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Tony Gerdeman
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20/05/2019 12:11 pm  
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If you think back to Ohio State's national championship in 2014, that roster featured a litany of second-year players. Names like JT Barrett, Ezekiel Elliott, Jalin Marshall, Billy Price, Joey Bosa, Darron Lee, Eli Apple, and Vonn Bell were absolutely critical to the Buckeyes' success that season, and all were second-year players. This season, Ohio State may...

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Bill Pavuk
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20/05/2019 12:31 pm  

To me this spotlights one of the key intangibles that separates playoff teams from those just on the outside. Clemson, Bama, Georgia - no matter how much depth and experience these schools have, they annually have first and second year guys stepping up and over-achieving.
In 2014, we had strong veteran leadership from guys like Smith, Spencer, Decker, Josh Perry, Curtis Grant, Washington, Bennett. But we had freshmen and sophomores like Zeke and Powell and Mike Thomas and Darron Lee and Vonn Bell and Apple and Billy Price and Jalin Marshall.


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20/05/2019 1:40 pm  

Maybe in similar analogy but for a different class:

2017 recruiting ranking > 2013 recruiting ranking
In fact 2017 recruiting class was hyped to be one of the best classes we had.

Is it safe to say that 2017 recruiting class has been a bit slow to develop or not meeting expectations as fast as it should ?

I am not talking about winning a national championship like 2013 class did in the second year (even if it’s a valid question) but mostly from the number of impact players contributing to the team.
jk dobbins and Chase Young (maybe Okudah )are the impact players from that class, many are playing but not quite as big of an impact.
Compare that to 2013 where we had Zeke, Bosa , JT, apple, von bell , billy price , Jalin Marshall ..etc

It just feels that 2017 class so far did not have the same feel as the 2013 class, just going by the same math that Tony did in the article, these guys are already 2 years in and might half way in their careers now.
Hopefully we see a lot of late bloomers from that class with the same impact as the 2013 class


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20/05/2019 2:35 pm  

I was thinking about the same thing when writing this and how high Urban was on this class. It was also the first class where Real Life Wednesdays was a significant draw.

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