“Welcome to a new NFL season. Everything you believe about all 32 teams now will be turned upside down before Super Bowl LI. And probably much sooner than that.”
– Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports
Last night, the NFL season started off with the dramatics (and a handful Buckeyes). The defending Super Bowl Champions, the Denver Broncos, eked past the Carolina Panthers, 21-20. Former Buckeyes Bradley Roby, Corey “Philly” Brown and Ted Ginn Jr. were just a few of the members of the scarlet and gray army in the NFL.
Good luck tonight Buckeyes!! pic.twitter.com/RrMhPxcHKW— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) September 8, 2016
Now, looking ahead to the rest of the season, Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner made their predictions on how the year would shape out.
Of the six members of the prediction staff, there was a unanimous vote that Ezekiel Elliott will be the offensive player of the year. Additionally, Frank Schwab made the prediction that Elliott would be a dark horse candidate for the MVP award as well as the rushing champ.
For the biggest breakout of the year, one panelist selected Terrelle Pryor. After making a couple big plays in the preseason for touchdowns, it’s not too surprising to see the former Buckeye quarterback be selected as a breakout star at wide receiver.
On the flipside, a few predictions casted for rookie disappointment include former Buckeyes. Joey Bosa, who recently signed with the San Diego Chargers, had two votes, while Taylor Decker collected one vote.
“He was an incredible coach and motivator. He always had the guys ready to play. It was unreal to beat Alabama in that game. There is nothing better, especially with the season we had, it was an emotional rollercoaster,”
– Darron Lee to New York Jets team reporter Alex Giaimo (newyorkjets.com)
On Thursday, Darron Lee did an interview with the New York Jets – and there were some nuggets involving his time with Urban Meyer.
Lee spoke about what it was like playing for Meyer, and the feeling of winning a national championship. On the route to the championship, Lee talked about the tragedy that struck the football program, and how the team was able to rise up and win the inaugural college football playoff.
Additionally, Lee touched on a bunch of other topics: ranging from why his Instagram name is the “Manimal”, what he does in his free time off the gridiron, what the food is like back in Tennessee and what his favorite song of the 1990s was.
Spoiler: it’s Hypnotize by the Notorious B.I.G.
For Lee, his New York Jets begin the season at home on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.
"It's a confidence booster just knowing he's back there, you got somebody back there who can play and you can trust,"
– Gareon Conley on Malik Hooker, via Bill Landis (cleveland.com)
After the stellar performance against Bowling Green last week, Malik Hooker has bursted onto the scene at Ohio State. After his mesmorizing one-handed interception in the first half last week against the Falcons, the defensive back looks to do more of the same this week against Tulsa.
Combined with Hooker’s ability to be a playmaker, cleveland.com gave a few more reasons on why the Buckeyes will come out victorious Saturday afternoon against the Golden Hurricanes.
Quarterback J.T. Barrett’s speed was also one of the x-factors if the Buckeyes were to pull away with a victory. The high octane offense that Urban Meyer utilizes matches the experience Barrett has had with this style. Bill Landis points out that the Buckeyes ran 94 plays on offense, compared to Tulsa’s 83. If the Buckeyes needed to trade blows on offense, they are more than equipped to do so.
Another of the points made by Landis was that the Buckeyes don’t need to get sacks, as long as they were pressuring the Golden Hurricane offense and passing game. Tulsa’s quarterback Dane Evans moves the ball quick, but tends to take shots down the field, according to Landis.
We’ll see how true these points are for an Ohio State victory. Kickoff for the Buckeyes is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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