everybody ... ha ha. He was really into the flow today. I'm excited about his future. He and Freeman will be pushing for time this fall.

austinBUCK (Apr 23, 2005 7:14:59 PM)
Our corners would look really nice with EJ opposite Ashton... but we could say that about a lot of studs who are no longer with us. Will that other corner position be a weak spot for us?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:16:02 PM)
Could be. You hope not and the boundary is an easier place to hide a guy than the wide side, which Youboty has earned. Between Everett, O'Neal, Welch (probly more of a boundary guy), Lane and Brandon Underwood, they'll get a solution there. E.J.'s issues are all of his own doing.

ihateedwards (Apr 23, 2005 7:16:19 PM)
I must admit I never followed OSU basketball recruiting before last year. Mainly because there was nothing to follow. It is very exciting being a basketball fan now with Matta. Not sure how closely you follow bball recruiting but if we get the five players that we are interested in and supposely have a good chance at it would be spectacular. Also heard Matta is already doing great with the class after that. The problem I see is that Matta will not coach at OSU. Do you believe he is going to move on relatively soon?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:19:09 PM)
Matta is in line to have a blockbuster class in 2006, 2007 and also in 2008 if things fall like they might. OSU basketball has this inferiority complex, unfortunately, that the sky is about to fall and, regardless of how well they do, it's still just Ohio State. But the Illinois win dispels that. Matta is locked up with a lucrative long-term deal. Trust me, if they do the things he is capable of doing (Big Ten titles and deep NCAA runs) they will rip that up, pay him what he deserves and go from there. He'll be here as long as he wants to be. Maybe an NBA team comes calling and pays him $1.5 million a year. But what colleges would he jump to? He's building the winner HERE. May as well stay here and play it out through 2012, huh?

austinBUCK (Apr 23, 2005 7:19:40 PM)
Sorry to re-ask - do you think we will have an improved pass rush this year? If so, from who?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:21:00 PM)
It will be by commitee. Kudla and Gholston at the Leo and Patterson, Richardson and Barrow at the other DE. Then you get good push from Pitcock and Green in the middle and, voila, you've got it. They definitely need to step it up from last year, no question. They will be better. Not great, but better.

buckatborder (Apr 23, 2005 7:21:07 PM)
Schinnitker looked like a man posessed, but is he too much of a tweener to see alot of action?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:21:38 PM)
Today just set up well for him and Dionte helped spring him, too. He has remade his body and gained a step, I think. I like it. He seems very dependable.

buckatborder (Apr 23, 2005 7:21:42 PM)
Steve, what did you think of Marcel Frost?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:22:40 PM)
He got his requisite touchdown, something we heard quite a bit from spies this spring. I think he's bulked up almost too much, but he knows strong blocking is the way to JT's heart, so he's working on it. I liked it today. Weird to see No. 90 catch a TD pass.

buckatborder (Apr 23, 2005 7:22:46 PM)
Steve, if AJ Hawk was in the draft today, where do you think he would have went?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:24:48 PM)
Tough call. I see Shawne Merriman went 12th and Texas' Derrick Johnson went 15th. They were the only LBs in the first round I guess ...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:25:37 PM)
I'd think late first, somewhere. Scouts will fall in love with this guy when they interview him. He's all about the game and when they ask around they'll also hear he's the hardest worker on his team, too.

ThaBuckGuy (Apr 23, 2005 7:25:45 PM)
Steve, your OSU/UT prediction surprising! I'll have to see a OSU game with that much scoring to believe it, with Tressel at the helm.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:26:34 PM)
The potential is there. Will he unleash the dogs? I say he has no choice. Tony Gonzalez said today that winning makes everybody happy. Sharing the ball and throwing with a 20-point lead makes everybody even happier (ha ha).

buckatborder (Apr 23, 2005 7:26:38 PM)
Which player really surprised you today, if any? good or bad

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:27:17 PM)
Haw and Pittman, probably. Very strong, very consistent. Position not a trouble area -- as long as both stay healthy. Freeman and Hoobler are the real genuine article as well.

austinBUCK (Apr 23, 2005 7:27:21 PM)
I agree on the UT score... They will not hang with our offense - really due to our improved Oline - receivers, our defense, and UT's key losses on defense. Home at night will be different thany anything they have experienced. If we have solid QB play and another decent corner to hold down the fort when Young is scrambling we are fine.

yooperbuck (Apr 23, 2005 7:27:35 PM)
Did you see any thing special at tight end today?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:28:45 PM)
Nicol and Frost were the only ones who played. Both showed some good things. It will be nice when Hamby gets back in there.

Buckwildin' (Apr 23, 2005 7:28:49 PM)
Your assessment of our pass rushers today...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:29:30 PM)
They applied pressure. Gholston led Smith to throw his pick. I thought Richardson and Patterson were strong at times. Getting better, but still not dominant.

austinBUCK (Apr 23, 2005 7:29:34 PM)
Have you heard anything on the NCAA wrapping up the football investigation? I have heard rumors of sanctions worse than the Bball team will recieve... but I don't trust any source but Bucknuts.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:30:02 PM)
That's the spirit! Seriously, no word yet on anything regarding either probe.

yooperbuck (Apr 23, 2005 7:30:11 PM)
With the defense having some whiskers,does the coordinator change loom as any problem?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:31:31 PM)
Heacock is a good, veteran coach. The players respect him and like to play for him. They'll do fine. They could do really well, actually. That starting group of about 13-15 guys matches up with anybody anywhere. Yes, it hurts to lose a seasoned, trained pair of eyes like Mark Snyder's. But they have to move on and win in spite of that. They should be fine. They have the talent to overcome a lot.

austinBUCK (Apr 23, 2005 7:31:36 PM)
Who are our 2 best DEs right now?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:32:05 PM)
Kudla and Richardson, probably, with Patterson, Barrow and Gholston right there and Wilson and Worthington on the way.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 7:32:12 PM)
Are you suggesting that Schnittker might see some time at T-back this fall?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:32:43 PM)
Probly not a lot. Maybe in some one back or in the I for short yardage or late if they want to protect the ball and run some clock. Situational more than anything.

buckatborder (Apr 23, 2005 7:32:55 PM)
I really expected to see something more out of the O-line. Not bad, but i didnt see what I was expecting, do you think the patchwork of todays lineups is the reason, or were my hopes too high?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:33:48 PM)
Of course, you have Sims next to a walk-on and guys who've never played a real game out there, too. You can't judge anything by today. You have to judge the line play off the jersey scrimmage, when they worked mostly as 5-man units and moved the ball up and down the field all day.

tom57 (Apr 23, 2005 7:34:01 PM)
Steve, to pick up on Schnitker - i think that Brandon Joe was a huge factor in the ScUM game and the Alamo Bowl. Can Schnitker fill that role, and bruise some folks and soften thngs up for Erik and Tony. Frankly, i have been very disappointed in his play at FB

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:34:49 PM)
You hope he fills that role as the power running component, kind of like that Bernstein at Wisconsin. That would be huge if he can get you 30-40 tough yards a game and can convert 2-3 critical first downs.

ThaBuckGuy (Apr 23, 2005 7:34:56 PM)
Has Branden Joe moved down the depth chart because of his lack of durability? In other words, who's the starting FB? D. Johnson, S. White, or Joe?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:37:02 PM)
Joe is finally done after 5 years. Would you believe he was a fixture at OSU games in 1996 as a freshman at Westerville South when Katz was a freshman at OSU? No, he's finally gone. The pecking order at FB is Schnittker, then Johnson and White bracketed behind him.

Buckwildin' (Apr 23, 2005 7:37:18 PM)
Other than for the younger guys and for our commentary, is there any real benefit to having a spring game, where you vanilla the playcalling and split the units up?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:39:10 PM)
It has evolved into a pointless exercise in some regards. Tressel likes it because the seniors pick the sides of guys they like. So he takes note of that. It also puts the focus on the individual. You play next to a walk-on and against a freshman, let's say, but you still have to do your job for the team to have a positive result. If you're tired, you can't rely on your buddy to pick up the slack.

skeelo (Apr 23, 2005 7:39:19 PM)
hey steve i hate to say this but cordle looked like one of the best 6 o-linemen out there. what does that tell us about our so called depth at that position?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:40:03 PM)
I didn't study it that closely, but I will. Good for him. I've heard great things about him this spring and it's great he got to come in early and get that experience. Maybe he can help them this year.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 7:40:06 PM)
On the Ohio St - UT score...remeber, we hung 37 0n michigan...

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:40:21 PM)
And Michigan scored, what, 37 against Texas, so ....

buckatborder (Apr 23, 2005 7:40:25 PM)
Best hit of the day? I thought either Hawk on the QB at the sidelines, or Welch made a nice one on i cant remember who. Also Haw plowed some guys.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:41:43 PM)
Hawk on Haw on the early screen pass, Hoobler on Smith out of bounds Freeman on Haw.

Buckwildin' (Apr 23, 2005 7:41:54 PM)
I think us fans look at today's game and get caught up in their performance, not considering the fact that each unit (lines, wrs, dbs, lbs, etc.) are split up. We really gain no insight on how far along a unit is.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:42:49 PM)
Agreed, the focus is entirely on individual performances today. This is not a day to gauge the O-line or the offense. I think you can see how the defensive line individuals are coming along, and I was encouraged by the total of 4 sacks and good pressure all day.

ThaBuckGuy (Apr 23, 2005 7:42:57 PM)
Schnittker's play at Fb didn't impress me last year. Maybe, it certain situations he can be useful, but on goal line situations I'm thinking I want a better "hammer" in there. Your thoughts?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:43:04 PM)
You playthe guys you have.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:43:09 PM)
That's all you can do.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:43:16 PM)
Anything else tonight!!!!!

ThaBuckGuy (Apr 23, 2005 7:43:41 PM)
Nugent to the Jets!

hangonsloopy (Apr 23, 2005 7:43:44 PM)

hangonsloopy (Apr 23, 2005 7:43:46 PM)
just got picked

hangonsloopy (Apr 23, 2005 7:43:48 PM)
#47 to the jets

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:44:15 PM)
That's great for him. I'm sure he'll do a great job for the J-E-T-S Jets!

yooperbuck (Apr 23, 2005 7:44:24 PM)
Who has the best hands in the backfield? Fbs & tbs.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:45:15 PM)
Best hands? Probly Stan White Jr. good pass catcher. Haw caught 2 and dropped 1. Like to see Pittman catch one while he's running one time and see where he ends up. Schnittker is sure-handed, too.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:45:49 PM)
Nugent middle of the second round, huh? That's great. Now if we can see Fox go today, too, that would be tremendous.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:46:39 PM)
By the way, we have some tremendous things planned for the next 10-12 days on the site. We will be writing end-of-spring pieces on a ton of topics. Plus ....

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:47:38 PM)
Channel 6 is letting us use their highlight clips from the game. Look for those sometime Monday on the site..

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:48:16 PM)
We unveil Bucknuts TV, where Dave Biddle, Gary Housteau and myself will break down the offense, defense, special teams and share our opinions on what lies ahead in 2005.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:48:54 PM)
We taped those segments after the game today and will have them beginning this coming week. Let us know what you think about the OSU-themed highlights and video packages.

ThaBuckGuy (Apr 23, 2005 7:48:58 PM)
Steve, face for television? lol

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:49:02 PM)
Ha ha ha.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 7:49:09 PM)
CONGRATULATIONS !!! Will Bucknuts TV be webcast?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:49:29 PM)
Yep, they will be premium links like the recruit videos starting next week.

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:49:39 PM)
Anything else tonight?

Guest (Apr 23, 2005 7:49:45 PM)
thanks steve!

Buckwildin' (Apr 23, 2005 7:49:48 PM)
Great stuff, Steve, thanks!

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 7:50:26 PM)
Nest recruits to verbal? Following summer camps. Any predictions?

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:51:02 PM)
wes Lyons Jr. got an offer recently, I hear. Maybe he's the one. Hard to say. I figured there would be 1-2 this week, but nothing yet.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 23, 2005 7:51:05 PM)
Thanks Steve. GO BUCKS!!!

SteveHelwagen (Apr 23, 2005 7:51:17 PM)
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