I'll come out of the box big on this chat tonight. Sure Aaron Brown liked his visit to Auburn, he was hosted by Marcus McNeill and two other offensive linemen and he had a great visit. They showed him a lot of love. But 8 1/2 hours is 8 1/2 hours. The Brown's are hoping to have a similar experience in Columbus. They should be in Columbus at least by 7 p.m. or sooner from their game at Shaker Heights. Aaron is excited about the visit. Hopefully the Buckeyes will show him the love he's looking for. One change on the official visit list for the Browns. They will go to Purdue and not Miami on the Oct. 1 weekend. That's reported here first! Distance obviously will be a big factor come Oct. 6.
buckgrad (Sep 8, 2005 9:10:23 PM)
Im making the 8hr drive tomorrow morning from charlotte. Any luck scalping a ticket?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:10:23 PM)
Hey buckgrad good to hear. Enjoy your trip in. Should be worth it. I don't know the scalping scene real well but you can always hang out aroung Hineygate if you can't get in. It will be a great atmosphere no question...inside the stadium and outside.
Guest (Sep 8, 2005 9:12:13 PM)
do you think that the injury to marcus freeman will have any effect on the buckeyes linebacker rotation at all this saturday?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:12:13 PM)
Hi j5topdogg...sure it will change things a bit but they've had all week to prepare for this. Having a veteran like John Kerr around helps out a bit. I said in the preseason he's the best insurance policy you could have and lo and behold...he could pay a few dividends this week possibly.
BuckeyeDave (Sep 8, 2005 9:14:02 PM)
Are you pumped? Are you ready for some Get-Down Ohio State Football?!?!?!
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:14:02 PM)
Should be an atmosphere like never experienced before in Ohio Stadium. I'm just extremely excited. I can only imagine what the players must feel like.
BuckeyeDave (Sep 8, 2005 9:15:44 PM)
Mark May just picked Texas to win. (What a surprise.) He said the critical difference would be in the trenches. I'm wondering if the real tipping point is in the tw-deep for both lies for both teams. Your thoughts?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:15:44 PM)
The critical difference BuckeyeDave is when Mike Kudla and the guys separate the In-Vince-able one from the football. Did you see Kudla supplant Betts during the game. Young has no idea what he's in for. But he will find out on Saturday night.
onebigbuckeye (Sep 8, 2005 9:17:54 PM)
Gary, I keep hearing about their defensive front....can our offensive line contain them?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:17:54 PM)
Hi onebigbuckeye...I'm sure that will be a stiff challenge but I like the depth and the versatility up front to get the job done on the ground when Ohio State needs to. It's not going to be easy that's for sure but I like the Bucks chances at home obviously.
BuckeyeDave (Sep 8, 2005 9:20:25 PM)
If Aaron Brown and family cancelled the Miami trip as a result of an 8 1/2 hr trip tp Auburn, doesn't that kind of indicate that the Purdue trip is really mostly for show, and that Ohio St faces no real threat from Purdue?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:20:25 PM)
When it comes down to it, no matter what you all have heard, it's Aaron's decision in the end. He likes all of his remaining schools or he wouldn't even visit them. I don't see Purdue as any real threat at this time. It's just another school to compare OSU to. If they leave Columbus happy on Monday, then there's a good chance Aaron will commit to OSU on Oct. 6. Let's hope OSU doesn't drop the ball with him on his visit. I'm sure they won't.
Guest (Sep 8, 2005 9:23:12 PM)
Do you believe with a Buckeye win it will impact the HS-ers in Texass who will be watching the game and thus provide a small inroad for the Buckeyes in Texass?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:23:12 PM)
max1dam asks about the high school recruits in Texas...I think this game will have very minimal impact with those kids. OSU is just another good program to them. But it sure helps to have TGII on the cover of SI this week as the Buckeyes play one of the biggest early games of the season. All eyes of Texas and the nation will be on the Buckeye-Texas game. What a great chance to make a statement for all to see. OSU needs to get the W obviously but looking impressive in doing so would be tremendous.
poz79 (Sep 8, 2005 9:27:58 PM)
Hi Gary, are you disappointed in the number of recruits visiting for Saturday?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:27:58 PM)
No I'm not poz79. Many of the guys that OSU wants to be there will be there. We take guys like Small and Rose and Homan and Beanie Wells and Ballard and Wes Lyons and A. Brown and Smith, et al, for granted but they will all be in the house on Saturday night. Other guys have Saturday night games like Gibson and Jahmal Brown or they would be there. Guys like Hornsby and some of the others are nice to have in for the game but as long as OSU gets who they want in Ohio then anything else is a bonus. It will be a great game for any high school kid to be at that's for sure.
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 9:30:12 PM)
Early reports included an overall lack of hustle and fire from Chris Wells. Has/is something happened to turn around his attitude/disposition? Is this anything to be concerned about?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:30:12 PM)
Hi Fountainhead...I was at the game on Saturday night and watched Wells on the sideline and in the game and he was a totally different player than he was in week one. Some light bulb went off in between games. He played well at times against Hoban. He runs with power all the time. But maybe it wasn't as easy as thought it was going to be in week one and he got ticked off at himself. The talent is there no question. I liked the Chris Wells in week two. I like Beanie period.
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 9:33:00 PM)
In the past, you have sworn that we would never see the kind of things we are seeing out of Tressel's offense. What has happened and how long will it continue? Can you believe your eyes?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:33:00 PM)
T e d G i n n. I'm very happy. I've never professed to know more than JT. But I have seen many of his team's games over the past 15 or so years as a reference and I'm happy with the transformation we are seeing. I've always said, all along, I wish JT would believe in his talent as much as he does in his philosophy and Ginn has obviously made him realize this. It took the best player in college football, er, one of the best, to make him see the light. I'm happy about it..are you kidding me!
onebigbuckeye (Sep 8, 2005 9:35:57 PM)
I heard Mack Brown on "The Big Show" today. The way he was gushing about the Buckeyes made me think of the Lou Holtz method of coaching. The "we don't stand a chance" psych out. Do you think he gets a bad rap as a head coach or does he deserve it because he can't beat Oklahoma?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:35:57 PM)
It's well deserved onebigbuckeye and Ohio State will help him to continue to earn his reputation. I'll take my chances with A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter and Nate Salley and Donte Whitner and Mike Kudla and Anthony Schlegel and the others any day of the week. I couldn't be happier with the team we get to watch play every week this year. And I didn't even mention Ted Ginn in that group or Santonio Holmes...my bad! And two veteran QBs. What's not to like about this team?
letsgetiton (Sep 8, 2005 9:38:35 PM)
will Haw play this weekend
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:38:35 PM)
I sure hope so letsgetiton...think about it Maurice Wells has more carries as a Buckeye than Erik Haw. Wow. I would think at some point, he needs to get his feet wet when it counts. He has to. I like our backfield. There's no Reecie back there, forgive me for saying that, but Pittman's pretty darn good. But I hope that Haw soon gets an official carry or two.
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 9:41:00 PM)
How do we defend Texas' tight end? I fear he will give us fits. Do you have any concerns?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:41:00 PM)
Considering they have no Roy Williams' (singular or plural) to speak of, I think Ohio State can afford to pay a little more attention than normal to the TE. I'm comfortable with Youboty and Everett manning up on anything Texas throws out there. What a secondary OSU has. Can you imagine the amount of film that Donte Whitner has watched on Texas this summer and this week. He's a friggin machine. This secondary is awesome. As good as the LB corps. That's just a fact.
yooperbuck (Sep 8, 2005 9:43:16 PM)
Hi Gary. I saw John Kerr in the game Saturday, a lot in the second half. He looked quick and ornery, to me. What were your thoughts?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:43:16 PM)
Hi yooperbuck...I've always liked John Kerr the football player. He has a knack of beating his blocker to the point of attack almost every time. That virtually eliminates the size difference. He's a football player. I'm sure he'll be prepared if called upon. He's good to have around no question.
letsgetiton (Sep 8, 2005 9:47:54 PM)
Did you think anything of the statement that Carpenter said about VY and the Hiesman Sounded like Jt care for it.
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:47:54 PM)
No because it's accurate and it's the mentality that they need to have. No need to apologize whether it gets interpreted as blackboard material or not. Besides, it fits Carpenter so well. Quick story. Carpenter was playing in the North South game..he was about to make a tackle near the sideline right where I was standing and the RB, don't remember who, simply ran out of bounds. Carpenter screamed at him and called him a (same name for a cat). It was halarious! Love Carpenter's demeanor on the football field. Just play football.
poz79 (Sep 8, 2005 9:52:59 PM)
Gary, do you think Bill Nagy gets an offer, what side of the ball do you see him playing in college?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:52:59 PM)
Good question poz79. I got my first look at Nagy last weekend. I think he stands a decent chance to get an offer. OSU seems to be lining their ducks in a row on the offensive line. I get that impression after talking to some people this week. Clearly from the one game I saw, Nagy strikes me as a better offensive lineman. He's sturdy inside and fairly mobile when he traps and pulls. I'd like to see a little more energy from him and maybe that will happen when he only plays one way. He told me he's been in contact with Bollman and OSU has their eye on him as a center or guard. I think he stands a good chance at an offer. If I can't have Justin Boren as a guard then I'll be happy with Nagy. I still like Browning and Palmer as well. Palmer's frame is just so big. He blocks out of the shotgun almost all of the time and I think he could be a mobile OT down the line. And a good one. I think those three and Brown and even Joe Thomas are still guys that OSU is looking at.
lharbers (Sep 8, 2005 9:56:28 PM)
How much will this week end affect yOSU recruiting - win vs lose?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:56:28 PM)
Not much...I think this will be OSU's only chance to nab Jamar Hornsby (he's not even coming now) if that's even possible. I don't see it happening but with M. Wells on the team it's certainly a possibility if he's blown away by his visit. I have good reason to believe, from a story I was told, that there's a very good chance A.J. Wallace will be a Buckeye and this game could be the icing on the cake. Let's hope Tyler Moeller tells all the Buckeye fans what we've been expecting to hear after this weekend. Enough already. Make it official Tyler. But all the Ohio kids that are there already are Buckeyes or certainly want to be Buckeyes so this game won't change that.
letsgetiton (Sep 8, 2005 9:58:51 PM)
Do you see any direct snaps to TG
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 9:58:51 PM)
I's sure love to. Or a direct handoff from the QB while he's in motion. Just get him the ball down the field. Enough with these little bubble screens. Work him vertical on the outside. Make them defend Ginn down the field...they can't. And if they do than Holmes will be open. Pick your poison.
poz79 (Sep 8, 2005 10:03:59 PM)
Which QB plays more Saturday night for Ohio St.? How will it breakdown for the rest of the season?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:03:59 PM)
I'm in the minority here but I think you let Zwick find a rhythm and let him play with it for a while. The situation is what it is and Zwick has done nothing but take advantage of it in a big way. This is tough for me being the Glenville shill that I am...I'm happy OSU has two veteran QBs at their disposal. You can't have a quick hook with Zwick. He's earned his big chance and has the first game gitters under his belt already. You can't compare the JZ with the early season last year to the JZ who gutted out a solid performance in the Alamo Bowl and played a very efficient game against Miami. Sure TS needs to get some reps but not until JZ has a fair chance to get the offense going.
Guest (Sep 8, 2005 10:10:33 PM)
What's your typical "gameday"?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:10:33 PM)
Thanks for asking Iharbers...I just love to get to the game early and soak up the pregame activities. I'm in my parking spot 4 hours before kickoff minimum. This week might be like 10 hours. I park SW of the stadium and walk across the Olentangy to the stadium. I head north to the tailgate lots and stop in and say hi to a few of the same tailgaters every week and every year. After I make my rounds. I head over to St. John arena because I know like clockwork JT will have the team there two hours before kickoff. I take a spot between the Blackwell and St. John and watch the players come through ...take pictures... and then wait for the players to exit St. John Arena and head to the 'Shoe. Take more pictures. I then head toward the stadium for one or two more tailgate spots NE of the stadium before I go into the stadium. I always head down to the field an hour before kickoff. I say hello to some of the parents of the players and then go down to the field and start to look for the recruits who come to the game. I try to say hello to as many of the same people as I can every week, players, coaches, parents, workers at the stadium, friends in the tailgate lot. It's all good.
shoefan (Sep 8, 2005 10:12:26 PM)
Odds are that in 2007 Ginn is gone. Does Tressel continue the spread O or is it subject to change. I would think that we would continue to attract high caliber athletes to keep this offense rolling.
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:12:26 PM)
I think Ray Small is already auditioning for that part shoefan. He's pretty spectacular in his own right. But of course...he's not Ted Ginn. Hopefully this offense grows on JT...but it certainly helps having the type of talent that he has to work with. Again...this is a good veteran football team.
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 10:13:34 PM)
Will Ted Ginn have a pass in this game?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:13:34 PM)
I hope he sells popcorn! And his head is so securely planted on his shoulders it's just ridiculous. Let's just enjoy him while he's a Buckeye!
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 10:16:05 PM)
How's Big Ted doing?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:16:05 PM)
Big Ted is doing great and he's truly one of my favorite people. If anything else, I'm grateful for what I do because I've gotten to know people like Ted Ginn on a personal basis.
Guest (Sep 8, 2005 10:18:41 PM)
will d'andrea play this year
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:18:41 PM)
osu45texas16 asks about D'Andrea and my heart really goes out to this young man. I can't wait for the day of vindication that is sure to come his way. He just has to bide his time and get healthy and he will become the player that everyone thought he would become a few years ago out of Avon Lake High School. He's strong and he'll survive and his day will come. I sure hope to see him back strong at some point this season. And I surely hope he's 100 percent next year.
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 10:20:37 PM)
How does TGII seemingly keep his head so squarely on his shoulders?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:20:37 PM)
Don't want to sound like a broken record but I credit Teddy's mother and father for being the young man that he is. I don't know him to have an arrogant bone in his body. He continues to amaze me on a regular basis. He has great parents...that's all I can say.
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 10:24:02 PM)
Did you make it down to Cincy for their Crosstown Shootout (or whatever)? Did you see anyone that impressed? Do the coaches spend as much time as needed in SW Ohio? It would sure be good to keep that area open to tOSU and closed to ND for guys like Martin?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:24:02 PM)
Have to get Ben Martin from LaSalle. He's a big-timer. When he fills out he will be a monster. There were quite a few talented players I saw that day. Taking that a step further...I didn't really see one team down there that can play with Glenville. By far, the Tarblooders are the best team in the state...and that include a very good Ignatius team. If Arvell Nelson ever plays consistent, they will be everybody by 40 points every week.
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 10:27:55 PM)
Was Pittman this ding-able in HS? It seems he is always walking off the field dinged up.
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:27:55 PM)
Pittman missed a good part of his senior year with that turf toe after a good junior year, especially in the playoffs in his junior year when he racked up quite a few yards. That's why you need depth, that's why Erik Haw needs reps some time soon. And wait until Chris Wells gets here. With him coming in early and having a full spring to learn what is expected of him on the field, he could be every bit the player that Reecie was as a freshman. He's really that good people. He's a punishing runner who can hit the home run at the same time. Take Jahmal Brown as a complement to Wells next year and that's all they need at RB in the 2006 class.
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 10:30:42 PM)
I have to say I love Heacock's debut at DC. If we play that D against Northwestern last year, there's no way we lose that game. What's the downside to this agressive style of defense?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:30:42 PM)
I think Heacock is the perfect guy for this defense. There's always an element of safety first that JT demands from his defense but his respect for Heacock goes back to their coaching days on opposite sidelines in the I-AA ranks. If anyone can push the envelop with JT on defense...it's Heacock.
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 10:34:18 PM)
How comfortable are you with freshmen like O'Neal and Jenkins playing in such a big, veteran-laden game?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:34:18 PM)
I know that O'Neal missed some time from being dinged up in camp or he might have actually been the starting nickel and he may with time but I'm comfortable Brandon Mitchell. I think there's a whole lot to like about Jenkins as well, he looks awesome on the field, but he needs some time as well. I hope the defense doesn't have to count on either of them in crunch time just because it is a very important game. But I think both guys are very capable of doing well if called upon early. Again, more quality depth.
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 10:36:53 PM)
Can we run the ball on 3rd and 4th and short and how big of an issue will this be?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:36:53 PM)
Ohio State needs to convert the 3 and shorts on the ground and move the chains. It's a big thing. That's when I really do miss the smashmouth football I saw for so many years at YSU. Four national titles can you believe it? And they haven't won beans there since JT left. It's depressing actually!
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 10:38:35 PM)
Personally, I hope Zwick gets off to the same kind of start he did in Miami- scoring on his early drives. As long as he scores, I hope we don't make the same mistake as last year and disrupt any momentum we have. Smith's time will naturally come- let's not force it. Your thoughts?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:38:35 PM)
I concur. For the record...I really do like both guys under center. But Zwick's time is right now and like you said, Smith's will naturally come. Just win baby!
yooperbuck (Sep 8, 2005 10:39:21 PM)
I love the way that JT has mixed things up. Being able to figure out the next play seems to have gone by the wayside. Coaching againist the Bucks on either side of the ball has got to be a whole lot tougher this year and then, there is at least two qb's to deal with?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:39:21 PM)
Guest (Sep 8, 2005 10:42:04 PM)
so you think alex boone will paly this year?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:42:04 PM)
osu45texas16 asks about Boone...yeah I think he will play more and more as the year goes on. Datish is sure a valuable piece on this line because he can play all three positions and he's good to have to fall back on while Boone and Rehring and some of the others continue to grow into their positions. The depth on the line is really outstanding.
shoefan (Sep 8, 2005 10:46:18 PM)
In regards to the Bucknuts Tailgate Invitation, who are the Bucknuts Babes? I`m anxious to meet them! Babes, Beer, and Buckeyes. MMMMMM .
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:46:18 PM)
I'm in the dark on this whole Bucknuts tailgate situation so I will be as surprised as the rest of you. I honestly look forward to meeting all of you guys in attendance. Should be a great time. We've got a great team here at Bucknuts. The content is just ridiculous. I can't even keep up with it. And we're trying hard to get better and better. Seriously there's no one else that comes close to what you get from Bucknuts. First Steve gives me an assignment to take pictures of the cheerleaders for our cheerleader issue and now I'm hearing about Bucknuts Babes? I'll just have to take one for the team!
poz79 (Sep 8, 2005 10:48:48 PM)
As someone who is on the field during Buckeye games, when the crowd is loud does it affect a conversation you may be having, or is it manageable?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:48:48 PM)
It's manageable but it's really awesome. That's one drawback that I have from being on the field...I have to supress all of my emotions. And I have them just like all of you. I remember the Northwestern night game being a big deal in 2001 at the time. The last two Michigan home games. It gets really loud and the players can feel it.
letsgetiton (Sep 8, 2005 10:49:49 PM)
more talented as a team 02 or 05 I remember 02 we barly beat a cinncinnati team and this year we clobbered Miami (they had 17 startes back ) thoughts? I know its early to ask
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:49:49 PM)
I really, really like this team. There's nothing more that I can say!
Guest (Sep 8, 2005 10:50:28 PM)
D'Andrea got the medical redshirt for last year. If he doesn't see the field this year - could he be around for 2 more years?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:50:28 PM)
Yes Iharbers he could be here 6 years if he redshirts this year. He still has a redshirt year.
Guest (Sep 8, 2005 10:53:24 PM)
What is the quickest double-secret back route to West Campus parking?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 10:53:24 PM)
From BuckeyeDave...670 to Neil avenue fifth ave across Olentangy river road to Kenney road to Woody Hayes Drive. 10 dollar parking everywhere there and not a far walk at all. I live in Youngstown but my inlaws live in Victorian Village (Short North area) and I know my way around there. Smile!
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 11:00:09 PM)
Have you seen any surprise High School performers this year?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 11:00:09 PM)
Jamale Hines is a junior at Glenville...stud. I thought Royce Adams had a great game in week one but CanFan isn't a big fan of Adams and I respect his opinion. I really liked Ben Martin of LaSalle. I like Cortez Jones of Garfield and I think he's very underrated...he's a Cincinnati guy minimum. I haven't seen Jamel Miller from Tallmadge yet this year but he's tearing it up. Up north he's probably the third best running back behind Wells and Jamal Brown. Well maybe Bruce Frieson is right there too from Glenville. All four of those guys are off to good starts for the most part. Tallmadge was my top team in D-II at the beginning of the year and they're off to a good start.
j5topdogg (Sep 8, 2005 11:02:05 PM)
do you think the presure put on chris wells by himself or buckeye faithful to be the next great running back at ohio state had some reason to do with his lackluster performance in game one? and then relaxed to have a very strong game against hoban.
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 11:02:05 PM)
Haven't figured that out yet j5topdogg...I'm just glad that he came back so strong in week two. Really happy to see that. He has to continue to play well against Green this week and then against Walsh Jesuit...Garfield needs every game from this point on just to have an outside chance for the post season. Wells can get them there and he knows that now if he didn't before.
ohs (Sep 8, 2005 11:04:17 PM)
what other LB do we get other than Gibson?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 11:04:17 PM)
Considering that I think Moeller may be a safety in college OSU still needs to bring in one or two more LBs if they do indeed get Gibson. I think Gibson controls his own destiny right now on whether he is a Buckeye or not
Fountainhead (Sep 8, 2005 11:05:48 PM)
Any word with how Nader is doing with the Katrina tragedy?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 11:05:48 PM)
Nothing new that I'm aware of sorry. May God bless all who were victimized by Katrina.
Guest (Sep 8, 2005 11:07:23 PM)
What is your score prediction?
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 11:07:23 PM)
Ohs is pinning me down for a score and I'll say 28 - 17 OSU. Smile!
GaryHousteau (Sep 8, 2005 11:11:09 PM)
Guys it's time to call it a night. Thanks to everyone for chatting with me tonight. I hope you all enjoy the Buckeye game from wherever you choose to watch it. Let's hope for good weather and a great football game with OSU coming out on top. Then bring on Iowa... in two weeks. Enjoy a high school football game Friday night if you're fortunate enough to have the chance. I sure will be at Crew Stadium for an exciting doubleheader (go Colerain...it's a pride thing) to set the tempo for Saturday. Notre Dame beating Michigan in the Big House and then OSU over Texas...what a weekend!