Ohio State football is underway. Or at least fall practice is.
The Buckeyes kicked off fall practice at 6:30 a.m. bright and early on a gloomy Thursday morning. The media was permitted to watch the first three periods, which amounted to about 40 minutes of viewing. In those 40 minutes we saw mostly stretching, punt drills, and a few position drills.
The Offensive Line
On the first day of practice, the first unit looked like this:
LT – Branden Bowen
LG – Michael Jordan
C – Billy Price
RG – Matt Burrell
RT – Isaiah Prince
Jamarco Jones was present, but was not practicing. He was also not working with the injured Buckeyes off to the side. (More on these three players later.)
The second unit was:
LT – Josh Alabi
LG – Demetrius Knox
C – Brady Taylor
RG – Malcolm Pridgeon
RT – Kevin Feder
The freshmen — Josh Myers, Wyatt Davis, and Thayer Munford were also getting work. You can see some of that in the video here.
There will be a camp-long competition at strong safety for the Buckeyes, but on day one it was Erick Smith in front of Jordan Fuller. The second group was Isaiah Pryor at free safety and Jordan Fuller at strong safety.
As I already mentioned, Matt Burrell was the first guy in at right guard. In the time we watched, he was the only No. 1 right guard.
Running back Mike Weber did not practice. He was off to the side working with the guys who aren’t quite healthy enough to practice. Joining him were defensive tackle Malik Barrow and tight end Marcus Baugh. None of the situations were believed to be serious per an OSU staffer.
Short Runs on the Beach
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Emptying the Notebook
+ Rashod Berry was with the tight ends today.
+ Freshman defensive end Chase Young looks more like redshirt junior defensive end Chase Young.
+ Urban Meyer was working hands-on with the special teams during “The Difference” drills, which is focused on hand placement and control.
+ The punt returners were Demario McCall, Eric Glover-Williams, and Kendall Sheffield.
+ Freshman Brendon White is now with the safeties and wearing No. 25.