Ohio State Spring Game Wish List

By Jeff Beck on April 11, 2014 at 11:30a
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The spring game is tomorrow and it feels a lot like Christmas Eve in April. So, just like any Christmas I’m going to put together a list of things I want. This is my spring game wish list.

Circle Drill

In his first spring game as head coach, Urban Meyer kicked things off with one of the rowdiest things I’ve ever seen. In a way, the circle drill signified a new era in Ohio State football. Gone was the senator, Urban had arrived.

The testosterone laden ritual encompasses everything we love about football: pads popping, hootin and hollerin and plenty of trash talking. We’ve already seen one circle drill this season, but that doesn’t mean we can't get another one…right?

Freshmen Phenoms

Thursday Meyer said freshmen Curtis Samuel, Raekwon McMilan Sean Nuernberger and Johnnie Dixon were already in the rotation. This makes me downright giddy. Last year it was one freshman’s name we were predominately hearing heading into the fall (Dontre Wilson). This season we’ve got a number of young-bloods on the hype radar. That’s just Meyer’s recruiting machine at work. Freshmen cracking the ones is the new reality in Urban’s Columbus and that’s not a bad way to make paper in the current college football landscape.

The rosters are set and these kids are going to log a lot of playing time. I’m excited to see if the above players and more (including JT Barrett, Eli Apple, Gareon Conley, and Marcus Baugh) are ready (or almost ready) for primetime.


In Meyer’s first spring he stopped everything to make kicker, Drew Basil, boot it again and again and again from increased distances. I want to see that Saturday, but with a twist from unproven kickers Kyle Clinton and Sean Nuernberger. Word on the street is Clinton has the lead on the freshman Nuernberger coming out of spring practice, but let’s settle it on the field.

I’m up for 10 minutes of field goal C.O.W. Flip a coin, see who goes first, attempt a kick from any part of the field and have the other guy try to match it. Don’t match it? You get a letter.

Meyer on the Field

Much like the circle drill, Meyer standing behind the quarterback during live play signaled a new direction for the program. Meyer’s an offense guy so getting a view of what the quarterback is seeing is paramount for him. If that means rolling up the

This is everything
All of this. Minus the snow.

sleeves and standing 4 feet away from 300 lbs men flying to a football to get the best look…then he’ll do it. I wanna see it Saturday.

Kerry Coombs Freaking Out About Everything

Coombs was named head coach of the Gray team, which is good news for everyone, really.

Every good rapper needs a hype man, and every good football team needs the same. There’s no denying Kerry Coombs is that guy. From run through a wall speeches to raucous sideline celebrations, Coombs is all juice all the time.

I want to see him at his finest Saturday. Fist pumping, scowling, spitting, screaming and motivating his players to go at it 150%, just like he does every single day of his life.

No Injuries

Last and most important on the list, I don’t want to see a single injury this Saturday. If you have it in your heart spring football santa, don’t let any players end their day on crutches. The injury bug has already made it’s rounds this spring, let’s eradicate that pest altogether. In all seriousness, I would gladly trade any one of these (all of these) wishes to see every Buckeye walk off the field under their own power tomorrow. Is that too much to ask?

Well there you have it. My spring football wishlist. If I see even one of these this Saturday I’ll consider it a successful outing. What’s on  your list?


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RunEddieRun1983's picture

How about refunds for folks who paid full price for tickets?

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

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Buckeye.383's picture

You can get a refund starting on Monday I believe, or donate the difference to charity.

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dan_isaacs's picture

It goes to charity.  You paid what the market was at the time.  Sucks, I know, but it's for a good cause.  And it's still MUCH less than a game would cost.  Would be nice if they would offer a concessions ticket to offset that, though.

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cw823's picture

Maybe they'll raise minimum wage so you can afford $20.00 tickets to see the future of OSU football.  Poor wittle guy.

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nm_buck's picture

raising the min wage will cause the tickets to go up to 24 bucks next year

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buckeyestu's picture

I want to see Raekwon dominate to the point where he is the starting middle linebacker for the Navy game. I want to see Dunn break off a few long runs to paydirt. I want to see Cardale firmly establish himself as number 2. I want to see the defense secondary play press coverage. I want to see how much Wilson has improved. Finally i want to see the entire team not suffer any injuries.

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StateofMindOSUFan's picture

I will be happy with NO INJURIES!


DoubleB's picture

NO INJURIES is right. That's my #1.


Buckeye06's picture

I want no injuries, a commit or two, and to see the O-line guys be able to at least hold their own against our studs on the D-line.  Obviously its hard with split teams, but you can watch 1 on 1 matchups to see how they are handling it

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SilverState's picture

C. Samuel take a long one.

OSUpawn's picture

Grant vs McMillan circle drill please?!?!?

Although I don't think a freshman will get his name called.

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

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AJBor41's picture
  1.  I want to see Cardale's arm on some downfield throws, not just quick outs, screens, etc.  The kid has a cannon, and since we only got to see him run the ball last year, seeing him bombing a couple of deep routes would be nice.
  2.  I can't stress enough that health and safety is the primary focus, but I want to see HITTING.  I want to see a defense with a chip on their shoulder that's not afraid to hit hard and hit often.
toad1204's picture

I want to see Greene block a kick and run it back.  Highly unlikely but Coombs' head would probably explode if it did happen. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

bedheadjc's picture

You stealing my Coombs hypeman meme?


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osu07asu10's picture

That’s just Meyer’s recruiting machine at work. Freshmen cracking the ones is the new reality in Urban’s Columbus and that’s not a bad way to make paper in the current college football landscape.

We've covered this a few times in the past. Meyer doesn't really have a track record for starting Freshman and his numbers align pretty closely to Tressel. It isn't a new norm or Urban's machine, it's just par for the course.

I don't have the time to look them all up but Tressel was first coach to open a season with a freshman as his starting RB.  He started the first freshman QB since Art Schlichter. There were at least 15-20 other freshman who contributed significantly during Tressel's time.

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buckeyedexter's picture

I want to see Eli Apple ball out, maybe get a pick 6.  He was one of my favorite recruits when he signed and I was disappointed it took him so long to get his black stripe removed, but I'm very excited it seems he has turned the corner this spring.

DBell8's picture

I would love to see some guys in the secondary make some plays. Also, I will be looking to see what receivers step up and make some plays. I'm looking for Michael Thomas and Corey Smith to really stand out above the rest.

SilverState's picture

Good to see:

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nm_buck's picture

no injuries

100,000 screaming fans

a dozen wide eyed recruits saying YES

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15


1. Dontre breaking the big one we've all waited for

2. Kwon knocking the piss out of someone

3. Corey Smith putting on a show

5. Bosa Bosa Bosa

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

Knarcisi's picture

Press coverage 

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ScarletGrayFire's picture

Spring Game wish list:

  • Cardale fires the ball like nobody's business; has miscues but shows high ceiling.  Collier with OK reps.
  • WR's are everywhere!  Catches by:  #2, #3, #1, #4, #84, #9, #82, #89, #33
  • Elliott, Dunn, and Ball are all rock solid.  Samuel flashes greatness, offset by mistakes
  • Joel Hale surprises with the best performance amongst the offensive lineman; Price also shines.
  • Darryl Baldwin shows a mean streak and physicality heretofore unbeknownst; Decker is solid.
  • Vannett and Baugh combine for 9 catches, 100+yds and a touchdown.  JT Moore gets his first catch.
  • DL = most valuable unit.  Spence, Bosa, Washington, Bennett, Schutt, Carter, Miller, Lewis, Sprinkle, Hill...
  • Grant shines, Raekwon is a manchild, Perry is the leader, Lee & Worley show potential.
  • CB competition is fierce!  Reeves, Conley and Apple go at it, and all show better skills and aggression.
  • Tanner makes good plays, but Powell and Burroughs show they are clearly the best 2 healthy safeties.
  • Johnston continues to show that he is one of the top punters in college football.
  • Kyle Clinton continues to lead the battle at K.
CGroverL's picture

That is some list, but you really want to see Kyle Clinton win the kicker battle that badly? It is your list but having a kicker preference might be a bit much.....However....I kind of like to give the kid a chance that can kick the ball 80 yards off of a tee and 65 yards through the uprights without the tee. Like I said though....this is just spring and I can't see us really rooting for a kicker to win a spot YET. Of course, having a kicker that can kick the ball through the uprights is VERY important...but I must say that I think Neurenberger may just be able to kick 70 yard FG's. While it is very horrible to miss a 70 yard FG...that is the kind of thing that can win games and goes along with all of this strength, speed, talent, and everything else it seems that team is filled with. Personally, I hope the kicker that performs the best wins the job...like all of us, right? Wow...you are rooting for both a punter and a kicker....You are hardcore, brother!

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



ScarletGrayFire's picture

LOL, just having a little fun with some of these.  Rooting for the dark horses just to further motivate the marquee players.  If Nuernberger has to work his butt off like a challenger instead of holding the leader position, he might just progress a little more.  It would be great to see Hale, Baldwin, and Grant play with the desperation of upperclassmen getting their final shot at glory.  Billy Price, Evan Lisle, and Kyle Dodson being serious challengers on the offensive line would be huge for both the short and long term outlook.

CGroverL's picture

105,000+ screaming Buckeye fans! The team is just waiting for you guys to get there......

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.