Ohio State Spring Football Game: 5 Things That Matter
What do you need to know about what happened in the Ohio State spring football game?
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1. The Passing Game Is Going To Be Okay
The Kevin Wilson offense needs to get the air show going deeper, and while it wasn’t bombs away, it put up some big numbers
J.T. Barrett completing 8-of-12 passes for 71 yards and a score, but he didn’t push the ball deep – and he was just a small part of the fun.
Joe Burrow threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns, but it was Dwayne Haskins and his power arm who took over the game for both sides. The 6-3, 214-pound redshirt freshman completed all five of his throws for 38 yards and a touchdown for the Scarlet side, and hit 21-of-32 passes for 255 yards and two scores for the Gray side. It’ll be a battle for the No. 2 gig throughout summer ball.
2. Someone Had To Catch All Those Passes
There might be plenty of concerns with replacements at several key spots, but the receiving corps appears to be ready to rock and roll.
Johnnie Dixon was magnificent, catching eight passes for 108 yards and two scores including a terrific 44-yard play from Burrow. Terry McLauren caught four passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns, and K.J. Hill caught six passes for 62 yards.
It’s one of the few areas the Buckeyes have sure-thing depth and options to play around with, but now it’ll be about …
3. The Defensive Backs
Ohio State reloaded in a big hurry in the secondary last season and got better. That’s not quite as sure a thing this time around. However, as long as the pressure is coming from the fantastic defensive front, all should be fine.
Sam Hubbard got to Barrett early on forcing an interception, but overall, the defensive backs struggled. There’s no need for any sort of panic. It wasn’t a fair indicator for the defense, though, because …
4. Health Mattered
Depth mattered, too. With so many new parts, the last thing the Buckeyes needed was a key injury on the O line or in the secondary.
There wasn’t any hitting early with no tackling early on. Eventually, that changed a little bit, but no one was out to start blasting away. Without any real pressure on the quarterback, the defensive backs were left out to dry. Again, don’t take anything crazy away from the defensive issues.
5. Since There Wasn’t Any Tackling, Did The Running Game Matter?
Not really, but it was an interesting afternoon for the ground attack just to see it get moving a bit.
Mike Weber didn’t need to get hit – he only ran five times for 13 yards, and hit Barrett with a 17-yard pass play. Demario McCall did the most damage, running for 83 yards with a few nice blasts, and catching two passes for 48 yards and a long score.
Star QB recruit Tate Martell only completed one of his two passes, but he ran for a 19-yard score, and Antonio Williams ran for 37 yards on six carries.