OSU Spring Game
I was there in 2003 after they won the National Championship, and they estimated 56,000 people that day (although it was probably more like 60k), and today they estimated 64k and I think it was more like 75k. Pretty much the whole stadium (excepting the new seats in the south endzone where they filled in the open end of the shoe and was closed today) was full.
Wow. OSU isn't rebuilding on defense, they are reloading. They are 3 deep at every position, and may be just as good as last year despite losing 9 of 11 starters. They have 7 LB's who can play, and that's not even counting D'Andrea who was originally supposed to be the best OSU LB ever (and has been injured on and off since 2002). I look for this unit to be the big surprise of the year, and the main reason the Buckeyes win the National Championship again in 2006 (That's right, I'm predicting a 2007 Fiesta Bowl win on 4/22/2006).
Special teams will be exceptional again. AJ Trepasso (Punter) booted the Hell out of the ball, and buried the offense inside it's own 5 a couple times. The return game will be awesome with all the speed the Buckeyes have at KR and PR. Incredibly, the PK job may be in even better hands this year than last year with Josh Huston. They had a kicking scrimmage, and Aaron Pettrey, a frosh kicker had a 59 yarder FG attempt TIPPED by a DL and it was still good! The kid was booting 63 yarders in practice today.
Offensively, the Buckeyes may be the best team in the Country. Troy Smith played 1 series, went 4-4 for 45 yards and had a nice run as well, and looked every bit the Heisman front-runner he is. With Ginn, Roy Hall and Anthony Gonzalez back at WR, and several really good looking youngsters nipping at their heels, the passing game will be excellent in '06.
Most importantly, Chris Wells (6'1 225 RB) was everything the Buckeye faithful hoped for. His classmates haven't even graduated HS yet (He graduated early to start working out with the Buckeyes in the Spring), and his RB coach is already comparing his size and speed combination to Jim Brown. He'll be as good as Clarrett but without all the baggage, and the big reason the Buckeyes win it all next year.
The Buckeyes will be tested early next year when they play the defending national champion Texas Longhorns IN Austin on September 9th, but, barring any slip-ups in a game they should win, they have PSU and Michigan in the Shoe, and shouldn't lose a game next year.
Last edited by Suitanim; 04-22-2006 at 06:01 PM.