This past Saturday, just over 19,000 fans packed into Ohio Stadium to watch Ohio States’ first spring game in two years. Although it’s just a scrimmage, a lot of good was seen in this game.
Ryan Day stated how happy and excited he and his team were to get back out on the field and play in front of their fans. Coach Day even went on to say that being out there playing in front of fans brought a sense of normalcy back to Columbus.
Tackling was not allowed in the game, but there were still some highlights worth watching. A lot of takeaways were also made from the game as well.
QB battle will be better than anticipated
C.J. Stroud and Kyle McCord each had excellent performances. Stroud, a redshirt freshman, looked amazing all day long going 16 for 22 with 185 yards and two touchdowns. True freshman Kyle McCord also looked very comfortable under center, he threw for two touchdowns on 12 of 17 passing for 184 yards. Redshirt freshman Jack Miller looked inconsistent especially in the first half, but he made it out ok and ended with 17 completions on 30 attempts for 128 yards.
All 3 guys with little or no experience, Coach Day felt it was very important to learn about being in a QB battle. But from now until mid-August the race is on and Coach Day will have to decide who his QB1 will be.
Coach Day also stated that he frequently talks to all 3 quarterbacks about not being overly aggressive in an attempt to win the job. Columbus wants the best option to be calm and poised while also being a well-developed college football quarterback.
The QBs know the starting job will not be won on one play or strictly talent, it’s about winning the job above all else and earning the trust of your teammates.
Jack Sawyer is the next great OSU edge rusher
Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa, Chase Young, and it now seems like we will be adding another name to the list, Jack Sawyer.
Sawyer, the true freshman, and Pickerington North product lived up to the hype wreaking havoc on Ohio State’s offensive line. Sawyer showed why ESPN ranked him as the No. 1 prospect in the country for the class of 2020. He forced 3 sacks, one forced fumble, and consistently put pressure on the backfield all game long.
Sawyer’s solid performance caught the eye of coach Day. Day acknowledged that Sawyer is off to a great start and quickly earning more snaps. Sawyer is very quickly moving his way up the depth chart, he came into the game with a lot of confidence and made a lot of plays. Sawyer’s teammates continued the praise saying what we saw on Saturday is pretty much what they see every practice.
Ohio State is pretty deep when it comes to the defensive end but if Sawyer keeps doing what he’s doing he’ll find himself on the field in the fall. Another talented defensive end to look out for is Zach Harrison, who also showed heave praise to Sawyer.
Wide Reciever depth like no the team in the country
Ohio State has the best receiving core in the country. It starts with returning starters Chris Olave and Garret Wilson and runs all the way down to two true freshmen Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr. who each had 7 catches on Saturday.
Returning sophomore Jaxon Smith-Njigba will be a key on offense along with Junior Jameson Williams. Sophomore Julian Fleming did not play and revealed last week that he was battling a shoulder injury last season, which is why he didn’t see much time as a freshman. Those 7 receivers will have to fight just to step foot on the field which is a very good problem to have in Columbus.
Whoever the next Ohio State QB is we all know he will have no shortage of weapons and his receivers will make him feel comfortable.