Ohio State Football Spring Game: Live News, Analysis and Results
Welcome to a new era of Ohio State football. Assumingly gone are the days of three yards and a cloud of dust (or rubber pellets these days). Gone too is the notion that the punt is the most important play in football.
Out with the old, and in with the new.
The Buckeye faithful have had to endure over a year of unprecedented change beginning with news of tattoos for memorabilia—all culminating with the dismissal of the head man who kept sleeveless sweaters in style all year long.
And now it's Urban Meyer's turn.
Meyer brings an unquestioned track record to the banks of the Olentangy. He has two national titles, countless first-round draft choices and a dose of swagger in his hip pocket.
The curtains? They come up Saturday in the annual spring game in the Horseshoe. Throngs normally turn out no matter what year it is for the Ohio State spring game, but you can bet the 'Shoe will be nearly filled to capacity for the unveiling of the upgraded version of the scarlet and gray.
So, join me as I blog live from the press box of THE Ohio State University to see the changing of the guard as the new coaching staff is christened and the spread attack is taken out of the bubble wrap.
It all begins about an hour from the scheduled kickoff of 1:30 p.m. when we'll set the stage and roll on into the action on the field with analysis, commentary and interaction throughout.
What players will separate themselves among the masses?
That my friends was a ridiculous play to end the game. That is only not a touchdown because it is a Spring game, but the effort by Miller was exactly why he should be a handful in the fall. He got away from pressure, out-sprinted the defender to the sideline and then dove towards the pile-on. Not many guys in the country--even in the SEC (jab), can do what Miller does on the field at times. It is just a matter of growth.
That's a wrap. Scarlet wins 20-14. There will be plenty to take from all of this. Look for the Winners/Losers wrap up to come shortly.
Miller to Thomas, bu incomplete as Thomas barely missed getting both feet in. The effort by Thomas was still impressive as he twisted at the last minute to adjust to the back shoulder throw. He looks a lot like Michael Jenkins out there, but with a bit more athleticism.
There's pass interference. It was really not a well thrown ball by Miller, but nonetheless, you can't not have a clue where the ball is as a defeder. First and goal Scarlet team.
Third down--and the repeat button is hit on the music selection. Miller to Thomas for a first down, and likely the game.
I'm a bit surprised that only two QBs have gotten snaps in this game, but I guess when you are trying to install an offense and see how guys respond in a game type environment, you go with your top guys.
Nice, nice vision by Rod Smith. He runs with bad intentions and has a smooth, long gait. He can be fun to watch. First down Scarlet with the clock milking away. 2:01 left in the game.
Really bad read by Guiton there. The gray was on the doorstep to taking the lead, but he locked in on the slant and threw it to a red jersey. The defense will neeed a stop now or else this one is over.
Corey Brown is now started to insert himself into a star in this game.
It shouldn't go unsaid--Michael Bennet is also have a pretty solid day on the D-Line. That pass was just batted down by him to go along with a few other flashes that he has had.
Guiton again stepping up, planting his foot in the groud with confidence and delivering a spot on throw to Corey Brown. Well done and first down gray--looking to answer.
TD Rod Smith. That's the talent I was alluding to. Smth found just a crease, snaked in, and willed his way to the touchdown to give the Scarlet the lead again 20-14.
Note to Buckeye Nation--Let me introduce you to wide receiver Michael Thomas.
Miller threw that pass behind Michael Thomas and had it not been for a penalty, the gray would have taken over. futst and ten from the gray's 31 yard line.
I can't emphasize the difference in coaching philosophies enough. Tressel was more of the corporate figurehead with his assistants running the show and reporting to him. He would have veto power in anything, but he showed confidence in his guys.
Meyer on the other hand is in the middle of everything. Even as you sit up in the press box and observe, he is constanty waving and talking to the sidelines, instructing the players as he is on the field, and probing every situation.
Rod Smith with the carry. I know he got in the doghouse last year, but it'd be nice to see what he can do in the spread offense. He has the talent, body, and could really become a HUGE weapon in this offense.
You have to believe with the game being close that the coaching staff is hoping with all hope to be able to simulate a late game, whiteknuckler here. It is beginning to look more and more realistic.
And there is your TD QB keeper by Guiton. The gray now leads 14-13.
Believe it or not, if the gray scores here--somehow, someway, they have the lead. It is 2nd and goal from the four.
You can start to now get a feel for some of the concerns that Meyer has had in the press. The scheme is there clearly, the players appear to be in there somewhere, but the execution is just not quite consistent enough as spring nears an end. That will be priority one when fall camp opens to be sure.
The stop by Shazier was huge for the Scarlet. You have to think that a FG attempt would have been in order there instead of going for it if this wer a real game.
Did I say that Shazier was starting to have a game? There he is again dropping Brionte Dunn for a loss. He is going to be special, but OSU will need the others in the LB corps to come along side.
Did I mention that nobody was really stepping up on defense yet? Scratch that, Shazier is now strutting his stuff.
That play was a mess around end, the ball was dropped by Corey Brown, scooped up and then ran around end for a couple of yards. To boot, a penalty flag is down. Brown hasn't really jumped out today, but you can see the athelticism in the open field when he gets a chance. I wonder how he would have looked with Miller throwing to him.
It's a shame that we can't see Jordan Hall in this game. There is no injury, just sitting out which tells you even more about where he stand in the coaches eyes in my opinion. He is clearly THE guy barring anyone curing world hunger in the fall.
Second half is under way and Brionte Dunn just showed his catch passing ability. To have a back that can be a threat out of the backfield will be huge this year as teams try to key on the other spread elements.
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