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OSU_Hammy's picture

Xavier Johnson the walk on RB looked really good to me outside of the fumble.

WR Elijah Gardiner caught my eye and is a big guy.

Rashod Berry continues to be the most impressive TE in my opinion but gets no love.

Amir Riep will be an INT machine if he ever gets serious playing time. In high school it seemed like he picked off everything that was thrown his way.

Wint appears to have improved in pass coverage

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Jay_sizzle's picture

Rashod Berry doesnt block well & is a penalty machine ... ill pass

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OSU_Hammy's picture

I don't recall very many penatties and the blocking statement is just flat wrong. I think people see him as more of a pass catching TE so they throw shade at his blocking when they don't really know. He is just under Farrell as a blocker and is a much better receiver.

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Jay_sizzle's picture

You do realize he lost his starting spot due to him not blocking & constant penalties right? & he was virtually a non-factor on numerous occasions 

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awlinBrutus's picture

He's made a few good blocks. He had one @ psu. Maybe on Victors catch&run @ psu or KJ's late TD.

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Daniel's picture

He had a pretty big catch vs Maryland to keep us in it though.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

@OSU_Hammy: good observations. I mean that seriously. But how much do you want to bet that we never from any of those guys during the season. Xavier Johnson was a 3-star WR with offers who walked on and still doesn’t have a position—he’s played WR, CB and now RB. At 6-3/205, I’d love to see what he could do at the Bullet.

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OSU_Hammy's picture

Thanks Iowa! I would agree that outside of Berry we probably won't hear from any of those players this year. I was personally more impressed by Xavier Johnson than I was by Marcus Crowley. I could see him getting in the rotation if Teague or McCall got hurt. If he is a good enough athlete they could try him at Bullet but his chances are just as tough there imo. At the very least I would like to see him on special teams this year.

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O H Y O's picture

Missed the spring game, was way too nice of a day Saturday to be inside. Is there a link on YouTube for the full game? I couldn't find one. 

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typeOHpositive's picture

Took our daughter to the game, it was a beautiful day to be at the game.

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joebuckeye's picture

It's being re-broadcasted on BTN Tuesday I believe. I looked on youtube and so far they only have highlights.

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O H Y O's picture

Yeah, would have been a great day to attend, I'm a little distance from Columbus so I wasn't able to attend. Too bad there isn't a full game video floating around the Tube, there was one for the last few years about a couple hours after its conclusion. Guess we're not as lucky this year, someone probably got popped for copyright or something. 

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BroJim's picture

Same. Still looking for the YouTube link. 

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Il_Padrino's picture

Me to.  No BTN and going to the stadium is a several thousand mile "drive" in an airplane.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

And you call yourself a fan...

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typeOHpositive's picture

I think that's been covered/mentioned.

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Weave77's picture

It still merits mentioning, though.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Has anyone yet used the “he out-kicked his coverage” line for when a guy gets a girl who’s out of his league? 

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Zonabuck's picture

I thought Baldwin really stepped up his play as the day went on. In the first half, he seemed to be throwing off his back foot, more aiming than throwing. In the second half, he really did a nice job of stepping into throws and getting some heat on the ball. 

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SpaceBuckeye's picture

Vehemently disagree. Most of his passes we're 3947263 ft over the receivers head and his deep balls looked like Trace McSorely.

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Triv's picture

Fortunately, missing high is typically the result of over throwing (possibly trying to show off his arm strength?) and is something that can be corrected.

I wasn't able to watch the game, so I can't speak to his deep balls, but regularly missing high is one of the more easily corrected issues for most quarterbacks. Not that anything to do with playing QB is easy, but when it comes to accuracy problems high throws can be fixed more easily than other issues.

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Zonabuck's picture

Usually, overthrowing is a result of throwing off the back foot and not stepping into it. It does rely too much on the arm, and I was surprised to see them not correct it sooner. Another cause for overthrows, at least at the HS level, is due to the crown of the field to promote draining. If you throw over the middle, it’s an equal elevation. If you throw to the sideline, it’s a downward gradient to varying degrees. I would doubt Ohio Stadium has much of a crown, but if so it will take a few passes (and recognition that it’s not the same as the WHAC field) to adjust. 

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hetuck's picture

Plus this was the first practice outdoors. Not to say he hasn't thrown outside on his own, but this was the first team event in the stadium. 

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cmented36's picture

Horseshoe and 99.9% of field turf fields are about as flat as you can get

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Earthoid.'s picture

Here's an observation... totally shitting my pants about our QB situation.  This ain't no Brax/JT/12G lineup.  

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Earthoid.'s picture

Yeah well... we'll see.  Good thing we have one of the easiest schedules in a decade.

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3rdtimesacharm's picture

Easy schedule? I dont think playing psu and tun back to back at the end of the season is easy. Also, @nebraska, vs msu, @nw, and vs wisky in a five week stretch is no slouch. All of those teams have made a way too early pre season top 25. Even cincy is coming off of an 11 win top 25 season. Just because there isnt a blockbuster ooc game doesnt mean the schedule is easy. The B1G is significantly better than it was 10 years ago or even five years ago for that matter.

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Buckeye06's picture

I mean Haskins wasn't good in the spring game last year. 

As you said below, we have more time to get him in the groove with no huge OOC games.  Cincy will be good, but we should be able to out talent them if the QBs still aren't firing on all cylinders.  

However, not many teams we play will have the defense the offense plays every day 

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Earthoid.'s picture

I couldn't have given a shit less what Haskins did in the spring game last year because I saw what he did to scum the year before.  Also you seem to think I'm insinuating that Fields looked bad.  I was actually quite a  bit relieved by him.  He looks like he can make the throws if given the opportunities.  It's just that if Fields struggles or god forbid gets hurt, this season is over -- and on top of that, he's unproven.  That's not a good place to be...  Haskins was a proven commodity, anyone with half a brain could see it coming.  Fields, not so much and people who compare them are either being dishonest or practicing a shitload of wishful thinking.

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linepilot15's picture

The thing I found most concerning about Fields is his release. Seems really low to me...he got a few batted down in the spring game and it could be a problem moving forward if not corrected. Some of those tipped balls are bound to be intercepted. True it was just a spring game but mechanics are mechanics.

On the positive side, he should really help the redzone offense having the zone-read back.

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BuckeyeBulldog's picture

Potter and Elijah Gardiner both impressed me with their size and both made some good plays.
Almost felt like we still had a Bosa with Potter wearing 97, those are big shoes to fill.

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Brooksie's picture

My thoughts exactly, BB.

Here's a thought to try on for size: I wonder how many current in state talented DEs at the high school level dream about coming to play DE at Ohio State - and being gifted jersey number 97? Just like RBs and no. 45 or LBs and no. 36 back in the day....

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Good thing you clarified that with “back in the day.” Potter wore 97 in high school so it’s understandable he’d want to wear it in college. I assume Joey/Nick was his inspiration but now it’s time for Potter to own it and as long as he wears it, the comparisons will be inevitable. You have to be confident in your abilities to do that. It’s like playing for the Bulls and wearing 23.

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SuperFanBuck's picture

Missed most of the first half where can I see a replay?  Didn’t find the full game on YouTube.  

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bkOSU10's picture

Other than what happened on the field, an observation I had being at the game has to do with the former Buckeyes that attended. Not only was the turn out phenomenal but the interactions with fans were great. Focusing on Zeke, his demeanor was much different this year as was his willingness to interact with fans. He signed autographs, shook hands, and smiled the whole time. He's earned a bit of a reputation over the last few years, and rightfully so, but this was a pleasant surprise. It was a complete 180 from the first Spring Game that he attended post OSU.  

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BUCKAROOTIMESTWO's picture

Is it Zeke’s contract year or soon to be?

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I'm sure the NFL's PR department has been on him big time since his suspension. But yeah, he's in a contract year. He does something stupid now it would cost him his big payday.

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iwearatophat's picture

Yeah.  They did an article on it.  A lot of the former players were schmoozing with the recruits that were at the game.  Micheal Thomas had a 15 minute conversation with a WR recruit(Marvin Harrison Jr).

Seems Day did learn from Meyer that everything can be and should be about recruiting.

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tcm1968's picture

I'd be curious to know if Coach Day reached out and made it a point of interest to get all the ex Buckeyes there. I don't ever remember seeing that many guys from recent and past teams at a Spring game.

Seems like everyone is focussing in on the QBs and accuracy or turnovers. What's going to be key to me ( and we aren't going to know until week 1) is if a guy like Fields is going to hang in the pocket and make throws or is he going to feel the pressure and take off running.  The defensive line was so dominant at the Spring game that we didn't get a good feel for how Fields is going to respond under pressure. In an ideal world, Fields ends up being a guy that can run like JT and making the throws and decisions like Haskins.. 

It's early but linebacker is worrisome as is offensive line..  Our defensive line is all american caliber loaded but still they beat the offensive line like a drum on Saturday.. 

Can't wait for the new season..

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Belliott's picture

The OL is also missing its starting left side basically. 

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

OL was missing Munford and Josh Jackson hasnt even enrolled yet. I also saw that Wyatt Davis played very little. Not sure how much Alabi played if at all. Not worried about the OL. We were basically starting our 2nd and 3rd team OL aside from Myers and Bowen.

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Kangarooman's picture

Adding in Tate's performance, I realized we didnt appreciate Dwayne enough.

Good lord, those game threads...

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CorchUrb's picture

Potter may be a year away from contributing due to the fact we’re super deep on the DL right now, and he might need to get a little bit stronger in the weight room as well. But man he did impress me the way he got off the ball. Him and Harrison could make quite the duo at DE here in a few years...

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typeOHpositive's picture

100% Agree!

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I haven't heard much mentioned on Elijah Gardner, I thought he had some very nice moments. 

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hetuck's picture

Xavier Johnson should be the next walk on rewarded with a scholarship for one year if one opens. He is a good, big athlete who could contribute on special teams.

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cmented36's picture

Guy seems like a dude... just read his OSU profile like damn... https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/roster/xavier-johnson/

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AKBuck15's picture

Definitely is, hell he had an offer to Iowa State and a few others. Excellent depth for walk on as well as special teams as mentioned above.

The thing I was most pleased with was the tenacity of the defense and the back 7 in particular, cbs turning around, safeties ball hawking. Just loved seeing all 11 flying around the field which seemed to be missing the past year or two. This new simplified style I think will pay off with the athletes we have recruited these past few years. 

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hetuck's picture

IIRC, he walked on as a three-star receiver. The roster showed him as a cornerback. At 6'2', 215, he should put on ten pounds and watch Sam "Bam" Cunningham goal line tapes, he if he doesn't "Bush push" the qb on a direct snap sneak, he can take a handoff and go into orbit. I'm sure there are youtube videos out there for you youts. Just ignore the team on the other side of the ball.   

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BIGTIMEBUCKS's picture

CJ Saunders is pretty good and not talked about much. He doesn't have size/speed that jumps out at you but he's a very talented receiver. That said, hard for him to get much PT with the WR corps we have.

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GunnerBuck's picture

He's got sure hands and it a hard worker but like you said, he won't see the field much. He's just not an Ohio St type athlete. Theres a reason he was a walk on.

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DaCantaloupeKing's picture

I'll co-sign the Noah Potter comments.  Thought he was impressive.  Also thought Javonte Jean-Baptiste had a good day.

But another under-the-radar name I'll mention, not just for the game but the entire spring, is Ryan Jacoby.  Kid should be finishing up his senior year of high school yet he held down the second team right guard spot virtually all spring.  Not a finished product by any means, but he competed and played well against some great competition on the d-line.  He's bigger than I thought he was, and looks the part at guard.  I'm excited to see his development in the next couple years.

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typeOHpositive's picture

yeah, he is impressive for his age/experience....he will be a good one imo.
 

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GunnerBuck's picture

Not exactly an in game observation but Hausman looked fuckin huge. 

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buckslan's picture

The defense just looks and feels different. Linebackers were active, corners weren't always playing man on an island, safeties were everywhere.

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

Dobbins looked to have the Spring in his step back from his freshman year (not many carries, but he looked fresh and faster).

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

Dobbins looked to have the Spring in his step back from his freshman year (not many carries, but he looked fresh and faster).

You win with people. 

And so forth...

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irishfury's picture

DE is stacked.

People harping on Fields didn't watch the game.  He looked good being so new and also led team down the field.

Baldwin has a ways to go.

Tyreke Johnson looked fast.

I think Master Teague and new kid out of Florida looked solid at RB.

G.Wilson is a star and Hartline is going to be putting WR into the league at an amazing rate.

Tyreke Smith is a handful.

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mmp15f's picture

There were no under-center snaps, even though there was some speculation that we'd start doing that a little, which I was happy about

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analyticalguy's picture

Perhaps it'll be right after they unleash the diamond formation or a Braxton throw as H back.

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mmp15f's picture

The deadly diamond formation that we heard about every off-season but never saw--classic!

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