Biddle Chat Archive: Oct. 10

Bucknuts assistant editor Dave Biddle joined Bucknuts subscribers for an evening chat on the night of Tuesday the 10th. We have a transcript posted below.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:47:36 PM)
Hello and thanks for coming by. Fire away whenever you're ready!

marinebuckeye (Oct 10, 2006 5:48:19 PM)
Dave, is MM hurt more than they are letting on? Always looking ahead...

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:49:17 PM)
I don't think it's all that serious. Sounds similar to the injury Clarett had in '02 and he only missed one game. I would bet Manningham will miss two weeks, and then they could decide to play him sparingly until the OSU game. But I think we will see him close to 100 percent in Columbus.

45gobucks (Oct 10, 2006 5:49:22 PM)
Hey Dave.....are we going to see more of Wells Saturday?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:50:19 PM)
I think so. Could be similar to Iowa where OSU uses the 1-2 punch with Pit and Beanie. I was surprised that Wells didn't play more against BG, but Tressel has proved he will use him in big games. I think he will continue to play more and more.

Guest (Oct 10, 2006 5:50:27 PM)
Dave, do you feel that our run support needs to improve and if so is it because we are so used to upper classmen as safeties and our younger freshman and sophomores are getting run over?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:51:34 PM)
I think the run defense definitely needs to improve. Pitcock is doing a great job, but I am concerned with Patterson being out. Laurinaitis is a playmaker and will be a great MLB eventually, but he's not a great run plugger right now. I like Mitchell at safety, but this team misses a Whitner like player that really comes up and plays the run well.

ohs (Oct 10, 2006 5:51:40 PM)
do we get martin?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:51:55 PM)
Yes, I think Ben Martin will be a Buckeye. I would be shocked if he doesn't pick OSU at this point

marinebuckeye (Oct 10, 2006 5:52:02 PM)
I'm looking positive at the Patterson situation...Now it's time for others in the shadows to step up and be seen....What do you think?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:53:15 PM)
I think it's a great opportunity for Denlinger, who has been very solid. Denlinger is going to be a great one. Penton will also see more PT and he's average. Definitely having his best year, but nothing too special. I am a bit worried about the depth at DT. Worthington will get some reps inside this week and Barrow will continue to play more, but OSU could use another good player inside

redondo (Oct 10, 2006 5:53:25 PM)
Dave - Nick Swisher is playing for Oakland tonight. Thom Brennaman introduced him as being from THE Ohio State University, which I knew. I know he's a bit of a character. Were you aware of him when he was at OSU and if so any stories you can share?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:54:23 PM)
I don't have any stories from when Nick was at OSU, but I did a big piece on him for our magazine last month. We also posted it on the site. I hope you got a chance to read it. Nick is definitely a free-spirit, but he's a fun guy and loves the game of baseball...

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:54:50 PM)
And he's having a great year. 32 HRs in the regular season, now in the ALCS. What a great story. And he's one of the few OSU baseball players to really make it in the Big Leagues.

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 5:55:00 PM)
Do you think Beanie Wells is OK with the year he is having? The "fans" I'm sure thought he was going to have a bigger year than what he's had. Myself, I trust JT to bring him along as the year goes on and to be a bigger factor at the end of the year. However, I did think he'd have a bigger game against BG. Is he picking up the offense OK?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:56:42 PM)
If it were anyone else, I'm not sure the player would deal with it OK. But Wells has a great head on his shoulders and has really bought into the team concept. He seems to enjoy his role this year on the nation's No. 1 team, knowing that his time will come as the man. He is always the first one to congratulate Pittman after a big play. Plus, it's not like Wells isn't contributing. He played a lot against Iowa and we will see more of it. But no question he has a great mindset for a big time star. He has no ego.

45gobucks (Oct 10, 2006 5:56:50 PM)
What side of the ball do you think MSU is the weakest? Think that their OL can give Stanton time to throw?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:57:46 PM)
MSU's defense is definitely its weak link. They are solid up front, but they might be missing their best LB (David Herron... Boom's older brother) and their secondary is young and pretty much awful. I look for the Buckeyes to have a lot of success offensively.

dfox (Oct 10, 2006 5:57:49 PM)
Dave....are you at all concerned about MSU?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:58:36 PM)
A little bit, just because of Stanton. MSU is on a downward spiral and then some, but you know they are going to put a good game together at some point. I don't think it will be this week, but this could be the last roadblock before Michigan. But I think OSU wins going away, 34-16

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 5:58:52 PM)
Who has been the biggest surprise for you on the D so far? Did you think TS would be running more than he has so far?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 5:59:47 PM)
I think Curtis Terry. Many, myself included, thought Freeman was going to lock down that spot for the next three years. Now Terry is playing more than Freeman. He's been great against the run with his physical attitude and speed. As he learns nickel situations better he is really going to be a player...

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:00:31 PM)
Yes and no on Troy. I thought they would try and protect him and limit the amount of hits, but I thought in big games they would run him more. But fact is, OSU hasn't really been in many close games this year. No need to run Troy if you don't have to. But Michigan will see plenty of it. The bowl opponent will see plenty of it.

MacAuley Says BuckeyesBy17 (Oct 10, 2006 6:00:36 PM)
Dave - thanks for taking the time for a shat tonight. Let's cut to the chase, what's your prediction for Saturday's game?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:01:37 PM)
I like the Buckeyes, 34-16. East Lansing can be a tough place to play, but I hear there are going to be many Buckeye fans in the house. I don't expect too tough of a home field advantage, and it really doesn't matter considering the environment OSU faced in Iowa. They are definitely battle-tested. Texas as well, but there were a ton of OSU fans there and Texas fans aren't very focal.

Guest (Oct 10, 2006 6:01:52 PM)
Dave, your take on us compared to _ichigan....Are we that close to comparisons or are we much better head to head?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:02:47 PM)
I think it's going to be a close game. Michigan's improvements on defense make them a viable threat. But I just think the home field advantage is going to be huge. Tressel knows how to beat Michigan and I think it's going to be a long time before we see him lose one at home.

dfox (Oct 10, 2006 6:03:01 PM)
Dave...I saw some posts on the board this week regarding Coleman moving to safety, but couldn't find anything from JT or the Insiders....did this move happen? If so I'm not sure I understand the move to play Gant? Maybe it's because the amount of DB's coming in next year and the coaches feel depth will be fine regardless of Gant being a RS FR or SO? Thanks for the clarification.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:03:50 PM)
I asked Tressel that very question (will Coleman move to S just for the rest of this year) and he said no. I think they believe he is going to be a great corner one day and they don't want to move him. His role this year is on special teams and he will continue to play more corner and nickel.

BisonMarty (Oct 10, 2006 6:04:00 PM)
Michigan State is a wounded animal. They are dangerous, becausae they have the talent to win and they can salvage their season by knocking OSU off. How does OSU guard against letting down going into this game? I know the players are saying all the right things, but what are you seeing?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:05:08 PM)
Yep, they are saying all the right things, but they actually seem to believe it. Rory Nicol says that the upperclassmen are really stressing it. They have already heard plenty about 1998 MSU. It was funny tonight, Troy Smith said something about "that was a different coaching staff and that wasn't my group of seniors."

cBucks (Oct 10, 2006 6:05:13 PM)
Do you feel that Antonio Pittman, if he continues on his current pace, will leave early for the NFL?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:06:41 PM)
Unfortunately, yes. He will probably test the waters and when he gets the papers back I think they will project him as a second-round pick and he will be gone. The shelf life for a RB is so short and you need to get paid as quickly as possible. I think he could use another year in college and it would raise his draft stock, but I think he will leave after this year. He will be coming of back-to-back 1,300-yard seasons and is finally being mentioned among the nation's elite backs.

45gobucks (Oct 10, 2006 6:06:54 PM)
Jerry Rudzinski writes how he's concerned about the next five games the bucks have - not because they might lose, but because they won't provide OSU with any "adversity" and that might hurt them when SCum comes to town - your thoughts?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:07:24 PM)
Well, the same is true for Michigan after they get past Penn State and Iowa. Michigan finishes with a cupcake Big Ten schedule, as does OSU, so I think it's a wash.

BisonMarty (Oct 10, 2006 6:07:38 PM)
Any chance that Terry moves to the SAM in the future? Can he play over the Tight End?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:07:55 PM)
Terry is playing SAM. John Kerr and Ross Homan play WILL.

SueDat (Oct 10, 2006 6:08:07 PM)
This team has 16 fifth year seniors who were at the 2002 National Championship Game. What impact does this have on the team? Do you think it helps them handle the hype and stay calm and level headed?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:09:14 PM)
I think that has to help. And it's funny you mention that because I was just looking at the 2002 roster earlier today. All of those guys made the trip to Tempe and were on the sidelines for OSU's first title in 34 years. Plus, they practiced all year and know what it takes to be a champion. So, it's not a huge factor, but I think it definitely helps. Just gives the older guys that much more confidence that they can get it done.

Guest (Oct 10, 2006 6:09:20 PM)
What's your prediction for offensive style next year? Same mix as this year or are we going to line up and run the power?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:10:28 PM)
I think with a first-year starting QB we will see a lot more power-I. Dionte Johnson will be back at FB and Aram Olson will be playing, and of course Wells will be at tailback, so I look for a lot of smash mouth football. Good offensive line coming back as well. Anthony Gonzalez might not want to hear it. ha.

Guest (Oct 10, 2006 6:10:40 PM)
Dave...lets talk Michigan...I can't see Henne coming into the Shoe and beating us this year...I don't think he has the poise. Couple that with how rattled Carr gets when he goes against JT, and I can't see UM beating us at home with a shot at the NC game on the line. I know it's a few weeks down the line, but what's your take? Don't these factors play as much a part in this game as stats, and matchups. I'm booking my flight to Phoenix on Friday. :)

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:11:30 PM)
I agree to an extent. Michigan COULD win the game, but I just don't see it happening. Tressel has their number and especially at OSU I think the Buckeyes have a big mental advantage. It's the opposite of what we saw in the Cooper years...

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:12:07 PM)
As for Henne, it's going to be interesting to see how he responds this week in a very hostile environment without his best WR. I agree that he tends to play tight in big games, it will be interesting to see how he looks v PSU

Guest (Oct 10, 2006 6:12:16 PM)
Has something changed in our Punt and Kick return schemes? Things currently seem very much like the years before Coach Hazell right now.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:12:49 PM)
I don't think so. I just think teams are kicking away from OSU and working so hard on slowing down OSU's return teams. But no question there needs to be better running lanes on kick returns. I would like to see better blocking.

brutus (Oct 10, 2006 6:12:54 PM)
dave what is the injury sitaution for msu? does it have a big impact on the game?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:14:11 PM)
They are pretty banged up. Ringer of course is out for the year, and Trannon is out this week. I've also heard that their best LB, David Herron (Boom's brother) is probably out this week, but he is listed as the starter on their official depth chart (Trannon is not). They are also banged up on the offensive line and have a TE suspended. I am not sure if any of the OLs have been ruled out for this Saturday.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:14:38 PM)
Michigan State already didn't have much chance. But the injuries really put them behind the 8 ball.

marinebuckeye (Oct 10, 2006 6:14:48 PM)
Dave, we seem to be playing alot of true freshmen here now...Why the change? And do you agree with it in the long run?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:15:46 PM)
I think it's usually pretty similar to this. About half of them play, half redshirt. I think that's the way you've got to do it. I love having fifth-year seniors, but in the age of 85 scholarships you need to play a good share of true freshmen as well to fill out special teams and the backup roles. I really like how Tressel does it.

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 6:15:53 PM)
I don't think UM has faced anybody as tough as UT and Iowa away as the Bucks have. I know anything can happen, but what chance do you see of PSU beating them at home this week?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:17:11 PM)
I think because of the environment, PSU has a really good chance. Plus, PSU has really struggled against Michigan since joining the Big Ten, winning one, maybe two games. Their fans are going to be fired up for this one and I see PSU having a good shot. The key will be Morelli. Is this his coming out party, or will he fold in the big game pressure. I think PSU's defense will be able to contain UM for most of the game.

Guest (Oct 10, 2006 6:17:24 PM)
What about first team All Big 10 Bucks at the halfway point....I have Smith, Ginn, Pittman, Datish, Pitcock, Gholston, Lauranits, and Jenkins.....too many? How man All Americans this year? Smith, and Pitcock for sure....then I say maybe Lauranits and Gholston.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:18:39 PM)
Even though he might deserve it, no way they will put a sophomore like Gholston on the first team. Maybe not even second. Laurinaitis will probably get second, even if he might deserve first. They really reward upperclassmen. I agree with Smith, Ginn, Pit and Datish. It is going to be hard leaving Gonzo and Downing off... Defensively, definitely Pitcock and Jenkins. Doesn't matter how young Jenkins is, he is one of the best corners in the country...

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:19:25 PM)
All-Americans? Smith will be the only first-teamer. Ginn, Gonzo, Pitcock, Pittman, Datish and Jenkins will probably get some run for second/third/HM

cBucks (Oct 10, 2006 6:19:37 PM)
Which teams, should Ohio State make it to Glendale, would you think we match up with best and worst?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:20:48 PM)
OSU obviously matches up well with Notre Dame, but I don't think the Irish have a chance at making it. I really don't see a bad matchup out there. Florida would be tough, but I would like OSU's chances. I would LOVE a shot at USC. West Virginia would be a tough game with their read option, but again, OSU matches up well with everyone.

Guest (Oct 10, 2006 6:20:53 PM)
might already have been addressed what up with Mario manningham

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:21:23 PM)
Probably just out 2-3 weeks. Very similar to the meniscus injury Clarett had in '02 when he only missed one game.

7-11 (Oct 10, 2006 6:21:44 PM)
DOnt know if this was asked, they didnt show this game in my area but how did we look. I thougth at least AP would have had 100 yds and i t we gave up 370 yds on defence, your thoughts. ON paper we looked pretty even .

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:22:24 PM)
It was just one of those games where OSU took a 21-0 lead early and pretty much mailed it in after that. You're right, the stats were pretty embarrassing when you look back on it. BG played OSU pretty even in the statbook.

BisonMarty (Oct 10, 2006 6:22:34 PM)
One of the questions going into the season was how would the players conditioning under Coach Lichter hold up over a season. Half way through the season, do you feel that the team is well conditioned? Do you see any differences between Coach Johnson's and Coach Lichter's approach and results?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:23:30 PM)
They seem very well conditioned, but it's hard to really compare Lichter's results to Johnson's at this point. The players to man like him and say he's making a difference. OSU never seems tired, but they are also rotating several players in and out of the game. I think Lichter has been a success so far.

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 6:23:38 PM)
I remember the UM game in 2002 - that was huge. I'd think this year's game will make that one take a back seat to this year - as long as all goes as planned. I think this could be the biggest UM/OSU game of all time - agree?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:24:13 PM)
If this is a 1 v 2 matchup, yes, I think it could be the biggest OSU-UM game ever. But something tells me Michigan is going to lose to either Penn State or Iowa.

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 6:24:27 PM)
I think injuries really seperate the teams at this point in the season. Top teams have a second or third guy to turn to where average teams live and die with the first 22. In other words, playing a MSU, Indiana, etc. is probably even easier as the season goes on - do you like that reasoning?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:25:45 PM)
I could buy into that. OSU is so deep that it can afford to bring in a former high school All-American like Jamario O'Neal when the starting safety goes down. Whereas the MSUs and Indianas of the world don't have that kind of depth and there are huge drop-offs when injuries arise. I see where you are coming from. I don't think it's a huge factor in the Big Ten season, but it's something to consider.

marinebuckeye (Oct 10, 2006 6:25:57 PM)
Dave, are coaches lining up for the chance to coach under Tressel here? Seems like all the ones he is picking are serious winners....

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:27:03 PM)
His "coaching tree" is growing by the minute. You even have former college head coaches like Murgatroyd from Urbana willing to come here to be grad assistants. Coaches want to be a part of what Tressel is doing. He works them hard, but they know they are learning from one of the best and will have a great chance of moving up in the world

reallytired (Oct 10, 2006 6:27:31 PM)
Dave>>> I have been following Buckeyeye football for 30+ yrs and all I can remember from years ago is this game boiled down to a last second feild goal. With that being said, if it comes down to this do you feel we win can with a feild goal from inside the 50????

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:27:33 PM)
I wouldm

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:27:40 PM)
I wouldn't be feeling real great about it.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:28:10 PM)
Pettrey is solid and will be a very good kicker one day, but there are ALWAYS growing pains for freshmen kickers, even Nugent...

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:28:28 PM)
Pettrey is good, but I would not feel good about putting the game in his hands, or foot.

ohs (Oct 10, 2006 6:28:44 PM)
smith gets it over quinn? good. i think smith gets heisman if we win out. any other thought?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:29:18 PM)
I think there's no question that Smith gets the Heisman over Quinn if it comes down to the two of them. But Adrian Peterson is going to be a factor. I think it comes down to him or Troy.

marinebuckeye (Oct 10, 2006 6:29:26 PM)
Dave, Glendale will be a home game this year if we continue on a good path...Can we once again wear the white if it is to be true? We are unbeatable in our white there....

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:30:04 PM)
Ha, good question. I really don't know. But I'm sure if OSU has anything to do with it, they will want to wear the white just to keep with Fiesta Bowl tradition.

ohs (Oct 10, 2006 6:30:08 PM)
so manningham will be back for OSU game?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:30:35 PM)
Yes, I think so. In fact, I bet he will be at or close to 100 percent by then. Doesn't seem very serious at all. Even Lloyd Carr was almost giddy today talking about it.

ohs (Oct 10, 2006 6:30:40 PM)
any word on barton and patterson injuries? sorry if that's already been asked, lost connection.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:31:13 PM)
Barton didn't practice today, but will practice tomorrow and will likely play on Saturday. It's just a minor foot injury...

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:31:25 PM)
Patterson has a sprained MCL and will be out 2-3 weeks.

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 6:31:38 PM)
Personally, my favorite Quinn is the one AJ married. With that said, I think Szar.... (sp?) saves Quinn's rear on numerous occasions with his acrobatic catches. Have you noticed that? I think TS puts the ball on the money more often.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:32:30 PM)
I defintely think Brady Quinn is overhyped. He's a good QB and he has the ideal build at 6-4, 220, but his arm is nowhere near as strong or accurate as Troy's. People get way too caught up in height for QBs at the college level.

cBucks (Oct 10, 2006 6:32:40 PM)
There has been a little talk on the boards that with the type of year Gholston is having that he could go pro. I know its almost unprecedented (Big Daddy) for a 3rd year soph, but..What kind of guy is he, do you know if he's put any thought into it.? Where would he project at this point?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:32:42 PM)
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DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:33:17 PM)
He's a pretty thoughtful guy and I would imagine he enjoys school. I could see him possibly leaving after next year, but no way after this year.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:34:17 PM)
He has definitely looked the part though. Tressel singled him out today for his strong play and talked about how demanding the LEO/VIPER position is because he has to rush the QB sometimes, stop the run, drop into coverage, everything. And Gholston is doing everything well. Definitely a future NFLer, but not after this year.

ohs (Oct 10, 2006 6:34:56 PM)
if you had to pick who we get in 07 class for rest of year, who do u think we get?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:36:25 PM)
I'll take a stab at a few guys: Martin, Devon Still, Anthony Davis, Solomon Thomas, Josh Brent, Barksdale, Hines and Jeremiah (if he gets his grades/test scores up)

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 6:38:33 PM)
It seems Heacock is doing a superb job as DC. Too bad it took two younger guys leaving for him to get the spot. Do you think he is doing better than expected?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:39:47 PM)
I think he's doing great. It's a little hard to imagine now that Snyder was promoted ahead of him, but things definitely worked out well for OSU in the end. Heacock could probably leave in a few years to be a head coach again, but I think he wants to stay here and retire. He's a great game manager and doesn't take any credit even though he's doing a great job. The players love playing for him, but he is plenty hard on them.

marinebuckeye (Oct 10, 2006 6:39:55 PM)
Dave, is now the turning point that we recruit at the National level? Seems like we have not reached that level yet even after our Championship year in 2002. But with JT at the helm for the all the years are we now a recognized name on the National level?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:41:09 PM)
I think so. Proximity to home will always be a huge factor in recruiting and OSU will always focus its attention on keeping Ohio's top players, but as for the top national recruits who are looking to get away from home, I definitely think OSU is going to be a bigger player than it has been in recent years. Tressel's and OSU's name has such a good reputation right now.

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 6:41:18 PM)
I like being No. 1 from the beginning. In the past, we not only had to worry about running the table, but had to hope for things to fall apart a head of us to get to the top 2. This way, all we have to concentrate on is taking care of business and let the others fight over the second spot.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:42:19 PM)
That's right. Just look at Michigan. If they started the year No. 1, they would probably be No. 1 right now. Well, OSU might have jumped them just based on the Texas win, but no question starting the year No. 1 was a good thing for OSU. I didn't buy into the "it puts a target on their backs" argument because OSU always gets everyones "A" game no matter what.

Guest (Oct 10, 2006 6:42:25 PM)
Thanks for the chat Mr. Biddle. Have a good night.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:42:30 PM)
Thanks cBucks.

marinebuckeye (Oct 10, 2006 6:43:50 PM)
It's Niptuck time Dave, thanks for all of your chats...This staff definitely brings it every day....Go Bucks!

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:44:17 PM)
Thanks marinebuckeye, we really appreciate it. We take pride in being the best college website!

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 6:47:56 PM)
I looked over the roster. WIth Pittman, Ginn, and maybe Barton leaving early, I don't see any senior leadership next year. I guess you could find a couple but nothing like we're use to.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:48:27 PM)
Yeah, it's going to be a strange year. Offensively, I think Gonzalez and Barton will be captains. But either of them could go pro if they wanted. I think they'll both stay...

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:50:02 PM)
Defensively, it's REALLY going to be thin. And JT doesn't even have a senior punter or kicker to bail him out like Nuge a couple years ago. Defensively, only Terry and Grant will be seniors (I'm sure I'm missing someone... talking just about the scholarship players). You have to think either Jenkins or Laurinaitis would be considered, but Tressel doesn't like allowing juniors to be captain. Even Krenzel was a "rotating" captain in '02 before finally being a full time captain by the UM game.

reallytired (Oct 10, 2006 6:50:15 PM)
If ; And I mean a big if meatchicken was to somehow luck out and beat us with both being undefeated, Ugh, which i couldn't take, then what would you foresee the bowl game that we would be playing in and who would we play? As far as the season is going now? Believe me I know that it is too early to tell.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:51:42 PM)
OSU would likely go to the Rose Bowl with an 11-1 record and top five ranking. I couldn't imagine them falling out of the top five with road wins over Texas and Iowa, two teams that will finish with high rankings, especially Texas. Isn't it amazing that the Rose Bowl could be the ultimate consolation prize for OSU or UM this year. Oh the times, they have changed.

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 6:52:27 PM)
Strange year from a leadership standpoint. Knowing how JT stresses senior leadership, It would be like JT not having a strong kicking game.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:52:53 PM)
We should start a pool right now to see if anyone can guess the '07 defensive captains. Free trip to beautiful Galloway, Ohio, to the winner.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:54:56 PM)
Have to think Curtis Terry will be one. What a great role model to young kids who don't think they have a chance of making something of their lives. He has done well in the classroom, stayed out of trouble, and played very well on the field. So, he will probably be one, but I have no idea about the other. Can't imagine Larry Grant would be a captain, but stranger things have happened. Maybe a walk-on who is elevated to scholarship status.

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 6:55:03 PM)
Is second place two free trips?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:55:10 PM)
Ha, I think so.

45gobucks (Oct 10, 2006 6:56:55 PM)
Would JT ever try to talk a player out of leaving early with such a discussion about leadership - or lack of - for the next year?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 6:58:16 PM)
It's hard to say. He seemed surprised that Youboty left last year, but I'm sure he has discussions with them. I'm sure he stresses they need to do what's best for them. I could see him outlining the benefits of sticking around (captain, awards, team championships, etc.) but I can't imagine him flat out trying to talk someone out of leaving.

45gobucks (Oct 10, 2006 7:00:55 PM)
Dave, thanks for your time tonight - feel very spoiled by being a fan of such great university - a lot of class displayed by those players and coaches. Feel the same way about Bucknuts.com......thanks for taking care of my daily fix.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 7:01:33 PM)
I really appreicate that. There is nothing like Buckeye Nation and it's a pleasure for us to cover the team for the fans.

wwt (Oct 10, 2006 7:01:45 PM)
Could a player like Ginn or Pittman get an insurance policy for, say $10 million, if he wanted to stay yet hedge his bets on injury?

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 7:03:14 PM)
The problem with most of those insurance policies is that they only protect the player if he is never able to play the sport again. If he's paralyzed, he's covered. But if he blows out a knee and is able to play again, even if he loses a step or three, it doesn't matter, he won't get a dime. Well, I'm sure there are policies now that will cover players for lesser injuries, but I haven't heard of any. The ones I

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 7:03:29 PM)
I've heard of only cover athletes for extreme injuries.

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 7:04:45 PM)
Thanks to everyone for stopping by tonight. You help make these night chats a lot of fun. Over and out.

SueDat (Oct 10, 2006 7:05:44 PM)
Dave, thanks so much for all that you and the BuckNuts crew does. Please know that it is greatly appreciated. All of the BuckNuts staff are to be commended for encouraging intelligent discussions with class. I have visited other boards and there is no comparison! Thanks!

DaveBiddle (Oct 10, 2006 7:06:14 PM)
Thanks for the kind words!


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