Ohio State Spring Football Notebook: Practice No. 9

By Kyle Rowland on April 2, 2013 at 8:00p
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Ohio State spring practice #9 is in the books.

Spring practice is never a time for perfection. Coaches are always looking for the best blocks, a great throwing motion from the quarterback, crisp route running and form tackles. But they’re also realistic. March and April are used for fine-tuning and housecleaning.

And staying healthy.

The Buckeyes narrowly averted disaster in that category during Tuesday’s practice.

Braxton Miller, Ohio State’s do-everything quarterback, took a vicious hit from defensive end Noah Spence on an option toss to running back Rod Smith. Miller – wearing a black no-contact jersey – remained on the turf for several minutes, flat on his back. When he finally got to his feet, he wasn’t interested in keeping the peace.

Miller walked straight to the culprit and a skirmish broke out on the defensive sideline. Words and shoves were exchanged. Mike Vrabel and a mob of players broke up the brief brouhaha. Urban Meyer said there wasn’t intent in the hit.   

“It’s football,” the head coach said. “We ran option to the left and he got dinged. He’s fine.”

Meyer said Miller already has sore ribs from a hit he suffered during a scrimmage on Saturday. As for the fire inside Miller, Meyer is A-OK with it. 

“I like quarterbacks that want to go get in a street fight and get after it,” he said. “That’s not probably the time to do it, but he’s a competitor. 

“Braxton is a competitor. I guess that’s better than the opposite, just curl up and say, ‘Why did he hit me?’ So he’s a tough kid.”

Meyer is among the head coaches that are always striving for everything to go as designed. That’s why he was so displeased during much of the spring a year ago.

The Buckeyes had taken a step back in performance and were coming off a horrendous losing season. With a new coaching staff and offensive system, it took weeks to get the offensive line, quarterback, running backs and wide receivers on the same page. Meyer uttered his now infamous “clown show” line during that period of transition.

One year and 12 wins later, his tune has changed. Through nine practices, Meyer sees a team that’s competitive in most, if not all, areas of the game. His baby, though, is the offense, where nine starters return and a bevy of backups are pining for playing time.

“Spring practice you develop scheme but more importantly develop guys,” Meyer said. “You’ve got to get something back. They seem like good kids, but at some point you’ve got to give back to the program and play. So we’re force-feeding some guys. There are guys who have ability, but for 100 different reasons, they haven’t played.”

Running back is the most noteworthy position where depth has become a non-issue. Carlos Hyde and his 1,021 total yards and 17 touchdowns ended any discussion of an open competition for the starting job. But behind him is an influx of talent just waiting to get on the field.

Rod Smith, Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball have all staked a claim in the running backs sweepstakes. Smith’s ball security problems look like an issue of the past, Dunn has been running through and around the defense and Ball, a redshirt freshman who missed last season with a foot injury, is 100 percent healthy and flashing the skills that made him a highly coveted recruit.

“I couldn’t tell you who our backup is right now,” Meyer said. “They’re battling pretty good.”

And the list doesn’t include Braxton Miller, who is quite mobile on his legs, and incoming freshmen not already enrolled. The Buckeyes possessed the 10th-best rushing attack in the country last season, averaging more than 242 yards per game on the ground while scoring 37 touchdowns.

With an overflowing stable of horses and four of five offensive linemen returning, there’s no reason why the run game shouldn’t improve tenfold. Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall proved vital during Ohio State’s 12-0 season.

Listening to Meyer, it sounds like more of the same is coming in 2013, and the rest of the Big Ten should be wary.

“I like 80 percent of our offensive line starters,” he said. “I still don’t know who the fifth guy is. Those four (returning starters) are tough guys. They’ve picked up right where they left off last year.”

Concern regarding the fifth starter should be minimal. Taylor Decker nearly took the job from Reid Fragel last fall, and Fragel ended up being the Buckeyes’ top lineman. Battling Decker is Chase Farris, who came to Ohio State as a defensive lineman, and Pat Elflein.

Meyer said Decker is ahead of Fragel’s pace, but it was during the fall when Fragel improved by leaps and bounds.

It isn’t all roses and cherry blossoms for the Buckeyes, though. The defense remains the biggest concern after seven starters departed, including instrumental leaders like John Simon, Garrett Goebel and Zach Boren.

“I keep looking for Goebel and Simon,” Meyer said. “They’re getting better, though. Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence, you just wish there was one or two older guys in there to help them out.”

Michael Bennett, a junior, is the most experienced lineman, while fellow junior Ryan Shaizer is the most senior member of the linebacker corps. The only seniors on the defense are in the secondary – C.J. Barnett, Christian Bryant and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown.

Whether it’s Meyer or Thad Matta, invariably, the talk of senior leadership becomes a topic. In an era where both coaches want blue-chip prospects to make an immediate impact, there’s still something to be said about having a veteran presence on the field and in the locker room.

“We need leaders,” Meyer said.


Notes

  • With Braxton getting dinged, it brings to mind the backup QBs. Kenny Guiton led the Purdue comeback last season, but he's still a major drop off.
  • After Braxton and the defense were separated, Vrabel took him aside and talked to him for a few minutes.
  • When Braxton returned, he ran out of the pocket and lowered his shoulder into David Perkins. He wasn't going to shy away from hits.
  • The offense won the winners/losers session today, even without Braxton part of the time. The game-winning play was a fade to Nick Vannett from Guiton.
  • Antonio Underwood has a torn ACL. Out for season. He will redshirt. 
  • Ohio State ran some of the diamond set/pistol that the San Francisco 49ers run with Colin Kaepernick. Hyde, Dunn and Smith were all in the backfield with Braxton.
  • Meyer said he and some coaches went to San Francisco during the offseason to study the 49ers’ offensive sets. You'll see similar formations throughout the season.
  • Spence continues to be the most impressive member of the defense. Unblockable once again. Mewhort had no answer for him off edge.
  • When Marcus Hall went against Spence, he did the only he could do: hold. The official tossed the penalty flag.
  • The second biggest hit of the day went to Jamal Marcus. He laid out Dunn in the backfield. Was in backfield a lot.
  • Armani Reeves intercepted Guiton and returned the pick 70 yards. But the end was not good for him. Farris absolutely leveled him.
  • The running backs continue to look good, especially Ball. He missed last season with foot injury. Ball has been great all spring. It equals depth. 
  • Chris Carter continues to impress along the D-line. Meyer said they set his weight limit at 340. If he goes over, he won’t play.
  • The best pass/catch of the day came from Guiton on a bomb to Michael Thomas. He caught it with Eli Apple defending.
  • Jordan Hall was wearing an orange jersey again today.
  • The defense won Saturday's scrimmage, according to Meyer.
  • Armani Reeves actually had a pretty decent day of practice. But he was still Kerry Coombs' favorite target.
  • Special teams highlights: Philly Brown and Bradley Roby returned punts. Drew Basil made a 51-yard FG.
  • Ryan Shazier took part in drills today, though he was wearing an orange jersey.
  • Chris Fields did some slot work today. Braxton got him a pitch on a broken play that resulted in a first down.
  • Meyer said the wide receivers are “much better” at this point compared to last year. He singled out Philly Brown as someone who’s impressed. Meyer also talked up the tight ends.
  • Meyer called Elflein a big surprise. “I love who he is, tough guy.”
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osu07asu10's picture

Eiflen was Jacoby Borens teammate at Picketington right? The 3 star that wasn't worth the scholly (sarcasm)...sure glad the staff at the time knew what they were doing. Good to hear he's providing valuable depth and maybe even challenging for a starting spot.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Smanpoint10's picture

Jacoby went to pick central. Elflein Pick north

osu07asu10's picture

Fair enough! My not so good joke was trying to point out that there was a lot of grumbing about him when he was offered and accepted by the previous staff. From the spring report so far, he is at least out there battling and giving some valuable depth to a still thin unit.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Squirrel Master's picture

That is odd because I always thought he was a pretty decent recruit. He was rated by some sites higher than some of the other Olinemen and was a 4 star on ESPN even.
I am more surprised he is in a battle for right tackle. He was supposed to be a guard but hey, whatever help this kid can provide I am all for it. I already thought he would be a possible starter once this line graduates after this year.
I don't know why some want to grumble about recruits. Some I think are not as good as what might already be on the team but I never feel they aren't worth it. You never know what will happen to some of these kids. Some 3 stars are late bloomers. I think this kid will be a valuable piece to this line, starter or not!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Codeezy's picture

Im so excited my skin is about to explode.
 
I LOLd about Farris laying out Reeves.

Maestro's picture

Assuming the Chris Carter thing is a typo.  240?  He would have to lose a lower extremity and a small child to get to 240 wouldn't he?

vacuuming sucks

Kyle Rowland's picture

Good catch - thanks.

Maestro's picture

Good to hear he is performing well.  He was basically shown the door after the first Spring practice wasn't he?  Glad he is turning it around.

vacuuming sucks

ATXbucknut's picture

Thanks for this, Kyle.  Great to hear about the diamond formation being integrated into the playbook.  Not so great to hear about Underwood, although honestly I thought he had graduated already.

Doc's picture

The is going to be a long summer. I need some more foozball!  Thanks for the recap Kyle.

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Buckeyejason's picture

Eiflen was Jacoby Borens teammate at Picketington right?

 
I believed he played at the other Pickerington

BUCKEYES BABY!

T4EHill's picture

What happened to Underwood to tear his ACL?

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." Woody Hayes

4thandinches's picture

I'm not sure you can call Guiton a 'major drop-off.' I would feel comfortable and confident if he had to replace Miller. 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

highwire's picture

Comfortable and confident vs. Heisman caliber is a pretty significant drop off to be fair.

BuckGnome's picture

Can't wait to watch Spence this year.

dubjayfootball90's picture

he is going to be playing some of that AGAMD

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Squirrel Master's picture

so +1 for using that!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Buckeyejason's picture

This is the biggest group of backs we will probably see on a team..ever!
Hyde- 6' 235
Smith- 6'3" 235
Dunn- 6'1" 220
Ball- 6'1" 220

BUCKEYES BABY!

TheBadOwl's picture

Elliott's gonna play at about 220 as well. Bunch of big guys. I'm interested to see if they play Rod Smith at the H-Back/Fullback a bit this year, he'd add a lot on triple options and passing plays from that position.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

rdubs's picture

I believe his wheel route TD against Illinois was out of the h-back position with Hyde also in the formation.  Would love to see them out there together a lot.  Throw in Hall, and that gives you a lot of running threats.  Can't wait for the Diamond formation because our deepest unit is the RBs, might as well put as many out there as possible.

GV9's picture

How big is Hall?  

daytonbuckeye's picture

about 5'9" and around 195lb

whobdis's picture

I honestly think when all is said and done..Ball will be the best of THIS bunch. I just loved his HS film. If he stays healthy..he's a perfect combination of size speed. He has some wiggle and he can catch the ball. Elliot's skill set might be better..but that's down the road.
 

Buckeyejason's picture

I kind of agree with ya..just can't help but like the kid. He's not a burner but is BIG and can shake. Having good recieving abilities will only help! He's a really nice and humble dude as well. 

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeyejason's picture

Early predictions on Spence's sacks/tfl? Ill say 10.5/14.5

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Squirrel Master's picture

I would find that about right although from all this news you would think he would have those numbers by the start of conference play!
When first reading I was thinking "oh crap, Spence screwed up and probably got reemed". Knowing that it was a hit due to a mix up in the option, I guess he did what his job was. As long as he didn't lay out Braxton in the pocket. He is going to be a monster!
 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BrewstersMillions's picture

I like 28 total between the two. I'm leaning towards more sacks than TFL's because...well.. Ryan Shazier.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Definitely excited about Spence......can't wait until fall

trasch_man's picture

If there is one thing I want for the running backs this year, it's for Carlos Hyde to be a 1,000 yard rusher. He deserved it last year and he worked hard for it. One 1,000 yard rusher since Beanie left in 2008. For Hyde to do it, especially in Meyer's system, would be incredible and would more than likely mean success for the Ohio State offense. I wouldn't be mad about having two 1,000 yard rushers either.

GV9's picture

I agree.  Hyde was critical to our success last year.  I hope he gets the ball enough this year too because he is a  hungry dude with the rock in his hands.  

dan_isaacs's picture

I'm more concerned with who was punting than who fielding punts.  :)

Dan Isaacs

ATXbucknut's picture

Here is some video of Urban's comments.

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I am VERY happy to see XBrax not shying away from contact. After that Purdue hit last year he was definitely more leery about those kind of hits the rest of the way. With all that muscle he's put on let's hope he dishes out more abuse than he takes (for my ticker's sake if nothing else lol)
I agree, the news about Spence wreaking havoc has me even more excited than I am about the offense. If Mewhort is having problems with him, look the hell out opposition.
No bad news about Curtis Grant. No good news either.
Sounds like Jamal Marcus is maturing if he is continually getting into the backfield.
I think Coach Coombs recognizes Reeves is THIS close to being a superstar and maybe that's why he rides him so hard.
Just think, it's April 2. Less than 4 months to fall camp opening. Summers always go fast. Cannot wait.
P.S. Any news about the punting situation? Can Basil truly handle both?

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Basso Profondo's picture

I am really excited about the news on Jamal Marcus, definite signs of maturing.  After watching the practice videos from earlier this spring you could definitely tell that he gives those 4-6 seconds of relentless effort and really wants to be here.  Hard hits on a decent running back are a great sign, I can't wait to see what he does during his time as a silver bullet. 

Jhesse17's picture
  • After Braxton and the defense were separated, Vrabel took him aside and talked to him for a few minutes.
  • When Braxton returned, he ran out of the pocket and lowered his shoulder into David Perkins. He wasn't going to shy away from hits.

Atta boy Braxton.

Buckeyejason's picture

If you can get Shazier, Spence and a more mature Marcus on the field at the same time blitzing..I don't think QB's will even have a chance to throw the ball let alone look down field.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

1) Spence is going to be a monster. 
2) Glad to see the progression of Marcus. 
3) Seems to me it's going to be Shazier and Boom Perkins at LB. 
4) I'm really excited about the diamond formation. The 49ers had a lot of success with it. 

willshire58's picture

Any Curtis Grant updates? I haven't really heard any info about the linebackers from today's practice.

Crimson's picture

Spence will snap you in half.

I knew there was a quote about this before.  Lucky it wasn't literal.
http://www.elevenwarriors.com/forum/football/2012/08/espn-training-days-...

gbdawg's picture

"Agreed, except for one area. Just from seeing Elflein around campus, I'll be floored if I ever see him on the field for any division 1 team. He was listed at 6'3" in HS, but from looking at him, I'd say 6'1.5" at best. He's not a D1 lineman"    quote from Buck-I.8
 
Buck-I.8 what do you think about Pat Elflein now. I told you this is a tough kid who has a big heart.

Ethos's picture

yes, because people can look at someone standing in the distance, and tell if there is a 1.5" difference in height estimates.  Buck-I.8 needs to work for a ruler company, he'd save them millions in inspection costs.

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

AtlGABuckeye's picture

this just made me LOL at work

"Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

FitzBuck's picture

I keep thinking about that Auburn practice.  "Clown show" is the only thing I could call it and I can't help but wonder what Urban would call it.....if I had to guess pillow fight.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

dubjayfootball90's picture

Freaking pumped for football man. great updates to moderately satisfy my insatiable appetite

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

GoBucksOSU's picture

I'm happy for Pat. We used to be good friends when we were young kids. Though despite going to the same high school, I haven't talked to him since before middle school.

Hovenaut's picture

Good Lord, the diamond formation......

*drools*

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

brumon's picture

Hyde, Dunn and Smith were all in the backfield with Braxton.

 
I feel bad for opposing defenses.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Embarrassment of riches

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faux_maestro's picture

#BuckeyeNationProblems #FreakshowInTheShoe

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armybuckinva's picture

How bout opposing QB's?  I can picture Spence destroying someone similar to the way Clowney planted Vincent Smith.

d1145fresh's picture

So last summer during the ESPN special when Urban told Braxton that Spence would snap him in half like a stick... Urban was almost right. 

buckeyestu's picture

Spence is going to be a beast. This defense may be young, but i am so looking forward to kickoff. This is going to be one exciting year. Washington, shazier, and roby. Cant wait to see this offeense. As for guiton, i dont fear him taking snaps if needed. Can the season start now?

Ethos's picture

i'm not too worried about our first team defensive line, it's our second team.  We need two teams worth in order to be effective as the point of Urban's offensive system is the defense tends to get a lot of reps because the offense is getting a lot of TD's.  Spence can't motor like that for 60 minutes straight, we need multiple guys that can do that.

"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.

MN Buckeye's picture

Exactly, ETHOS, and I am concerned about our second team O-line, as well.

Basso Profondo's picture

I would love to see Jamal Marcus come in and be that motor for the second team.

Squirrel Master's picture

Let's say the starters on dline are Spence, Bennett, Schutt and Washington. The backups will most likely be Jamal Marcus, Joel Hale, Chris Carter and JT Moore. After that, Billy Price, Michael Hill, Joey Bosa and Steve Miller. Still left will be Tracy Sprinkle, Donovan Munger and Tyquan Lewis.
With the experience of Hale and Moore, I would be fine with some of the backups. Marcus is showing up and lots of great talk about Chris Carter. I really think Joe Bosa will rise up fast as well so I think this team is at least a good 2 deep at 3 position, if not all 4.
The reality is that Spence and Washington are looking so amazing that anyone behind them will be an obvious dropoff, but I think it will be just fine!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

2 things I would love to see on this team that we didn't have last year.
 

  • While we did find ways to get the ball moving and get the W's (all 12 of them), I do want to see an improved passing attack with variety. Downfield, screens, intermediate/short over the middle passes, wheel routes, etc. Throw that in with what we already know will be a stellar rushing attack and our O will be unstoppable. A successful O is one that has variety and can prepare for any type of defense.

 

  • I want to see Brax become a vocal and noticeable leader. I'd love to see him more animated in the pocket (when we huddle which isn't much anymore) and when he is in the gun doing his checks and audibles etc. There's something about seeing that when we play that makes a team special. We saw that in Krenzel and we certainly saw that in T. Smith. I remember T. Smith in his last game against Michigan, we were facing a 3rd and long situation and you can tell by how he was talking to the team in the huddle that we needed to convert this (Troy ended up throwing a pick but he was heavily pressured.) The idea is to have that vocal and animated leader that really is depended on by the team. Seems we've played well when we've had one.  
dubjayfootball90's picture

I dont know what I am going to do.... I need me some football, NOW!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

DannyBeane's picture

We should just start calling our stable of running backs the Panzer division because they are going to be blowing up other team's defenses. Seriously though after going 12-0 I still wasn't ready to say Ohio State had a legitimate shot at getting the crystal ball. There were still a lot of close calls and the offense seemed to have a either a hard time getting started or a hard time finishing towards the second half of the season. With that said, after every practice update my grin begins to widen ever so much.

740 BUCKEYE's picture

I like the "Panzer Division" maybe some day we can call the receivers something similar like the Screaming Eagles. Although I did like Coombs reference to piranhas.

Buckabroad's picture

I am very pleased to see Spence become a lightning bone breaker off of the edge. It will be a great pleasure to see him administer vicious hits in our opponents' backfield. While the news on our RB stable is very promising, I still would like to know how the slot receiver position is shaping up. This piece has been missing from our offense and I think strong slot receiver play would open up running lanes more and make our backs much more effective.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

FROMTHE18's picture

Saw a picture of Coach Heacock from practice, good to see him back involved...Spence...monster...D-line could be the most dominant the B1G has ever seen, especially with the addition of BOSA...glad to see Miller get angry, need that from him this year, shows a little bit of leadership IMO...would like to hear about some WRs making big plays

Schack21's picture

Here's how I see the slot position or should I say the Perc...(.no can't call it that)...taking shape , at first it will be a heavy dose of Jordan Hall to begin the season and then after a J Marshall and D Wilson get acclimated to the college game it will be harder and harder to keep them off the field . I really look for wilson to be more of a punt/kick returner this year and Marshall to get more time in the slot but who knows going to be awesome to watch can't wait!!!

Schack

Buckabroad's picture

I agree with your assessment. By the end of the year, we should have several exceptionally talented athletes at the slot. I am wondering if Clark will be used in the slot as well, which would be cool. His style seems a bit different than Marshall's or Wilson's. While Marshall and Wilson are shifty and quick, Clark has straight out afterburner qualities. Would give opposing Ds that much more to prepare for. Man, is it August yet?

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

CaliforniaBuckeyeGirl's picture

Is there such a thing as a miracle for Buckeye tickets? ;-)  My guy (the converted, former AZ fan I mentioned last season) and I are thinking about going to the game at Cal, as we live in Tahoe.  I know he'll be able to get his ticket, at least.... I wonder if he'd mind if I hooked? KIDDING - but I am almost that excited* to see the Bucks in person for the 1st time since the 2006 Michigan game (I'm ignoring the 2008 USC game, because, well.)
*I totally just watched the end of the Nat Champ game, the end of the 2011 Wisky game, Script Ohio, and the video game halftime show, on top of reading 11W.  I'm twitchy.

bdegroff's picture

Its great to hear Spence wreaking havoc. However, if Mewhort can't handle him now, what's going to happen when he faces speed rushers from other teams? Most notably the SEC who has a plethora of them. This has me a bit concerned.
 

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

It's also entirely possible Spence may be the best edge rusher in all of college football this coming season too so Mewhort will get plenty of practice blocking an elite guy like that. That can only help him.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

buckfan38's picture

Maybe not the best in all of college football there is still Clowney down at USC and some other really good players but I like the enthusiasm and i am so pumped to see Spence play too.

Squirrel Master's picture

Well also we must take into account that defenses usually look better and are more ready in spring ball. Offenses have to learn more and typically take a bit longer to get into a groove. Remember last year Simon was killing them off the edge and not that Simon didn't have a great year but it wasn't what many expected from the early hype in Spring.
I mean, last Spring Game they held out Simon because he was wrecking havoc on the offense with his individual play! Yet, Mewhort and Co. had probably the best year in the last 5 years.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

buckguyfan1's picture

Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce an "Angry Football Team".  Urbz slept good last night.

RunEddieRun1983's picture

I love that Spence is flattening dudes, and I love that Miller has the fire to come back after getting it handed to him and get in someone's face.  Shows balls on his part to not just take the punishment.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

buckeye76BHop's picture

“We need leaders,” Meyer said.

^^^^This is concerning....but not something to worry about after Fall practices end:-)

“I like quarterbacks that want to go get in a street fight and get after it,” he said. “That’s not probably the time to do it, but he’s a competitor.
“Braxton is a competitor. I guess that’s better than the opposite, just curl up and say, ‘Why did he hit me?’ So he’s a tough kid.”

^^^^Loved this part.  This is where I think the leader for OSU's football team will come from IMO.  Along with the seniors and Roby on Defense (not to mention the senior Olinemen;-)  This team is going to do great things my Buckeye compadres. 
 
 

 

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

wibuckeye's picture

Last season Corey Linsley was giving me fits at center.  It seemed like he had a lot of high snaps that Braxton had to jump to retrieve.  Has there been any noticeable improvement in his abilities this spring?
 
 

WIBUCKEYE

Squirrel Master's picture

The one major concern I had coming in was this! I just don't see Boren taking the starting position away from him but if he snaps the ball like he did those last few games, Boren better get in there.
A few of those were very costly and almost got Braxton hurt. I really hope he has it down now, but I have no idea how that is going so far.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Crimson's picture

Well, I would think his injury has healed up, so I think his snaps are back under control.

heartofabuckeye's picture

Does anyone else think that Bama has a defensive end as good as Spence? Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Urbz tell the team that we are chasing them right now? If so then Jack Mewhort is just another Alex Boone ! Let's hope this gets corrected before the fall or we won't be elite anything. Grants name not even in anyone's mouth at MLB? RDS can't cover the whole middle of the defense by himself( insert Boren). Hall's abscence scares me as well. We still need that difference maker on offense. Good enough for B10 play, but not at the next level. The time for fundamentals is now, not when we line up against Cal ! If this team aspires to line up against the big boys it's time to put their big boy pants on !!!!!! I want to see groundhog blood on the field this yr in Ann Arbor !!

BrewstersMillions's picture

What is Spence playing at? His page at Ohiostatebuckeyes.com has him at 247-still a Freshman too-but I have a real hard time believing this guy was 247...

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Buckeyejason's picture

My physique guessing expertise would say 235 or so. Most 3-4 OLB that are entering te draft this year mostly weigh about 245 or so..and they all look alot bigger than Spence.

BUCKEYES BABY!