It was Urban Meyer’s idea to reach past the thousand-century mark for the Buckeye’s annual spring football contest year.
In 2015, Ohio State drew a record 99, 931 to Ohio Stadium. This week the push was to pack 100,000 into Ohio Stadium. It helped that students got in free and the public paid $5 a ticket.
It may be that people really, really like Ohio State, which they do, or they just can’t much else to do that’s better than watching football for $5. It’s a hard one to say.
100, 189 was the official attendance for Saturday’s spring game, breaking the school’s 2015 record.
Of course, the Spring game is multi-purpose. For one, it is a great promotional program for the program and for a second well, it’s really all about promotion of the program. Squeezed into the fan and media frenzy it introduces the die-hards to the newest Buckeyes or Buckeyes who were riding the pine in the previous season.
Of the names that jumped out on Saturday among them were: Joe Burrow who is competing for the backup quarterback position behind solidified starter J.T. Barrett.
Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell who caught not only the eyes of ol’ Urb but also three footballs for 106 years. Of those three receptions, one was a catch to close out the game, which Meyer considered a much-catch.
“Parris Campbell had to make that catch at the end of the game,” Meyer said.
“It was a great catch. I watched the whole thing. You do that in practice, it’s not that big of a deal. He has to do that in game.”
Many question the Buckeyes defense headed into the 2016 season, a possible weak point. Meyer doesn’t sound worried but he does sound concerned.
“There’s a lot of pressure on Coach Johnson and that unit,” Meyer said.
“When we won the national championship the defensive line played as well as any team in America, and a good chunk of those guys are gone. I think they’re talented, very eager, we have an excellent D-line coach, and the good thing, they’re allowed to spend time with our players now in the summer.”
“In the old days you were done, and they weren’t allowed to even talk football with them until August. Now we get to still spend time with them, and the learning process has to continue, but I was — we finished pretty good in the defensive line the last few practices. ”
The Buckeyes return just six starters from the 2015 squad. Despite their inexperience the Buckeyes are ranked in many projections anywhere between six and twelve in early preseason polls.