There has been a good deal of argument, especially this year, that Spring football doesn't really accomplish anything. Everyone's a little fatter from sitting around all winter, the team's numbers are a little thinner from "graduation" (or whatever it's called when our beloved players use up their eligibility) and there's no big game opponent for which to prepare a game plan. People in favor of punting Spring practices entirely say that nothing is solved in April that couldn't be solved in August, while the possibility for getting a star player injured is only increased with unnecessary football activity. These people are obviously just evil, uninhibited masochists who want as little football as possible. If you are one of these cretins who doesn't realize that every practice makes players better, then you get an automatic D on this year's quiz. Everyone else has a chance for glory.
People who don't think Spring
practice accomplishes anything:
Somehow forget the buzz created by a
former walk-on named Terry Glenn in the Spring of 1995.
- Think that the OSU offensive line will stay in shape and improve technique by playing themselves on Playstation 2 three times a day.
- Are somehow unaware of the strides made this Spring by any OSU running backs named Maurice.
Hellish nightmare scenario – the NCAA
decides that only one position can practice Spring Football. Ohio State's
coaching staff, forward thinking as they are, know that the obvious choice to
Offensive line, though granted most of
the OL in the Spring are walk-ons who won't see the field much.
- Quarterback, since the two scholarship guys in school have three starts combined.
- Kickers, since focusing on the biggest negative of the team is the key to improvement.
- Receivers, since focusing on the biggest
positive of the team makes everyone happy.
The aspect of Tyson Walter that the
Buckeyes will miss the least is his:
Experience in having been on a Rose
- Experience in bringing litigation against fellow position players right before a bowl game.
- Experience in helping develop new medical terms, e.g. "mysterious staph infection"
- Experience of contributing to the team/family concept that is the jewel of Coach Tressel's mantra.
The quarterback that gives Ohio State
the best chance of winning when he's on the field is:
- Scott McMullen
- Jim Otis
- Justin Zwick
- Troy Smith
- John Navarre
Michael Jenkins, Chris Vance, Chris
Gamble, Bam Childress, Drew Carter, Angelo Chattams, Roy Hall, and Santonio
Are potentially the deepest wide
receiving corps in the Big Ten.
- Should make whoever is playing quarterback look better than he really is.
- Have too much class and character to be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.
- Are a pretty good argument against someone only in favor of two-receiver sets.
Speaking of America's Team, former
Buckeyes Michael Wiley, Ken-yon Rambo, Joey Galloway, Tyson Walter, Derek
Ross, and Jamar Martin are all Dallas Cowboys. Which was the most questionable
acquisition for Jerry Jones to make?
Walter – offensive lineman with an
injury history and questionable character, but has the size to compete.
- Rambo – wide receiver whose brain is always in the "I-formation."
- Ross – multiple arrests overshadowed by prestigious OSU defensive back lineage.
- Martin – plays a selfless position
effectively, but has no criminal record to fit in with the Cowboys
historical team character concept.
The 2002 Buckeyes look very strong on
the front seven, but fairly inexperienced on the corners. Can a strong pass
rush and rush defense adequately protect the two islands from being exposed?
Yes, it's hard to complete passes
when you're on your back.
- No, they're good for giving up at least two big plays a game.
- Yes, with two seniors at safety the difference will be their leadership.
- Yes, as bad as the Big Ten was last year, the conference will be even worse in 2003.
The best reason for optimism about the
2002 season is:
It's a nice warm-up for the 2003
national championship run.
- With so many average teams and no clear favorite, it's anyone's title to win.
- Wisconsin and Illinois are road games, so there's a good chance they'll actually win.
- There's no way the Bucks are going to lose to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl again.
(Repeat question from last year's
quiz) The kicking outlook for OSU this year:
Hazy, with a chance of fakes.
- Cloudy, with scattered fourth down attempts.
- Perfectly executed pooch punts from the OSU 35-yard line.
- PAT = pass after touchdown.
In the nineties, up until 1998, the
Buckeyes played their Spring Game in Ohio Stadium. Five times in the nineties,
those teams had double-digit wins at the end of the season. In 1999, 2000 and
2001 the Buckeyes did not play their Spring game in Ohio Stadium. Those three
years gave provided lackluster records of 6-6, 8-4 and 7-5. Will the return of
the Spring Game back to the Old Lady by the river have any impact on this
Obviously. It's the stadium, stupid.
- Obviously not. It was Bellisari, stupid.
- Obviously. It's part of the rebirth of the program, stupid.
- Obviously not. It's Tressel, stupid.
Answers will be released after game 14, hopefully a couple of days into 2003.
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