As we look forward to this weekend’s spring game at Ohio Stadium, we had to start this week’s episode of Real Pod Wednesdays by looking back.
Following the tragic death of Dwayne Haskins this weekend, we took some time at the start of this week’s show to reflect on the impact Haskins had on Ohio and remember some of his most memorable performances as Buckeye, including the comeback of Ohio State that triumphed against Michigan in 2017 and the State of Pennsylvania in 2018.
After paying tribute to the Haskins, we’re turning our attention (starting at 15:20) to the upcoming brawl in the boot, where the general public will have a chance to watch this year’s Buckeyes in action inside Ohio Stadium for the first time this year on Saturday. We discuss what we’ll be watching closely on Saturday – spoiler alert: defense – and which players we think could benefit the most from a big spring game performance, including Julian Fleming and Evan Pryor.
We also talk about everything we learned (starting at 26:38) from the last week of interviews with the Ohio State player before the spring game, including some narrated comments from CJ Stroud about what he sees as Jim Knowles’ defense in action this spring compared to what he saw From the Buckeyes defense in practice last year. Could facing more defensive looks in practice have tangible benefits to Ohio State’s offensive when the actual games begin this fall? We think he will.
Later in the show, we also discuss what the new assistant coach’s contracts at Ohio State (39:35) tell us and what you should know about the two newest members of Ohio State’s 2023 recruitment class, Hartford owners and Mark Fletcher.
We spend the final 10 minutes of the show talking about some recent developments with Ohio men’s basketball, including what we think should be expected from Judge Swing after he announced his return to the Buckeyes for the 2022-23 season and who else the Buckeyes can add from Transport portal. (Noticeable: This episode of Real Pod Wednesdays was taped before Meechie Johnson Jr. His decision to relocate from Ohio.)
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