Good afternoon to all of you Bucknuts! High School Football playoffs start tonight. Ohio State entertains Illinois. Any football on your minds? I'll try my best to answer anything you fire my way today. I'm willing if you're able.
the_shoe (Nov 4, 2005 1:15:01 PM)
Gary do you see us playing alot of the players that usually dont see the field this week
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:15:01 PM)
Hi the_shoe and thank you for breaking the ice with your question. Sure I would think every eligible body will have a chance to get solid playing time. This is Illinois we're talking about and the rout should be on from the opening kick off. I'm anxious to see some of those young offensive lineman get into the game. I'd hope they'd all get play at least a quarter. Mitchum, Person and Skinner to be exact. This game should be a bench emptier.
JimC (Nov 4, 2005 1:17:48 PM)
Hi Gary, Any truth to the rumors about Zwick and/or Haw transferring?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:17:48 PM)
Hi Jim C...I can't speak for Haw but I would doubt it. I do know the Zwick family fairly well and from my perspective, Justin isn't going anywhere! Even if he doesn't play another down at OSU, he'll have a better chance to succeed in his post OSU career as a Buckeye...be in in the NFL or in the business world. I doubt Haw is going anywhere either. I hope this experience only makes him more dedicated.
the_shoe (Nov 4, 2005 1:20:48 PM)
any special hs games you going to tonight
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:20:48 PM)
My game tonight is going to be Benedictine vs. Mentor Lake Catholic. The most underrated player in the state of Ohio plays for Benedictine and I'm going to watch him put on clinic tonight. Sure Jahmal Brown is no Tyrell Sutton in that respect but he's an awfully good running back who, like Sutton, continues to fly under the radar. I love watching this kid run. I'm anxious to check out Stanzi from Lake Catholic as well. I'm sure he will be throwing the ball all over Cardinal Stadium tonight. Should be a great back and forth game. I'm taking the Bengals although I acknowledge that Lake Catholic is a quality opponent.
Guest (Nov 4, 2005 1:28:52 PM)
Tell me what you think the problem is with the slow development of the O-line at OSU. Each the O-lne should be better than the previous, but fans are left waiting for the group to be better....is it Bollman? Lack of talent? Scheme? I think theline isbetter this year than last but still mediocore at best..
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:28:52 PM)
JT was able to run the ball well for the most part at YSU, it was always the staple of his offense. I think it's a personnel thing for him He needs to have all the right ingredients to make his offense work. I think JT always needs a good back like a Jonathan Wells or a Clarett and now a Pittman to make his offense work. The back has to be able to make plays even if the O-line has a break down. I don't know why the O-Line isn't more dominant but they seem to be getting better as the season moves along. I think a better passing game opens up the running game and I think we will continue to see that now down the stretch. The talent is there. These guys were all the best lineman in Ohio for the most part in their prep careers. That's what I like most about the line.
buckgrad (Nov 4, 2005 1:32:42 PM)
Gary, its amazing after all that has gone on this year that the Bucks just need to win 3 winable games and they are probably in a BCS game, we still need a coaching change on offense, think that is going to happen now after the good showing lately? Thanks
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:32:42 PM)
Hi buckgrad...three winable games might be a tad bit presumptious when one of the three is in the Big House. Sure they are winable as you say but I think 2 of the 3 aren't going to be very easy. But a good team like OSU does have should be able to get it done. We shall see. I just want to see the offense continue to play well these next three weeks. No steps backward are very desireable at this point. The coaching staff will remain intact.
RogTurd (Nov 4, 2005 1:38:02 PM)
My Brother told me that the Buckeyes have no chance at Michigan because he is an OSU-Hater (even though Hamby is his boy). I think Tony and Troy run for 250 total. How's the Michigan game look to you?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:38:02 PM)
Hi RogTurd...If the Minnesota game is any indication on offense I like Ohio State's chances to win in the Big House. I'm really glad to see Pittman come along so well. I've followed him closely now since his junior year in high school and he's finally coming into his own at this level. Troy seems to be improving each week as well and I expect that to continue. This is more like what you should expect from a fourth-year junior and I look for his progress to continue. I think the defense will regroup and play well the rest of the season and Ohio State will be good enough on both sides of the ball to earn a share of the Big Ten title. Wherever that takes them in the Bowl season is fine with me.
the_shoe (Nov 4, 2005 1:39:29 PM)
Any news on T Gibson? Is he gonna make the grade, and does he still favor OSU?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:39:29 PM)
I haven't heard anything different at this time. My understanding is his GPA will be in a good enough range but the ACT score is where the downfall is occuring.
qbatheart (Nov 4, 2005 1:45:49 PM)
What kind of quarterback fits the offense the best then--drop back passing qb or Troy Smith type running QB?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:45:49 PM)
Hi qbatheart...I have a bias toward the drop back, Peyton Manning type of signal caller. Obviously Troy Smith, with his added abiltiy to make plays with his legs makes him more suitable to this offense. Troy obviously throws a picture perfect spiral in most instances and as long as his interception numbers remains low, Smith will continue to lead the offense. Maybe the extra film study and committment to becoming a more complete QB is what's behind his solid passing effiency numbers. No matter who it is under center, I just want to see the offense playing up to it's full potential and I liked some of the things in that respect in the Minnesota game. Again I don't expect this unit to take any backward steps again this season.
buckgrad (Nov 4, 2005 1:49:24 PM)
How is tyler moeller doing this year? Has he racked up a bunch of tackles? Do you see him and safety or LB? Thanks
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:49:24 PM)
I've only seen him play in person twice this year but I loved him on both occasions. His high energy and motor are easily noticeable but his play making ability is what really makes him such a quality player. I first thought there was no way he can play linebacker in the Big Ten with his size but I'm not ruling it out at all at this time. He's a football player and size is not a part of the equation with Moeller. To me he's a LB until proven otherwise. But I'm not really the best at projecting college positions. OSU will find a position for him some where that's for sure.
mackv (Nov 4, 2005 1:53:53 PM)
When are the bucks going to steal a big time recruit from OOS?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:53:53 PM)
You got me on that one mackv. That's why I think there should be added significance on getting everyone of the very best players in Ohio that aren't a legacy to another university like Justin Boren for instance. This is Ohio and Ohio State needs to get every great player that plays in the Buckeye State. You just can't count on OOS talent unless there's some connection. Losing a guy like Ben Martin next year would be a tremendous disappointment. I think the biggest steal this year is Swartz form OOS but he's an OSU legacy. Wes Lyons would be a nice OOS get but his brother plays at OSU. Getting a guy like Micah Johnson for instance would be a great OOS get but that's not in the forecast. Don't know that answer.
Guest (Nov 4, 2005 1:56:38 PM)
Hi Gary. Both you and I were vocal bachers of the offense. In light of this weekend's performance vs. Minny, are holding out hope. I still have big reservations. I'm basing that off of 5 years of mediocrity and not just a few games.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:56:38 PM)
If pointing out innefficiencies in the offense is being a basher then yes I'm guilty. I liked what I saw in Minnesota and if the trend continues, I'll be 100 percent on the wagon.
mackv (Nov 4, 2005 1:59:46 PM)
Dont say the talent in Ohio is good enough. USC isnt staying in Cali and saying thats good enough.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 1:59:46 PM)
I hear you macv...and I'm not. But that should be the foundation of the recruiting process every season at OSU. I'm glad that Ted Ginn Sr. is the head coach of the East team in the Army All-American game just in case Wallace is still undecided when he gets to San Antonio.
edbuck51 (Nov 4, 2005 2:03:54 PM)
Did you see any players at the Mass/McK game last week who need to be in S&G?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:03:54 PM)
Hi edbuck...I'm become an Andrew Dailey fan. He runs well and has really good size. I think he'll actually be an LB at the next level. Gamble didn't really show up in the McKinley game so i was kind of dissappointed in his game that day. But he can play some D...both guys are juniors. I think Morgan Williams will get a good look from OSU. McKinley's kicker is pretty good too. But that's about it at this time.
mackv (Nov 4, 2005 2:09:18 PM)
Im trying to figure out where these other 11, 12 commitments are coming from? Glenville 3. Then who are your best guess 4-12.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:09:18 PM)
Those three are Rose, Small and Browning. I believe they feel they have a real good chance with Lyons. Derrell Johnson could be a late addition. He can single-handedly bring Mooney another D-IV state championship. He's that good. I think they're going to continue to try hard to get Joe Thomas although I don't see that happening. And Nagy is still out there somewhere. Other than that, I would guess they're working hard on a lot of these OOS guys. Maybe we will all be pleasantly surprised in the end.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:10:47 PM)
Let me add in Wallace to that group also.
buckgrad (Nov 4, 2005 2:12:15 PM)
what are yoour connections at Glenvville saying about Lenix?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:12:15 PM)
Nothing really new on Lenix other than he's still working on gaining his eligibility.
buckgrad (Nov 4, 2005 2:13:35 PM)
I know you just answered with hopefuls to fill this class, realistically who do we get outside of the Glenville kids.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:13:35 PM)
I really don't know! Wallace is the best bet from what I've been told.
HambysTheManby (Nov 4, 2005 2:14:47 PM)
Since Hamby's leaving next year, do you see anyone else stepping in and making big plays for us at tight end in the again in the near future?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:14:47 PM)
I'd like to see Brandon Smith evolve into that guy. He's got great size and good athletic ability. Nicol is going to do just fine when he gets healthy next year.
mackv (Nov 4, 2005 2:19:35 PM)
Any chance Ginn Sr. has Jr and some of the boys stop in to put in a good word.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:19:35 PM)
If you're referring to Ginn at the Army All-American Bowl I am expecting OSU to be preoccupied with a Bowl game of their own that same week. Ginn will do a good enough job of his own. He's got a fantastic down to earth personality and he'll be a big hit with the kids all week. I'll be down there covering most of it.
buckgrad (Nov 4, 2005 2:23:45 PM)
Chris Wells the front runner for mr. ohio after that last game? must have been impressive to see
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:23:45 PM)
Chris Wells is my player of the year and I'm a big Ross Homan fan. Like Claude Brown said after the game, and I'm paraphrasing, we will never see another running back like Chris Wells. He's that special. I had a nice conversation with Chris last night and he's grateful and thankful to be in the position that he is right now. He told me he tried his best this year but the team just couldn't pull it together. I have even more respect for him doing what he did this year on a 5-5 team. That's just the way I see it. Chris Wells...Mr. Football. And don't think twice about his USC trip. He didn't even know who SC was playing this weekend!!!
HambysTheManby (Nov 4, 2005 2:24:22 PM)
Are you worried about our #2 tailback next year with Schnittker going to the NFL?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:24:23 PM)
When you remove your tounge from your cheek I'll be glad to answer that question!
mackv (Nov 4, 2005 2:27:57 PM)
Are Cotton, Abdala, Barrow, Golston ever going to be that nasty headliner that teams will game plan for?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:27:57 PM)
We're still waiting. I have to admit Barrow really got me interested in him in the two All-Star games in the summer of '04. I think Gohlston looks like a beast and it would be great to see him develop into that headline type of guy. Not sure what the future has in store for Cotton or Abdala.
Guest (Nov 4, 2005 2:30:44 PM)
Do you know anything about the kicker from St. Eds (#85)? I saw him on TV against the team from Pittsburg, and hoped we were watching the next Nuge. Great leg.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:30:44 PM)
I think Ben Rios could be the guy you're talking about. He kicked the winning field goal against Iggy in the 10-7 snorefest this year. There's a lot of good kickers in Ohio this year. Bryant Wright, Alex Steigerwald of Bene, and the kicker from Wadsworth are three guys that instantly come to mind. The one from Wadsworth may have the best leg of them all. His name escapes me right now.
CumbMD (Nov 4, 2005 2:31:31 PM)
do ya think JT will let Pittman go over 200 tommarrow
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:31:32 PM)
Unless he breaks couple of 70 yarders in the course of the first two and half quarters, I don't see the yardage getting that high.
DaytonBuckeye (Nov 4, 2005 2:35:07 PM)
Gary. I read an article on Bucknuts several weeks ago that state a Jim Tressel offense needs to have that "Big Back" in order for his offense to work. I can see that as becoming true with the emergence of Antonio Pittman whom I am really excited about and have been all year. How good, and I know this is all speculation, will the offense be with the addition of Chris Wells. He gives JT that "Big Back" for his offense to work. Also, where does MWells and Haw fit in to?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:35:07 PM)
I can't say enough about Chris Wells, the most complete high school back I have ever saw in person with my own two eyes. I actually love the depth of the backfield next year with all four in the stable. Very deep and very solid who all offer something unique. Now whether M. Wells and E. Haw could be happy could possibly be a whole different story. But I think C. Wells could be number two coming out of spring ball.
mackv (Nov 4, 2005 2:37:29 PM)
Starting LBs next year Freeman, Hoobler, Laurinaitisand Homan. Let them learn. Kerr, Dandrea arnt the future.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:37:29 PM)
All things being equal, JT likes the seniors! I think Kerr and D'Andrea will play a lot next year. I like Hoobler a lot but I don't think you can compare him at his stage in his development to a guy like Kerr who is a hardened veteran by now. The cream will rise but three young guys is too drastic of a redeployment at linebacker for next year. You need some veterans in the mix. I like Kerr and D'Andrea.
DaytonBuckeye (Nov 4, 2005 2:41:10 PM)
Gary, who would you like to see play in the State D1 championship game? How about Glenville v Colerain? Who do you see in reality playing that game?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:41:10 PM)
That's my state title game. By far, the two best teams I've seen play this year. The talent level on those two teams are head and shoulders about the rest of the competition. I know I'll take sniper fire on this but that's truly the way I see it. I've tried to explain how good Glenville is this year on both sides of the ball but at the same time I understand you have to do it on the field. Glenville's defense is really good and so is Colerains. St. X's defense is young but pretty good. And McKinley is just a good team on both sides of the ball. Not great but very good. That's the way I see it.
buckgrad (Nov 4, 2005 2:43:59 PM)
Gary, do you think Gonzo becomes that #1 wideout when santonio leaves this year? I think Ginn is a good 2, dont see him becoming that go to guy.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:43:59 PM)
Gonzo is more of that slot guy I think. If Hall can't be the one, I can see Robiskie or even Brian Hartline taking over the wide receiver position. I guess Devin Jordan is never going to pan out but he still has a couple of years. I still believe a great deal in Devon Lyons. Dukes might be more of a slot guy also. There's a nice selection to choose from.
HambysTheManby (Nov 4, 2005 2:44:30 PM)
I am extremely curious to see if Haw can play. I know he is in the doghouse, but come on, give the dude a chance.... Right?
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:44:31 PM)
I am curious as well. The only advice that I can offer at this time is don't hold your breath.
mackv (Nov 4, 2005 2:45:02 PM)
Comparisons Freeman- Pepper Johnson, Homan- Spiels, Laurinatis- Wilhelm, Hoobler- Carpenter. I have way to much free time.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:45:02 PM)
I love you mackv...but you do have way too much free time....smile!
buckgrad (Nov 4, 2005 2:49:20 PM)
Gary, do you think Hawk has locked up the Butkus, I still think he needs that one big play to stick in everyones mind. He is the best lb in the country, I may be just a little bias however.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:49:21 PM)
He may or may not be the best but he's about as good as you can possibly be in my eyes. What a privilege it's been to watch his career at OSU. Carpenter is right there with him. Two studs who will be playing in the NFL for many years.
GaryHousteau (Nov 4, 2005 2:50:20 PM)
It's time for me to call it a wrap. My state champions are Glenville, Tallmadge, Benedictine, Coldwater, Versailles and Dola Hardin Nordin. Looks like this could be the year that the vaunted MAC conference gets two state champions for the very first time. Have a great weekend. Go to a high school game tonight and enjoy this beautiful weather one last time. Until next time...Go bucks!