COLUMBUS — Ohio State held their annual spring game on Saturday and the Gray team walked away with a 35-17 victory over the Scarlet. Following the game, Buckeye head coach Ryan Day spoke with the media, as did several members of the football team. Here are the assorted highlights from the OSU postgame.
+ Both quarterbacks did a good job with the offense. Both flashed at times. Justin Fields didn’t get to show as much of his running ability as he can because of the rules. Both QBs had positive days.
+ Spring is just one step towards the season. Day believes he has seen enough to know this is a good team with “a lot of good pieces.”
+ The energy was good throughout camp and the team got tougher.
+ Quarterback development is a progression and no matter how much you prepare, you can’t simulate game action. The more prepared you are, the better you will do, however.
+ Asked for a QB pecking order and Day said he didn’t know and didn’t expect to make any decisions soon.
+ Asked for his biggest concern leaving spring camp and Day said offensive line and quarterback because of depth issues and lack of experience.
+ Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins hadn’t played much, but they had practiced a lot, so he had a pretty good idea of what they would be able to do. He doesn’t have that same knowledge of his quarterbacks this spring.
+ The quarterback situation is a lot like last year. His job is to build chemistry with all of them and leave the decision “up to the head guy.”
+ The quarterbacks have gotten more comfortable throughout the spring. They stay in the pocket longer after being “shook in there” early on.
+ Hill has seen a lot of growth from Garrett Wilson from the day he walked in. He has also developed as a person and is growing up into a man. “I feel like that’s why he is making those plays.” He’s humble and coachable.
+ Anything that needs fixed will get done by the time the season starts.
+ He isn’t offended when Ryan Day talks about the team needing to replace four starters. He feels like a starter now after getting to start late last year. Those were significant games for him. The Big Ten Championship Game was “a helluva way to have your first start.”
+ He had ups and downs throughout the spring. He just has to keep improving and keep working.
+ He needs to work on every aspect of his game.
+ It was fun today being in front of the Ohio State crowd.
+ “I’m not necessarily trying to fill Dwayne’s shoes.” He’s just trying to do what he can to help the team.
+ He sees plays sooner now and knows what is going to happen, which wasn’t the case last year.
+ He knows he’s not a freshman anymore, which means he has to be a contributor and step up this year.
+ He has stepped up this spring by going hard and working on technique. Trying not to make the same mistake twice.
+ This spring for Young was about refining his technique. For the defense as a whole, it was about building confidence.
+ Tyreke Smith and Javontae Jean-Baptiste have superstar potential, but he tells them to work hard because there’s always somebody working harder than they are.
+ Zach Harrison “really doesn’t have a ceiling. He can be as good as he wants to be.” Just needs to keep working.