Two-Minute Drill: Kick Scrimmage in the ‘Shoe
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tuesday likely marked the last open practice of the fall, as the Buckeyes gathered at Ohio Stadium for their semi-annual kick scrimmage.
Get caught up on everything you need to know in our “Two-Minute Drill.”
Jersey Scrimmage Winners
- The team was informed this week that after going over the film of Saturday’s jersey scrimmage, the offense has officially been declared the winners of the scarlet jerseys.
Kick Scrimmage Notes
- The defense got some revenge Tuesday with a last-second victory in the kick scrimmage. It wasn’t designed to be offense vs. defense, but the entire defense decided to rally against Drew Basil.
- Fickell had it so that the kick scrimmage came down to one final “game-winning” field goal try from Basil. With the offense on his left, and a rowdy defense to his right, Basil missed a 49-yard try that hit the left goal post more than halfway up.
- As a result of the miss, the offensive players had to walk back from Ohio Stadium to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
- Prior to that miss, Basil had made his first five field goals tries Tuesday, including tries of 42 and 45 yards.
- Basil said afterward that he is having a great fall and was told he entered Tuesday’s kick scrimmage having hit 52 of his 59 field goal tries during camp.
- Punter Ben Buchanan also had a good day kicking the ball Tuesday. He was getting great hang time on his punts, and even booted a 58-yarder out of his own end zone.
- Buchanan did have one punt blocked in the end zone by freshman linebacker Curtis Grant.
- With Jaamal Berry still sidelined by a hamstring injury, the primary return men Tuesday were Jordan Hall and Boom Herron. With Herron being suspended, special teams coach Doc Tressel said the Buckeyes will also use Philly Brown, Chris Fields and Devin Smith.
- The first-team long-snapper was George Makridis, while freshman Bryce Haynes worked with kicker Russell Doup and the second group.
- Along with Jaamal Berry, other players who did not participate in practice Tuesday were Etienne Sabino, Solomon Thomas, Jeremy Cash, Melvin Fellows, Connor Crowell and Spencer DeLande.
- Tight end Nick Vannett was also working on the side and later Tweeted that it was something to do with his back.
- Players who returned to action Tuesday were DeVier Posey, Reid Fragel and Tyler Moeller on a limited basis. Nathan Williams also practiced on a limited basis.
- Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller took the snaps with the first-team offense Tuesday. Miller actually got the first snaps with the first group during 7-on-7, but Bauserman still took more reps with the first team, while Miller spent some time with the twos.
- Both QBs had decent days, but nothing to rave about. They each had some good throws and some questionable ones. Bauserman seems to be getting more comfortable throwing the comeback routes to Philly Brown, Verlon Reed and the tight ends.
- Bauserman had the best pass of the day, a perfect ball down the sideline to Philly Brown. He bobbled it but held on and pulled away from cornerback Travis Howard
- Kenny Guiton started the day in a ‘live’ red jersey, but joined the other QBs in a black ‘no contact’ jersey after twisting his ankle.
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