April 5, 2000

%^$The Ohio State football team donned pads for the first time Wednesday and practiced in fall-like weather for the customary two-and-a-half hours at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.%^$

%^$”I thought we got after it pretty good,” Buckeye boss John Cooper said. “We had a lot of people flying around out there and there was a lot of enthusiasm. It was a good practice for the first day in full gear.”%^$

%^$After focusing on individual and position drills early, the Buckeyes spent much of the latter part of practice in a controlled scrimmage situation.%^$

%^$”Again, it is way too early to tell too much, but I was happy with the intensity,” Cooper said. “It gives us some film to look at, and that will allow us to do a better job of teaching prior to the next practice.”%^$

%^$Several former OSU players were in attendance at Wednesday’s workout, including Mike Tomczak, Chris Spielman and Jim Lachey.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes next workout is slated for Friday. The team is then off until Monday (4/10).%^$

%^$Spring Drills conclude Apr. 29 with the annual Scarlet & Gray Game in Crew Stadium. Tickets for the latter still remain and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations in Ohio ($5 each).