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5 Observations From Ohio State's Spring Game

While Ohio State's annual scrimmage doesn't always serve as a prediction for the regular season, there were still a few key takeaways from the Buckeyes' spring game.

Parris Campbell Is A Key Piece

He wasn't in very long during the spring game, but it's clear that Campbell is going to be a big part of Ohio State's offense in his first season playing H-back. While the first-string offense was on the field, quarterback J.T. Barrett actively tried to get Campbell the ball and he finished with five catches for 46 yards in very limited playing time. Once the regular season rolls around, you can expect that connection between Barrett and Campbell to be ready to go – plus he can be dynamic getting the ball on the ground.

Johnnie Dixon Can Play

The assumption has always been that Dixon has all the talent in the world but would never be healthy enough to contribute at Ohio State. Throughout his career, that's held true, but Dixon was healthy this spring and he was the star of the spring game. The receiver finished with six catches for 108 yards and two scores, and his knees looked perfectly healthy as he made some shifty plays in the open field.

The Young Corners Are Ready

Urban Meyer said it himself – the Buckeyes' young cornerbacks started slow, but they impressed down the stretch. Those four corners – Kendall Sheffield, Shaun Wade, Jeff Okudah and Marcus Williamson – are battling for a spot in the rotation, and all made plays to show they are ready to go at this level on Saturday. Wade, despite some early missteps, was probably the most impressive of the four.

Running Back Depth Isn't A Problem

Mike Weber ran for more than 1,000 yards as a redshirt freshman last year, but there wasn't much behind him in terms of running back production. That shouldn't be the same this year as freshman J.K. Dobbins and sophomore Demario McCall both had solid days and look ready to contribute for the Buckeyes. Dobbins had just three carries but he picked up 16 yards and scored a touchdown. McCall had six carries for 83 yards and caught two passes for 48 yards and a score. Antonio Williams had six carries for 37 yards as well, but Tony Alford was visibly upset with the running back after he stumbled during what could have been a big gain.

Matt Burrell Looks Set To Start

For most of the spring, Demetrius Knox was the leader to start at right guard. Knox, though, has had some academic issues to deal with while Burrell seems to have made a late surge. Burrell worked with the first-team offense on Saturday and held his own. With spring practice over, he should be the leader going into fall camp.


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