It's been a busy recruiting period and a long off season after a coaching and full on regime change, but Urban Meyer's first tenure as coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes will really kick off in earnest as they play their Scarlet and Grey Spring Game on Saturday afternoon.
Meyer is clearly excited to be back at Ohio State, where he coached as a graduate student in the mid 1980's.
"All of it comes back, everything, it's like a full time warp," he says. He remembers his first staff meeting under Earle Bruce, feeling a bit uncomfortable that a former Michigan player named Chuck Heater was an assistant. "I had the hardest time with that. I couldn't believe that a guy from that school was sitting here. Woody Hayes had the whole state mesmerized by the rivalry," he says.
Of course, memories aside there is still a lot of work to do to get the Buckeyes back into the National Title game and beyond for the new coach.
Here's the rosters for the Spring Game, as reported by The Lantern:
QB: Braxton Miller, Justin Siems
RB: Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith
FB: Zach Boren
WR: Chris Fields, Frank Kangah, Ryan Ross, Evan Spencer, Michael Thomas, Tyrone Williams
TE: Jeff Heuerman, Derek Burkholder, Nick Vannett
OL: Darryl Baldwin, Reid Fragel, Marcus Hall, Eric Kramer, Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort, Tim Trummer
DL: Michael Bennett, Logan Beougher, Chase Farris, Joel Hale, Johnathan Hankins, William McCary, J.T. Moore, Se’Von Pittman, Kharim Stephens
LB: Connor Crowell, Storm Klein, Ryan Shazier, Stewart Smith
DB: C.J. Barnett, Christian Bryant, Zach Domicone, Doran Grant, Travis Howard, Vincent Petrella, Ron Tanner, Julian Vann, Jamie Wood
K/P: Drew Basil, Kyle Clinton, Kevin Niehoff
LS: Bryce Haynes
Coach: Tom Herman
QB: Kenny Guiton, Cardale Jones
RB: Bri’onte Dunn, Jordan Hall
FB: Adam Homan
WR: Corey Brown, Peter Gwilym, Verlon Reed, Taylor Rice, Devin Smith
TE: Kyle Schuck, Jake Stoneburner
OL: Ivon Blackman, Brian Bobek, Jacoby Boren, Tommy Brown, Taylor Decker, Andrew Norwell, Ben St. John, Antonio Underwood
DL: Adam Bellamy, Dalton Britt, Chris Carter, Garrett Goebel, Steve Miller, John Simon, Nathan Williams
LB: Curtis Grant, Ross Oltorik, Joshua Perry, Andy Reed, Luke Roberts, Etienne Sabino
DB: Corey Brown, Adam Griffin, Orhian Johnson, Tyvis Powell, Bradley Roby, Nik Sarac
K/P: Ben Buchanan, Kyle Clinton, Russell Doup
LS: George Makridis
Coach: Luke Fickell
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