This Saturday Ohio State will hold it’s annual Spring Game. Currently 50,000 tickets have already been sold for the event so expect a packed house for this “glorified” practice. Expect a packed house for good reason, this will be the first time fans will see new head coach Ryan Day truly reveal his blueprint for the football program. Fans will also get to see the highly anticipated debuts of Garrett Wilson, Justin Fields, Zach Harrison and many others.
Without a doubt, the Spring Game is always an exciting time for the Ohio State football program. Specifically, here are five players fans should be most excited to watch on Saturday.
- Brendon White, Safety
Last season Brendon White exploded onto the scene against Nebraska. In that game White recorded 13 tackles and from that point on he would be one of Ohio State’s best players on defense. With an expanded role in 2019 White is expected to play the new “bullet” position. The “bullet” is essentially a combination of the safety and linebacker position.
The “bullet” is what new co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and linebackers coach Al Washington are implementing from their time at Michigan. In fact the “bullet” is what the “viper” was at Michigan. It will be intriguing to see how White will be moved around during the Spring Game. Expect to see the hard hitting defender to be flying around the ball on Saturday.
- Master Teague, Running Back
Surely J.K. Dobbins will be the lead back in the Ohio State offense but it is also important to have a backup in case Dobbins gets banged up. With Mike Weber headed to the NFL, Master Teague is expected to see an expanded role in 2019. Ohio State needs to find another player who can carry the rock and Teague can seize that role with a big performance on Saturday.
Last year Teague impressed in the Spring Game. In his first appearance as a Buckeye he carried the ball 14 times for 73 yards and a touchdown. He also caught on pass for four yards. With an entire winter of strength and conditioning behind him Teague has a chance to flash on Saturday.
- Every Single Quarterback
Justin Fields is expected to win the job, however Matthew Baldwin is looming right behind him. Saturday will be a great opportunity for one of these players to seize control as the No. 1 quarterback. Ohio State fans will get to see Fields in action for the first time as a Buckeye, currently all fans have of Fields is his highlights in relief at Georgia. It will also be interesting to see how Baldwin has improved this winter, he has a chance to thrive in a Ryan Day offense if given the starting job.
Another player that comes to mind is transfer quarterback Chris Chugunov. He joined the team in the fall of 2018 and only appeared against Rutgers. Chugunov originally played at West Virginia where he threw for 551 yards and three touchdown passes. No one really knows what to expect from Chugunov, but the Spring Game may finally answer some questions surrounding his ability.
- Zach Harrison, Defensive End
The highly anticipated debut of Ohio State’s top recruit will take place Saturday. Zach Harrison, the No. 4 overall recruit in the class of 2019, is expected to see plenty of time on the field during the Spring Game.
Harrison has impressed during spring practices and is earning the nickname “Sack” Harrison. His performance during practice already earned Harrison a spot in the “Rushmen” package. Currently Harrison is working mostly with the second team defense, but a dominant performance in the Spring Game could earn him more playing time in the fall.
- Josh Myers, Center
Replacing third-team All-American center Michael Jordan will be a tough task. However, Josh Myers seems poised to be the next center at Ohio State. Myers has impressed Ryan Day with his leadership in the middle of Ohio State’s line.
The one flaw of Myers’ game is that he has struggled with pass protection. There are rumors that Myers has really worked on fixing his pass blocking technique and has improved in that area. The Spring Game will allow everyone to see if Myers can be the anchor of the offensive line.
The Spring Game kicks off Saturday, April 13 at noon. You can watch the action on Big Ten Network.