Ohio State Spring Football Notebook: Practice No. 11

By Kyle Rowland on April 6, 2013 at 2:37p

Urban Meyer has upheld and started several new traditions since arriving at Ohio State in November 2011. An Ohioan to the core who cut his teeth at Ohio State as a twenty-something graduate assistant, Meyer understands the importance of the scarlet and gray-clad football program. 

When he was hired, he spoke directly to students, saying they have ownership of the football team. For the second consecutive year, Meyer proved that by inviting the student body to attend practice.

There was one student, however, that probably wishes he would have stayed home. A guest performer, wearing the number 00, took a handoff midway through practice. He had a seam and busted through the defensive line. Then, all of a sudden, David Perkins came out of nowhere and made Andy Katzenmoyer smile and Corby Jones shudder.

Brutus Buckeye was laid out.

Many ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ came from the estimated 2,500 students watching on either sideline. The student portraying the loveable nut popped right back up but quickly left. He was not seen again. There’s no word on whether he suffered an injury or if it was only his pride that was hurt.

Following practice, Perkins said he didn’t mean to hit Brutus so hard. But when a linebacker sees a ball carrier streaking down the field untouched, the juices get flowing.

The sunny skies combined with Buckeye football made it an enjoyable day to be had for most. The event was held on the outdoor fields at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Senior center Corey Linsley is rehabbing a foot injury and stood on the sideline for most of the festivities, but it didn’t damper his mood.

“It was awesome to get all the students involved,” he said. “It helps the crowd out on gamedays because they all feel like one with the team. They have our back. They aren’t booing when we’re down. I love it.”

When Meyer first proposed the idea of Student Appreciation Day last year, Linsley was unsure about the occasion. He thought it could develop into a loosey-goosey atmosphere with guys taking plays off or playing to the crowd too often.

Boy, was he wrong.

“It turned out to be an awesome event,” Linsley said. “Coach Meyer knows what he’s doing.

“We’re still getting our ass ripped when stuff isn’t right. Nothing changes.”

There was no ripping to do of Drew Basil on Saturday, unless there was lingering anger about a missed 35-yard field goal earlier in the day. When the intensity was ratcheted up, the placekicker drilled the ball through the uprights.

Basil once again found himself surrounded by thousands of screaming, bouncing Ohio State students. All he was asked to do was block out the noise and distraction of being encircled at every turn.

“Coach Meyer stands next to me on all the other ones. There’s nothing that beats that,” Basil said. “It was a great feeling having all the students out here today.

“I’m usually pretty focused. It was a different feeling, but it was fun.”

For everyone, except maybe Brutus. 


  • The revamped defensive line looked good again. Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington had multiple sacks, and Tracy Sprinkle and Michael Bennett added to the growing list of playmakers.
  • The second-team offense struggled. The O-line had trouble blocking and Cardale Jones was shaky at times.
  • With Linsley taking the day off, Pat Elflein had several iffy snaps.
  • Warren Ball continues to impress. He had another long run today – a 45-yarder against the No. 1 defense. Ball has more long runs than other running back during the spring.
  • Tyvis Powell had a big hit on Devin Smith. Practice got a little testy at times. There was a scuffle between Marcus Hall and Joel Hale.
  • All told, I think the coaches definitely love the competitiveness. It’s not like players don’t like each other. The team is definitely close. Everyone just wants to win.
  • Curtis Grant was active on D today. That'll be music to the ears of Buckeye fans. He was in the backfield multiple times and even had a sack on Braxton Miller.
  • The Buckeyes ran a shovel pass with Braxton pitching to Rod Smith. It worked well, gaining at least 15 yards.
  • Philly Brown had around a 50-yard catch from Braxton. Cam Burrows was on the coverage. Brown caught it over his shoulder.
  • Chris Carter spent some times with the 1s today. He had a big hit on Warren Ball after he broke one tackle. Ball probably wished he had gone down on the first hit.
  • Evan Spencer had a solid 25-yard TD catch. It came against the second-team D, but he still displayed nice hands.
  • Devin Smith was another receiver with a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch from Braxton. The throw wasn't great, but Smith beat Doran Grant.
  • Smith and Chris Fields had drops on back-to-back plays. It looked like they may have heard footsteps.
  • Bri'onte Dunn had a nice 35-yard run, where he got around the edge quickly. It was a footrace from there, and he was eventually pushed out at the two.
  • Michael Thomas continued his good spring. He hauled in a red zone TD on a play that included pass interference from Eli Apple. Thomas couldn't have cared less about contact, kept his concentration and grabbed the ball out of the air.

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subermp's picture

Not sure if I like hearing about all these long runs on our defense.

rdubs's picture

Remember Shazier is out and they have even been limiting other 1s like Roby to get the young guys some experience.  A couple of the long catches were over Burrows and Eli, two freshmen who likely won't play much besides special teams and mop up duty.

Bolt's picture

Also, remember our offense might well end up being one of the very best in the country this year.

buckeyeguy0615's picture

Not sure if this is good news for our secondary which I was expecting to be an elite group, or maybe our offense just improved that much? I sure hope so.. and all the long runs..

Geraffi's picture

It's spring ball. 

sirclovis's picture

I am so glad that a guy like Warren Ball is doing well with the opportunity he is given. With all these great running backs on this team, he has been an afterthought of many buckeye fans. This just creates competition and it breeds excellence.

UrbanCulture's picture

I was directly behind coach Coombs for the field goal drill..he backed his ass right into me haha. I ran through the next wall I saw.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Can someone remind me, did Ball red-shirt last season? I know he didn't play and might've been injured, I can't remember, but I'm assuming he red-shirted.

Golden Buckeye's picture

Yes he did. He had an injury if I remember correctly.

dubjayfootball90's picture

yea, something with his foot, i think some type of fracture?

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

oregonianbuckeye's picture

It was reported as a foot sprain, but required surgery. Really excited to have him back this year, and to have another option in the backfield. Each RB has a little bit different skill set, so it should be fun to watch how Urban and Herman decide to use all of these weapons.


I hate the long runs against are defense. Not saying much about our linebackers being able to read and react, or shed blocks.

Poison nuts's picture

On the other hand, sounds like the offense is performing well with a number of playmaking threats emerging, so this could be a positive...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

avail31678's picture

Yes - remember last spring our O was a "clown show."  We're gonna average like 45 points a game this year, methinks!
Also, if our D needs time to jel like last year, let's get these growing pains out of the way now, as opposed to waiting through the first 6 games of the year like last year. 
I hope, I HOPE, the notes above are signaling that Curtis Grant is perking up.  He really could be a beast if he figures out what he needs to do.
Go Bucks!

d1145fresh's picture

I'm not overly worried about the long runs. I am expecting a lot of long plays by our offense this year against every defense we play. This offense is built for bigger plays and every defense is going to give some up every so often. 
@Kyle or anyone else who was there today... Does it seem like the offense is throwing the ball more this year? In particular short quick passes? I hope we get more towards 50/50 split between the two with the new playmakers we have now

sloopy88's picture

Oof, I hope Brutus is ok so that I can safely laugh at that image without feeling bad.  Mascot heads are not the most safe things to play contact football in. 

headina's picture

Video of the hit?


Basso Profondo's picture

I hope one surfaces somewhere, but I don't know if many people had their cameras out... We were not at allexpecting Perkins to annhilate him.

unknownmusketeer's picture

Edit: Didn't see the post below with the video link

Hovenaut's picture

Thanks for painting the picture Kyle, sure sounds like it would have been great to be there.

Good to hear Curtis Grant's name in a good light.


Does the OSU coaching staff show everything on offense or defense during these practices witnessed by students/media? They gotta figure that our plays and schemes are going to be talked about on 11W and other Buckeye sites (and hence viewed by everyone else we play). Just wondering if the reason the D is giving up so many big plays is that it's not playing all the defensive schemes we'll see during the season. Gotta keep at least one ace up our sleeve, right?

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

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

For the most part yes.  There is a fundamental system and plays are built from it to deceive. You might see the same blocking scheme and motion but three different plays. Yes, they keep tricks out of the light, but the main offense is no secret and teams know it well. 


southernstatesbuckeye's picture

The secret that must not get out:
When the Buckeyes grind the meatchickens into a pulpy mess this November, Braxton Miller is going to "scalp" his yellow mohawk, and hold it aloft in victory...and then...well, I have absolutely no idea what he'll do with it then...

I like cookies.

sharks's picture

Sounds like good things from the players I wanted to hear about - Grant, Chris Carter, Thomas.

A man got to have a code...

3technique's picture

Urban has made TOSU cool again!!! What a great time to be a fan. I would not be worried about the D yet. The Oline is very good and they will get theres. There are some animals on D that we haven't even seen yet...

Smanpoint10's picture

When were we not cool?

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

You might not be cool, but buckeye nation has always been cool. 


Buckeyeneer's picture

Nice form.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Menexenus's picture

Hope Brutus is OK.  Guess he should have been wearing the black jersey.  Maybe Braxton should have a talk with Perkins...

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Poison nuts's picture

Second that...hope Brutus is good. That was a little bit of a harsh hit for a padless dude to take..

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

buckguyfan1's picture

He's ok, Brutus is a tough nut to crack...

3technique's picture

I am definitely not cool! The bucks however, have always been cool!

Smanpoint10's picture

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cajunbuckeye's picture

I don't think I can get anymore excited about the RB's. Hyde, Smith, Dunn, Ball, Hall, is insane. I can't wait for the show next Saturday.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

omahabeef1337's picture

Video of the Buruts hit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl40OBEdN08
You're welcome. ;-)

zbd's picture

Brutus stay with the cheerleaders.  Only men on the turf.

highwire's picture

Guys are getting way to itchy with the downvote finger these days. This is clearly a language issue, with the poster being Native American. Let's all smoke 'em peace pipe.

Earle's picture

Eat turf, Brutus?

Sorry, couldn't resist. Hope you're feeling OK.

Nice form on the tackle, though.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

DefendYoungstown's picture

That's great that he can beat up on the mascot, he better do it during the season...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

heartofabuckeye's picture

I'm sure he can beat up on you as well !

danavh4's picture

Not cool.  Now we have vids all over the internet of Brutus getting lit up by one of our players...just a dumb move on Perkins part.

Michigan Fan: "We lose a long snapper and the whole team goes to shit!"

cinserious's picture

Anybody know if the spring game in Cincy will be televised?  I have to work and can't make it to the game.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Yes, BTN will televise the game (most likely multiple times). Since ttun and tOSU have spring games at the same time, BTN has decided to show neither of them at 1 pm. Instead, they will run them on tape delay (what is this, 1980?) that evening. I'm not sure the specific time for tOSU game, but look for it Saturday evening. They usually run the tape a few times in the next week as well. Sorry not to have the details, I'll keep my eyes out for you (and everyone). 

Geraffi's picture

Beat me too it. Good Morning!

b_pbucksfans's picture

7 pm Saturday on BTN. It might be the 80's for the Big Ten Network. They have been stuck there since they started!

Geraffi's picture

I believe 11W reported that the game will be televised on BTN, same day but not live.

buckeyedude's picture

Same here. I have gone to 6 or 7 spring games in a row, and have to miss this one, dangit, due to work.



buckeyedude's picture

Would really like to see Perkins lay out the Ohio Bobcat.



harleymanjax's picture

On a side note, I live in Gator country and I am watching the Florida spring game..........LOTS OF EMPTY SEATS IN THE SWAMP!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Lon_Paul's picture

So excited to see our D-Line in action this year!

Michael Citro's picture

Am I the only one wondering who recovered Brutus's fumble? Kyle?

4thandinches's picture

The second-team offense struggled. The O-line had trouble blocking and Cardale Jones was shaky at times.

So is Guiton no longer second string?

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

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great Article!  Can't wait for the Spring game!!!
Go Bucks!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

See ball - kill person carrying ball!  Now that is quality coaching!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

GoBucks713's picture

I know the guy that is Brutus, and he called me the next day sore as F. Dude took a lick. One thing nobody really thinks about is the fact that his field of vision is VERY limited. He was saying that he didn't even see Perkins or he would have probably braced for impact. He was completely blindsided. He's a good kid and wasn't mad at all and was actually laughing about it and the fact that some of the coaches were tweeting about how tough our mascot is.

-The Aristocrats!

osubuckeye4life's picture

I'm very happy to hear he is doing alright.