If it was a matter of hiring a truck driver for FedEx, the interviewer would have to admit that Dwayne Haskins Jr. and Joe Burrow are capable of delivering the goods. Both did Saturday, no matter whether they were playing for the Gray, which won 37-14, or the Scarlet. Urban Meyer admitted afterward that, after crunching the data from all spring practices, it likely will come down to a gut decision on who gets to drive the big truck come fall. That seems about right.
What was that?
It was a modified touch football/live scrimmage format, and Meyer made no apologies for it in this age of precaution. There did not appear to be any injuries from the game, which started at 11:45 a.m. and was hurried along to beat the rain and perhaps storms that had been in the forecast for a week. But when there’s no tackling at first, then few running plays as the quarterback duel (passed off as a game) progressed, both defenses had an arm tied behind their back.
Burrow was 15 of 22 for both teams combined, for 238 yards and two touchdowns, both to Demario McCall in the fourth quarter for the Gray. Haskins was 9 of 19 combined, for 120 yards and two TDs, one a 25-yarder to Jaylen Harris for the Scarlet, the other a 2-yarder to Binjimen Victor for the Gray. Tate Martell ran 11 times for 69 yards and one touchdown and would have had more magnificent numbers if the quarterbacks hadn’t been off-hands to tacklers. Passing, Martell was 5 of 16 for 28 yards and was intercepted by a diving Shaun Wade, the only turnover of the day.
McCall might be ready
For a couple of years, McCall has been a man not big enough to be a running back and not a good-enough receiver to be used regularly at hybrid back. He showed Saturday he’s ready to give returning hybrid back Parris Campbell a run for his money. McCall played for both teams and had a combined 11 catches for 165 yards and two TDs.
Hold that switch
Part of the news going into spring on the offensive line was the switch of two-year starting right tackle Isaiah Prince to left tackle, where he took the place of the departed Jamarco Jones, with Thayer Munford stepping up to No. 1 at right tackle. But when the first-team line took the field for the Gray, Prince was on the right side and Munford on the left. Meyer and line coach Greg Studrawa stress only that their five best linemen will be on the No. 1 unit and retain the right to mix it up. With that in mind, Meyer also said that coming out of spring Brady Taylor is No. 1 at center as OSU looks to replace Rimington Trophy winner Billy Price.
Chris Worley and Jerome Baker are headed for the NFL draft, and Tuf Borland suffered an Achilles tendon injury midway through spring drills, and those were the three starting linebackers at season’s end. Yet defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was quite happy with the play through the month of the remaining crew. They were led in the middle by Justin Hilliard and Baron Browning. On the outside were Malik Harrison, Keandre Jones, Pete Werner and freshman Dallas Gant, an early enrollee. And as Schiano and Meyer have said this spring, five-star Teradja Mitchell is headed their way in June.