The Wake-Up Call: Breaking down Ohio State media day, why Joey Bosa is right and more
Welcome friends to The Wake-Up Call for Monday, Aug. 15.
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Before we get started, catch up on what you might have missed from our Sunday media day coverage:
What was learned at OSU media day
As noted above, Sunday was media day at Ohio State. Our friend Marcus Hartman over at the Dayton Daily News put together a list of observations from media day that’s worth checking out.
Particularly interesting — at least to me — is the note about Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell being compared to Evan Spencer, a dependable presence during the national championship run in 2014 who was missed during the 2015 season.
If Ohio State has another Evan Spencer – senior receiver who helped set a winning tone for the 2014 national champions with his blocking and his leadership – it could be Terry McLaurin or Parris Campbell. Those were the two Meyer identified Sunday when asked about replacing Spencer’s presence, which never seemed to really happen last season.
In defense of Joey Bosa
The Great Holdout Of 2016 continues with no signs of stopping, but Bolts From The Blue — the SB Nation site devoted to the San Diego Chargers — made a pretty compelling case supporting Bosa’s holdout.
In addition to the fact that the No. 3 overall pick is asking for something that nearly everyone in his position has historically received, it turns out the Chargers have had a history of playing hardball under the ownership of Alex Spanos.
And then there’s the site’s list of reasons why Bosa is not in the same position as the average American worker, for anyone looking to refute those logical fallacies. Such as:
- You have the ability to choose between many different employers.
- Your potential employers can spend whatever they like on employee compensation.
- You are free to negotiate better terms with different employers at your convenience, even while you are already employed.
- No specific employer controls your rights.
- Your pay is not slotted into a specific range (although the job market generally provides a pay range and benefits for your position based on age, talent, skill, education, experience, etc.).
- If you are employed, you have signed a contract or an employment agreement of some kind.
- Your profession is highly unlikely to demand repeated bodily injury as an essential function of your employment.
Miller, Simon star in Texans win
Braxton Miller had a memorable first game at wide receiver for Ohio State, and he was back to his playmaking ways in his first game of NFL action. Miller had four catches for 34 yards in Houston’s 24-13 win over San Francisco on Sunday.
— NFL (@NFL) August 15, 2016
The Texans were also aided by a fumble that linebacker John Simon returned for a touchdown, although Simon’s score came at the expense of fellow former Buckeye Carlos Hyde, who was stripped on the play.
Vince Wilfork & Christian Covington collaborate to force a 49ers fumble& John Simon knew what to do w/the loose ball pic.twitter.com/fxmJUYRCCz
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 15, 2016
More black stripes vanish
This weekend appears to have been one of development for members of Ohio State’s class of 2015 as well as the class of 2016.
These eight have earned the right to be called Buckeyes. pic.twitter.com/1rPM18wKm3
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 13, 2016
Redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow — currently slotted in at the backup spot behind junior J.T. Barrett, got a personalized congratulations message from position coach Tim Beck.
— Tim Beck (@Coachtimbeck) August 14, 2016
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