Photos: OSU Spring Game Features -Meyer -Miller -Guiton
Basil kicked a 32-yard field goal to end the half.
A large number of Buckeyes were not able to play today while recovering from various ailments, surgeries and injuries, including SAF C.J. Barnett, SAF Christian Bryant, DL Se’Von Pittman, SAF Zach Domicone, WR Evan Spencer, FB Darryl Wood, DL Kenny Hayes, WR Verlon Reed, LB Curtis Grant, LB Storm Klein, TE Jeff Heuerman, OL Jacoby Boren, DL Nathan Williams, DL Johnathan Hankins and SAF Jamie Wood.
John Simon and Etienne Sabino represented team Gray at the pregame coin toss while Jack Mewhort and Zach Boren represented the Scarlet.
Before the game, Ohio State coaches set up their “circle drill” at midfield where two players square off in a one-on-one battle of strength and dominance. John Simon and Jack Mewhort opened the drill and some of the additional battles were between Jake Stoneburner and Zach Boren, and Braxton Miller vs. Kenny Guiton.
Drew Basil stayed busy after his 41-yard field goal early in the second quarter that made the score 10-0 Scarlet. After he made the attempt coach Urban Meyer kept the field goal team out and Basil followed with six more attempts…consecutively from 41 (good), 45 (blocked by Adam Bellamy), 45 (good), 53 (good), 58 (about five yards short) and another from 58 (just short). All in all: nice work by the field goal unit in a short amount of time.
Adam Griffin, son of the great Archie Griffin, intercepted Braxton Miller for the first turnover in the game with 7:42 to play in the second quarter and the Scarlet leading 10-0. Scarlet’s defense held on three downs. Christian Bryant’s late interception of Kenny Guiton’s pass thwarted a Gray drive that had reached the Scarlet 16. Bryant intercepted the pass at the 2 and returned it 15 yards.
For those who bought one of the souvenir cups at the game today, proceeds totaling $6,612 will go toward the Athletic Department’s funding of the LiFE Sports program. … Braxton Miller completed his first five attempts of the scrimmage. … Michael Thomas’ 12 receptions in the game were just two off the team leading total of 14 by three players last year. … Key offensive go-to players heading into the fall, according to coach Urban Meyer, are RB Jordan Hall, TE Jake Stoneburner, RB Carlos Hyde, WR Corey Brown, WR Michael Thomas and WR Devin Smith. … Ryan Shazier lead the Scarlet team with eight tackles. Ohrian Johnson led the Gray with a game-high seven solo tackles. Adam Griffin and Etienne Sabino had six tackles apiece for the Gray while Luke Roberts, a true freshman, had five. Linebackers Stewart Smith and Conner Crowell had five tackles for the Scarlet in support of Shazier. … Miller was mostly untouchable from a tackling standpoint and whenever a defender got close the whistle blew. So he was “sacked” seven times, but one sportswriter referred to the sacks as fingernail sacks. … Bri’onte Dunn led the Gray with 33 rushing yards. … Corey Brown led Gray with seven catches for 90 yards.
Today’s spring game was the first Ohio State football game in 38 years that did not include D.C. Koehl in the press box handling things from a statistical standpoint. D.C., who passed away in January, joined the sports information office in 1973 after graduating from Ohio State earlier that year. He is dearly missed, and he will forever be missed on football Saturdays in Ohio Stadium.