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Spring Fling

 
Spring Fling

 

The Buckeyes wrap up a month's worth of spring football with the annual Scarlet and Gray game Saturday at 1:30 on the Big Ten Network.

Originally, ticket prices were $12-to-$20 dollars but on Friday, Ohio State reduced them to $5. The official reason given in the Ohio State release was that with the encouraging weather forcast, "we want our fans to come to the 'Shoe and enjoy watching the Buckeyes."

More than likely, someone hopefully realized that 20 bucks to watch the spring game is rather excessive. Not to mention that Urban Meyer has said consistently that he loves getting his young players out in front of a big crowd in the spring to see how they perform in a game-like environment.

Before the price drop was announced, Ohio State said approximately 36,000 tickets had been sold. Look for Meyer to get his wish and see a stadium much closer to capacity and thus more game-like thanks to the $5 seats.

"I'd love to see a great crowd out there because we appreciate that," Meyer said this week. "I want to see our wide receivers, because we'll throw the ball a lot...and I want to see who can stand up and make a play in front of a crowd."

The team was split up Thursday, with running backs coach Stan Drayton coaching the Scarlet and defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs coaching the Gray.

Braxton Miller is on team Scarlet, but of course, will not play as he continues to recover from off-season shoulder surgery. It will be Cardale Jones calling the signals for Scarlet. Among his key weapons will be running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Curtis Samuel, H-back Dontre Wilson, and receiver Devin Smith. The Scarlet defense is anchored by linemen Michael Bennett and Joey Bosa.

Headlining team Gray is quarterback J.T Barrett, running backs Bri'onte Dunn and Rod Smith, and receivers Johnnie Dixon and Michael Thomas. The Gray defense includes defensive back Doran Grant, linebackers Darron Lee Joshua Perry and Raekwon McMillan and defensive lineman Adolphus Washington.

To hear Urban Meyer talk about the Spring game and his thoughts on Spring practice, click here:

 

 

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