Ohio State Football: Week 3 Spring Practice Stock Report

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IMarch 29, 2013

Ohio State Football: Week 3 Spring Practice Stock Report

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    Spring rolls on for the Ohio State Buckeyes as April 13th's spring game at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium approaches every day.

    The Buckeyes are continuing to develop their young players as well as fine-tuning their schemes based on their personnel.

    Different players have risen up at different times and have caught the eye of both coaches and reporters, alike.

    Here are the latest stock reports for four Buckeyes after another week of spring football.

Up and Down: DB Corey Brown

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    While the Corey Brown on offense has become the No. 1 receiver, the Corey Brown in the secondary has been a bit of a disappointment in his time in Columbus.

    Referred to as "Pittsburgh" Brown, he has not lived up to his 5-star status and not been able to find consistent playing time despite some inconsistencies at the safety position last year.

    Brown, now a senior, could be pushed by younger players like Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell. And after being challenged by co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers, Brown responded with a better practice on Tuesday.

Stock Up: DE Michael Bennett

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    After sitting behind John Simon and Johnathan Hankins the last two years, 2013 might finally be the time for Michael Bennett to make an impact in the starting lineup.

    He filled in for Simon admirably in the 26-21 win over Michigan as he had a sack and forced fumble to help spearhead an inspired second half on defense.

    Bennett is expected to start alongside Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington on the defensive line, although Bennett can play both end and tackle defending on the situation.

Stock Down: QB Cardale Jones

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    With Kenny Guiton becoming a senior, the opportunity for Cardale Jones to step up and earn some snaps for the future is there.

    But like any other young quarterback, he does have some inconsistency to overcome.

    On Tuesday, Jones was inaccurate and made several bad mistakes including some fumbles, proving he still has quite a long way to go to be comfortable in Urban Meyer's offense.

    This is likely his most work with the offense, so growing pains are expected with any young quarterback.

Stock Up: QB Braxton Miller

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    Braxton Miller already looks to be on the way to an even better season than his breakout sophomore campaign was.

    He connected with TE Jeff Heuerman on a perfect 90-yard touchdown pass and a 70-yard TD to Chris Fields on Tuesday.

    Meyer believes Miller could have been even better than he is if he wasn't rushed into action as a true freshman like he was in 2011. He felt playing early hindered his development, but that his athleticism is making up for that difference in a big way.

    2012 was a big step in Miller's growth, and 2013 can take that growth even further.


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