Spring Practice Number 9
As you can tell from the tweet below, Ohio State’s practice Tuesday was a competitive one.
Of course, that’s probably to be expected when the consequences are so clearly spelled out in the very name of the drill.
“Winner! Loooooser!” bellowed one assistant. “Winner! Looooooooooser!”
At which point, the offense and defense squared off.
Highlights of this scrimmage included Michael Thomas climbing the ladder to grab a pass over Eli Apple, Armani Reeves’s long interception return which was only cut short by a thunderclap of a tackle by Chase Farris, Warren Ball carrying several defenders to gain a couple extra yards, and Kenny Guiton’s touchdown pass to tight end Nick Vannett.
That score proved to be the difference as the offense won the day, and the defense ran sprints.
Also during the scrimmage, Braxton Miller–though wearing a non-contact jersey–was hit and shaken up. After trainers tended to him, the usually mellow Miller confronted the defense. Who was it who leveled the hit? Most reporters agreed it was Noah Spence who caused the injury scare, although one Buckeye assistant joked we’ll know for sure when the next depth chart comes out. He was able to laugh, because Braxton was fine, even playing later in the afternoon.
- OSU Coach Urban Meyer told us after practice that offensive lineman Antonio Underwood has torn his ACL and will be having surgery. Meyer added that Underwood had been making a real push this spring.
- Lineman Chris Carter has a weight limit. He has to be below 340 pounds, or coach Meyer won’t let him play. “It’s not safe.”
- Taylor Decker and Chase Farris continue to battle for time at right tackle, but keep the name Patrick Elflein in mind. Meyer mentioned him as a player who’s emerging, and that could cause of a shuffling of the line.
- Meyer said that the Buckeyes have been studying several teams this offseason, specifically mentioning the San Francisco 49ers.
- The Scarlet and Gray were indoors Tuesday…again. In fact, of their 9 spring practices, only two have been able to be held outdoors.