Jersey Scrimmage Notes - Offense

By Chris Lauderback on August 20, 2011 at 1:24p
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Braxton & Bauserman both did some good things today

The first jersey scrimmage under the Fickell Regime took place today in Ohio Stadium and unlike previous versions under Tressel, ended without a winner decided on the scoreboard. 

Instead, Fickell shared post-scrimmage that the team will review film to determine who won based on loose criteria including turnovers and toughness. 

Based on that info, it's hard to say which side of the ball 'won' but it's important to note the defense only came up with one turnover. They didn't blitz a lot tough and based on what we know about the inexperience at QB, employing a more blitz-heavy attack could've easily swung the mythical score. When they did blitz, Sweat was a man among boys but Johnny will have all your notes on that side of the ball shortly so stay tuned.

Speaking of the QB's, both were up and down with neither doing enough to grab sole possession of the job. By the unofficial count, Joe B was 7/13 with a TD and an INT while Braxton was 9/17 with 2 TD. I continue to believe Joe B takes the first snap against Akron with both seeing about 50/50 time until a clear starter emerges. 

Where I'm hedging a bit after today, is exactly how soon that will occur. Bauserman looked better than I expected though he clearly had the better blocking. I just hope Braxton is comfortable enough with the offense heading into the Michigan State game so the two QB system won't be necessary. 

Overall, it was a good day on the injury front as only Chase Farris appeared to sustain any meaningful injury. He left limping and came back on crutches. Nick Vannett was shaken up after it looked like he slammed the back of his head on the turf after getting undercut but no word on his status. Of those I noticed held out of action today, the notables were DeVier Posey (nicks?), Jaamal Berry (hammy, of course), Tyler Moeller and Reid Fragel. 

With that out of the way, I'm taking the easy way out in the form of rapid-fire bullets on what I witnessed on the day. 

The rundown:

  • Placekicker Drew Basil was a solid 5/6 on FG's including a long of 41 yards. The lone miss was a 30 yarder he pushed right though it appeared there was a breakdown on the right side of the line causing the whole play to look rushed. 
  • Devin Smith, Jeff Heuerman, Chris Fields and Devin Spencer all scored touchdowns on the day. The lone turnover belonged to Bauserman on a poor interception I'll elaborate on below. 
  • The red zone offense was not pretty. The scrimmage was set up with the offense starting at either their own 10, own 35 or the 25 yard yard line (which I'm calling red zone for purposes of this writing) and by my count, the offense scored just one red zone TD in six tries. The lone score came via a nice read and throw from Bauserman to Heuerman on a crossing route on 3rd and goal.
  • Bauserman got the better look at the defense since he was behind the 1st team O-line more often and there is a HUGE dropoff between the 1st and 2nd team O-Lines. 
  • The QB's were live for about three of four possessions before the black jerseys came out which limited Miller's ability to showcase his talent especially before the aforementioned shoddy blocking.
  • Kenny Guiton was 4/10. He didn't look good at all. Graham was 3/4 but big whoop, basically. It's long been a two-horse race though Bollman said after Guiton still in the mix. Not buying it.
  • Thad Matta and his staff were on hand.
  • Boom Herron is by far the most talented running back on this team. He had just a few carries behind that same backup line and dude was bringing it, fighting for every inch. 
  • None of the RB's found much room to run though, besides Boom, Carlos Hyde stood out the most to me. He finished just 9/20 but showed toughness between the tackles. 
  • Jordan Hall finished 9/17 with the coaches doing nothing to get him in space. He ran off tackle a few times and never lined up in the slot from what I can remember. There was simply no attempt to play to his strengths on the day. 
  • Rod Smith was the least impressive to my naked eye and he finished 6/17. As I've seen others write, he seems a little too upright especially when in heavy traffic. He also carried the ball like a loaf of bread on one carry, almost losing it as he was spun around by a defender. Definitely looked like a freshman on that carry.
  • The starting line from left to right is clearly Norwell, Mewhort, Brewster, Hall and Shugarts with Stoney at tight end. 
  • Chris Carter has a LONG way to go before he can be an effective backup. He was the worst lineman out there from what I saw today. He made Daryl Baldwin look like Lawrence Taylor. 
  • Speaking of tight ends, Mila Kunis sure has one. Also, Jeff Heuerman is going to be an All-American candidate down the road. Dude is a player. I can see him getting lots of balls thrown his way this year as the QB's figure out what's going on and today he pulled down five catches for 45 yards including a touchdown pass from Bauserman on a crossing route. 
  • Moving to the wideouts, Chris Fields made a great play on an underthrown ball from Miller, turning it into a 58 yard TD. With Christian Bryant running stride for stride down the seam via the slot, Fields made a play on what would positively be described as an intended back-shoulder pass by jumping to haul it in before racing toward the back right pylon for the score. Great catch, great adjustment on the underthrown ball. 
  • On the next possession, Devin Smith caught two straight balls, the last one a 55 yarder on a perfectly thrown laser from Bauserman on Doran Grant. It was Bauserman's best throw of the day. 
  • Philly Brown had a 30yard-ish reception on the first drive of the day, turning a 15 yard pass from Bauserman into a longer gain as he raced up the left sideline. Bad D more than anything, it appeared.
  • Devin Smith recorded a 25 yard TD reception of a Miller pass on a curl route in which he broke a tackle, spun left and darted up the left sideline for six. Excellent individual effort. 
  • T.Y. Williams continued to earn his reputation as a guy who can't hang on to the ball. Miller found him with a perfect toss near the front left pylon on a deep out route and Williams proceeded to bat at the ball, just above his helmet, in a way that I can only compare to how you see a happy one year old clap. It was truly a spastic effort that would make you wonder if he didn't see the ball until the last minute but that seemed pretty much impossible as it wasn't a timing pattern, per se, and it was a long throw of 25+ yards.
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Buckeye in Athens's picture

Jordan Hall not be utilized effectively is a little worrisome. I suppose the coaches might have been trying to not show too much with him, but it would just be a shame for his strengths to go to waste running Dave all year. 

Johnny Ginter's picture

to be honest i think that the OSU staff was pretty purposeful in not showing the Hall wideout stuff today. as much as we like to build up a jersey scrimmage as something big or meaningful, both the coaches and players just didn't seem to give a crap about any of the mystique of the scrimmage: to them it was just another practice

BuddhaBuck's picture

"Practice? We're talkin' bout practice!!"

Don't text while driving.

O-H Kee Pa's picture

I expect this offense to resemble 2009 post-Purdue Harbor right out of the gate and for much of the season. Scaled back and run heavy (obviously), with some intermediate passing plays and the J Hall stuff thrown in to keep Ds honest.

Ethan's picture

Agreed. With Hyde impressing lately, not to mention Berry sure to be fighting for playing time, I would've thought we'd see more of Hall all over the field. When Herron comes back, we'll be five deep with talented, playmaking backs. You'd think that Hall in the slot with one of the other studs at RB would allow us to put the most talented personnel on the field.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

Be afriad guys..(and 4 girls) be very afraid....

 

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BuddhaBuck's picture

Sorta looks like a Power Rangers outfit with pads... "Georgia Ranger!"

Don't text while driving.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Do we know when tOSU's is being released?

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

No idea. Georgia's were leaked early. 

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Johnny Ginter's picture

also the T.Y. Williams thing made me laugh really hard when it happened

gravey's picture

Will we EVER hear, "the O line looked dominant today"?  I guess the ongoing development issues will ensure the most mobile QB will ultimately win the job.  Hello Braxton!

yrro's picture

With what our D-line has been and should be, our o-line should, ever, look dominant.

original buckeye's picture

Everyone loves to talk about how Williams has no hands. Am I the only one that remembers how many passes Philly Brown dropped last year? Has that problem been corrected?

BuddhaBuck's picture

Time for the stick'em....

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jenks's picture

"Now you know this don't look natural Coach. now you know it don't... I look like I just jacked off an elephant."

argyle182021's picture

I love how that's the second movie where Keanu plays a former Ohio State quarterback.

GoBucks713's picture

My QB in NCAA 12 is named Johnny Utah. I just hope he doesn't blow out his knee in the Rose Bowl.

-The Aristocrats!

argyle182021's picture

http://deadspin.com/assets/resources/2007/10/johnnyutah.jpg

 

I'm kicking myself for not buying this shirt when it was still available.  Have scoured the net trying to find another source but haven't been successful as of yet.

Normal Buck's picture

I remember that too.  I actually recall a couple potentially long gainers where he was basically mugged and didn't get a flag (one was against Iowa, the other was maybe PSU?), but also seem to recall a couple it looked like he just flat out dropped.  He definitely appeared to have the ability to get open though.

Buckeyejason's picture

As long as Bolman is coaching them up..I don't think so.

I've always thought Boom was the top back we have. I mean look what he did last year. Everyone wants the younger "sexier" backs (no homo) but he's the complete tailback.

Looks like Devin Smith moved his way up to #4 reciever, not suprised.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeyejason's picture

And why the hell do we have slow, out of shape Chris Carter at Left tackle? Still don't get why we didn't develop Baldwin at that spot or even groom Chase Ferris for it down the line.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Johnny Ginter's picture

he's like third string, i wouldnt worry about it for now. norwell looks very, very good in mike adams' stead

Chris Lauderback's picture

Agree. As I heard others say in the stands, Norwell is the best 2nd string LT in the conference. He's going to be a stud for us. 

Buckeyejason's picture

That's good to know

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