January was a hectic month inside the Ohio State football program.
First there was the transition from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day. Then, a flurry of early NFL departures, and also players returning for another year.
Justin Fields arrived from Georgia, Tate Martell headed out to Miami.
The defensive coaching staff got an almost total makeover.
But through it all, you probably haven’t seen much of the team itself since they left the field following the Rose Bowl win over Washington. But don’t worry; they’ve been hard at work the whole time.
Strength coach Mickey Marotti has been leading winter conditioning workouts since mid-January, as returning players work to add muscle and get faster for the coming season.
Monday, OSU released a video showing the Buckeyes hard at work, including some new faces. The video below starts out with a shot of Fields.
Early enrolling freshmen like Zach Harrison, Garrett Wilson, and Marcus Crowley make an appearance.
It also includes returning standouts like Jeff Okudah, K.J. Hill, Pete Werner, Josh Alabi, Chris Olave, J.K. Dobbins, and Chase Young.
One piece of significant news is that wide receiver Austin Mack, who missed the end of the season with a leg injury, is shown running.
The early-enrolling freshmen and new assistant coaches will meet with the media on Wednesday, along with Day. That should provide some more concrete updates on the progress the newest Buckeyes are making.
And while it seems like football season is far in the future, the 2019 Ohio State Spring Game is now just 68 days away.
The regular season opener against Florida Atlantic will kick off in 208 days.
For now, you can get a look inside the workouts below.
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