COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio State Buckeyes took part in their first spring game in two years in front of just over 19,000 fans at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.
Tackling was not allowed in the game, but there were still a few highlights worth noting so below are a few takeaways from the Buckeyes playing each other.
C.J. Stroud and Kyle McCord had excellent performances. Stroud, a redshirt freshman, looked poised from start to end going 16 for 22 for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, true freshman Kyle McCord also looked comfortable in the pocket throwing two touchdowns on 12 of 17 passing for 184 yards. Redshirt freshman Jack Miller was inconsistent at times, especially in the first half but ended up with 17 completions on 30 attempts for 128 yards.
Jack Sawyer is that dude
True freshman and Pickerington North product Jack sawyer lived up to the hype wreaking havoc on Ohio State’s offensive line. Sawyer showed why he was the No. 1 ranked prospect in the country by ESPN for the class of 2020 forcing two sacks, one forced fumble and constantly pushing offensive tackles backward. Ohio State is deep at defensive end but if Sawyer keeps playing and practicing like this he’ll find himself on the field come Saturday in the fall.
Wide Receiver depth is unreal
Ohio State has the best wide receivers in the country and it’s not close. It starts with returning starters Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson on the outside and runs all the way to two true freshman in Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka. Returning sophomore Jaxon Smith-Njigba will be prominent this season as will junior Jameson Williams who was a key part of OSU’s offense last season. Sophomore Julian Fleming did not play and revealed this week that he was trying to play through a shoulder injury last season, which is why he didn’t see much game time as a freshman. Those seven receivers will have to fight just to get on the field and whoever plays QB won’t have to worry about who he’s throwing to at receiver.