Coming off of a national championship, the excitement surrounding Ohio State's 2015 spring game was unmatched for football in April. Ohio Stadium broke its own spring game attendance record in 2015, as 99,391 were on hand to watch the Buckeyes play each other in a scrimmage that saw the vast majority of the previous years stars watch from the sideline.
Fast forward one year later, Ohio State is coming off of a win in the Fiesta Bowl and the stars that roamed the sidelines last year are preparing to take their talents to the NFL. So Ohio Stadium can expect a slightly smaller crowd on April 16 right? Not so fast.
Pre-sale tickets are already ahead of last year and with the temperature expected to be in the low 70's for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff, Ohio State could very well see 100,000 fill the seats at Ohio Stadium. To try and persuade the fans to come out, Urban Meyer made a point to reach out to fans in a Monday morning press conference.
"It’s supposed to be great weather, I’m hoping to get 100,000 people, so this is another appeal to our fans to come on out," Meyer said April 11. "This year even more than last year to see how some people, I want to see Joey Burrow perform in front of 100,000 people in the stadium and I want to see Mike Weber perform in front of 100,000 people in the stadium, guys that have never done that before.
"On the defensive line, how’s Dre'Mont Jones going to perform in this loud environment when things are going on and it’s chaos? So I’m appealing to the fans to come out and support us for a lot of reasons. First off it’s supposed to be a nice day so come on out and watch your team play, we appreciate you coming out and the value this year is probably greater than our four years here to see how these young players respond.”
In addition to the names Meyer mentioned above, Buckeye fans will also get their first glimpses of quarterback turned wide receiver Torrance Gibson, early enrollee lineman Michael Jordan who has been working with the first time offensive line in spring practice and fellow early enrollee wide receiver Austin Mack who has been turning heads in spring ball.
Other notable players to watch for include freshman running back and early enrollee Antonio Williams, and multiple players vying for playing time at three spots in the secondary.
Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore, Denzel Ward and Damon Arnette are competing to fill the corner spot opposite Gareon Conley while safeties Malik Hooker and Eric Glover-Williams are the early candidates to replace Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell as Erick Smith and Cam Burrows are limited in spring ball coming off of injury.
If Buckeye fans need anymore motivation to come out and fill Ohio Stadium, Weber has joined his head coach in campaigning for a record spring game crowd.