Ohio State Spring Game 2013: Recap, Grades and Analysis

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Ohio State Spring Game 2013: Recap, Grades and Analysis

From Paul Brown Stadium—the home of the Cincinnati Bengals—the Ohio State Buckeyes held their annual spring game.

Ohio State entered the annual matchup without many position battles undecided and looking more to see which players had improved from last season—a season that saw the Buckeyes go 12-0 and earn victories over three ranked opponents.

It was the Scarlet vs. the Gray on Saturday, and Braxton Miller led the Scarlet to a 31-14 victory.

Here's your recap of action from Ohio State's spring game.

Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Doug Lesmerises tweeted out the captains for each team prior to kickoff:

 Miller got the scoring started early for the Scarlet, hitting Devin Smith for a touchdown that gave the Scarlet an early 7-0 lead (via Lesmerises).

That was all the scoring in the first quarter, as Lesmerises updates us on the numbers for the two dueling OSU quarterbacks on Saturday.

After the Gray knotted the score at seven on a Chris Fields slant, the Scarlet took the lead entering the half, as Miller threw his second TD of the first half (via Lantern Sports)

Halftime saw notable players from last season's 12-0 team get their rings as well as a Mark May sighting, according to Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer highlights the first action of the second half, as it was Miller again getting it done for Scarlet to increase its lead.

The Scarlet would tack on a Drew Basil field goal to make it 24-7 entering the fourth quarter, but the Gray struck on a Cardale Jones-to-Michael Thomas connection that made it 24-14.

Chris Fields closed out the scoring for the Scarlet, as he took it to the house for a six-yard score that ultimately doomed the Gray (h/t Lantern Sports).

Brutus Buckeye tweeted out the final goodbye from Paul Brown Stadium, giving fans an idea of what the atmosphere looked like on Saturday.

 

Grades

QB Braxton Miller: A

Buckeye's starting quarterback Braxton Miller played three quarters and was easily the game's best offensive player, as Lori Schmidt of The Fan shows us his statistics.

Miller was fairly accurate with his passes and was an effective when needed as a rusher, as the junior looks poised for another great season.

 

WR Michael Thomas: A

The Buckeyes are looking for sophomore wideout Michael Thomas to have a breakout season, and after a strong showing in the spring game, Ohio State could very well get its wish.

Thomas had seven catches for 79 yards and a score in the Gray's loss, and the 6'2" wide receiver looks to be in great shape for the 2013 season.

If OSU plans on going undefeated again this season, Thomas and the offense are going to have a lot to do with it.

 

QB Kenny Guiton: B+

As the starter for the Gray and Braxton Miller's backup, Kenny Guiton looked impressive, completing the majority of his throws and showing great chemistry with his receivers.

Buckeye TV sports director Brad Comer has Guiton's stats for the day. 

He may only be the backup, but Guiton looks ready to take over in the unfortunate event that Miller goes down.

 

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