Ohio State Football: Buckeyes' 5 Spring Practice MVPs

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IApril 12, 2013

Ohio State Football: Buckeyes' 5 Spring Practice MVPs

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    Ohio State's spring practices come to an end on Saturday as the Buckeyes will play their spring game in Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium.

    The spring has given several players an opportunity to make a big impact on the coaching staff before they leave for the summer.

    Some have already done just that, announcing their presence and showing they are ready to do well on the football field.

    Here are the five spring practice MVPs for the Buckeyes.

DE Noah Spence

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    Noah Spence has proven right from the start of the spring why he was so highly pursued coming out of high school in Harrisburg, Pa.

    Spence, a consensus five-star defensive end, has flashed his dynamic pass-rush ability all throughout the spring. He has been almost unblockable against nearly everyone he has gone up against.

    If he can keep that up during the season, the Ohio State defensive line, which had to be completely replaced following last season, will be in good hands.

LB David Perkins

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    David Perkins spent most of his freshman season on special teams, making nice tackles and helping to spearhead the kickoff coverage team.

    Perkins has made the most of Ryan Shazier sitting out the majority of spring practice, delivering big hits and holding down one of the first-team spots in his place, and very little of it has to do with Perkins leveling Brutus Buckeye.

    He has the size, strength and athleticism to make an impact. If he continues to progress, it will be hard to keep Perkins off the field.

DB Doran Grant

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    Bradley Roby may be one of the best cover corners in the country, but OSU has been looking for someone to hold down the fort on the other side of the field.

    Junior Doran Grant looks to have stepped into the role with a strong spring.

    After what DBs coach Kerry Coombs called a "disappointing" 2012 season, he has responded with a great few weeks of practice with a bunch of youngsters chasing him for the spot.

    Grant has had moments of success, but a good spring means he could be on the way to being a solid starter in the fall.

OT Chase Farris

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    Before the spring, it seemed as if Taylor Decker was a shoo-in for the starting right tackle job—the only vacancy among the offensive line.

    Credit third-year tackle Chase Farris for having an outstanding spring to make this a competition that likely won't be decided until the fall.

    Farris is an outstanding athlete and could have a huge impact if he beats out Decker for the RT job. Decker may get the job, but Farris won't make it easy.

LB Curtis Grant

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    Thus far in his Ohio State career, Curtis Grant has been a bit of a disappointment after winning the starting middle linebacker job in 2012. He lost his job before October and was almost removed from the rotation entirely by season's end.

    But his hard work in the spring has allowed Urban Meyer to give him another shot, calling him the team's starting middle linebacker once again.

    He has earned it so far, as he has had to fight off a great group of young linebackers that includes David Perkins and Camren Williams.

    The real question will be whether or not can he carry it over to games in the fall and live up to the five-star billing that he came in with two years ago.


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