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Inexperienced offensive line has big shoes to fill for Ohio State football

April 15, 2014
At any level, success running the football begins with the offensive line. Even the most talented running backs can only do so much if the big guys in front aren’t making space for them to operate. Those big guys on Ohio State’s offensive line did more than their fair share of space-making in 2013, paving the way for two 1,000-yard rushers in then-senior running back Carlos Hyde and then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller en route to helping the Buckeyes tally 4,321 yards on the ground in a 12-2 season. But that unit had four senior starters — Andrew Norwell, Jack Mewhort, Marcus Hall and Corey Linsley — who all returned from… Read more

Ohio State has wealth of running backs to fill void left by Carlos Hyde

April 14, 2014
Some things in sports never change. March Madness will have upsets, Cleveland fans will always have something to complain about and the Ohio State football program will have a talented stable of running backs. Of the program’s seven Heisman trophies, five were won by running backs, including the only two-time winner in Archie Griffin from 1974-75. Even in this modern age where plenty of focus is placed on the passing game — especially under the high-tempo offense run by coach Urban Meyer — the Buckeyes have found a way to succeed in the running game. Last season it was Carlos Hyde, who ran for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns, becoming… Read more

Urban Meyer focuses on individual play in Ohio State Spring Game

April 14, 2014
To Urban Meyer, the 2014 Ohio State Spring Game wasn’t about statistics, which intrasquad team won or lost, or which side played better as a unit. “It’s more of an individual — I’m not trying to evaluate an offense because who cares?” Meyer said after the Gray team defeated Scarlet, 17-7, Saturday at Ohio Stadium. “There are guys out there that will either never play or they’re not ready to play now.” With players like starting senior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, a skill guy like sophomore H-Back Dontre Wilson and even starting offensive lineman junior Taylor Decker not seeing a single snap during the game, it… Read more

Ohio State football defense taking steps to get back to ‘Silver Bullets’

April 14, 2014
With big-time players like senior quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson and others sitting out the 2014 edition of Ohio State’s annual Spring Game, it was the defense that stole the show. The intrasquad scrimmage Saturday was one of the first chances the Buckeye coaching staff got to show off the revamped unit to the public, complete with two new coaches in defensive line coach and assistant head coach Larry Johnson and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash, as the group looks to get back to a defense known as the “Silver Bullets.” “Silver Bullets” is the endearing nickname that has been given to the defense of the… Read more

Urban Meyer names Cardale Jones Ohio State backup quarterback, despite ‘disappointing’ Spring Game performance

April 12, 2014
The most publicized position in all of sports is arguably the quarterback position, and at Ohio State, even the backup spot is a point of emphasis. With senior Braxton Miller out for the spring after undergoing minor shoulder surgery in February, the competition to see who would be his backup became a big storyline throughout spring practice. The two players most likely to fall next in line behind Miller — redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett — both got their chances to shine in front of 61,058 people Saturday, and neither seemed comfortable for a majority of the game. Neither quarterback accounted for a touchdown. However, Barrett nearly broke… Read more

Ohio State football wraps up spring practice in 2014 Spring Game, Gray defeats Scarlet, 17-7

April 12, 2014
Spring brings new beginnings, which was exactly the case in Ohio Stadium as many young Buckeyes got their first game experience as the Gray defeated the Scarlet in the annual Ohio State Spring Game, 17-7. “It’s a chance to see some young guys that really haven’t played to be quite honest,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “This is a chance for a lot of guys in our program who work very hard and we are to be able to let some guys play or catch a pass in Ohio Stadium.” As the game came to an end, the Ohio State football team had answered some off-season questions,… Read more

Price for Ohio State Spring Game tickets reduced

April 11, 2014
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has said he wants Ohio Stadium to be full for the 2014 Spring Game, and now fans might have a better chance of affording a ticket. According to a Friday OSU press release, tickets to Saturday’s annual Scarlet and Gray intrasquad scrimmage have been reduced to $5. Initially, the price for advanced tickets was $12, and tickets at the gate were $20. “We want everybody who wants to attend the game to be able to come to Ohio Stadium,” Martin Jarmond, executive associate director of athletics said in the release. “We are encouraged by the weather forecast and we want our fans to come… Read more

Ohio State football announces rosters for 2014 Spring Game

April 10, 2014
For the culmination of Ohio State spring practice, the team’s best players are set to line up toe-to-toe. Falling in line with coach Urban Meyer’s statement Wednesday evening that he wants good players on both the Scarlet and Gray squads, each team balances plenty of talent that figures for a good show Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium. Notable members for the Scarlet Team include redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, freshman H-Back Curtis Samuel, sophomore wide receiver Dontre Wilson, and a linebacking crew of senior Curtis Grant and redshirt-sophomore Chris Worley, according to an OSU press release. The Gray Team is set to be led by redshirt-freshman… Read more

Urban Meyer, Ohio State to show off ‘drastically improved’ pass defense at 2014 Spring Game

April 10, 2014
Spring practice holds different levels of importance for college football programs across the country. Some look to prepare for that next necessary step toward becoming elite, some look to completely reload after losing key members from a winning team the year before, while others still are dwelling in major transition periods while they welcome new leadership. The Ohio State Buckeyes could be considered to be in the latter as they sit mere hours from their annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium, after co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash as well as defensive line coach Larry Johnson were brought in to help revamp the OSU defense and get it back… Read more