Real Pod Wednesdays: Takeaways from Ohio State’s Second Scrimmage of the Spring

By Dan Hope and Griffin Strom on April 5, 2023 at 10:10 am
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College basketball season is over, but spring football season remains in full swing.

The NCAA basketball tournaments came to an end on Sunday and Monday, so we begin this week’s episode of Real Pod Wednesdays with a conversation about how the Final Fours played out and make some early predictions for how Ohio State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will fare next season.

The rest of the show is focused on Ohio State football, as we share our biggest takeaways from Saturday’s second scrimmage of the spring, including Carnell Tate being one of the best players on the field, the defensive line and cornerbacks continuing to build momentum and the quarterback competition remaining unsettled.

To conclude the show, we talk about Ohio State staying hot on the recruiting trail with the commitment of top-five running back James Peoples (this episode of Real Pod Wednesdays was recorded before five-star wide receiver Mylan Graham’s commitment on Tuesday night) and which commitments could be next to join the fold.

The full rundown for this week’s show:

  • 0:16: The women’s national championship game generated more conversation than the men’s
  • 8:00: Initial predictions for how far both Ohio State teams will go in next year’s NCAA Tournaments
  • 9:45: Carnell Tate continues push for early playing time with standout scrimmage performance
  • 14:39: The defensive line is looking great, but questions remain on the offensive line
  • 21:34: Neither quarterback has clear separation in the starting competition yet
  • 25:30: Cornerback is looking more and more like a position that could go from weakness to strength
  • 30:16: Ja’Had Carter’s knee injury doesn’t appear serious, but he needs all the reps he can get
  • 31:33: Why Sonny Styles is more likely to be a situational player than a starter this year
  • 36:44: Josh Proctor, Cameron Martinez and Lathan Ransom have a lot to prove as projected starters
  • 43:40: Good news at safety is Ohio State has a lot of depth and options
  • 45:35: Why more snaps in the slot for Marvin Harrison Jr. is something for Ohio State to consider
  • 48:46: Chip Traynaum, Dallan Hayden making push for roles in deep running back unit
  • 53:06: Freshman tight ends don’t usually play much at Ohio State, but Jelani Thurman is one to watch
  • 55:26: James Peoples is exactly what Ohio State needed after losing Jordan Marshall
  • 56:43: Ohio State could land its 2024 quarterback when Air Noland commits Saturday
  • 59:15: Jeremiah McClellan, Reggie Powers among other recruits on commitment watch

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