I wrapped up my first Power Lunch chat this afternoon. Here’s a look at some questions that spilled over after the hour was over:
Guest: What are your thoughts about Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph (or JW if you feel so inclined- he seems to be the entrenched starter)? Do you think Rudolph will redshirt and Daxx will be QB2 (or QB1 on any given week)? If Rudolph redshirts, is there a good chance he decides to transfer?
Here’s my prediction:
Walsh starts and keeps that role all season. He’s got the experience needed to run this offense and command in the locker room. Rudolph gets redshirted. And Garman is the backup this season.
I won’t rule out the possibility that Rudolph’s 6-4 frame and experience running a spread offense in high school has made coaches think twice about letting the true freshman get some early game reps. We’ll probably see him late against Missouri State and UTSA.
But OC Mike Yurcich lost nine starters from the offense from last season. That makes Walsh, with all of his experience, the more logical option.
Bob: Did you get to talk with Bob Connelly and what were your impressions of him?
Yes. And my biggest takeaway? He was honest.
OSU lost offensive line starters Parker Graham, Jake Jenkins and Brandon Webb. And Connelly is in the shadow of Joe Wickline’s history of success. Connelly didn’t make light of the situation by any means. He knows there is a tough job ahead of him.
Tom: What kind of o-line does FSU have? Can the Pokes get pressure with their front four?
Florida State returns four starters who are projected as NFL draft picks. Seriously.
One of OSU’s strengths on defense is the big guys up front this season; but like every matchup in the opener, it’s going to be an extremely tough task.
CRFF: Charlie Strong is cleaning house at UT. Do you see that as any kind of indictment of the state of the program under Mack Brown?
With the recent news out of Austin – Charlie Strong dismissing four players and suspending two others in the past two days – it’s hard not to wonder just how much control Mack Brown had really lost in those final years.
But I think those shakeups are more a result of Strong’s polar-opposite coaching style. And there are undoubtedly players in the locker room who picked UT because they sided with Mack’s approach.
It’s pretty clear Strong is making a statement in the locker room that anything less than his way is unacceptable. And I don’t expect these to be the last players booted because of it.
BR: Since Bedlam is in Norman this season; has OSU seen a decrease in season ticket sales?
That’s a great question. Wish I knew the answer.
I’ll make some calls down to the ticket office on Monday to get a rundown on where OSU stands on ticket sales entering 2014.
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