The 2018 spring game saw many former Buckeyes in attendance. Whether it was former players such as J.T. Barrett and Orlando Pace or the two honorary captain’s, Philadelphia Eagles and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins as well as current Pittsburgh Steelers star Ryan Shazier. Heck even Emmitt Smith, a NFL Hall of Famer, showed up as his son EJ Smith is a currently being recruited by Ohio State.
I assure you that wasn’t the only reason approximately 47,000 fans showed up for what you could call a “glorified practice”. To some fans this glorified practice means the world to them. I asked a few fellow Buckeye fans what the Spring Football game really met to them. I got some different answers but the one answer that particularly stood out from all the rest. He said “It means so much to me because I can bring my whole family to the Horseshoe for a reasonable price to get to see the Buckeyes in action.” The tickets for the Ohio State Spring game were $5, plus children under six get in free. Honestly, that is a heck of deal considering the ticket price for the home opener is around $90 dollars a ticket. For some Buckeye fans the spring game is the only way they get to see the Buckeye football team in live action.
Buckeye fans got quite of a show with the three quarterbacks battling to become Barrett’s successor. All three quarterbacks played very well in the spring game. The quarterback’s performance will make head coach Urban Meyer’s decision very difficult. This leads me to my next question. Who is going to be Barrett’s successor? Will it be Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow or Tate Martell?
The quarterback battle is not the only position battle that is intriguing. The linebacker position is another position to look at. The only 2017 starter coming back Tuf Borland who was out with an Achilles injury. Urban Meyer relied on the team’s underclassman to step up. Players such as Baron Browning, Justin Hilliard and Malik Harrison look to battle for those vacant linebacker positions. All three could be in for an interesting battle this fall now that the 2018 spring football campaign is over. There are a lot of position battles left to be solved over the summer.
Spring football is a time for the underclassmen and players don’t get much playing time to show off their talents. Freshman running back Master Teague got his chance to shine and he did just that. Master Teague quickly became a spring game favorite not only because he had 14 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown, but for his name. Honestly who wouldn’t love to have a player on their football team named Master Teague.
Personally, I was quite impressed with sophomore defensive end Chase Young as he made quite an impact playing for both the first team and second team defenses. Both Young and junior and First Team All-Big Ten Nick Bosa are going to make quite rotation at the defensive end position.
I can honestly say the 2018 Ohio State Buckeyes look primed for another Big Ten Championship run.