Miami University Spring Game April 9
What needs working on ... Holding on to the ball. 30 turnovers were hard to get over killing momentum on too many drives. It was an equal opportunity problem with 14 fumbles and 16 interceptions. More ground production would be better only averaging 120 yards per game with too much of a reliance on the passing game
The most important position to watch is ... Running back. QB Josh Betts and receiver Martin Nance and R.J. Corbin will be the offense, but that doesn't mean the loss of longtime producers Luke Clemens and Mike Smith out of the backfield isn't going to hurt. Finding reliable kickers to replace PK Jared Parseghian and P Mike Wafzig is also important.
Spring attitude... It's time to dominate. Miami has done the get-to-a-bowl thing, and that's not something to take lightly, but the team and program have to take the next step and become more of a respected national power. This is a senior dominated team that new head coach Shane Montgomery takes over; it should be a terror all year long if the coaching staff does the job.
We've lost a couple of Kickoff Classic openers (Miami in NJ in 1999, Bama in NJ in 1986), but the last loss in a home opener was the 19-0 game against Penn St. in 1978, which was Woody's last year.seed702 said:When is the last time we lost a home opener?
This really isn't a fair statement. Cooper had unbelievable offenses, with tons of top RBs and WRs at his disposal. JT's 01 offense was poor, the 02 one was meager when clarett got hurt, the 03 one was the same story, and the 04 one was only exciting once Smith/Ginn/Gonzalez emerged.Zurp said:I agree that it should be a blow-out. But it seems to me that Tressel rarely blows teams out. Cooper used to blow teams out. He'd blow out the suck teams and lose to the tough teams. Tressel is the opposite - he barely beats the suck teams and then beats the tough teams.
Blowout or not, putting in the 3rd teamers against Miami isn't going to get us ready for UT.buckzip said:We need this to be a blowout where we can work on things, and get younger guys some playing time.