For the first time since 2011, the state of Ohio State Football championed Saturday's annual spring game without Urban Meyer as head coach.
While Ryan Day begins his first year at the top, he and the Buckeyes will no longer be able to rely on Dwayne Haskins' record player to start games under the Center of Ohio Stadium. The quarterback of American Justin Fields seemed to prove himself as Haskins' heir as the Ohio's quarterback starting on Saturday led Team Gray to a 35-17 win against Team Scarlet at 131 yards and 2 touchdowns at the Spring Game.
Day said that both Fields and Redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin are still making improvements.
Today they did a good job, "said Day. "It's still working. We still have work to do. "
After starting 3-in-10, Fields showed off his skills as a playmaker when he uncorked a 98-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Binjimen Victor, staying two minutes from the end in the first half put Gray on 21-7.
Matthew Baldwin played for both the Scarlet and Gray teams as he snapped most of the possessions, with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble of 20:36.
One of those results was an 18-yard dart was drafted by freshman wide receiver and 5-star recruits Garrett Wilson in the corner of the end zone to crack 7-7.
Wilson finished four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown and seemed prepared to settle in Ohio State, which is trying to make up for the 195 receipts lost to Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin.
Redshirt freshman, who had run back, started Master Teague on Saturday with a 1-yard touchdown run. He showed another blitz in the second half with an untouched 22-yard score to boost Team Gray to 35-17.
Teague set a score of 77 yards on the floor with two touchdowns.
Discussed with Mike Weber In his final year of qualifying for the Buckeyes, Teague will likely receive more touches to replace Weber's 1,066 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage in a backup role to junior JK Dobbins Come Fall, the on Saturday took three meters for nine yards.
Fields showed his first goal as Buckeye with a five-yard touchdown run and a reading option that saw Team Gray reach the quarter-final 14-7.
The former Georgia quarterback often struggled when he finished only 4'13 and picked up 38 yards on the floor.
"There were ups and downs," Fields said. "That only comes, as the trainer says, with growing pains. So I just have to keep improving and keep working, and I think it will be fine.
Despite the "hitting" rule introduced by Day to Prevent Injuries, the Gray Defense could still generate half revenue.
Junior Security Amir Riep picked up Matthew Baldwin on the first drive of the second quarter to build a touchdown for Team Gray. The safety of the juniors was intercepted by Jahsen Wint and Baldwin and senior quarterback Chris Chugunov helped intercept the first two minutes of the first cast.
"We will just continue to build from here, but there are many good parts and a lot of good leadership to start forming there," said Day 31 against Florida Atlantic.
Updated at 15:29 with quotes from Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and second quarterback Justin Fields.