Meyer Wants 106,000 at Spring Game

By Kyle Rowland on April 9, 2014 at 7:12p
57 Comments

In an era where spring games have diminishing returns, Urban Meyer’s opinion has never wavered: the glorified practices hold value. Teams across the country have scratched games for various reasons, including several in the Big Ten. But Meyer said there will be no alterations as long as he’s head coach.

Saturday is the latest edition of the Scarlet and Gray game. Ohio State said it’s already sold more than 26,000 tickets, and with sunshine and warm temperatures in the forecast, there’s reason to believe the national record crowd of 95,722 could be in jeopardy.

“I hope it’s 106,000,” Meyer said. “I want to see who can go out and make a play in front of the crowd.”

Notes:

  • Freshmen already in the rotation, according to Meyer: Curtis Samuel, Raekwon McMillan, Sean Nuernberger, Johnnie Dixon
  • RB rotation: Ezekiel Elliott, Bri'onte Dunn, Curtis Samuel and Warren Ball. Meyer said Rod Smith is dealing with a heavy academic load. There’s no suspension.
  • “Completely different player than he was. Very functional guy. He cares, he tries to lead. Really pleased with where he’s at. Very good.” -Meyer on Cardale Jones.
  • Corey Smith and Mike Thomas are two receivers who’ve made the biggest leap this spring, Meyer said. Both will be part of the rotation.
  • “He’s very athletic.” -Meyer on Corey Smith.
  • Meyer said the place-kicking competition is close, saying Kyle Clinton probably has the lead. 
  • Stan Drayton and Kerry Coombs will be the head coaches Saturday. There will be no kickoffs.
  • Marcus Baugh had some “issues,” according to Meyer. He said he’s still not out of the woods.
  • Meyer called student appreciation day “awesome.” He said not many schools could pull off an event of that caliber.
  • Eli Apple had another good day of practice, Meyer said. He said it was a negative that it took so long to get his black stripe off. All’s in the past now, though. Meyer described Apple’s spring as “huge.” It’s given the secondary added depth. 

 

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WhySoSerious's picture

Really excited about the freshman being in rotation. Good to hear. Team is freaking loaded, hopefully thiers not to many major injuries come sat. 

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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Bolt's picture

Hopefully there's no major injuries come sat.

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Kingbuck12's picture

Let us get in for free and maybe we will get to 106,000. I think Jeans Smith gets half of all ticket profits. He worked that in his contract too. 

Kingbuck12

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Seabass1974's picture

106k aren't showing up at $20 a seat. At least that's the general vibe I'm getting. Just my observation.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

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sivaDavis's picture

With the hype surrounding the team, great weather, all these impact freshman. Wouldn't be surprised to see somewhere near 85-90k. Hopefully we can break the record but I doubt it. BTN broadcasting it will hurt I think.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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osu07asu10's picture

Not to burst Urban's  bubble but the South stands are closed due to the renovations for additional seats.

That means the max attendance will top out around 85k.

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

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sivaDavis's picture

Oh okay, didn't even think of that that. Good info

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Was Eli Apple really bad enough to take this long to get his black stripe removed? 

sivaDavis's picture

I think he had a mix of problems of trying to get settled, little homesick, not buying in completely and also injuries. This is amazing to hear about Eli. We need him in the rotation.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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bethesdabuck's picture

I wonder if the criteria for having it removed are on a sliding scale tied to ability and expectations. 

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villagebuckeye's picture

Chris Worley still has his black stripe.  Urban said if he would have won the circle drill today it would have come off.

sivaDavis's picture

Also, heard James Clark will be racing the students at the spring game. Along with Dontre and Devin Smith. So sounds like Clark is 100% healthy. Him and Dontre on kickoffs could be something to see this year!

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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teddyballgame's picture

 “Completely different player than he was. Very functional guy. He cares, he tries to lead. Really pleased with where he’s at. Very good.”

Who was he referring to?

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kmp10's picture

Exactly what I was asking myself… I'm guessing he's referring to Rod Smith since he was the last player referenced in the bullet point above this quote.

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Homey1970's picture

If I avoid mirrors, I believe he could be talking about me.

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Kyle Rowland's picture

Cardale. My bad. 

DoubleB's picture

Does the university keep all of that money? Or does some go to charity? I'm leaning towards they give some of it away... or at least used to. I could be crazy. I may have made that up. Either way if they kept it it would go toward running the biggest athletic dept in the country... so not a huge deal I suppose. As long as Geno keeps his hands off of it.

Because I couldn't go for 3.
-Woody

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

In the past all of the profit was donated to a charity. Past charities included The Ronald McDonald House & Stefanie Spielman Fund. LiFE sports is now the primary beneficiary and the spring game has been renamed to show that relationship.

The various other events during the day typically raise money for programs like the Ruth and Jesse Owens Scholars Fund or Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support Program.

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oh_dad55's picture

The spring game used to be viewed as an opportunity for families, and those who couldn't afford to come to a regular game, to participate in the buckeye experience.  It's a shame costs continue to rise so much that those who would appreciate the chance to see their beloved team can no longer afford to do so, even for a practice game.

Oh_Dad

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villagebuckeye's picture

Ticket  are $12 at Donatos and they will deliver

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dwcbuckeye's picture

3:17 mark is where UM answers a question about Jamal Marcus.  He is struggling academically.  Now we have the answer

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cinserious's picture

If Jamal stayed at home in North Carolina, he wouldn't be having academic problems.

Gone ham, be back soon...

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D-Day0043's picture

Lol! I see what you did there.

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BassDropper's picture

Urban is going grey. Also, can you guys tell Urbs to speak up next time?

DIRECTIONER

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D-Day0043's picture

All I could hear was someone typing. Of course my hearing isn't what it used to be either.

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THE_JUICE's picture

I would love to see 106000, but as mentioned above, the renovations will damage the chances for record figures.

When we got almost 96000, there was a ton of hype surrounding TP and whether or not he'd improved through Spring and the weather was unseasonably warm.  While it should be nice on Saturday (very nice for April in Cbus), it won't be as warm and sunny as it was then.  Tickets were cheaper then as well (I thought they were like $5, but I was a student at the time and passed my ID through the gates to my non-OSU student friends).  I just don't see us reaching 96000 again for a long time.

Wesleyburgess1's picture

So do we hold the record for the most fans at a spring game? Also not to be "THAT GUY" but if you guys get on YouTube there is another Buckeye news outlet that has a MUCH clearer and better quality video of the interview. Hopefully 11warriors starts trying to improve the quality of there videos.

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d5k's picture

Yep they were $5.  I don't think I will ever attend for $15 but to each his own.  I will be watching on BTN in HD.

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Speak up? Tell the idiot typing so loud to knock it off.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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whobdis's picture

Yea..pretty distracting. And whoever it is had some coffee this morning..very fast. I guess they watch the video later.

Jeremypreemo81's picture

LOL whoever it was-killed the keyboard. It probably doesnt work today

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Reminds me of the Clooney flick The Air Up There when he asked the woman if she was angry at the keyboard!

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teddyballgame's picture

no offense to 11w but i usually watch theozonedotnet vids.  seems like better vid/audio.
 

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Wesleyburgess1's picture

Yep me too. I really dont get why 11warriors doesn't have good vids.

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KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Good post kings. Dead center and no unnecessary typing .

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

DC-town's picture

Yeah- agreed its disappointing to see them taxing fans at 12 bucks for advanced, 20 at the gate- 

and the keyboard pounder up front needs to get a recorder and move to the back

'Piss excellence' -RB

johnblairgobucks's picture

Any of the early enrollies this Jan. Black Stripeless?

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blufftonbuck's picture

Excited to see the Defensive Line including some of the kids that have not played yet...

Tyquan Lewis

Donovan Munger

Tracy Sprinkle

 

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ScarletGray43157's picture

"Meyer called student apperception day “awesome.” He said not many schools could pull off an event of that caliber."

 

I admit I had to look up the meaning of "apperception".  Is that really what it was called?  I thought it was student appreciation day.  Wait...autocomplete...what???

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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Wesleyburgess1's picture

Yea well Tennessee Vols already copied us and has there first Student appreciation day like last week. I swear I think Butch Jones has a man crush on Urban Meyer. Seems like everything he does is in Urbs reflection.

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cinserious's picture

Honestly, can you blame Butch for wanting to emulate the most successful college football coach in all the land?

Gone ham, be back soon...

wilkins0802's picture

I am really glad about Apple finally coming out. I was really big on him when he signed. Hope to see him this season.

Ghbuck23's picture

Lol, that means an entirely different thing ... Lol

Win Baby , Win

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FROMTHE18's picture

Clay Hall was messing with fire with the Marcus Baugh question around the 8:30 mark. 

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buckeyeboy31's picture

ABC6's coverage leaves a lot to be desired.....maybe Carolyn Bruck topless and muted

mtrotb's picture

Be curious what receivers will be on the bench this fall besides Epitroupolous and frosh that redshirt.  Figure Wilson and Marshall at H, Smith, Smith, Spencer, and Thomas will be the two wideouts.  Wonder what happens to James Clark who played as a true frosh before getting hurt and earning his redshirt year.  Will Samuel only be a TB, or will he play H as well?

mtrotb

NuttyBuckeye's picture

Reading other quotes from Urban, it sounds like Samuel is a true TB now.

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

You can take the man out of Ohio, but you cannot take the Ohio out of the man. Go Bucks!!

OSUFlash's picture

Epitroupolous is a perfect transfer candidate if he wants to play somewhere.

osuflash

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Jeremypreemo81's picture

I hate to admit it b/c they have done some pretty good things for us while on the field-but I am ready for the younger WR's to play.  I think Spencer and Smith have had their fair chance and they've done some good things but the lack of production at that position has to be a reflection of them.  I think there is a lot of talent waiting behind them and its time to let them play

Horvath22's picture

Looking forward to seeing Cardale and JT in action.

NuttyBuckeye's picture

Well, I will be helping add butts to seats.  Me and my son are driving down from 30 miles north-northeast of Detroit to be in attendance.

Ticket prices for this are indeed getting out of control, even if going to proceeds.  Ticketmaster is charging $14.25 per ticket but after the service charges, they are $17.50.  I purchased tickets for my son and me, my two brothers, and my nephew.  Add the price of gas from Detroit and back, this cuts into my "fun" money... But yes - this IS FUN!!

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

You can take the man out of Ohio, but you cannot take the Ohio out of the man. Go Bucks!!

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m5987usus's picture

106,000 at a spring game??? Usc just wants 5,000 at a real game!

O-H!

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ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Is it just me, or was the audio from the Coach Meyer press conference extremely difficult to hear??? All I could hear was the damn typing!! That was extremely annoying. Other than that; pretty pumped to watch the Spring Game Saturday.

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