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OSU Spring Football Release

Unread postby danwismar » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:48 pm

Jerry Emig, OSU Football SID, released the following information previewing the spring football season, which begins with the first practice on Tuesday, 3/4. The full text of the release follows:


Ohio State begins Spring Drills Tuesday, March 4

39 lettermen; 12 offensive/defensive starters return; Spring Game April 12

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 15 practice days that make up the 2014 Ohio State University football spring drills start Tuesday, March 4 and will extend through the LiFE Sports Spring Game, presented by Nationwide, on April 12. The Buckeyes will practice on these days:

March 4, 6, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
April 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12

A total of 93 individuals are on Ohio State’s spring roster, which includes 39 returning lettermen from last season’s 12-2 team that played in the Big Ten championship game and the Discover Orange Bowl. A total of 12 starters off the 2013 team’s offense (five) and defense (seven) return. (Note: the updated spring roster will be available online Tuesday.)

Returning starters from an offense that set a Big Ten record for most rushing yards (4,321), ranked fifth nationally in rushing (308.6 yards per game) and shattered school records for points scored (637), touchdowns (87) and touchdown passes (38) are senior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, senior receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, and junior tackle Taylor Decker.

The seven returnees on defense include everyone who started along the front line – senior Michael Bennett, juniors Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington and sophomore Joey Bosa – plus linebackers Curtis Grant, a senior, and junior Joshua Perry (who shared starts with nickel back/safety Tyvis Powell), and senior cornerback Doran Grant.

Sophomore punter Cameron Johnston, who led the Big Ten in punting with a 44.0 average, also returns.

A new foundation

The Buckeyes have powered for 7,228 rushing yards – a 278.0 yards per game average – and 82 rushing touchdowns in two seasons under Urban Meyer, a rush total that only seven schools can top. The foundation of this success has been an offensive line that is now void of four upperclassmen – all of whom have the potential to make an NFL roster – and their 135 combined starts. It’s time to restock up front.

Junior Taylor Decker started all 14 games at right tackle last year and is the new leader of the pack. He’ll move to left tackle this spring. Sophomore Pat Elflein, who played well in three quarters vs. Michigan and in a start against Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game, is tested and proven at one guard position. Jacoby Boren and Darryl Baldwin have some game experience the last two seasons at center and tackle, respectively. Nine additional scholarship linemen will be vying for playing time, including Antonio Underwood, who is returning after missing the 2013 season, Kyle Dodson, Billy Price and Joel Hale, who has moved to the offensive line from the defensive line.

Expect spirited competition everywhere

Position battles will be spirited and fervent at running back, receiver and at quarterback. Braxton Miller isn’t likely to take a snap this spring because of his Feb. 21 surgery, which means untested young quarterbacks Cardale Jones, a third-year sophomore who was on the field for 39 plays in three games last year, and red-shirt freshman J.T. Barrett will have plenty of opportunities to perform in the competition for the No. 2 position. Early enrollee and true freshman Stephen Collier is the third scholarship quarterback on the roster.

Sophomore Ezekiel Elliott’s 30 carries (for 262 yards and an 8.7 per carry average) were the most last year of any returning running back, a testament to his skill, savvy and practice habits, but he’ll be challenged hard by a slew of veterans for this open position. Rod Smith is a fifth-year senior who has gained 448 yards with a 5.4 per carry average and is a solid 6-3 and 231 pounds. A couple of third-year sophomores will also be mixing it up at the position: Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball.

And speedster Dontre Wilson, a running back who also played H-back last year and averaged 13.2 yards with every touch of the football, is bound to be bigger, better and stronger in his second season. He averaged 8.1 yards off 31 carries, 15.0 yards off 22 receptions and 24.9 yards on kickoff returns plus scored three times as a freshman.

Juice

Seniors Devin Smith and Evan Spencer return as starting wide receivers with 22 and 15 starts, respectively, but expect the juice to be loose with this position group that doesn’t have a starter – yet – according to receivers coach Zach Smith and is loaded with talented players eager to play and who either red-shirted (Michael Thomas, Corey Smith and Jalin Marshall), sat out (Jeff Greene) or were in high school (WR Johnny Dixon and H-B Curtis Samuel) last season.

Smith has speed and experience – 88 receptions for 1,572 yards and 18 touchdowns – on his resume and Spencer, although he won’t play this spring, has consistently been lauded for his downfield blocking and football awareness. He has 37 career catches and four touchdowns.

Ohio State boasts two outstanding, veteran tight ends in senior Jeff Heuerman (22 starts; 35 receptions for 585 yards and five touchdowns) and fourth-year junior Nick Vannett. Both are in the 6-6, 250-pound range.

A foundation to build upon

Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell has a couple new assistants on his side of the ball to work with and a line that will anchor the defense. Every lineman returns from a 2013 unit that registered a combined 53 tackles for loss, including 31 quarterback sacks.

Tackle Michael Bennett (11.5 TFLs and 7.0 sacks) is the only senior among this group and he is a force on and off the field. First-team all-Big Ten junior end Noah Spence (14.5 and 8.0, respectively) is a 12-game starter and junior Adolphus Washington (4.0 and 2.0, respectively) is a formidable performer at 6-4 and 295 pounds. Physical sophomore Joey Bosa (13.5 and 7.5, respectively) was a freshman All-American during a 2013 season in which he started 10 games.

Senior Steve Miller, juniors Tommy Schutt, Jamal Marcus and Chris Carter and sophomore Michael Hill, who is coming back after having mid-season surgery, have all played well and had their moments in back-up rolls. Schutt and Marcus have each started games in the past.

Just three LB/DB starters return

Linebacker and the defensive backfield areas each lost an All-American performer to early application into the NFL Draft: Ryan Shazier and Bradley Roby. Both standouts and their incredible playmaking abilities will be missed on a defense that is focused on improving significantly upon last season’s numbers.

Senior Curtis Grant is the man in the middle at linebacker and is coming off his most productive season with 12 starts, 52 tackles, including four tackles-for-loss, and a pair of pass break-ups. Joshua Perry, fourth on the team with 64 tackles last year, has significant experience – 10 starts – at outside linebacker and the junior continued to improve as the season progressed. Junior Camren Williams and sophomore Tre Johnson also had game action, with Williams in on 10 tackles in a start at Illinois.

Linebacker is a position where true freshmen will have to contribute this fall, according to Meyer. Four linebackers are in this year’s recruiting class, including the nation’s No. 1 middle linebacker and an early enrollee, Raekwon McMillan.

The secondary will feature a talented senior and 15-game starter in cornerback Doran Grant, and a quartet of young players eager for more time. Grant was second on the team last season with three interceptions and 10 pass break-ups, and he was also a top five tackler with 58 stops, including 43 solos.

Junior Armani Reeves, who started the first two games of the season and the Discover Orange Bowl in place of Roby, played plenty in between and is the only other cornerback with game experience, now that Cam Burrows, who played in 12 games last season but mostly on special teams, has moved to safety. Reeves had seven pass break-ups and an interception last season, in addition to 26 tackles.

Sophomores Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell are poised to make noise at safety this year. Powell played 732 snaps from scrimmage last season and started five times while playing as the team’s nickel back. He made 48 tackles plus the game-deciding play against Michigan: intercepting a two-point conversion attempt with seconds left to play. Bell was an outstanding special teamer last season who managed a modest 70 snaps on defense through the first 13 games. And then he started against Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl and performed well: registering seven solo tackles and an end zone interception while in for 78 plays from scrimmage.

Burrows, who played 124 snaps on defense as a freshman cornerback last season, will vie for playing time at safety along with fourth-year junior Ron Tanner, considered among the best tacklers on the team. Tanner had his first significant action on defense last season – 56 snaps – and had an interception against Buffalo.

Special teamers

Cameron Johnston had an outstanding freshman season punting, leading the Big Ten in average but also leading the nation in percentage of punts downed inside the 20 (31 of 49; 63 pct.). He returns, as does Bryce Haynes, who has shared long-snapping duties the past two seasons. A battle for Drew Basil’s kicking responsibilities will take place among third-year walk-on senior Kyle Clinton and freshman Sean Nuernberger.

News and Notes …

New on the sidelines

Coach Urban Meyer’s staff will feature two new assistant coaches: Chris Ash is the team’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach and Larry Johnson is assistant head coach and defensive line coach. Ash spent the past year at Arkansas and the previous three years at Wisconsin. Johnson has coached collegiately for the past 18 years at Penn State.

And some additional additions to the program:

§ Phil Matusz is a new assistant strength and conditioning coach for Mickey Marotti. Matusz, head strength coach at Villanova the past two years, replaces Rick Court, who took his juice to the Deep South to be head strength coach at Mississippi State University.

§ Graduate assistants for this season are second-year defensive GA Vince Oghobaase and new GAs Jon Carpenter (defense), Cody Hawkins (offense) and Adrian Mayes (offense).

Limited and/or out this Spring

Braxton Miller’s shoulder surgery Feb. 21 will limit what he will do from a physical standpoint this spring. Evan Spencer, injured in the Orange Bowl game against Clemson, will not compete in spring drills as he continues to rehabilitate from his lower leg surgery in January. Two others – junior OL Chase Farris and junior LB Devan Bogard – will also be held out of spring drills while continuing to recover from surgery last fall. Expected to practice, albeit with some limitations, is red-shirt freshmen WR James Clark. Linebacker Mike Mitchell is no longer practicing with the team. Ben St. John, a walk-on offensive lineman who has been with the program four years, has elected not to compete as a fifth-year senior because of a shoulder issue.

Seniors and juniors and sophomores and …

Ohio State’s spring roster includes 93 student-athletes. The breakdown by class includes 20 seniors (seven fifth-year seniors and 13 true seniors), 28 juniors, 24 sophomores and 21 freshmen (14 red-shirt freshmen and seven true freshmen).

Changes

Some notable position changes have been made for the start of spring drills. Joel Hale, a veteran of 29 games along the defensive line and a true senior, will practice with the offensive linemen. Sophomore Cam Burrows, who lettered with 306 plays last season including 124 snaps as a cornerback, has been moved to safety. And Chase Farris has moved back to offensive line, where he played in 2012 but converted to defensive line last season when Tommy Schutt was injured in the preseason.

The early arrivers

Seven prospects from the 2014 recruiting class (of 23) are now Ohio State student-athletes, having enrolled in January for the start of the spring academic semester. The newest Buckeyes are:

§ QB Stephen Collier, from Leesburg, Ga., and Lee County High School;

§ WR Johnnie Dixon, from West Palm Beach, Fla., and Dwyer High School;

§ OL Marcelys Jones, from Cleveland’s Glenville High School;

§ LB Raekwon McMillan, from Hinesville, Ga., and Liberty Co. High School;

§ Kicker Sean Nuernberger, from Buckner, Ky., and Oldham County High School;

§ Hybrid RB/WR Curtis Samuel, from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Erasmus Hall High School; and

§ OL Kyle Trout, from Lancaster (Ohio) High School.

The early trend

The seven new Buckeyes continue a trend of high school seniors electing to graduate early/complete requirements to graduate and enroll at Ohio State for a winter or spring academic session. Ohio State has a total of 22 players on its roster who have left high school early. Those players, in addition to the class of 2014 enrollees, include:

2013: CB Eli Apple, QB J.T. Barrett, CB Cam Burrows, DL Tyquan Lewis and DL Tracy Sprinkle;

2012: OL Jacoby Boren, OL Taylor Decker, RB Bri’onte Dunn, QB Cardale Jones, LB Joshua Perry, DB Tyvis Powell and WR Michael Thomas; and

2011: OL Joel Hale, TE Jeff Heuerman, QB Braxton Miller.

Coming this Fall…

125th season

The 2014 season will be the 125th season of football for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State first fielded a football squad in 1890. The program has had only 24 head coaches and it has become one of the top programs in the nation with a No. 5 ranking in victories (849) and with seven national championships, 34 Big Ten Conference championships, 43 bowl game appearances, 78 consensus All-Americans, 36 Academic All-Americans, 20 National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes, 24 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Famers, 71 first-round NFL Draft picks and 10 Pro Football Hall of Famers.

More seats and lights in Ohio Stadium

An $8.9 million project ongoing at Ohio Stadium will add approximately 2,600 seats with the construction of two seating areas that extend above the south stands’ stadium tunnels. The project, which will be completed in August 2014, will include a new players’ tunnel and it will also add rows of permanent MUSCO sports lighting atop the stadium’s east wall and above the press box. Upon completion, the south stands will hold just over 17,300 students (an additional 9,000 students will continue to have seats in the north end of the stadium).

The Big Ten Conference

Maryland and Rutgers are now members of the Big Ten Conference and a new East/West divisional format replaces the Legends and Leaders divisions. New division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division. Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015 before moving to nine-game conference slates in 2016.

Some next games “west” notes

The Big Ten schedules are set through the 2019 season. A few notes: Ohio State won’t play Wisconsin in Ohio Stadium until the 2019 season. Ohio State plays Iowa and Purdue only once in the next six years with each game on the road, so Iowa and Purdue won’t play in Columbus until at least 2020. Nebraska and Ohio State will play four consecutive years beginning in 2016. Ohio State’s next scheduled games (through 2019) against Big Ten Conference West division foes are:

Illinois – 2014, *2015 & 2017

Iowa – *2017

Minnesota – *2014, 2015 & 2018

Nebraska – 2016, *2017, 2018 & *2019

Northwestern – 2016 & *2019

Purdue – *2018

Wisconsin – *2016 & 2019

*Away game

Another view of Big Ten schedules

Ohio State’s eight-game Big Ten Conference schedules for 2014 and 2015, and its nine-game Big Ten schedules for 2016 through 2019, are as follows:

2014

§ At Maryland, Rutgers, at Penn State, Illinois, at Michigan State, at Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan (no games vs. Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin)

2015

§ At Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, at Rutgers, Minnesota, at Illinois, Michigan State, at Michigan (no games vs. Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin)

2016

§ Rutgers, Indiana, at Wisconsin, at Penn State, Northwestern, Nebraska, at Maryland, at Michigan State, Michigan (no games vs. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue)

2017

§ At Indiana, at Rutgers, Maryland, at Nebraska, Penn State, at Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois, at Michigan (no games vs. Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin)

2018

§ Rutgers, at Penn State, Indiana, Minnesota, at Purdue, Nebraska, at Michigan State, at Maryland, Michigan (no games vs. Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin)

2019

§ At Indiana, at Nebraska, Michigan State, at Northwestern, Wisconsin, Maryland, at Rutgers, Penn State, at Michigan (no games vs. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue)



12-game bowl lineup

Big Ten teams will be part of the largest post-season bowl lineup in conference history with 12 bowl-game opportunities for the 2014-15 bowl season.



Big Ten Bowl Games

§ Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO (Pasadena, Calif.)

§ Discover Orange Bowl (Miami, Fla.)

§ Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas)

§ Capital One Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)

§ TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla.)

§ Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank (Dallas, Texas)

§ Holiday Bowl (San Diego, Calif.)

§ Fight Hunger Bowl (Santa Clara, Calif.)

§ Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.)

§ Outback Bowl (Tampa, Fla.)

§ New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Bronx, N.Y.)

§ Bowl to be played in Detroit (Detroit, Mich.)



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Re: OSU Spring Football Release

Unread postby mattvan1 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:40 pm

Dan, great to see you posting here again. Thanks for the info.
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Re: OSU Spring Football Release

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Re: OSU Spring Football Release

Unread postby YahooFanChicago » Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:47 am

Hey Dan and/or Furls, any updates on spring ball? Particularly LB's, Secondary, WR's, RB's and OL?
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Re: OSU Spring Football Release

Unread postby furls » Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:23 pm

Here's what I got on Spring Ball:

Braxton was out all spring and that was sort of a good thing as his issues are mental more than physical so he got a chance to get mental reps. How effective were they??? Well, only time will tell. I am a firm believer that a zebra does not change its stripes in its senior year of NCAAF, so we can continue to expect inconsistent passing from the Brax.

Cardale Jones and JT Barrett were in a slug fest for the the KG back up position. Sounds like Cardale won the back up job, but it was fairly close. Unfortunately neither was SUPER impressive and whoever the back up is will certainly be called on this year as Brax does get hurt, kind of a lot although never seriously.

WR reports have been lots of the same stuff we hear every year except that Corey Smith and Johnny Dixon are pushing hard for PT. That is a good sign especially for Dixon, it is not often that a true freshman WR pushes for immediate PT against returning seniors. Dontre Wilson has been moved to more of a slot WR, so we should see him on the field more this year as the third WR. I am sure that Smith and Spencer are exactly what they were last year... again zebras and stripes going into their senior years.

Zeke is the #1 back, Dunn looks like #2 with true freshman RB Curtis Samuel pushing hard for PT. He is rumored to be pretty explosive. If you remember he was a 5* athlete out of Brooklyn and one of the 2-3 fastest guys at the Opening (Nationwide allstar combine) last summer. No Carlos Hyde on the roster right now, but probably a couple of guys that are much more "homerun" threats.

Baugh is coming on, that is a good sign and he looks like the heir apparent to Huerman next year, but Vannett is a quality player as well.

OL is still a work in progress no real updates on who will be starting where outside of Taylor Deck at LT and Pat Elflein (much maligned recruit in 2012 class) at guard. Right now Baldwin, Underwood and Boren are listed as starters but Billy Price is rumored to be coming on at c or G. Probably a big step back this year.

The defense is totally different, based on the spring game. They are playing a Cover 4 look with more press man, looks much more like MSU's D. OSU has the athletes to play this D, they just need to trust them, accept the mistakes and be patient while training the guys up for it. I don't think we will see OSU dropping 8 and leaving an 8 yard cushion anymore.

The CBs look to be Grant and Reeves right now with Apple and Conley both pushing hard for PT. The safeties just got a bit thinner as Jayme Thompson has decided to transfer (pbly due to the DC). Nice looking players at S, but they are all probably a year away (Vonn Bell and Burrows with Erick Smith coming in during fall). Finally the secondary has the bodies and kind of athletes we would except all the way across the back 4.

OSU is going to play a lot more true 4-3 (under and over) this year. When they do go nickel it will be in passing situations, the STAR as we knew it is DEAD although the SAM LB will be a bit of a safety/LB hybrid with Darron Lee (another under the RADAR recruit) in a serious battle with Chris Worley for the SAM. If you remember, OSU used to only use the SAM sparingly and it was generally a large LB (Sabino and Perry). Perry has moved over to the WILL and will now take on more GAP responsibility (B GAP). This suits him WAY BETTER. Worley and Lee are both burners and will do better in space against slot WRs and TEs. McMillan and Grant are engaged in a death match for the MLB starting position, but it looks like Grant will start the year at MLB. Most agree that unless Grant turns into a superstar, McMillan is likely to take a lot of his reps (if not his job entirely) by the end of the season.

I haven't heard much about the starting DL other than we can expect some different fronts. OSU used to play a 7, 3, 1, 5 alignment and would flop the LOS based on which side is strong side vice weakside; basically if they lined up a TE on the left side then Bosa would play left DE and spence would play the weakside, now they are playing more of a LDE/RDE and the interior DL will move around a bit more. The backups looked pretty good in the spring game, particularly Tyquan Lewis. He will likely become a starter after Spence leaves early. The DL depth looks good and we should see more of it this year as Larry Johnson is a college coach (unlike Vrabel) and will use his depth.

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Re: OSU Spring Football Release

Unread postby mattvan1 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:03 am

Thanks Mike. Great stuff as always.

BTW, anyone know WTF happened to Dan?
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Re: OSU Spring Football Release

Unread postby peeker643 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:52 am

mattvan1 wrote:Thanks Mike. Great stuff as always.

BTW, anyone know WTF happened to Dan?


He probably got a bit tired and bored with the outages here. I know i did. He's no less busy and involved on the Buckeye stuff just because it's not going up here and he's been regularly doing an internet radio segment at www.thesportsfix.net
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Re: OSU Spring Football Release

Unread postby mattvan1 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:23 am

peeker643 wrote:
mattvan1 wrote:Thanks Mike. Great stuff as always.

BTW, anyone know WTF happened to Dan?


He probably got a bit tired and bored with the outages here. I know i did. He's no less busy and involved on the Buckeye stuff just because it's not going up here and he's been regularly doing an internet radio segment at http://www.thesportsfix.net


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Re: OSU Spring Football Release

Unread postby peeker643 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:44 am

mattvan1 wrote:
peeker643 wrote:
mattvan1 wrote:Thanks Mike. Great stuff as always.

BTW, anyone know WTF happened to Dan?


He probably got a bit tired and bored with the outages here. I know i did. He's no less busy and involved on the Buckeye stuff just because it's not going up here and he's been regularly doing an internet radio segment at http://www.thesportsfix.net


Thanks


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Re: OSU Spring Football Release

Unread postby danwismar » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:03 pm

Sorry to have been mostly absent from here lately....I have been visiting the Browns and Tribe forums more than here...just because it has been so dead.

Furls did a nice job of summarizing the spring ball goings on. I would only add that Tyvis Powell is slated to be one of the starters at safety...Meyer has already confirmed that. One assumes Bell will be the other, but I hope Burrows (and incoming frosh Erick Smith) will be in the rotation.

The spring game was encouraging to me as far as the new defensive philosophy goes. I saw more pass breakups by cornerbacks in that one game than I think I saw all last season...Eli Apple was especially strong making plays on the ball in those situations. The only time I saw a receiver running wide open all day was when Barrett missed a wide open Vannett in the back of the end zone on a TE crossing pattern.

In the spring game, I was most impressed with Tyquan Lewis at Spence's DE spot. He looks like a keeper. I truly believe we will start 3 eventual 1st round NFL draft picks on the DL, in Bennett, Spence and Bosa. (I've already seen Bennett touted by some draft guys as the top returning DT in the nation...we'll see) The other starting tackle figures to be Adolphus Washington, who has been officially moved inside for good. Depth is very good at DT, with Schutt, Michael Hill, Munger, and Carter available, plus incoming Dylan Thompson, with only Bennett leaving after 2014. Same at DE, where Jamal Marcus, Lewis, Rashad Frazier (who had an excellent SG) Steve Miller, plus incoming Darius Slade and Jalyn Holmes provide depth.

Hill and Munger flashed in the SG as well. Didn't see too much of Kwon in the SG to excite me, but remember, he should be getting ready for senior prom about now. They say the instincts and athleticism and size are all there to be mined going forward.

I loved what I saw from Apple as a CB, and think the press coverage scheme will work well, especially based on the DL talent they have to hurry the QB. D. Grant didn't play, that I was able to see...neither did Dontre Wilson on O.

Brionte Dunn looked good...excellent vision and lateral movement to go with his power. Elliott and Samuel both flashed to back up their billing. I also thought Darron lee was impressive at LB...great speed and solid tackling. Didn't see much of Worley to form an opinion.

The Sports Fix thing, BTW, is a local Internet radio show run by a Clevelander named Jerry Mires. Our own Jonathan Knight is a regular on the show, and he recommended me to Jerry when he was looking for a guy to talk Buckeyes. I did a regular segment with him on Mondays and Wednesdays through the football season, and have continued with him in the offseason since he discovered that I am a Browns and Tribe STH in addition to being an OSU nutcase. I call in at about 1 pm those two days each week...and I recently introduced him to Al Ciammaichella, who now appears every Wednesday at about 12:30 pm to talk about the Tribe and its prospects (obviously well beyond my capability to do so)

You can listen live at noon (till about 1:30 or 2:00) every day at TheSportsFix.net or anytime in podcast form on any number of radio apps like Spreakr, Mixlr, iHeartRadio, etc. Just search your podcast app for the show by name. The free Mixlr app features a chat room function for comments/questions during the live show.

He covers all local teams (including Monsters), and has some good guests. During FB season, I followed his interview with Don Cockroft one day, and Sam Rutigliano on another occasion. He has John McMullen, a national NFL columnist out of Philly on every Monday and has a few other regulars besides me and Al and JK.

So far I have not landed with another site to cover OSU stuff, but hope that happens soon. I miss it.
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Re: OSU Spring Football Release

Unread postby danwismar » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:14 pm

To follow up...Meyer has named seven players on defense who have locked up starting spots. Buckeyesports.com has begun a series of articles naming them one at a time. They started with Powell, and Bennett is the second one named, but it's not hard to guess at the other five....Bosa, Josh Perry, Doran Grant for sure....the other two from some combination of Bell, Spence and Washington. MLB up for grabs between Kwon and Grant...the other starting corner still a dogfight...as is the other LB spot between Lee and Worley presumably.
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Re: OSU Spring Football Release

Unread postby mattvan1 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:04 pm

Thanks Dan. Really appreciate it. :dead:
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