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Ohio State passing game suspect without Pryor

Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:14 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Ohio State Buckeyes held their spring game today, and even though the offense "scored" plenty of points in its 59-27 victory over the defense, it was clear that the passing game was far from perfect.

With starter Terrelle Pryor sidelined as he recovers from foot surgery, OSU coach Jim Tressel (at right, looking every bit as unusual in camouflage as you'd expect) made use of four backup quarterbacks in today's scrimmage, with each throwing at least nine passes. Taylor Graham made use of a picture-perfect 69-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Williams to lead all passers with 91 yards, but he was only 4-9 on the day. All in all, the four quarterbacks combined to complete just 20 of 43 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns -- one by each quarterback.

"We’re all battling hard to make strides," said senior quarterback and putative starter Joe Bauserman, who went 4-11 for 42 yards. "We made some mistakes and there were some good plays and some bad plays."

Kenny Guiton went 5-11 for 43 yards, and Braxton Miller added 73 yards on 7-for-12 passing.

Although the offense had 59 points on the scoreboard, only 40 were points in the traditional sense; the other 19 were rewarded for first downs and plays of 20+ yards. Moreover, those 40 points came against a secondary stretched thin by injuries, as 10 defensive backs (nine on scholarship) were forced to miss the spring game.

The question of quarterback play isn't exactly moot without Pryor around, either; even though he's likely to fully recover long before the opening of the season, he's one of five Buckeyes suspended for the first five games of the season, as is DeVier Posey, the senior leader of an otherwise inexperienced WR corps. Still, fortunately for the Buckeyes, those younger wideouts performed well today.

"We have young guys at receiver and they really came along this spring," said Tressel. "They are starting to understand. First, they have to know where to line up. Then they have to understand what to do. Then they have to figure out how to it against the best guys."

"They’re just out there practicing hard," added Posey. "It’s difficult since they haven’t even been here for an entire academic year yet. The older guys are getting them to understand how everything works here and just leading by example. I felt like a proud dad today seeing three of them score touchdowns."

All in all, there's a difference between "inconsistent" and just plain "bad," and what the Ohio State Buckeyes got from their passing game was inconsistent play. Four touchdowns and no interceptions is nothing to scoff at, after all, even against a depleted secondary. The quarterback battle is still going to take months to resolve itself, but that's not necessarily a bad thing for the Buckeyes as long as those quarterbacks are getting as much practice time as possible.

In fact, the substandard performance may be something of a blessing in disguise if Tressel can use it as an impetus for a strong QB battle through summer and fall practice. Any coach can say a player needs to improve, but when he's got the stats to back up such a statement, there's some extra motivation, and that's the situation Ohio State's in now. Today wasn't a disaster for the Buckeyes, but hopefully it wa a reminder to the quarterbacks that there's a lot of work to be done between now and September.


Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:40 pm

Ohio State passing game suspect without Pryor

sporthc - while what you've proposed is highly unlikely to happen... I can honestly say that if it were, Nebraska would own UM just like the Buckeyes do. Keep up the optimism though, it's all you got.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:15 pm

Ohio State passing game suspect without Pryor

Braxton Miller has been on campus for 3 months and he still did good.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:01 am

Ohio State passing game suspect without Pryor

Bigtime gray area in Buckeye history called the Tressel era.  Not to mention that big gray area around the National Title and Troy Smith's heisman.  And the beat goes on baby, you stay classy boys!!!

Well, evets207 - you're HALF right - The Tressel era has been a big SCARLET and GRAY era for us Buckeye fans !Wink And in the words of the Most Interesting Man in the World, "Stay thirsty, my friends."

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:52 am

Ohio State passing game suspect without Pryor

Hey I don't know what that guy was saying about Ohio St. I honestly didn't know so I just asked why he was wearing a uniform.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 8:37 pm

Ohio State passing game suspect without Pryor

Braxton Miller added 73 yards on 7-for-12 passing
Let's see, that's 58% and 10 yards per completion for a guy 4 months out of high school. Ya, that's really suspect.I guess the thing is, everything this year about Ohio State is suspect, because the O-line is suspect. So really, does it matter what else is suspect. The line that got pushed all over the field by Wisconsin last year, is worse. We'll probably never find out if the QB's are suspect. We''ll find out how fast they can run trying to get away from d linemen however.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 8:23 pm

Ohio State passing game suspect without Pryor

Boom and Pryor are certainly no heisman contenders and wouldnt surprise many to see him fall on his face in the NFL. Dont forget when it came to away games such as  Wisconsin and Illinois   your boys looked like a wet puppy dog!

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 8:14 pm

Ohio State passing game suspect without Pryor

This DONWARREN character is making statements his team probably cannot cash. as a service member overseas from columbus ohio...... ive personally met him at several extablishments over the years honoring the troops. no sympathy plea here guy. I digress, the passing game is suspect but The Bucks always won off defense and special teams.....and well do it again. Oh and jsut wait for Boom and Pryor they'll ignite the offense into another amazing rushing team.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 8:12 pm

Ohio State passing game suspect without Pryor

Apparently your ignorance is bliss! yeah he owns Michigan by cheating we all know it to!

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 7:48 pm

Ohio State passing game suspect without Pryor

do you know anything about the government or the military?  they got enough dirt to fill your moms locker room of a puss,  and thats a lot of dirt.  hey next time you see her tell her my team left our national champs trophy in there when we were celebrating. 

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 7:39 pm

Ohio State passing game suspect without Pryor

thank you!  cheese and rice these people are stupid!  people should probably do a little research on a subject before they act like they know whats up.  keeps people form looking like idiots

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