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This week, we have one post and one set of posts for you. The first is from
Ohio High Magazine scout/contributor Bill Greene, who shared his thoughts on the
The second is a sampling of fan opinions on the booing that was going on at
the Horseshoe on Saturday.
Take a look at this week's Post of the Week:
Thread: Spring Game Review
Post: Tough game to analyze due to the split squads. My main
area of praise is the continued addition of team speed. This is a
Tressel staple that goes unnoticed. JT has recruited speed across the
board and it shows, especially compared to past OSU teams. This will be
the fastest Buckeye team ever.
Buckeyes who stood out to me were all the run blockers. All the RB's
produced and that is so hard to do without your #1 unit playing
together. People up front moved people around creating space for
Pittman, Haw and Schnittker. Anybody agree with me that Haw got better
with each carry? This is common for redshirts. You cannot simulate live
action on the scout team.
I like Haw a lot and I liked him at 4:00 better than I did at 2:00.
Haw caught the ball better than I thought he would. The QB's were awful,
but the QB derby is over. Troy is the Man. Justin doesn't look
comfortable or confident, and he should after the Alamo Bowl. He just
might be better as the backup than the starter, and we're going to find
out after Miami. Defensively I'm excited about the backups. The depth is
impressive and some of these guys are ready to play now, but are backing
up All Big-10 players. I'm referring to Terry-Hoobler-Freeman-Curt
Lukens-Cotton. I don't want to find out, but I think we can withstand
injuries to the stars. Tyler Everett looked really good in limited
action. He's the starting CB opposite Youboty, as I've said for
Special teams weren't special, but Skeete stepped up under pressure
and kicked well. The snappers and punters need work.
The spring game is a show for the fans. It's tough to evaluate
individual performances, but I'm excited for the season to start. This
team will be tough to beat, as all Tressel teams are. This team will be
better in November than September, as all Tressel teams are. Can this
team win it all? I'll let you know after fall camp breaks.
Thread: Zwick struggling, bringing out the boo birds
- (SFBuck): Booing at a spring game is really poor taste.
Incredible really. Here is a kid (Zwick) who has done nothing but
try his best to help OSU - from the day he committed he helped build
the recruiting class. He has NEVER complained. He played with a lot
of heart in the bowl game. And it isn't like Smith looks great
Buckeye fans are unfairly blaming Zwick for all of the 2004 woes. I
didn't see Zwick cause the NW loss - that was a team breakdown. I
didn't see Zwick cause the Wisconsin loss either - I saw a team that
could neither run the ball nor stop the run.
Is Zwick a great QB at this juncture? No. Does he merit booing at a
Spring game. I think not.
- (Boz93) Anyone that booed today is a jack-ass. That said I
see what is happening to Zwick is very similar to what happened with
Bellisari and to Tim Couch in Cleveland-where some fans will start
to boo after ANY bad play. The problem is it's almost irreversible -
even if it's just a small amount of fans. Zwick can say it doesn't
bother him but one senses in watching him it does. A five yard out
begins to have the pressure of 5 with the game on the line vs. um.
In my opinion it will be very tough for Zwick to get/keep the job.
That said I love the QB situation overall-I think OSU is deep and
talented at QB. Boeckman and Smith may have NFL-type talent and
Zwick just needs his confidence back. The QB's didn't play that well
today but I liked what I saw of Boeckman and I believe Smith will
make the offense roll this fall.
- (BaltimoreBuck) I'll admit that booing is wrong and
immature, but then again so is name calling if you think about it.
That said this all goes back to the mind set that a 5 star
recruit/top draft pick is treated like a savior and if he doesn't
live up to those lofty levels (which very very few do), then some
fans start booing the player and I'll bet that most of the booing is
done by those that wanted that recruit/player in the worst way
before he arrived. Some feel let down, but off the field, if they
would stop and think about, Zwick has done a great deal for the
buckeyes, more than Smith, when he verballed early, he then
relentlessly tried to help the staff in recruiting (who knows who
would be here or not if Zwick had verballed late or not at all). He
also hasn't embarrassed the school or team with his off the field
problems, but when it is all said and done the only real thing that
counts is performance on the field and Zwick is falling short there
compared to Smith. Then again if Smith starts and loses a few games
with poor performances, those booing Zwick will start booing Smith
and be screaming for Zwick/Boeckman.
- (marksgforce) I'm sure the booing was good for the recruits
who were there. I'd love to hear JT's answer to a recruit's parent
who says, "I've visited the message boards and read some
incredibly harsh stuff on the coaches and players. Sounds like
Bollman doesn't know how to coach. Some of the coaches from other
schools, even a few that have coached for OSU, have said to us that
Buckeye fans sometimes 'eat their own' ... "
Buckeye fans' strength is their unbridled passion. Buckeye fans'
weakness is their unbridled passion.
At least, to my knowledge, our fans haven't thrown bricks through
the head coach's window, ala Bill Curry at Alabama.
- (nevadabuck) It just amazes me that "fans" would
boo a kid that has tried so hard to be a great representative of
I guess some of us give lip service to the fact that there is more
to being an OSU football player than just "on field
performance"---but I guess we don't all mean it...
here is a kid who is clearly struggling with his confidence (that is
exactly why he has done so well in the "2 minute drill--he
doesn't have time to "over think")...so what do fans do???
they boo him and further shake his confidence...absolutely
I wish I had been around some of those idiots.. I assure you the
booing would have stopped in my section...
- (BuckeyeBeliever72) One person who deserved to get booed
was the guy who sold me that $5 poncho that was really worth about
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