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Saturday, April 12, 2014

The 2014 Ohio State Spring Game: Youth Will Be Served

"Youth will be served, every dog has his day, and mine has been a fine one."

 ~ George Borrow

Attending the Ohio State spring game has always been one of my favorite spring time events.  The very first spring game I attended was in 1996, eagerly anticipating how the newly-signed quarterback Mark Garcia would do in his Ohio State debut, as he battled Stanley Jackson for the starting quarterback position.  Little did anyone know a third quarterback by the name of Joe Germaine would outperform both quarterbacks in the spring game, giving fans in attendance an early glimpse at one of the best quarterbacks in Ohio State football history.

Another fond memory was the 2003 spring game.  Not only was Ohio State basking in the glory of the 2002 national championship, but fans were treated to an aerial duel between Justin Zwick and Troy Smith.  It was the unofficial beginning of the quarterback battle for the 2004 starting job.

My wife and three children will be joining me for this spring game.  I have taken my wife before, and my sons came with me three years ago, but this will mark my daughter's first visit to Ohio Stadium.  My sister Sue and my two nephews are making the trek to Columbus, as my nephew is considering Ohio State as a college choice.  My cousin John and his family will be meeting up with us.  I am also planning on meeting up with Shannon Sommers, a contributing writer from menofthescarletandgray.com, as well...






Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has already stated that true freshmen Curtis Samuel and Johnnie Dixon figure prominently in Ohio State's upcoming season; the spring game will give fans that first look at both as Buckeyes.  Freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan and freshman placekicker Sean Nuernberger will also be counted upon this fall; I am anxious to see how both perform for what should be a pretty decent crowd.

The player I am most anxious to see?  Linebacker Darron Lee, who has been starting all spring.  Lee has been consistently cited by Coach Meyer for his aggressiveness and intensity all spring.  Considering the level of disappointment that Coach Meyer and the fans had of the 2013 linebackers, watching Lee's performance will be foremost for me at the spring game.

A close second?  Cornerback Eli Apple.  Apple redshirted in 2013, but has recently had his black stripe removed, symbolizing that he is now a player that will be relied upon in game situations.  Like the linebackers, the 2013 secondary left much to be desired.  Apple and Gareon Conley have been playing well this spring, and will be challenging for playing time this season.

Yes, youth will be served during the spring game.  Youth may also be served this coming season.

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