Who Stood Out: Offense

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Who Stood Out: Offense
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was a big day for a lot of players Saturday.

Unlike last spring, the Buckeyes entered their final practice of the spring with a number of critical spots still up for grabs this off-season. Although the spring game format was different, it didn’t disappoint in showing off some of the talent, young and old, on Ohio State’s roster this season.

We take a look at the players who stood out Saturday, starting with the offensive side of the ball, which won the scrimmage, and the scarlet jerseys, 59-27.


RB Boom Herron – Continued to look like the starting running back despite people already counting him out when he comes back from suspension. Showed quickness and vision and really reminded all of us how good he can be with the ball in his hands. Stats: 6 carries for 37yds.

QB Braxton Miller – Showed he could move the offense down the field with his arm and his legs, something Tressel said he wanted to see out of his quarterbacks this spring.  Stats: 7-12 for 73yds and 1 TD, 4 carries for 19yds.

RB Jordan Hall – Shifty runner; can be dangerous as a receiver, ball-carrier or return man. Clearly a part of the offensive game plan heading into the fall. Stats: 8 carries for 37yds and 1 TD, 2 catches for 21yds.

RB Rod Smith – A hard runner who seems to make an impact every time he steps on the field. Didn’t break off any big runs, but consistently gets 4-5 yards a pop and is the kind of guy who will get you the yardage you need to advance the chains. Stats: 7 carries for 36yds.

OT Mike Adams – He made a huge jump last season, but it looks like Adams is only getting better. Although the offensive line struggled with blitz pick-up Saturday, Adams was excellent in pass protection. He can’t get back in the lineup soon enough for the Buckeyes.

WR T.Y. Williams – Showed off the hands he’s been lacking for most of the spring Saturday as he made a number of big plays. Williams is a big target and the quarterbacks finally did a good job of throwing it high and in his range. Also showed good speed down the sideline on the 68-yard touchdown catch. Stats: 3 catches for 83 yards and 1 TD.
WR Verlon Reed – On Friday, Jim Tressel called Reed his darkhorse candidate of the spring. Saturday he came through with the first touchdown catch of the game, a 17-yarder from Kenny Guiton. Reed has been a consistent performer for the Buckeyes this spring and has now put himself in position to play in the fall. Stats: 2 catches for 25yds and 1 TD.

WR DeVier Posey – He didn’t catch a touchdown pass or make a big play down the field, but Posey has been consistently dominant all spring. He runs the best routes, makes the most plays and does it all with a positive attitude. He has taken the younger guys under his wing and seems more focused than ever. Stats: 2 catches for 26yds.

FB Zach Boren – The guy is a punishing blocker and he simply isn’t talked about enough. Boren had a nasty block on Jordan Hall’s touchdown run and was a big factor in the offense’s success running the football Saturday. Still only a junior, Boren is entering his third year as the starting fullback in Columbus.

TE Jeff Heuerman – Another newcomer this spring, Heuerman deserves some credit for his performance Saturday. With Jake Stoneburner getting more plays split out wide, Heuerman saw some reps as the first team tight end behind Reid Fragel. He seems to have caught on quickly and looked really impressive, both in run blocking and pass catching. Stats: 3 catches for 14yds.

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