April 18, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Today was a good Friday to be a member of Ohio State's spring game-winning gray football team. That's because team scarlet, including players, coaches and administrative staff assigned to that team, had to clean up and landscape Buckeye Grove as a good deed after losing to the gray, 17-7, last Saturday before over 61,000 fans in Ohio Stadium.
Buckeye Grove is the lovely park full of Buckeye trees located just to the southwest of Ohio Stadium. The grove includes a Buckeye tree and plaque for each of Ohio State's 186 first-team All-Americans. Trees for Ohio State's most recent first-team All-Americans - 2012 honorees Bradley Roby and Johnathan Hankins, and 2013 honorees Ryan Shazier and Jack Mewhort - will be added to the grove later this year.
Cleaning up the Buckeye Grove is something coach Urban Meyer decided prior to his first spring game in 2012 to have his players do. And just like the previous two years, it didn't appear as if anyone from the scarlet team got a free pass to avoid the work. Braxton Miller, who didn't play in the game but was assigned to the scarlet team, was there. So was Curtis Grant, Michael Bennett, Steve Miller, Joey Bosa, Cam Williams, Taylor Decker, Ezekiel Elliott and a bunch of others. Coaches Stan Drayton, Chris Ash, Tim Hinton and Tom Herman were there, too
The work was dirty. The huge pile of mulch was at its pungent best. The sun was warm. But nobody seemed to mind. And now Buckeye Grove looks awesome.
Good work, guys!