While Michael Thomas did quite pull down 12 catches for 131 yards like he did in the 2012 spring game, Ohio State's new version of "Mr. Spring" was his usual, brilliant April self once again. Unsurprisingly, Heisman front runner Braxton Miller helped lead the way for the Scarlet team en route to a comfortable 31-14 victory over the Gray during Saturday's 2013 Ohio State Spring Game. The next time we'll see Ohio State play in earnest will be August 31st in Ohio Stadium against the MAC's Buffalo Bulls.
Beyond Braxton, running back Warren Ball, who we've heard a lot about this spring, had one definite moment of brilliance. With star tailback Carlos Hyde out, there were plenty of opportunities, and both Ball and fellow backup Bri'onte Dunn had moments where they looked like potential impact makers.
On the defense, the story was pretty much all Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington. The Buckeyes' defensive front seven won't miss a beat despite just Ryan Shazier returning. But if Eli Apple is half as good as he looked Saturday afternoon, an already loaded secondary might be even better.
Here were some of the best plays and highlights from Saturday's Spring Game in Cincinnati, Ohio:
The first play of the game showed everyone that Braxton Miller wasn't going to rest on the laurels of a strong 2012 football season. His aim in 2013 is to be an even more complete quarterback:
It didn't take long after that for Miller to find pay dirt. Familiar target Devin Smith found himself on the receiving end of this touchdown:
Brutus Buckeye impailer David Perkins will probably want to forget this sequence, though redshirt freshman running back Warren Ball looked the part with the shimmy and the shake:
As mentioned, Mr. Spring was at it once again. Michael Thomas starts things off right with this nice catch and run:
Surely this is six in a regular season game for Braxton Miller, no?
Kenny Guiton gets on the scoreboard finding a player Urban Meyer has "earned a starting role this spring" after the game in Chris Fields:
Corey Brown (of the Philly make and model) wasn't about to be shut out of the scoring fest as he found himself the target of this Braxton Miller strike:
Eli Apple caught a lot of eyes with a number of plays Saturday afternoon, none arguably better than this strip and fumble recovery:
We already have seen Braxton Miller do it a couple of times with his arm. How about with his feet as well?
Braxton Miller to Devin Smith is going to get to become a very, very familiar sight in 2013:
Don't even think about excluding Michael Thomas from a spring game scoring ledger. No sir.
Chris Fields does it for both teams, with this play straight out of the Urban Meyer era at Florida:
And finally, P/S(!) Kevin Niehoff capped things for the victorious Scarlet team with this interception: