What Do You Want To See On Saturday?: Spring Game 2013

Written April 12th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

A bit of a different version of WDYWTSOS, since we all want to see the same thing- Awesomeness and no injuries.

So, we’ve polled our staff of experts for their predictions on the following aspects for “Getting Down At Paul Brown”- let’s see how much everyone’s been paying attention to the Spring Practice Updates:

Bombs Away

What player scores the first points of the game?

WVa: Braxton Miller will score first and it will be on a long run. 

Ken: Devin Smith on a long pass play from The Brax

Jason: Rod Smith. My bet is they limit Hyde and with Brax wearing the black shirt his running is cut out.

Janelle: Devin Smith on a deep ball from Braxton

Eric: Might as well ask what your favorite color of M&M is based on the taste.  I’ll go with Michael Thomas on a nice Brax pass.

Dexter: I’m going to go with Evan Spencer on a Bomb downfield from Braxton Miller. That is my favorite color M&M.

Charles: To be a bit different, I’ll go with Drew Basil

Mali: The obvious answer is Drew Basil.

Who’s the offensive MVP?

Git ‘R Dunn

Eric: Cardale Jones.  He should go off in his first chance to show off, and the fact that he’ll be allowed to run.

Charles: Brionte Dunn

WVa: Gonna have to go with Carlos Hyde. He’s the man and I want to see his carrying the rock. 

Dexter: I’m going to go off the wall and say Rod Smith. I got a good feeling it’s going to be one of the backs, and Smith has been making a good argument for a solid amount of carries.

Mali: I’m going with the reliable Philly Brown on this one- he’s got a good connection with Braxton from last year, and has been rumored to have a couple of new wrinkles in his game this spring. Plus, Urban has said they’re looking to air it out on Saturday.

Ken: Bri’onte Dunn. He’ll break at least one long run, perhaps for a score. Will not have a run for a loss.

Jason: Everyone’s been talking about him, so I’m going with Warren Ball. That said, I’d bet we are talking about Michael Thomas again as this years “Spring Game All American”.

Janelle: Bri’onte Dunn…assuming they limit Carlos Hyde.

Who’s the defensive MVP?

Ken: Tyvis Powell. He’ll have at least 2 passes-defended, 1 INT and several tackles

Dexter: Even though it’s the spring game, I am hoping the Ryan Shazier show 2013 has an early showing in Cincinnati.

Janelle: Noah Spence…all this talk about the guy from my hometown…now I want to see him show out

Ready To Launch

WVa: This could go to just about any of the youngsters but I’m definitely a Noah Spence fan now. 

Jason: Hopefully Curtis Grant. The Silver Bullets need him to start living up to his potential. Now.

Mali: I’m a big fan of Spence, but I’m going to go with Doran Grant on this one.  With Roby not playing, it’ll be his time to shine.

Charles: Going with the majority and Curtis Grant.

Eric: Noah Spence may be the answer here.  He’s been beastly in practice, and the D-Line is going to have extra pressure on them to step it up.

Who has the most tackles?

It’s Time To Shine

Mali: I want to go with Noah Spence, but the QBs not named Cardale will be off limits. So, let’s go with Christian Bryant just for giggles.

Dexter: Another off the wall pick, but I’ll take Michael Bennett clogging the lanes.

Jason: Any linebacker. Anyone other than a safety for that matter!

Charles: Hopefully no one in the secondary, unless those are for negative yards

WVa: Wanna say that Curtis Grant or one of the other LBs

Janelle: One of the linebackers.

Ken: Curtis Grant, but it could be Dave Perkins if Brutus is allowed to suit up

Eric: If the stories are true, Curtis Grant should be the guy to get the most opportunities to shine in the middle of the defense.

Who has the most yardage rushing? Receiving?

More Than Just A Spring Showing

WVa: Rushing leader will be Carlos Hyde as well. What better way to send a message than against their own D. Receiving will probably be Michael Thomas again and this time it’ll mean something huge.

Ken: Rod Smith will lead both teams in rushing yardage, Evan Spencer in receiving.

Eric: Warren Ball will pick up the most yards, taking the opportunity to shine.  Devin Smith should be our downfield go-to threat, and should pick up the most passing yards on only a handful of passes.

Charles: Warren Ball for rushing, Evan Spencer for receiving.

Mali: Rushing- Brionte Dunn, particularly with Carlos Hyde being limited, Braxton not being allowed to run, and Jordan Hall still recovering. Receiving- Michael Thomas, for the second straight year- although this time it will be a harbinger for a HUGE fall campaign (we hope).

Jason: Offensive MVP Warren Ball leads all rushers. Evan Spencer is who I hope leads all receivers but I’m betting on Michael Thomas being the talked about spring game player again.

Janelle: Rushing- Rod Smith Receiving – Michael Thomas

Dexter: Rushing — Rod Smith  Receiving — Michael Thomas (copycat)

What’s the attendance?

Charles: 52,319 (of course the astrophysicist gets really specific)

WVa: PBS is a great stadium and fun to be in. I think it’ll be in the 45,000 range if not more.

Ken: 55,000. I think it would have been 90K in The Shoe. But that wasn’t the question..

Dexter: If this is the Price is Right, I’d bet one dollar. I’ll Low ball and say 40,000.

Janelle: 45K

Jason: If the weather is lousy I’m saying 25-30,000. If it cooperates then anywhere 70-75,000. A warm spring day, sun shining, beer being sold…

Eric: I’ll guess 45k will attend the game.  Doubt many will waste an entire weekend to see a scrimmage, despite how well Buckeye fans travel.

Mali: Smaller than it should be at 55K, although the beer and buses for students to the game should help.

Hopefully much better than this…


  1. KenNo Gravatar
    April 12th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    As soon as I saw Charles’ attendance number, I figured “Here’s one person who’s done his research.”

    Though I didn’t pick him, I’m OK with Basil getting first points. Just as long as he isn’t leading scorer.

    Mali, does the WDYWTSOS winner get to do a guest post? ;)


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    April 12th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    A lot of disappointment in our picks- Shazier and Roby and Rod Smith and Jordan Hall aren’t playing, and Guapo won’t play much.

    Ah well- more winning for me!!


    KenNo Gravatar
    April 12th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Hmmm. It won’t affect me since none of the sit-outs were on my lists. However, ‘more winning for you’ is probably how this will play out.

    Will we have any staff on-site at the game? Doesn’t our Godfather (Jeff) live in the area?


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    April 13th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Jeff’s back up in Cleveland this week (I think)… Janelle may be headed down, though.

    Otherwise, there’s the BTN replay!!


    EricNo Gravatar
    April 13th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    BTN replay is at 7pm EST. You can also watch on btn2go.com ($$$)


  2. EricNo Gravatar
    April 13th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Devin Smith on a Braxton Miller pass scores the first points of the game. Point to Ken and Janelle.


    KenNo Gravatar
    April 13th, 2013 at 1:55 pm



  3. EricNo Gravatar
    April 13th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Attendance at 37,643.


    KenNo Gravatar
    April 13th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    And Joe gets on the scoreboard!


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