Ohio State Football: Thoughts on Saturday's Soaked Scrimmage

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Ohio State Football: Thoughts on Saturday's Soaked Scrimmage
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Here are some musings from today's morning scrimmage, which was abruptly ended by seemingly hurricane-force rains that engulfed the Horseshoe.

 

No. 1 is No. 2.

We’ll start off discussing OSU’s most important player, quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Pryor, who is recovering from right foot surgery, spent the entire day out of the spotlight, throwing on the sideline with support staff. He got in a few reps during the quarterbacks/wide receivers throwing drill.

Pryor also called plays for a few of quarterback Braxton Miller’s series during the scrimmage. Coach Jim Tressel said last week that Pryor will be “back running around at the first of May.”

The Four Horseshoe Men

The quartet of quarterbacks vying for Pryor starting job, Joe Bauserman, Taylor Graham, Ken Guiton and Miller, all took about the same amount of snaps.

No one stood out and Graham was the only one not to throw an interception by my count, although most of the other interceptions were the result of dropped passes by the wide receivers, who also struggled.

Graham is someone to keep an eye on. He appears to be the back-up to Bauserman at this point and has very good strength, accuracy and spiral on his throws.

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The son of former OSU and NFL quarterback Kent Graham isn’t afraid to put his head down and use his size (6’5, 225) to gain a few extra yards.

Hard-Hitting Defense Dominates

The offense likely isn’t as bad as it looked today. Center Michael Brewster tried to put the day’s effort in perspective.

“Today was the worst day of the spring [for the offense],” Brewster said. He also added that tackle J.B. Shugarts didn’t scrimmage today because his shoulder was dinged up.

That doesn’t mean the defense didn’t come to play. Defensive linemen John Simon and John Hankins nearly caused a safety on the first play of the day, as running back Daniel "Boom" Herron was barely able to keep his forward progress out of the endzone.

There were also a few shellacking hits. Running back Jamaal Berry, who had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early on, knocked defensive back Jamie Wood’s helmet off on one run.

Defensive end Melvin Fellows had a nasty hit on Guiton, but may have hurt himself on the play as he sat on the bench for the rest of the scrimmage. Defensive back Dionte Allen, a Florida State transfer, absolutely lit up Berry on a botched bubble screen.

The strangest play of the day was when wide receiver Verlon Reed caught a Miller pass around the opposing 30-yard mark and got popped by defensive back Jeremy Cash.

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Adams, Pryor and Herron are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season.

The ball went into the air and was snatched by linebacker Dorian Bell, who ran left but quickly tried to reverse field and was met by a slew of offensive players including Miller, who got in a nice hit to help bring down Bell.

Quotes

Offensive tackle Mike Adams

“Joe [Bauserman] has been more confident and comfortable in the huddle.”-Adams mentioned Bauserman used to be more shy and reserved. He also said Miller has come a long way since the first day of practice.

 

Tight End Jake Stoneburner

“I’m still a tight end, but I may be split wide more this year.”

“Joe [Bauserman] has a cannon, the ball comes a bit faster than Terrelle’s.”-Bauserman was a former minor league pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

 

Running back Jordan Hall

“All [the quarterbacks] have their days.”

“The offensive line has been very physical all spring, not so much today though.”

 

Defensive back Travis Howard

“I get little more swag; I need to step up my play-making ability.”-Howard on switching his number to No. 7. He also referenced past Buckeyes who wore the number.

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