Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer had said he wanted to test his team in the annual Spring Game. Specifically, he wanted to “put pressure” on his quarterbacks and see how some of his young wide receivers could perform in a game-like atmosphere.
Despite 17 miles-per-hour winds that were occasionally gusting up to 28 miles-per-hour, Meyer was true to his word and did indeed use the scrimmage to find out if the Buckeyes could score a passing grade.
The result? Braxton Miller, though handcuffed to an extent by the fact that he was wearing a black no-contact jersey, was 16/25 for 217 yards and two passing touchdowns. He also added one rushing score in Scarlet’s 31-14 victory.
Gray featured a quarteback combo of Kenny Guiton* and Cardale Jones. Jones, who was live, was 7/16 as a passer, racking up 65 yards and a touchdown. He was also picked off by Kevin Niehoff. On the ground, Jones accounted for 37 yards on 8 rushes.
Guiton, like Miller in a black jersey, was 9/14 for 116 yards and a score.
Mr. Spring Game: After recording 12 catches for 131 yards last year, Michael Thomas again had a standout effort today. He had 7 receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown for Gray.
Scarlet had a trio of receivers with 5 catches each: Devin Smith, Bri’onte Dunn and Corey Brown. Evan Spencer had the longest reception of the day, one that covered 49 yards on the game’s opening drive.
Defense Wins Championships…Just Not Spring Games: Gray got to the quarterback 9 times, but that was not enough to lead them to victory. Adolphus Washington (4 sacks) and Noah Spence (3 sacks) were the most notably disruptive. They were, however, aided by the fact that they only had to touch quarterback Miller for him to be ruled down.
Curtis Grant just recently earned the praise of Coach Meyer. Meyer said the sophomore was worthy of being called a middle linebacker at Ohio State, and Grant tried to live up to that billing by leading the Gray defense with 10 total tackles, 6 of those solo, and a sack.
Joshua Perry did most of the damage for Scarlet with a team-best 7 tackles, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.
Outreach Effort in Cincinnati: Ohio State assistant Kerry Coombs agreed this week that the Buckeyes had to work to repair a “disconnect” with the Queen City that was present when coach Meyer first took over.
Today, attendance at Paul Brown Stadium was listed as 37,643.
OSU invaded the home of the Bengals because of renovations currently going on at The Shoe.
Nice job on 97.1 The Fan: I loved the radio broadcast today. Paul Keels and Jim Lachey were informative, but kept the relaxed tone that befits a Spring Game. Plus, at halftime, Skip Mosic had a very, very entertaining interview with Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee.
*Guiton would also spend time with the Scarlet roster.