By: BUCKEYES for LIFE
On Saturday the Buckeyes had their annual spring football game. It was filled with new faces and a new offense. This marked the first showing of the Urban Meyer Era, as well. The Urban Era did not disappoint the 81,000 Ohio State fans braving the cold, rainy spring day.
The game started with a drill that no one saw coming, which is known as the circle drill. This made the fans forget about the rain and the cold and got them pumped up! It also showed the fans the Tressel Era is officially dust in the wind (but not forgotten). No more messing around – this is THE NEW BUCKEYE FOOTBALL!
The new offense really shined, and showed the next generation of Buckeye football. It showed whom (so far) the playmakers are, and what to expect in the upcoming season. Meyer used the two quarterbacks who will most likely be playing the entire season. Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton threw for 443 total yards, with 40-55 in pass completions. That was very encouraging for the fans to see, especially since all of last year the Buckeyes threw 125 times for a total of 1,651 total yards. Even though Meyer went to the air most of the time, he did not abandon the power of what Ohio State is known for: The running game. The Buckeyes ran the ball 19 times.
One of the players who stood out was Freshman Michael Thomas. Thomas caught 12 passes for 131 yards. There were some major players that did not play due to injuries, including running back Jordan Hall, and linebackers Curtis Grant and Storm Klein, to name a few. Also pleasing the crowd was kicker Drew Basil, who made field goals from 41 and 32 yards. In the second quarter, Meyer made everyone scream for more when he kept pushing the ball back for Basil. The longest was a 53-yard attempt that failed, but not by much.
With the spring practice wrapped up, it’s time to turn on the TV, watch videos, and get in the weight room. This year is holding high expectations for the Buckeyes. Even though there is not going to be a Big Ten title or a bowl game appearance, it should be a great season. With this new offense being put in place and clicking, there is no telling what kind of numbers the Buckeyes could put up. One thing is for sure: These Buckeyes are for real and will fight for O-H-I-O! GO BUCKS!