Ohio State By The Numbers

By Kenny Roda

For those of you who didn’t watch the O.S.U. spring game on Saturday, here are my thoughts and some numbers from, what was more like a scrimmage, than an actual spring game, like in years past. It’s not the end all, be all, but at least it gives us an idea of who’s looking good and who, or what positions need a lot of work.

From what I’ve been told Jim Tressel, who wore a camouflage hat, pants and army boots  during the game, honoring our military people, CALLED ALL OF THE PLAYS.

Terrell Pryor didn’t play. He’s still rehabbing his surgically repaired foot. The defensive secondary was banged up with ten players who didn’t take a snap.  The offensive line had a couple of players missing as well. However, this team is going to be missing five players for the first five games of the season, so it was a good experience of playing without some key players in the line up.

Regardless of who played with what unit, and against whatever unit, to me true freshman Braxton Miller looked the best out of all of the quarterbacks.  He started the game a little rough, but then he picked up steam as it went on and got more comfortable. He was the only QB to lead the offense on 2 touchdown drives. Yes they shrunk the playbook for him, but the kid just enrolled at O.S.U. back in January and should be thinking about his senior prom, not learning Ohio State’s football playbook.  So when you take everything into consideration, “Miller-Time” was enjoyable to watch and he passed my eye test!  Joe Bauserman, for the 2nd straight spring game looked the worst out of all the QB’s.

The strength of this team is going to be it’s defensive line. John Simon was a one man wrecking crew yesterday. Johnathan Hankins is a mountain of a man, in fact from this day forward I will refer to him as “Mount Hankins” and he is going to help fill the void left by the graduation of Cameron Heyward.  Add Nathan Williams and Garrett Goebel to that starting group and it’s going to cause problems for many an offensive line this season. Then you can bring Adam Bellamy, Melvin Fellows and when he returns, Solomon Thomas off the bench.

The weakness of this 2011 team isn’t as clear-cut as it was for last year’s team in my opinion. Unfortunately last year I was right on the money predicting that the special teams would be the worst unit of the 2010 Buckeyes, and they were. Right now if I had to rank the weakest unit of the 2011 Buckeyes, it would be the wide receivers. That unit is by far the weakest and most inexperienced group. With DeVier Posey out for the first five games, the Buckeyes will not have a proven wide out on the field.  So somebody has to grow up quick and become a legit threat to just run a route right, and then catch the ball. The leading candidates are: sophomore’s Chris Fields and Corey “Philly” Brown and freshmen Verlon Reed and T.Y. Williams, from Shaw High School in Cleveland.  Look for the Buckeyes also to throw to their backs and tight ends more until these wide outs develop.  That means the early season passing game will feature running back Jordan Hall and tight end Jake Stoneburner.

The Numbers:

Offense 59      Defense 27    (the scoring system favored the offense)

QB’s – Braxton Miller 7 of 12 for 73 yrds 1td and 0 int. He also ran 5 times for 19yrds.

Kenny Guiton  5 of 11 for 42 yrds 1td and 0 int.

Taylor Graham 4 of 9 for 91yrds 1td and 0 int.

Joe Bauserman  4 of 11 for 42 yrds 1td and 0 int.

RB’s – Jordan Hall 8 carries for 37yrds and 1td

Dan Herron 6 carries for 37 yrds

Rod Smith   7 carries for 36 yrds

Jamaal Berry 2 carries for 16 yrds

WR’s – T.Y. Williams 3 catches for 83 yrds and 1td

Also grabbing TD passes: Verlon Reed, Corey “Philly” Brown and Ryan Ross

LB – Andrew Sweat led everyone with 10 tackles

The defense ended up with 7 sacks on the day

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