Patience is important for Buckeye fans

There was a lot to like about Saturday’s Ohio State Scarlet-Grey game in Columbus, but it’s important to remember to be patient as the team grows under new coach Urban Meyer.

The scrimmage brought a new energy for a team which suffered through a losing season last year after scandal which cost the team Jim Tressel and various seniors from a BCS team.

Here’s a couple of thoughts from the scrimmage, won 20-14 by Scarlet:

– I love how Braxton Miller is elusive and can help extend plays, but he really needs to improve his accuracy. Miller threw an interception, had another called back due to penalty and threw another bad pass that should have been picked. It didn’t help that he played in an offense last year that refused to pass.

– It’s going to take awhile to develop play makers. Highly-regarded Jordan Hall was out on Saturday and the Buckeyes showed off a couple of very promising freshmen. Michael Thomas looked promising at receiver and I liked the play of Bri’onte Dunn at running back. It’s going to be interesting to see these guys and the offense develop.

– It was good to see a lot of passing Saturday. Meyer made clear after the scrimmage that the offense will be balanced, but it’s important to establish that part after it was mostly ignored last season.

– I liked how Meyer was on the field behind the offense for every play. It’s a great way of evaluating the team and it showed his passion.

– The circle drill was a great way of opening the scrimmage. Seeing players going at each other really fired up the team and crowd. Lining up Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton, the team’s top two quarterbacks, against each other was a little unnerving, but a great way of showing Meyer means business.

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Posted on April 23, 2012, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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