Saturday, August 14, 2010

BASIL LEADS GRAY TO 33-30 WIN OVER SCARLET IN KICK SCRIMMAGE

(Photo of Devin Barclay, left, and Drew Basil
by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State held its fall kick scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium and both Buckeye place kickers — fifth-year senior Devin Barclay and true freshman Drew Basil — put on quite a clinic.

Basil, who helped the Gray squad to a 33-30 victory over the Scarlet, displayed his incredibly huge leg during the scrimmage hitting 11 of his 12 attempts on Saturday, with his only miss coming on a 45-yarder which caromed off the right upright.

The freshman's kicks had some serious bass and sailed high on nearly every boot. He was 6-of-7 from 40-plus, including two from 47 yards into the wind.

Barclay was quite impressive as well, finishing the scrimmage by nailing 10 of his 12 attempts, including three out of four from 42-plus — with the only miss from those distances coming on a 58-yarder that fell just a bit short.

The only legitimate miss for Barclay on the day was on the final kick of the scrimmage, where his 37-yard attempt sailed wide right, giving the Gray the three-point victory.

(Below is The Buckeye Times post-scrimmage interview
footage with Basil (top) and Barclay)

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BUCHANAN SHOWS HE CAN DO THE JOB ... Ohio State sophomore punter Ben Buchanan fared well during the scrimmage on Saturday, delivering some solid boots with outstanding hang time.

Buchanan's best punt of the day came with his back to end zone chalk. While facing intense pressure, the sophomore boomed a punt that sailed clear to the opposing 47 for a total of about 60 yards.

Sophomore Derek Erwin also looked promising during the scrimmage.

(Below is The Buckeye Times post-scrimmage interview
footage with Buchanan)

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PRYOR, T. WASH LOOKED EXTREMELY SHARP ... Junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor was on his A-game during Saturday's scrimmage, completing nearly every pass he attempted, including two touchdown tosses to senior Taurian Washington.

Pryor connected with Washington on a 75-yard touchdown deep down the middle of the field early in the scrimmage, and then hooked up with him again a little later on a 20-yard crossing route for another score.

Washington definitely made a strong case to be the team's No. 3 receiver on Saturday.

Pryor also dropped in a beautiful 35-yard pitch and catch play to junior DeVier Posey while being heavily covered by senior Chimdi Chekwa down the right sideline.

Pryor definitely looks ready for the season opener against Marshall.

RETURN OF THE DAY ... True freshman Corey Brown returned a punt 46 yards inside the opponent's 25 yard line. Brown showed great escape ability and a tremendous burst on the return that drew a huge cheer from his fellow Gray squad teammates.

HIT OF THE DAY ... Freshman tailback Carlos Hyde delivered a devastating hit on sophomore Jordan Hall during a kickoff return.

You could hear the pads explode from the east stands where the media was positioned during the scrimmage.

BRYANT STILL IMPRESSING ... Freshman defensive back Christian Bryant has been turning heads during fall camp and Saturday he did more of the same.

Whether he was playing cornerback, or on kick and punt coverage, the fab freshman from Cleveland Glenville dazzled.

Bryant's most notable play came on punt coverage duty where he drilled DeVier Posey as soon as he fielded the punt. Bryant jumped to his feet following the tackle and gave out a huge yell just before he was engulfed by his Gray squad teammates in celebration.

Bryant plays the game fearlessly. His confidence on the field is unmatched. He is definitely one to keep a close eye on this fall.

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