Ohio State's second quarterback, Justin Fields, attempts a pbad in the Spring Game on April 13 at Ohio Stadium. Photo: Jack Westerheide | Chief Designer Editor
For the first time since 2011, Ohio State Soccer took the field for its annual Spring Game Saturday without Urban Meyer as head coach.
While Ryan Day starts his first year at the helm, he and the Buckeyes can no longer rely on Dwayne Haskins' record-breaking arm to start the games at the center of Ohio Stadium.
Second-year quarterback Justin Fields appeared to prove Haskins' heir to Ohio State starting quarterback on Saturday, as he led Team Gray to a 35-17 victory against Team Scarlet in 131 yards and two touchdowns. totals in the Spring Game.
After starting with 3-for-10, Fields showed his ability to make plays when he uncorked a 98-yard touchdown pbad to wide receiver Binjimen Victor, with less than two minutes remaining in the first half for Gray to go up 21-7. .
Redshirt's first-year quarterback, Matthew Baldwin, played for the Scarlet and Gray teams while taking snapshots of most of the possessions, with 20 of 36, two touchdowns, two interceptions and one fumble.
One of those scores was an 18-yard dart drawn by Garrett Wilson, a first-year receiver and five-star recruit, in the corner of the end zone to tie 7-7.
Wilson finished with four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown, and seemed to be prepared to consider an Ohio State receiving center that seeks to make up for the 195 receptions lost to Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin.
Redshirt's new runner, Master Teague, started the score on Saturday with a 1-yard score. He showed another flash in the second half with an intact 22-yard score to put the Gray Team 35-17.
Teague put 77 yards on the ground with two touchdowns.
With Mike Weber giving up his final year of eligibility for the Buckeyes, Teague is likely to have more touches to help replace Weber's 1,066 yards and six touchdowns from practice in a supporting role to junior J.K. Dobbins arrives in the fall, who registered three carries for nine yards on Saturday.
Fields showed his speed on his first score as a Buckeye with a five-yard touchdown run in a shotgun reading option to put Team Gray up 14-7 in the second quarter.
The former Georgia quarterback used to go to his legs when he finished with just 4 of 13 pbades and picked up 38 yards on the ground.
Despite the "hit" rule, implemented by Day to prevent injuries, Gray's defense was still able to generate turnovers in the first half.
Amir Riep, the security junior, chose Matthew Baldwin in the first series of the second quarter to establish a touchdown and a red Team Gray shirt. Jahsen Wint, junior security, intercepted Baldwin and senior quarterback Chris Chugunov on consecutive possessions in the final two minutes of the first half.
Ohio State will open its season on August 31 against Florida Atlantic.