COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State returned to the football practice fields – field – Tuesday after a couple of days off. This fourth of 15 spring sessions – a number that includes the Spring Game Presented by Nationwide set for April 24 in Ohio Stadium at 1:30 p.m. – featured the players hitting and colliding in full pads under another near-record day temperature-wise.
The team practiced on one of the grass fields that, for now, is not fenced in. Workers have erected fencing around the other fields in preparation for the start of the practice field renovations. Various units, including the quarterbacks, some running backs and the specialists, left the outdoor field and went into the indoor practice facility at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for additional room and drills.
The temperature has been a topic of conversation so far during this spring drills. The team’s first two practice sessions Thursday and Friday of last week – each conducted in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets – featured record temperatures for the day in central Ohio.
Saturday, the first day in full pads, wasn’t as warm, but it was windy with 15-20 mph winds throughout the day and gusts of up to 35 mph.
Good Baseball Weather
All this lovely weather means the baseball Buckeyes and their fans are playing and enjoying home games in most pleasant conditions. The defending Big Ten Conference champion, and not even arguably the best team in the Big Ten during BobTodd’s 23-years as coach because they are with seven Big Ten championships and another eight tournament crowns, play host to Xavier Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. before welcoming Indiana for a three-game set this weekend.
In fact, there are a number of OSU outdoor sports teams hosting events on campus this week. The alfresco home schedule:
The Spring Game Presented by Nationwide
The spring game, set for Saturday, April 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium, now has a presenting sponsor: Nationwide.
Fans can purchase tickets for the Spring Game Presented by Nationwide at the Athletics Ticket Office, online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, and through Ticketmaster. Purchase tickets online by clicking here. The price of each ticket is $5 in advance and $10 day of the game (day of game sales are cash only).
Ohio State students get into the game free with a valid ID.
Tix Good for “Showdown,” Too
Spring game tickets also allow fans to attend the third annual “Showdown in the Shoe” lacrosse game featuring Ohio State against Air Force in Ohio Stadium at 11 a.m. April 24.
Welcome Brent, Kirk and “College Football Live”
A couple of special guests and a major network were on hand for practice Tuesday. The on-location production team for the ESPN show College Football Live, as well as ESPN’s lead college football announcing team of Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit, visited with coaches and members of the team plus watched from the sidelines.
Three times between 3:30 and 4 p.m. the announcing team went live with studio host Chris Fowler for the debut edition of College Football Live, which aired on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Here are three Herbstreit thoughts about the Buckeyes:
Loaded with Potential “The way that Ohio State finished last year with a win in the Rose Bowl [and with the guys they have returning], this team is loaded with potential. Terrelle Pryor, with the way he played in the Rose Bowl, is coming back and most of the nucleus around him is also returning.
“And much of the defense returns, led by Cameron Heyward, who decided to come back for his senior season rather than enter the NFL Draft.”
Expectations “Expectations here are for another Big Ten championship, getting back to a BCS bowl game and having a chance for a national championship.”
Big Game “When you look at the early schedules, the Ohio State/Miami game is the game that stands out because of the athletic ability on both teams.
“And I think that Miami is interested to show that [the end of] last season was a fluke for them.”
The Buckeyes are off Wednesday and will resume practice at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Media is invited to view this practice and post-practice interviews on the field will be held with running backs Dan Herron and Brandon Saine and their position coach, Dick Tressel.
Other Spring Games
Curious what’s going on around the country in college football? SIRIUS XM satellite radio will begin airing a number of major school’s spring games for their satellite subscribers, including three this weekend: