Friday Skull Session

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

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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