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Two-Minute Drill: Quick Hitters from First Day in Pads
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a week away from football, the Buckeyes returned to the practice field Tuesday for the third workout of the spring. It was also the first day in pads.

Though the players weren’t doing any live tackling, there were plenty of takedowns throughout the two-hour practice inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

We were there to watch every minute of Urban Meyer’s third spring practice in year two. We will have complete breakdowns of day one in our Spring Practice Insider reports, but here’s a breakdown of the quick hitters.  

First Day in Pads…

* Meyer said today was not a "top 5" practice, but the previous practice was maybe the best one they've had here.

* Meyer didn’t seem overly impressed with anyone, but liked what he saw from Braxton Miller today. They had some protection issues, but he "acted like a quarterback."

Injury Updates…

* Jordan Hall missed practice today with a minor hamstring injury. Told me he could have gone but no reason to risk it.

* Meyer said there was no decision concerning Jordan Hall last year. He was not healthy enough to return at the end of the year.

* WR Corey "Philly" Brown was back at practice today working with the first team offense. LB Ryan Shazier is still working on the side.

Offensive Notes…

* Miller had a fantastic 50-yard pass to WR Evan Spencer, who got behind the defense during scrimmage. Spencer caught it but tripped.

* Miller looked good throwing the ball most of the day. Made one bad decision and Christian Bryant jumped the flat for a pick-6.

* Carlos Hyde said he thought about leaving for the NFL for a brief minute, but quickly decided to stay. Feels he made a great decision.

* Hyde came back this year because he has a lot of areas where he can grow as a running back. Wants to get 1,000 yards as a senior.

* Meyer on Jordan Hall's decision to return for a 5th year: "Where was he going to go? NFL?" Meyer thinks Hall is an NFL-caliber player, but he needs a great year to get there.

* RBs coach Stan Drayton said the offense operated at about 60% last year of what he saw at times when they were at Florida together.

* Drayton said Hall adds a different dynamic to their offense. Will force defenses to put more DBs on the field, which opens things up.

* Rod Smith had the best run of the day. He had defenders tripping over themselves, but tossed the ball over his shoulder after the whistle blew, which immediate drew fire from coach Drayton.

Defensive Notes…

* Buckeyes were experimenting with a new 3-2-6 look on defense today. That means six DBs on the field and three down linemen.

* They were using the 3-2-6 look in simulated 3rd and long situations, so they were bring pressure from all angles.

* It seemed like the offense was trying to go at a faster pace today. May have contributed to the protection problems.

* Tyvis Powell and Corey Brown were both out there as inside DBs with the first group at times.

* They weren't tackling today, but they were in pads. The one guy no one could block? Noah Spence. He was too fast for everyone, including left tackle Jack Mewhort.

* Adolphus Washington also looked really good today, but Taylor Decker beat him twice during one-on-ones.

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