Demario McCall showed flashes of greatness during his true freshman year in 2016. Injuries, however, torpedoed his sophomore campaign.
Injuries can be precarious things in Urban Meyer's program, where five-star backup looms at seemingly every position. Such appeared to be the case with McCall, even after convalescing.
With J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber slated for a lion's share of the carries this season, Meyer moved McCall to H-Back behind the likes of Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill. Seemingly a man without position, Meyer said McCall would start the season returning kickoffs and punts.
McCall may have changed that forecast Saturday during Ohio State's spring game, which the Gray Team won, 37-14.
Joe Burrow found McCall for a 50-yard touchdown that put the Gray Team up 31-14.
You lose track of the and he will make you pay.
Joe Burrow to Demario McCall for a 50-yard touchdown, putting Gray up 31-14. McCall has 9 catches for 121 yards on the day. pic.twitter.com/EiqlsO3ZSU
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) April 14, 2018
That's an impressive play in any setting, but McCall didn't take the rest of the afternoon off.
Minutes later, Burrow and McCall connected on a 47-yard touchdown that sealed scoring.
Meyer singled out McCall for praise in the immediate aftermath of the game. I thought Demario McCall and our quarterbacks made amazing plays," Meyer told BTN's Bobby Carpenter.
McCall finished with 150 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns while playing for both teams.
We know spring game performances don't always equate to success in the fall, but it had to feel good for a man who spent so much of last season watching from the sidelines.
If McCall can carry this momentum into the fall, opposing defenses should be weary. Not many cornerbacks will be able to guard him in space.