Saturday, April 10, 2010

SATURDAY'S KICK SCRIMMAGE NOTES

Ohio State sophomore tailback, Jordan Hall (7), scores on a pass from Kenny Guiton during the spring kick scrimmage on Saturday, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. (Buckeye Times photo by Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)

COLUMBUS — Here's a few notes, quotes and observations from Saturday's spring kick scrimmage at Ohio Stadium in Columbus ...

NONE OF THE PLACE KICKERS SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM THE PACK — Each kicker, Devin Barclay, Ben Buchanan and true freshman Drew Basil, were fairly inconsistent when kicking the football from beyond 40 yards.

Barclay and Buchanan missed wide right on numerous long attempts, while Basil — who didn't get as many reps as the others — pushed some kicks wide, as well.

However, Basil displayed the strongest leg of the group on Saturday, nailing a 50-yarder with plenty of room to spare, as well as a miss from 55 that had plenty of distance, but sailed wide.

Barclay and Buchanan were pretty accurate from 30-39 yards out. However, neither player jumped to the top of the depth chart.

"Anytime you're at a school like Ohio State there's going to be competition," Buchanan said following the scrimmage. "I think I need to improve on some things, everyone can say that who was out here today. But it was a lot of fun, I like to compete. Being out here in the 'Shoe doin' it."

Barclay said it will always be a competition, even in the fall.

"It's always a close competition," Barclay said. "Ben's a good kicker and so is Drew. Aaron (Pettrey) and I were always competing last year and Ryan (Pretorious) and Aaron had theirs. It's never just cut and dry. Kicking is really black and white. If one kickers doing it, he's doing it. If the other guy isn't, he's not. There's nothing more to it than that."

IF I HAD TO SAY WHO IS THE NO. 1 KICKER AS OF TODAY ... I would have to name Ben Buchanan.

The sophomore from Westerville had a very similar day as Barclay, but what I would say lifted Buchanan to No. 1, at least for now, was how he finished the scrimmage.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel called for a sudden death field goal match to decide which side would be victorious. The first team to miss from 39 yards out would lose the scrimmage.

Buchanan, who was the kicker for the Gray side, booted his attempt through the uprights with relative ease, putting all the pressure on the Scarlet team. The freshman Basil was called upon to kick for the Scarlet and missed wide left, giving the Gray the victory

"Oh, it's awesome," Buchanan said about the scrimmage-winning boot. "I've been coming to games here since I was five years old. Looking up at this stadium, having Coach Tressel behind me. I've got to give thanks to my snapper, my holder and the line ... they did a great job today. It's nice to come out on top like this."

BUCHANON IS THE TOP PUNTER — While Buchanan is locked in a three-way battle with Barclay and Basil for the place kicking duties, it would appear that he has the punting responsibilities completely wrapped up.

Buchanan, who is looking to take over for the graduated Jon Thoma, has displayed the best leg strength and hangtime of any of the punters, not only on Saturday, but all spring long. The other candidates include Derek Erwin and Elliott Pears.

HIT OF THE DAY? — Junior defensive back Donnie Evege has been turning heads all spring long and on Saturday during kickoff drills he made his presence felt once again, when he laid a crushing tackle on returner Devon Torrence. The hit lifted Torrence off his feet, drawing a huge celebration from his teammates on the Gray sideline.

The runner up for hit of the day was when linebacker Brian Rolle stonewalled tailback Daniel Herron at the 1-yard line, which prevented the offense from scoring.

NOTABLE SCORES ...

— After tailbacks Herron and Jordan Hall were unable to get it across the chalk in goal line drills, red shirt freshman, Jaamal Berry, blasted his way into the end zone from three yards out on his first carry.

— Herron and Hall would find their way into the end zone later in the drills. Herron scored on a reception from quarterback Terrelle Pryor, while Hall grabbed a TD catch from third string QB Kenny Guiton.

— Backup quarterback, Joe Bauserman, who had a few reps early with the first team, connected with junior DeVier Posey in the left side of the end zone.