The Wake-Up Call: Buckeyes prepare for first scrimmage, More NFL splashes, Ohio State’s expectations
Welcome friends, to The Wake-Up Call for Saturday, August 13, 2016.
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Buckeyes getting after it today
Ohio State will begin the real meat and potatoes of their fall camp this morning with the first intrasquad scrimmage of the 2016 football season. For a team that is as inexperienced as the Buckeyes are, there is a lot of value in these scrimmages as a number of players are competing for starting roles.
“We are an inexperienced group, and that’s the closest – you know we don’t get any preseason games in college – so, that’s the closest thing you have to a preseason game. You want to see who really responds when the “lights come on,” you know?,” co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano told the media on Thursday. “You may see a guy who does things in practice and really looks good, but then under the game situation, where they’re out there by themselves, and they have to deal with a lot different variables, can they handle it and stay focused? So, that’s the thing I’m looking for. Then, as always, who plays incredibly hard, right? If you start to think and you slow down, that’s not good. We need to play as hard as we can.”
Playing as hard as they can, as Schiano said, is one thing these young Buckeyes can control. If they do that, the mistakes that may be made due to inexperience can be forgiven. But the basics that these new Silver Bullets will need to embrace? Those are constant and there’s no change in philosophy from Chris Ash to Schiano.
“You know, you hear all the time ‘4-to-6, A-to-B’ around here, right?” Schiano said. “Go hard. We can clean up the rest. If you’ll go incredibly hard and then go play physical. I think a huge part of defensive football is tackling, you’ve gotta get them on the ground, right? Either that or get the ball away from them, one or the other. But if you can’t get them on the ground, you’re never going to have a good defense, so you better be able to tackle. Run really hard, 4-to-6, A-to-B.”
We’ll get our first look at whether or not this year’s Buckeyes defense can be a good one today.
What’s a reasonable expectation for Ohio State in 2016?
You know that something will be different about 2016 for the Buckeyes, right? It’s unreasonable – if we’re being honest with each other – to expect this year’s Ohio State team to go undefeated. Urban Meyer’s team is replacing 16 starters, plays four very challenging road games (at Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Penn State, and Michigan State) and of course will host a pretty darn good Michigan team at home in late November.
So, if you’re being real with yourself, you may be expecting a loss or two, right? If you’re a pessimist by nature, maybe three or four? It seems that the sharps in Las Vegas – at least at the wonderfully named Golden Nugget – lean towards pessimistic by nature when it comes to this year’s version of the Buckeyes.
The Nugget has the over/under on Ohio State’s win total at 8.5 for this fall, and it’s easy to see an argument for either side of that number, really.
Let’s examine the things that are still working in the Buckeyes favor and see if we can sway your opinion.
- Urban Meyer is Ohio State’s head coach.
Solid point. Take the over.
Get your new Buckeyes kicks on Monday
Do you like the Buckeyes? Do you like to buy unnecessary clothing items or shoes that represent your affinity for said Buckeyes?
Well, if you do, I’ve got something you may like.
On Monday, Nike will once again drop (that’s how cool kids discuss new shoes being released, I’ve been told) fresh new Ohio State-themed running (let’s not kid ourselves, you’re just going to stand in them and drink beer) shoes.
Nike will be releasing its Train Speed 4 Week Zero Collection on Aug. 15. Ohio State, as usual, is one of 15 programs
The shoes, which retail for $110, feature contrasting school colors which meet at the midsole, the Ohio State logo on the outer tongue and the school’s iconic helmet stripe — along with eight Buckeye Leaf stickers — on the heel.
You’ll have to find a retailer that’s open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning or take your shot online at Nike.com at 10:00 a.m. Some other outlets, like DicksSportingGoods.com or Fanatics.com would also be a good bet.
Terrelle Pryor, Doran Grant turning heads in the NFL
Terrelle Pryor, working to earn his stripes as a wide receiver after almost being out of football two years ago, opened the night in spectacular fashion in Cleveland.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 13, 2016
Pryor finished his night with just more catch – for a total of 57 yards – but he was primary target for both Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown as he works to develop into a full-time NFL receiver.
Another ex-Buckeye, defensive back Doran Grant was making his own play for playing time. The Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback intercepted and errant pass from Detroit’s Dan Orlovsky and took it to the house for an easy 39-yard touchdown.
— Blitzburgh (@Steel_Curtain4) August 12, 2016
Saturday night, Ohio State’s 2015 national championship winning quarterback Cardale Jones, will make his NFL debut as the Buffalo Bills host the Indianapolis Colts at 7:00 p.m. ET. Buckeyes defensive tackle Adolphus Washington also plays for the Bills and is expected to make the start in Buffalo.
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