March 9, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two of the 15 spring practices are completed for the Ohio State football team and directly ahead is a week off as students and athletes depart for spring break activities, festivities or down time during the week of March 12. The Buckeyes will return to the football practice field Monday, March 19, and then continue a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule of practices through the spring game, set for April 14 at 1:45 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Some key notes about what we have learned about this team after just two practices:
Center is a key concern: Meyer is concerned about the centerposition, where a near-handful of players will be vying for thecritical spot. Ohio State has produced the top two centers in thenation over the past two years with Pat Elflein winning consensus All-American honors and beingnamed the Rimington Trophy winner in 2016 and Billy Price achieving the same in 2017. D-line update:“It’s still really early and wehaven’t put the pads on yet, but we’re fast,we’re athletic, we’re young, we’reagile, we go hard, we’re tough.” –Robert “BB” Landers, junior DT Au contraire:Dante Booker is a Buckeye. Meyer confirmed he’s hadtwo shoulder surgeries since the season ended and that, contrary toa recent report, his focus is on his rehabilitation and being an“Ohio State Buckeye.” Speaking of shoulders:Three additional key players will not take part in spring footballdrills this year and will instead focus on rehab of shoulderissues: two-year starting guard Michael Jordan; the leading receiver in 2017, K.J. Hill; and Jeffrey Okudah, who will compete for a starting cornerbackposition in the fall after playing in all 14 games last year. Walk– or run – like a man: Meyer likes that both ofOhio State’s 1,000-yard rushers, J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, are acting like they are the No. 1 man at theposition. “It’s a coach’s dream tohave two people with that quality swinging,” Meyer said.And then he added Antonio Williams into the mix: “Antonio walks aroundlike he wants to be the tailback.” He said this is a“perfect scenario.”
Inside the Defensive Line and Wide Receiver Units
Goodness gracious was Thursday ever a good day to be covering the Buckeyes as eight members of the receiving corps – Parris Campbell, Johnny Dixon, Terry McLaurin, K.J. Hill, Austin Mack, Binjimin Victor, Demario McCall and C.J. Saunders – all met with the media and six defensive linemen were available as well: Nick Bosa, Jonathan Cooper, Robert Landers, Davon Hamilton, Jashon Cornell and Chase Young. Here’s some good stuff on the two groups: