Buckeye Battle Cry: What Will You Be Watching For In The Spring Game?

Buckeye Battle Cry: What Will You Be Watching For In The Spring Game?

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Buckeye Battle Cry: What Will You Be Watching For In The Spring Game?


It’s time for the writers of Buckeye Wire to sling mud at one another again, or at least try to solve the world’s problems one question at a time. It’s the weekly Buckeye Battle Cry. Next up, it’s Spring Game time and we’re asking what each writer will be looking for individually.


 

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Buckeye Battle Cry: What Will You Be Watching For In The Spring Game?

Spring keeps trying to sprung in the Midwest, but it’ll get here eventually. Either way, unless weather creates a whole heap of trouble on Saturday, the lovely folks at Ohio State are ready to put on a spring bonanza in the Horseshoe — otherwise known as the annual LiFE Sports Spring Game (now sponsored by Nationwide).

By the way, can we make the name of this scrimmage any longer?

There are some things still up for grabs, some holes to fill, and some fun to be had, so we are posing the question to each of our writers: What will you be watching for in this year’s spring fling?

Contact/Follow Phil Harrison

I’ll go all low-hanging fruit here, but it’s ripe so yeah. It has to be the quarterbacks. Urban Meyer, Ryan Day and every other coach continues to say that there just isn’t any separation between the three that are battling for the starting gig.

Someone has to eventually take this thing over, but it doesn’t appear as though that’s going to happen anytime soon, and the clock is going tickety-tock as loud as ever.

This is as close to a game situation as you can get without being in-season when it all counts, so how the trio of Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell do with the P.A. announcer in house and all the fans jazzed up might be the start of something.

At the least it’s just one more forum of competition and sample size for the coaches to file away for future consideration. It’ll be interesting to see who jogs out first, how the snaps are split up, and how each performs in moving the chains and directing the offense.

Contact/Follow Mark Russell

For sure all eyes are going to be on the quarterbacks and how they perform. However, I’m going with two other skill positions… running backs and wide receivers.

Both of those positions are pretty much set with returning starters and depth, but I’m interested in each for different reasons.

With the running backs, I’m wondering not only who comes out on top as the No. 1 guy, but also who No. 3 is. I hear Antonio Williams is having a monster spring and that true freshman Master Teague III is making a push as well. I believe Williams still has the inside edge, but I’m excited to see them in game action.

As for the wide receivers, I’m looking to see how they handle and adjust to the new guys under center tossing the magic bean. A rapport was built with J.T. Barrett over the last couple years, and a connection needs to be made now to hit full stride in the fall.

Saturday should be a ton of fun!

Contact/Follow Terry Johnson

I’m going to qualify my comments by paraphrasing NBA great Allen Iverson, “We’re talking about practice”.

In other words: I’m not expecting to see much on Saturday. I expect the schemes to be very vanilla and the play calling to be as conservative as Sean Hannity.

With that said, there’s still a still a few things I want to see unfold.

For starters, I want to see what the defensive line rotation will look like. Despite the loss of some next-level talent, I think this season’s front four could be the best unit ever (which is saying a lot).

I also would like to have an idea about what the running back competition looks like. As Phil pointed out earlier this week, there’s a ton of talent at that position. I can’t wait to see them all in action, especially against a defense as loaded as tOSU’s.

Although we won’t get any answers at quarterback – Urban Meyer noted on Wednesday that he doesn’t know who’s No.1 or even who’s No. 3 right now – it’ll be nice to see how each signal caller executes the base offense.

Simply put: Saturday can’t get here soon enough!

 

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