Today’s Topic: Why is the Spring Game Important for the Buckeyes?
The annual Ohio State spring game is now just one week out.
It provides Buckeye fans an affordable way to get into the Horseshoe and see their Buckeyes.
This year should be like most years, in that the starters won’t play too long. Don’t expect Chase Young to play more than a series or two. Don’t expect to see much of JK Dobbins. KJ Hill will do more coaching than catching.
But there are still always things to watch. This will be an opportunity to see young guys that you only got to see glimpses of last year, or brand new Buckeyes that you’ve never heard of if you don’t follow recruiting.
It will also be your chance to see Justin Fields and Matthew Baldwin on the field together competing, which will then allow you to decide which of them should be your starting quarterback.
There are concerns on the offensive right now in terms of healthy depth, which could have caused some schools to alter their spring game plans. For Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, however, the show must go on, and for some very good reasons.
“We play guys here early,” Day said on Friday. “Guys come and they get on the field early, so it’s one thing to be in the indoor practicing practice 11 and kind of rolling with the practices, but once you get in front of 70, 80, 90-thousand people in that game, it matters. Even just punting the ball and seeing if the returners can catch the ball and fair catch it in front of that kind of crowd. What kind of reaction are they gonna get?”
And the benefit of a spring game isn’t just about letting the young players get some experience in front of large crowd, it’s also about letting those same players experience a game-day routine, so that when they are doing it for real this season, it won’t be one more new thing for them to worry about. They can instead just focus on playing the game because they’ll already know the routine.
“It’s always good for the young guys to get out there and have the experience of walking through the tunnel, going through pregame, being in the locker room, all of the different things that come with it,” Day said. “For the older guys, maybe not as important. We’ll get them out of the game pretty quickly, but let the younger guys go and feel what it’s like to play in the Shoe.”