by Beau Bishop
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1) J.T. Barrett – your table is ready. 21-31, 349 Yds, 7 total TDs. I don’t care if it was against air … that is impressive. But it wasn’t just the numbers, Barrett was quick in his reads and decisive in with his throws. He looked the way he looked two years ago and also in the last two games of last season and that is scary for Buckeye opponents going forward.
This quote from Barrett really told what I had long suspected about last season: “Last year, we may have had plays that were directed only to one person. That was, I guess, new plays we created to get certain people the ball. This year, it was basically like whatever the play is, the defense dictates where its supposed to go. So it’s not like ‘so and so is going to get the ball here.’” Wow. I have said many times on air that Ohio State coaches coached with tremendous obligation a year ago, that quote affirms those thoughts. Either way, a Barrett that is allowed to just play ball is exactly what this young Buckeye team needs.
2) Curtis Samuel – we’ll have a table for you immediately. Going back to his days at Florida, and since Percy Harvin left Gainesville, Urban Meyer has been looking for the ‘next Percy Harvin.’ Well, I’d say he finally found his man in Samuel. Samuel had 261 yards of offense and 3 scores on 22 touches. Ohio State lined Samuel up all over the field making him nearly impossible to game plan for. Urban has never had a weapon like that during his team in Columbus.
3) Malik Hooker is going to be an upgrade from two guys who are both going to play on Sundays this fall. Hooker, the sophomore from Pennsylvania had to wait his turn, considered transferring before eventually deciding to stay. A choice that will pay huge dividends for both he and the Silver Bullet defense. Hooker is big, fast, strong and rangy. Come to think of it, this entire defense is. There will be better offenses this team faces, but for shear speed and playmaking potential this defense looks equipped to handle anything on the schedule.
4) And maybe that is the point. I said last week it has never been a better time to be a Buckeye fan and feel even more strongly about that after seeing the opener. Urban Meyer has his assembly line running in a way that would make Henry Ford jealous. He has it now in Columbus the way Saban has it in Tuscaloosa. There are few misses in recruiting and they always develop. It’s an astonishing thing when you think of it.
Quickies from Week 1 of the college football schedule…
1) My goodness Alabama, just no drop off ever.
2) Brian Kelly is going to want that one back, among the worst coaching performances I’ve seen. That said, happy for Texas looks like the Horns finally have some talent back in Austin.
3) I would imagine it is frustrating as all hell rooting for LSU. So much talented wasted.
4) There is no way week one in the NFL does better than that. Opening week in college football is pure joy.