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Now that Fields has been named a starter. Where do the freshmen fit in? I was really excited about their possible impact because of their athleticism, but now I wonder how much time they will see.
Where they always have been.... situational action based on their ability to block, learn the playbook, get their black stripes removed, go to class, not get homesick.... and you didn't even get to see the re-proportioned Jordan Hall.....
After all that they will get touches based on how well they perform. Special teams PR and KR would have openings for a kid who handles the above "maturity' stuff and can make plays.
The distance btwn HS and playing WR in this offense is measured in miles.
Could one of them emerge as a real contributor = 6 or more touches per game? Sure but it's VERY unlikely IMO.
BTW the Fields declaration has less to do with the incoming and much more to do with Devin Smith. Meyer said he plateaued and I thought that he looked like he hadn't improved at all from last yr. Same great plays, same catchable drops and lack of effort to after the ball. HE must improve his consistency.
This post was edited by tom57 12 months ago
Nothing is set in stone. Who knows what will happen when the freshman get here. I bet that if one or more of them can help us win football games they play... maybe over Chris Fields. I know that we have a few really solid WR who can block and catch (Brown, Spencer, Thomas, Fields, and maybe Smith) but we don't have elite speed that scares the hell out of opposing defenses. If one of the incoming freshman can fill that role they will play, period. Urban cares about winning way too much to overplay seniority.
Exactly! Freshman don't just come in and start because they were a nice 4* player according to Rivals and 247. Please remember that the guys who are ahead of them were all nice 4* players coming out of HS at some point as well. This is real life, not NCAA 13. Yes, it is possible for an incoming freshman to come in, get some time and really make a name for himself. But it's silly to expect it. Especially on a team that went 12-0 with 4-5 proven WR's coming back. Fields being the 5th who hasn't shined as much but definitely helped win us a game last year and is a very capable veteran.
I expect Clark, Marshall, and Wilson to all get a look but neither to really play a lot. Smith, Brown, Spencer, Thomas, and Fields won't allow it. Those guys know the offense and now that the QB is improving, they will have even more opportunities to make plays. I'd like to see some of the young guys get in there on some special teams, late in games, or on special packages or what not but I do not expect a true freshman with 3 weeks of practice under his belt to come in and start running wild for us. It's highly unlikely.
Please remember that Clark and Wilson are moving to Ohio from Texas and Florida. They will be a long way from home and will have to adjust to the college life as STUDENT athletes. It's hard to focus on football when you are away from home for the first time like that. Just ask Curtis Grant. He was a 5* MLB coming out of HS and it's taken him until his JR season to get a good grasp of how to prepare and compete at this level. Rod Smith was a 5* RB and it took him 3 seasons to learn how to compete at this level. Brionte Dunn is a 2nd year player and still isn't close to starting. If the cupboard was empty like it somewhat is at DE I would say they have a chance, but not with JRs and SRs ahead of them on the depth chart.
You might see some of the young freshman DL get a shot early because there aren't as many proven players at those positions. So someone has to step up as Have Spence and Washington have done this spring. There are still spots on the inside that can be won though. No one is really doing anything in there to say they are "locked" in as starters. Maybe Michael Hill has a chance to get on the field. I'd be we see him before we see a FR WR in there.
Field is the starter entering fall camp which means... absolutely nothing.
Chew..... If that was true Urban wouldn't have Spring ball. For Tressel this was true for Urban the Spring sets the 2 deep and any changes require something monumental
Fields will have to screw up AND someone else just be unbelievable to crack the 2 deep.
GetYaWeightUp is right on. For every Ted Ginn there are multiple Santonio Holmes who take a while to crack the 2 deep even if they are NFL caliber Super Bowl MVPs, and even more Bam Childresses who have WORLDS of talent but can't convert to the next level.
"BTW the Fields declaration has less to do with the incoming and much more to do with Devin Smith. Meyer said he plateaued and I thought that he looked like he hadn't improved at all from last yr. Same great plays, same catchable drops and lack of effort to after the ball. HE must improve his consistency."
Not sure what you mean. The articles I read said Fields would join Smith & Brown as the starting receivers. Not sure what you meant about Smith. He had a solid spring game & by most accounts is putting in the work.
This post was edited by rugbybuckeye 12 months ago
Perhaps I exaggerated a bit, but his only guaranteed to be the starter for the first day of camp at this point. Even if he is the "starter" that doesn't mean that other players won't get significant playing time - think JT Moore last season.
I was under the impression Fields was named starter ahead of Hall.
He is a damn stud. They should have enrolled earlier.
One thing we do know for sure, the BEST will play...if it's freshman or 5th year seniors. Urban doesn't play the "loyalty" card, if you aren't getting it done, he'll tell you, us and ESPN. If a frosh comes in and is a weapon, he'll find a spot on the field for him.
The WR with the best shot of playing right away is Corey Smith...you do not bring in JUCOs to sit the bench.
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