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Cardale Jones Stood out in Spring but J.T. Barrett Is QB of the Future for OSU

The Ohio State spring game is in the books, and with star QB Braxton Miller sitting out, Buckeyes fans got a glimpse of the future in Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett. Which QB proved himself in the spring game? Urban Meyer loves athletes on offense that can score from anywhere on the field, and Ohio State has three such players on its roster. Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, and Curtis Samuel all have the potential to play the Percy Harvin role for the Buckeyes. How will Meyer use each on offense? Check out Ben Axelrod from BuckeyeSports.com give some inside info on Ohio State’s spring game. Highlights courtesy XOS Digital Read more Ohio State Football news on BleacherReport.com

Spring Game Shows Ohio State Clearly Addressed It’s Biggest Issue

Following the spring game in Columbus, one thing was quite clear: Ohio State made sure to address its issues with respect to coverage in the back end. The Buckeyes defenders, under co-defensive coordinators Chris Ash and Luke Fickell, have responded to their issues from a season ago and pushed to match patterns, relate to receivers and make plays on the football. Spring games are often difficult to use to make evaluations for a given team. Formats differ, rules vary tremendously and who is active—and to what extent—is always a crap shoot, something Martin Rickman at Sports Illustrated points out in his Buckeyes spring game recap. However, a true shift in mentality is something that is noticeable, regardless of personnel or watered-down play-calling. For Ohio State, little was discovered with respect to the quarterback position. Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett failed to show separation as they battle for the backup job. Expected starting running back Ezekiel Elliott was extremely limited. The defensive side of the ball played four-man fronts almost exclusively. Yet it was clear something was different in the back seven of the Buckeyes’ defense. Prior to the Big Ten championship game, the Buckeyes’ issues with route relations was discussed. The same was mentioned before Urban Meyer’s team took on the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl. Entering spring, the need to work on pass coverage was again noted here. And the Buckeyes went out and addressed that very…

Ohio State Football: Expect Braxton Miller to Pass More, Stay Healthy in 2014

Last year, Braxton Miller had a fantastic season, even while missing some time due to injury. After a disappointing end to 2013, Miller has a lot to prove his senior year. Miller will have to protect himself by staying in the pocket more this season and not going on the run. Being an electric playmaker, this may seem contradictory to Miller’s instincts, but he must do it in order to stay healthy and lead the Ohio State Buckeyes. Check out the video above, where Adam Kramer and Michael Felder project how Braxton Miller will fare in his senior season. Highlights courtesy of XOs Digital Read more Ohio State Football news on BleacherReport.com

Ohio State Spring Game: Biggest Takeaways from Buckeyes’ Intra-Squad Tilt

It is a testament to the popularity of Ohio State football in central Ohio that the Buckeyes’ spring game, which is truly just a glorified practice, drew more than 60,000 fans even though the tickets were being sold for $20 apiece up until the night before the game. For context, the majority of schools do not charge fans for admittance to the spring game. However, there were bigger takeaways to be made from the game than the fact that people love Ohio State football. The Gray squad topped the Scarlet one 17-7 in a contest that did not feature Braxton Miller due to injury. According to Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors, head coach Urban Meyer appeared far more interested in individual performances than who won the game: I’m not trying to evaluate an offense. Who cares? There are guys out there who will never play or they’re not ready to play now. Sports information director Jerry Emig handed me these stats. I’m not sure what to do with these. I don’t care. What I do care about is who’s physically going to make the plays. It was almost like an individual game today. That’s what I wanted to watch. I wanted to see who’s going to compete, who’s going to make plays and who’s going to fit the team concept because we all know what we saw out there. That’s not a team. That’s not the Ohio State Buckeyes. Even though Meyer wasn’t particularly impressed with the performance, there…

Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer’s 3 Biggest Concerns Post-Spring Practice

Spring practice is in the books for Ohio State, and with less than five months before the official start of the season, Urban Meyer has the Buckeyes primed for another title run. Still, the Buckeyes are far from a finished product, and Saturday’s spring game revealed a number of issues that need resolved. These three in particular are top concerns for Meyer because they all have the potential to derail Ohio State’s championship run. The Offensive Line In 2013, four senior starters along Ohio State’s offensive line paved the way for one of the most successful offenses in school history. The Buckeyes averaged 308.6 rushing yards per game, which ranked fifth in the country. Meyer needs to replace those four starters, a process that’s only 25 percent complete going into summer conditioning. The Buckeyes’ sole returning starter, Taylor Decker, has made the switch from right tackle to left tackle. Pat Elflein—who played admirably for the suspended Marcus Hall late last season—has secured the right guard spot. The other three openings have yet to be claimed, and that doesn’t sit well with Meyer, according to Doug Lesmerises of The Plain Dealer “The offensive line, we got a lot of work to do,” Meyer said. “We’ve got to really go, we gotta really go from here.” After the defenses piled up five sacks during the spring game without sending a single blitz, that urgency is easy to…

Ohio State Spring Game Proves How Important Braxton Miller Is to Buckeyes

Braxton Miller is still recovering from minor shoulder surgery, which prevented him from strapping on his pads and suiting up for Ohio State’s spring game Saturday afternoon. His absence proved just how important he is to the Buckeyes’ 2014 season and potential title run. Without Miller, Ohio State’s scrimmage featured the top two candidates for the backup spot—redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones and redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett. While Jones has received a lot of praise this spring, he struggled Saturday, completing just 14-of-31 passes for 126 yards. Barrett was a bit better, connecting on 17-of-33 passes for 151 yards. Neither quarterback threw a touchdown or completed a pass longer than 35 yards. Those are disappointing numbers for both signal-callers, who were operating pass-heavy offenses against defenses that didn’t blitz. Urban Meyer was hoping to see more from Jones, who has surged ahead of Barrett for the No. 2 quarterback spot. Finding a safety net for Miller was one of Ohio State’s top priorities this offseason. When Miller sprained his knee against San Diego State early last season, Ohio State turned to backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who kept the Buckeyes playing at a very high level for three consecutive weeks. That was 11 months after Guiton saved Ohio State’s perfect 2012 season against Purdue. The Buckeyes were in a world of hurt when Miller got knocked out of the game, but Guiton orchestrated one of the most improbable comebacks…

Ohio State Spring Game 2014: Live Game Grades and Analysis

Gray 10, Scarlet 7, Second Quarter Ohio State’s spring game, which is being televised live by the Big Ten Network, is officially underway. Read more Ohio State Football news on BleacherReport.com

Ohio State Spring Game 2014: Live Score, Top Performers and Analysis

Welcome, Buckeye Nation, to our live coverage of the Ohio State 2014 spring game. We’ll be bringing you all the action taking place in Columbus Saturday, as Cardale Jones leads the Scarlet squad against J.T. Barrett and the gray team. For full spring game rosters, check out OSU’s official release. We’ll break them down below leading up to the game, which is set for a 1:30 p.m. EDT kickoff and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Thanks for clicking in. Comment below with your own thoughts and questions on OSU’s spring and upcoming 2014-15 campaign. Read more Ohio State Football news on BleacherReport.com

Ohio State Spring Game 2014: Date, Start Time, TV Info and More

The Ohio State Buckeyes will help turn the page on last season’s disappointing finish, as they conclude spring practices with the annual LIFESports Spring Game. Essentially, a spring game is a glorified scrimmage. It provides an opportunity for the athletes to show coaches they are ready for a big role in the upcoming season. This game will factor into position battles, and it will be a chance for fans to get a look at some of the new recruits. Along with this, it should be an entertaining game. As ESPN’s Austin Ward notes, the teams are typically evenly split to help provide a good product and put players in important situations. Here are the vitals to catching the action, and then I’ll highlight some of the more interesting facets to keep an eye on. When: Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. ET Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati TV: Big Ten Network Rosters: Ohio State tweeted the rosters for the teams: What to Watch The Ash Impact New co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash joined the Buckeyes after handling the defensive coordinator position for Arkansas last year. He will be in charge of the secondary, and the secondary needed a new direction. As the Buckeyes dropped two games to finish the season last year, they allowed Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook to combine to throw for 682 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Don’t look for Ash…

Ohio State Spring Game 2014: Full Preview for Saturday’s Scarlet and Gray Action

The 2013 season began with so much promise for the Urban Meyer-led Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State jumped off to a 12-0 start—winning most games in decisive fashion. Unfortunately, a shaky secondary put the team in shootouts late in the season, resulting in two consecutive losses to finish out the year. Surely, this team enters the Scarlet and Gray spring game with a bitter taste in its mouth. There are plenty of changes on hand for the Buckeyes this season. These will all be on display when the team takes the field on Saturday. To ensure not a moment of the highly anticipated action is missed, let’s take a look at the essential viewing information and preview several hot storylines to watch. Viewing Information The Scarlet and Gray game is an all-around spectacle for everyone in attendance and also for those viewing from home. The Buckeyes coaching staff breaks the team down into two evenly built squads in an attempt to create a competitive atmosphere and evaluate players accordingly. This is one game that shouldn’t be missed, as the 2014 season draws closer. When: Sat., April 12 Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio Time: 1:30 p.m. ET Channel: BTN Live Stream: BTN2Go Top Storylines New-Look Secondary Chris Ash was made co-defensive coordinator and has taken on the daunting task of improving what was a dismal secondary over the back half of the 2013 season. During an interview with Tim May of The Columbus…

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