Haw Reflects On Scrimmage, First Spring

Redshirt freshman Erik Haw is continuing to compete for the open tailback spot this spring at Ohio State. Haw reflects on Sunday's jersey scrimmage and looks ahead to Saturday's Scarlet and Gray Game.

This spring was supposed to be a coming out party for redshirt freshman tailback Erik Haw. After all, Haw and sophomore Antonio Pittman are the only scholarship backs on the roster this spring.

Haw recognizes the responsibility he and Pittman have.

"It is a sense of urgency that you have to get the job done," he said. "You feel like you have the world on your shoulders. But we're running backs. That's what we have to do."

By all accounts, Haw was impressive on Sunday's jersey scrimmage. He did not score a touchdown, but still helped the offense roll to a 93-39 win over the defense.

"I felt good, real good, to be back out there and running the ball," he said. "There were some good runs here and there. No real long runs, some 10's and some sevens. I held on to the rock ... no turnovers. So that was good thing for me.

"I felt like I had real good pass protection. I felt like I could run the ball well, but it was also important to work on my pass protection. They emphasize pass protection and knowing the offense and knowing your duties."

Haw had a key run off his team's own goal line, sparking a 98-yard touchdown march that capped the scrimmage.

"They back us down to the end zone," he said. "The key is to either get out of there and get a punt off or advance the ball. We advanced the ball pretty far. We were still inside the 10. It was critical to get it out of there. It was a 37-lead."

Haw was asked what a strong showing could mean for him: "It builds on confidence. I want to show the coaches what I can do. Within the team, you have to earn respect from your teammates."

With spring winding down, Haw talked about the plan for the final week, leading up to Saturday's Scarlet and Gray Game (1:30 p.m., WBNS-TV and ONN).

"The offense is getting everything incorporated, but now we have to work on timing," he said. "The offense is clicking. We're doing well. The offensive line is blocking tremendously. They were opening up a lot of holes early. You know it will be exciting summer and fall.

"We started very well and now the key will be wrapping up the spring. We want perfection."

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