How’s it going Hive-sters, long time no see (just kidding, I wrote the Tuesday Hive). If you are counting, like me, then you know that we are just 37 days away from the first football game in the Urban era as Ohio State takes on the Redhawks of Miami on September 1st. I seriously don’t know how much more of summer I can take! Football season needs to get here, and get here fast. As you can tell, I’m feeling a little like Bart Scott right about now. But, hey, I’ll have to be patient, I guess. This upcoming season will certainly be an interesting one, in my opinion.
There are so many things to look forward to. First, I can’t wait to see Ohio State’s offensive innovations under the direction of Urban Meyer. Braxton Miller is the quintessential spread quarterback and I fully expect the sophomore signal caller to put up huge numbers this season. In addition to looking forward to what Braxton can do, I can’t wait to watch the tandem of Simon and Hankins destroy opposing offensive lines.
Hive time? Sounds good to me!
The Manning Award, which goes to the nation’s best quarterback, released its watch list yesterday. Of the three B1G quarterbacks on the list, unfortunately, Braxton Miller was not one of them.
The three Big Ten quarterbacks on the watch list are Taylor Martinez of Nebraska, Denard Robinson of scUM, and James Vandenberg of
Dawson’s Creek Iowa. Martinez is a fine quarterback, but I’d take Miller over him everyday of the week and twice on Saturday. See what I just did there? Don’t worry, you can thank me later ? Martinez’ throwing motion and accuracy certainly leave something to be desired, but his ability to run makes him extremely dangerous. In my opinion, he’s not one of the best quarterbacks in the country and doesn’t deserve to be on the list. He only threw 13 touchdowns last season and he threw 8 picks. Meanwhile, Braxton had the same number of touchdowns as Martinez, but half of the number of interceptions. Martinez may be one of the best football players, but certainly not one of the best quarterbacks.
The ESPN Big Ten bloggers of Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett have been ranking the B1G’s best position groups both by the team and individual players. Yesterday, they released their top 10 best individual Big Ten defensive linemen. At the top of their list in this category? They had none other than Tebow-ish John Simon. Johnathan Hankins was the only other Buckeye on the list as he came in at number 4 on the list. Along with Simon and Hankins, they had Kawann Short of Purdue, William Gholston of MSU, and Akeem Spence of Illinois to round out the top-5.
I would have to say that I completely agree with Rittenberg and Bennett’s top-4. I don’t know much about Spence, and honestly, I’d probably put someone else in that spot. But the ESPN bloggers certainly have the top-4 spot on.