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April 3, 2000

The Ohio State football team held its second practice of the spring Monday but was forced indoors by the weather. Practice was held in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center indoor practice facility.

The Buckeyes were to practice in full pads Tuesday but will wait until Wednesday to avoid another day of inclement weather.

“I want to make sure we go outside on the first day in pads,” John Cooper, Ohio State head coach, said.

Cooper said his squad is coming together well early this spring.

“We have good tempo,” Cooper said. “There was quite a bit of carryover from last year. The attitude and work ethic so far has been good.”

One of the areas of concern this spring is the tight end position. Cooper said there has been movement to try to find some depth at that position.

“Tim Cheatwood (Jr., Cleveland, Ohio/ Benedictine) and Julius Yeast (So., Harrodsburg, Ky./Harrodsburg) have been moved to tight end,” Cooper said. “We are trying to get these two guys ready so they can play.”

The offensive unit again worked on a variety of offensive formations, including the option. Cooper said there will be some use of the option but other experiments will be tried as well.

“We have an athletic quarterback in Steve Bellisari (Jr., Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton) so we are going to do some things to take advantage of his ability,” Cooper said. “If you are going to do any experimenting, you do it in the spring.”

One of the Buckeyes who is getting his first look at spring ball is junior college linebacker Jack Tucker (Jr., Cypress, Calif.) the transfer from Cerritos, C.C.

Tucker said he is getting all the support needs so far.

“When I have questions the coaches are more than happy to help,” Tucker said. “The guys also are right there as well.” Tucker said it has been a difficult transition from the junior college ranks academically as well as on the football field.

“It is a lot more intense,” Tucker said. “The coaches and classes are much more demanding. There is a lot more learning going in practice. There is so much more going on everyday.”

Tucker plans to make his mark on the defensive unit.

“I think I bring a great deal of intensity and leadership to the table,” Tucker said. “The linebacker is like the quarterback. You have to take on a similar leadership role.”

Another interested party was in attendance Monday getting a look at the 2000 Buckeyes. Former OSU tailback Eddie George (1992-95) took in some of the action. George is back on campus taking classes this spring.