Friday Skull Session

By Jason Priestas on April 20, 2012 at 6:00a

So here we are, one day away from UFM's first spring game at Ohio State.

The weather, despite a small chance of rain, appears to be cooperating and with nearly 60,000 tickets sold already, there's an outside shot the fans will welcome the new coach with a national spring game record crowd.

The gates will open at 10am ahead of the men's lacrosse team squaring off against Air Force at 11:30am. If you plan on arriving late, kickoff is set for approximately 1:30pm.

In honor of the the city of Columbus' bicentennial, players will rock a COLUMBUS200 logo on their jerseys. 

The rosters:

Team Scarlet Team Gray
Head Coach Tom Herman Head Coach Luke Fickell
Assistant Coaches Everett Withers, Mike Vrabel, Tim Hinton Assistant Coaches Kerry Coombs, Ed Warinner, Stan Drayton, Zach Smith
Captains Zach Boren and Jack Mewhort Captains Etienne Sabino and John Simon
QB Braxton Miller QB Kenny Guiton
QB Justin Siems QB Cardale Jones
OL Darryl Baldwin OL Ivan Blackman
OL Reid Fragel OL Brian Bobek
OL Marcus Hall OL Jacoby Boren
OL Eric Kramer OL Tommy Brown
OL Corey Linsley OL Taylor Decker
OL Jack Mewhort OL Andrew Norwell
OL Tim Trummer OL Ben St. John
RB Carlos Hyde OL Antonio Underwood
RB Rod Smith RB Br'onte Dunn
FB Zach Boren RB Jordan Hall
TE Jeff Heuerman FB Adam Homan
TE Derek Burkholder TE Kyle Schuck
TE Nick Vannett TE Jake Stoneburner
WR Chris Fields WR Corey Brown
WR Frank Kangah WR Peter Gwilym
WR Ryan Ross WR Verlon Reed
WR Evan Spencer WR Taylor Rice
WR Michael Thomas WR Devin Smith
WR Tyrone Williams DL Adam Bellamy
DL Michael Bennett DL Dalton Britt
DL Logan Beougher DL Chris Carter
DL Chase Farris DL Garrett Goebel
DL Joel Hale DL Steve Miller
DL Johnathan Hankins DL John Simon
DL William McCary DL Nathan Williams
DL J.T. Moore LB Curtis Grant
DL Se'Von Pittman LB Ross Oltorik
DL Kharim Stephens LB Joshua Perry
LB Connor Crowell LB Andy Reed
LB Storm Klein LB Luke Roberts
LB Ryan Shazier LB Etienne Sabino
LB Stewart Smith DB Corey Brown
DB C.J. Barnett DB Adam Griffin
DB Christian Bryant DB Orhian Johnson
DB Doran Grant DB Tyvis Powell
DB Zach Domicone DB Bradley Robey
DB Travis Howard DB Nick Sarac
DB Vincent Petrella K/P Ben Buchanan
DB Ron Tanner K/P Kyle Clinton
DB Julian Vann K/P Russell Doup
DB Jamie Wood LS George Makridis
K/P Drew Basil    
K/P Kyle Clinton    
K/P Kevin Niehoff    
LS Bryce Haynes    

That's about as even as it will get. While Team Gray has Jake Stoneburner and Johnny Simon, Team Scarlet will trot out Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier. Still, the early line is Team Gray -2.

While it's easy to get excited for the first spring game of the Meyer era, you won't want to get too excited. After all, this is the event that elevated Bam Childress and later Taurian Washington to All-American status only to see a season in which neither sniffed the field.

After the game, be sure to join us for the first annual 11W Spring Banger at Bernard's Tavern in the Short North. Don't forget to bring a canned food for Operation Feed. Let's party for OH-IO. Let's party for helping to feed the hungry. But most of all, let's party because this is the first Bauserbro-less spring game since 1975.

OH, MIKE ADAMS... So, this will surprise exactly none of you, but evidently Mike Adams failed his NFL Combine drug test. While NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock said most teams don’t consider marijuana use "as big a deal as it was 10 years ago," it's still frustrating if you're a fan of Mike Adams, which I definitely am.

It's 4/20 after all, so I suppose this news was ripe to drop (along with the epidemic at Oregon), but ultimately, Mayock is right. You have NFL GMs that attended Woodstock and grew up as boomers -- the first generation to regard marijuana as the harmless drug that it is. Still, Adams knew this test was coming and if it costs him a round in the draft, this will go down as the world's most expensive weed.

MOAR LENS FLARE, PLZ. Hats off to the graphics team within the football program for turning boring recruiting letters into the attention-grabbing promotional documents that they are meant to be.


Last week, we featured the Heisman letter sent to Eli Woodard and the Vrabel-themed mailer to your left is another great example of this team turning the mundane into eye-catching. Which, you know, should be the goal when trying to sell the university to the nation's finest prep athletes. 

BO RYAN BLINKS. After Twitter rose up to denounce Bo Ryan's hard stance on Jarrod Uthoff, the Dentyne-chomping grouch took to Mike and Mike for a little damage control.

Given this is the guy that responded to Jared Sullinger getting spat on by saying "Deal with it," you can imagine how the interview played out.

Not long after the interview, Ryan and Wisconsin released Uthoff from his shackles and he's now allowed to go to anywhere he wants, so long as it's not a Big Ten school.

THERE BE META CONTENT HERE. A couple of quick 11W notes: Today is the last day to apply for our beat writer position. We will be conducting interviews over the course of the next three weeks and then will be in a position to pull the trigger on a hire before the end of May. Thank you all once again for donating to our fundraiser.

Speaking of the fundraiser, I sent emails to every donor at the $100 and up level, seeking t-shirt size and shipping address info, but there are still about 10 of you that have yet to respond. If you're reading this and haven't sent me your size/address, please do so now at We're going to put the bulk order in sometime before next Wednesday and we'd love to hook you up with a one-of-a-kind Respect the Basement t-shirt.

ETC: Steve Spurrier dropping logic... Sean Payton to Arkansas for a year?  Alabama visits the White House (but not you, Duron)... Michigan AD Dave Brandon is catching heat for saying the Michigan Marching Band won't travel to the opener against Alabama... Josh Pastner blames wife for NCAA violation... Tennessee lost a legend.


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Buckeye414's picture

I was going to block for Braxton, but then I got high.  I was going to memorize the snap count, but then I got high.  I was going to work my bench press, but then I got high.  Then I got high, then I got high, then I got highhhhhhh.

-Go Bucks!

Normal Buck's picture

"I was going to remember the snap count. . ."

J.B. - is that you?

bukyze's picture

Yes, yes it is.

slippy's picture

Gray -2?  I like Scarlet with the outright upset in that case.  What kinda odds does that pay?

M Man's picture

I wish I knew how much they were going to let Braxton play, because I think I'd clearly take "Scarlet" plus the point-spread.  But I look at Kenny Guiton as the B1G's first-team all-conference performer in "Spring Games."  I see some hungry Buckeyes looking for playing time on the Gray squad.

How much is Bri'onte going to play?  (Wipes small tear from corner of eye.)

Having now seen the Buckeye Lacrossers in person, I'll be interested to see how they perform at home aginst the Naval Academy.  How is that one supposed to turn out?  I'd imagine that Navy has a pretty good team.

Matt's picture

I may be wrong, but I think Navy already beat OSU lax once this year thus far.  

Brionte a bit dinged up right now, but it sounds like all of the RBs are nursing injuries, are hungry for carries, and will be eager to show their stuff.

southbymidwest's picture

OSU men's lacrosse team is playing the Air Force Academy in an ECAC conference match-up. Should be a good game as they have similar records, and a conference playoff spot is on the line.  OSU has not played Navy this year. If you haven't seen a men's lacrosse game before, it is a very watchable sport.  Oh, and Navy's team this year? Umm, a rebuilding year. New coach, new direction, old controversies.

pcon258's picture

im team scarlet on this one. since meyer has said it will be almost entirely passing based, i think having braxton will be enough to put them over the top.

but yea, bo ryan definitely needed to do some damage control after that interview, its quite possible that he didnt say a single sentence that made sense. glad to see theyre letting him have free rein now

bassplayer7770's picture

Anybody else think Scarlet looks awfully thin at LB with Klein likely not playing?  Also, they better hope Shazier is feeling well.

I do agree having Braxton and 4/5 of the starting O Line is big for Scarlet, but let's hope some of the receivers (Thomas, Fields, or Williams most likely) can step up and make the catches since Braxton won't have his favorite target in Devin Smith.

Jdadams01's picture

They would have been thin at LB with Klein playing. Dude isn't exactly AJ Hawk.

bassplayer7770's picture

Agreed, but, without him, they have 3 LBs, which is why I also said they better hope Shazier is feeling well...

Colin's picture

I would've said that with Klein they are actually a little heavy at LB.

DEEZnutz25's picture

does anybody know if the team will be wearing anything special for the game other than the patches on the jerseys??  im not positive if it was last year but the camo helmets in the past for the spring game were pretty sweet..would like to see something like that again

Nappy's picture

Anyone know what players are not playing in the spring game?

Bo Ryan should pinch Mike Adams' stash.  Maybe he'd lighten up a bit and quit being such a giant doucher.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Joe Beale's picture

Advantage Gray for having both Simon and Williams plus Goebel on DL, and the fact that they have the Smith-Brown-Reed combo at WR and Hall at RB.  If Kenny and Cardale are on their game, the Gray will have an excellent passing game.  If it comes down to running and power football, advantage Scarlet if they can move Simon off the line.  Yeah, right.  I'm going with Gray.

Jdadams01's picture

Williams and Reed won't play. Injured.

Joe Beale's picture

I still give Gray the advantage at WR with Brown and Smith.  Scarlet has Evan Spencer out for the game.  Gray also has Bellamy and Miller which helps to make up for the loss of Williams.  Should be a good game, but I think the Gray wins if Guiton and Jones play well.

otrain2416's picture

Scarlet got 4/5 starters on OL how does that work lol

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

703Buckeye's picture

Looking at the DL for Gray, I don't see how it matters.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

ebbandflow's picture

The thing you have to shake your head at was the fact that he failed a planned drug test. It's one thing to fail a random one, but one you have full control over? you just don't care if you fail.

thatlillefty's picture

Steve Spurrier is the man

Maestro's picture

vacuuming sucks

thatlillefty's picture

lol... how can you not love the guy? Gotta be every reporter's favorite interview.

Asked about moving the Georgia game from week 2 to 6:

"I don't know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended."

703Buckeye's picture

lefty, now that I see you here. Do the initials "GCM" mean anything to you?

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

thatlillefty's picture

why yes they do... glad to see we both found greener pastures. This site rocks.

Squirrel Master's picture

Wish I had the balls to walk around out in public with my shirt off like him but I am not sure he is the man. What do you think, A cups? or is OBC approaching B cup status?

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

NW Buckeye's picture

Actually, what Spurrier is proposing makes a lot of sense.  As conferences get bigger, the crossovers can figure in too much to determining the division winner when one team has to play the other division heavy weights and another plays only the door mats.  It makes perfect sense to first let the division record determine the division winner.  Ties go to head to head competition, and the cross division games only come into play if there is a 3 way tie.  I would love to see the B1G adopt that as well.  The only fair way to include the cross over games is to have all teams play each other in the conference.  That leaves no room for out of conference games and can not happen anyway in a 12 game season.  Probably won't happen because it is just way too much common sense for this world.   

NC_Buckeye's picture

Man, I like this Spring Game format a helluva lot better than what Tress used last year. [Me to viewing companion last year: So how many points does the defense get for penetrating into the backfield? I'm confused.]

This actually might be intersting to watch.

BTBuckeye's picture

Adams has been called out several times for this and his work ethic. Jesus dude, $30 million is on the the line here...put the bong down!

Maestro's picture

I am going with Scarlet because they have Bryce Haynes.

vacuuming sucks

Colin's picture

A good long snapper can go a long way.

Squirrel Master's picture

Bo Ryan just might have saved himself. Its one thing that the media jumped on him about what he did, its another thing of what future recruits see. If I was a recruit, I would have it in the back of my mind that if by chance it didn't work out, would I want to be treated like that. This could cost him some talent. Not a bad coach, just not a great person!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

bukyze's picture

You can guarantee it was Barry Alvarez who made the decision.  Barry's smart, and has always been a class act.  Remember, he basically told Bielema to shutup after complaining about Meyer flipping Kyle Dodson.  Unfortunately, Barry's 2 highest profile coaches are a couple of dipshits.

Squirrel Master's picture

^^nail on the head! That is the guy who knew this was bad news.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

BuckNut1070's picture

Did I overlook Noah Spence?

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium."  ~Woody Hayes~

Squirrel Master's picture

I don't think he is at OSU yet.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Maestro's picture

He is not.  Funny with all the early enrollees who the 2012 class feels so bifurcated.  Guys like Cam Williams, Armani Reeves, Warren Ball, Devan Bogard, Spence and others are kind of lost in the shuffle of early enrollees and the 2013 class buzz.

vacuuming sucks

Squirrel Master's picture

Ridiculous to see that roster and all that talent still yet to show up! The only team that might beat the bucks this year could be........the bucks!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

ARMYBUCK's picture

Noah Spence is currently not enrolled at OSU yet and is still in high school.

Sorry.  Hate when you post something and all of a sudden everyone who answered it before you shows up.


Joe Beale's picture

As for Adams, if a guy willingly risks his NFL career just to get some weed, the addiction must be pretty strong. 

joel121270's picture

Something I never understood too; one of the easiest drugs (IMHO) to stop least I quit when I had to and been cool since but then again it wasn't something I needed, I just enjoyed it if that makes sense. Sad, to waste a potential round right now.

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Hey guys... I think the roster looks great.  I would like to print this out and take it with me to the Sping Game.  While I know most of the players numbers, because it is a new season and sometimes players do change their numbers, is there any way we can add an extra column that lists the players numbers so that we can have a nice sheet for the game?  Thanks!

Bucks43201's picture

Sean Payton to Arkansas for a year?  only in the SEC ... hahah what a perfect match that guy would be

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Squirrel Master's picture

imagine all the rules that would be broken if he started a bounty system at Arkansas?

Oh wait, that is Miami!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

RedStorm45's picture

Depends on how much Miller plays...if it's like 2 or 3 series, it might be tough for the Scarlet.  Gray at least has Guiton and Jones, who aren't Braxton, but over the course of 4 quarters could make it interesting.

Squirrel Master's picture

All I remember is Guiton playing out of his mind 2 years ago in the spring game! Then and there I knew Guiton should have backed up Pryor, not Bauserman!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Bucksfan's picture

"Your division champ should be decided on division games. Last year, it wasn't fair for Tennessee and Florida," Spurrier said. "They both played LSU and Alabama. Us and Georgia didn't. So, us or Georgia almost had to win the division simply because of the schedule."


Read more:

Denny, Where y'at?

BuckeyeW's picture

Ouch. I sometimes understand when people use the wrong word in the multi-party context... but that one is awful.

Scott's picture

Does anyone know about pre-Spring Game events aside from the lacrosse game? I'm assuming there isn't a skull session in St. John, but does the band play before the practice?

Class of 2008

DarthSweaterVest's picture

Last year band was going to play at "halftime" but cancelled due to weather.

RedStorm45's picture

No skull session. Athletic band playing not the full marching band. Tailgating should be in gear if the rain holds off.

LadyBuck's picture

They'll be playing outside of St. John before the lacross game, but they'll be inside the stadium after that (so, from the lacross game through the end of the football game). They'll march halftime for both lacross and football (weather permitting). Outside of that, there's not much I know of.

gravey's picture

Congrats to those who can make it to the game.  Any day in the mighty, mighty Horseshoe is a good day.   I've got Scarlet by 2 touchdowns.