Urban Meyer is set to make his début at Ohio Stadium tomorrow as Ohio State’s head coach, though he won’t be doing much coaching on the sidelines as compared to observing.
And during the 2012 Ohio State Life Sports Spring Game, Meyer says fans will witness a vanilla offense.
A vanilla offense to Meyer, however, is the same as a chocolate peanut butter offense to Jim Tressel, who was coaching the Buckeyes in the Spring Game a year ago.
“The ball will be thrown a lot,” Meyer told reporters after a practice on Wednesday. “I don’t know if it will be caught a lot. That’s the part we’re evaluating.”
Meyer has brought attention to the receiving corp throughout spring practice and has pointed to it as the position that needs the most work. It should have plenty of time to shine in the Spring Game, as Meyer said that he was limiting quarterbacks’ running ability and that he wants the quarterbacks to stay in the pocket and throw.
Ohio State will revert to its normal Spring Game formula tomorrow after an intersquad scrimmage in 2011. The squad split into two teams: a Scarlet and a Gray team.
Ohio State held a draft Thursday morning, with acting Scarlet head coach and offensive coordinator Tom Herman and acting Gray head coach and defensive coordinator Luke Fickell picking the two squads.
Starting quarterback Braxton Miller landed with the Herman on the Scarlet team, while backup quarterback Kenny Guiton was drafted to the Gray team.
Guiton will have more experienced receivers to throw to, as junior Corey “Philly” Brown, sophomore Verlon Reed, sophomore Devin Smith were all drafted to the Gray team. Miller will work with sophomore Evan Spencer and junior Chris Fields, among others.
The Spring Game is scheduled to kickoff at 1:30 PM. An Ohio State spokesperson said that over 60,000 presale tickets have already been sold. Presale tickets are $7, while tickets purchased at the gate are $15.
All proceeds benefit Ohio State’s LiFE Sports initiative.
Bryant Billing covers Ohio State football for The Springfield Paper. He shares ocasional commentary and bonus features on Ohio State here on TopBillingSports.com.