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Ohio State Spring Practice Insider: Day Two Action Features Some Changes

Ryan Day Ohio State Football Buckeyes

COLUMBUS — Day two of spring practice took place Friday morning for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The media was permitted to watch the first hour of the day’s action. Because it’s still a bit too chilly in Central Ohio to work outside, Friday’s practice once again took place indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

The quarterbacks were once again on the main stage as onlookers tried to make judgments based on every throw. Based on the first hour, this was a much better day throwing the ball than the first hour on Wednesday.

There is a difference in velocity between throws from Justin Fields and Matthew Baldwin, as Fields’ arm is just different than anybody else’s in the building. During the one-on-ones between the receivers and defensive backs, Baldwin took the first 8-10 snaps. Fields then came in and threw two deep balls in his one-on-ones and then was pulled aside for some counseling while Baldwin took more reps. Then the two began to alternate.

On Monday during the one-on-ones, they would each get about 8-10 reps before switching. Today, that appeared as though it would be the case again, until Fields was pulled aside.

When the offense and defense went to some pass protection drills, which featured the front seven and the offensive line and backfield, it was Fields who was with the ones.

Depth Chart Notes

The first two offensive lines were unchanged from Wednesday. It was again like this:

First team…

LT – Josh Alabi
LG – Gavin Cupp
C – Josh Myers
RG – Wyatt Davis
RT – Branden Bowen

Second team…

LT – Max Wray
LG – Kevin Woidke
C – Matthew Jones
RG – Ryan Jacoby
RT – Nicholas Petit-Frere

Junior safety Amir Riep was working with the twos at cornerback today. He came to Ohio State as a cornerback, so this isn’t a huge surprise, but it is still an important development.

Redshirt sophomore Shaun Wade was with the ones at safety, along with Isaiah Pryor. Jahsen Wint was also back at safety for much of the first hour.

The punt returners today were CJ Saunders, KJ Hill, Jaelen Gill, and Damon Arnette.

The top two gunners were Chris Olave and Binjimen Victor.

Medical Updates

Fifth-year senior nose tackle Robert Landers was on crutches today. He spent most of the day riding the stationary bike. It didn’t look too serious.

Junior left tackle Thayer Munford was again walking around the field as he deals with his back issue.

Sophomore defensive tackle Taron Vincent was dragging a weight around, as were Alex Williams and Ronnie Hickman.

Redshirt freshman safety Marcus Hooker wore an orange jersey on Wednesday and also had it with him on Friday, but it was tucked into the front of his pants. Junior cornerback Marcus Williamson was also in orange, but practicing just fine since there is no contact allowed yet.

Charting the One-On-Ones

We were able to watch some mini-field action, which is a type of 7-on-7 that takes place on one side of the field. It looked like there was some zone being played because receivers were able to find some empty pockets away from defenders.

Jaylen Harris bested Jeff Okudah on a nice throw by Matthew Baldwin, but Harris was flagged for offensive pass interference.

Arnette > Olave down the sideline from Fields

Saunders found a spot over the middle from Baldwin.

Wade broke up a pass to Victor on a comeback route from Chris Chugunov.

Blue Smith slipped on a route and was not able to catch a pass from Fields, giving Amir Riep the win.

Jeremy Ruckert had a nice corner route catch and toe drag on walk-on linebacker Cade Kacherski via a nice throw from Baldwin.

Fields fired a ball into Austin Mack on an in route, which was then stolen away by Cameron Brown in coverage.

Okudah tipped a Chugunov pass intended for Garrett Wilson and it was intercepted by Marcus Hooker.

Ellijah Gardiner beat Cameron Brown on a nine route, but it was just overthrown by Fields.

Okudah > Mack deep down the sideline, the Baldwin throw was a little too far into the sideline.

Arnette had a PBU against Victor on a comeback route from Baldwin.

Wade was flagged for holding Jaelen Gill on a pass from Baldwin.

Olave > Banks on a slant from Baldwin. It was good coverage by Banks.

Josh Proctor intercepted a Baldwin pass that was bobbled by walk-on De’Shawn White

Marcus Williamson had a great PBU on a deep route to KJ Hill from Baldwin.

Tyreke Johnson was flagged for holding against Garrett Wilson.

Austin Mack had a nice catch on a deep ball from Baldwin with Cameron Brown in coverage.

Jaelen Gill beat Marcus Williamson deep, but Fields’ throw was just out of reach.

Arnette had great coverage on Olave on a deep ball from Fields. It was after this throw that Fields was pulled aside.

Saunders caught a short pass against Pryor from Baldwin.

Victor made a great catch down the sideline on Okudah from Baldwin. He high-pointed the ball perfectly and there was nothing Okudah could do.

Garyn Prater beat Riep on a slant from Fields.

Jaelen Gill beat Pryor deep, but had to wait a bit on the ball from Baldwin.

Wilson had a great catch right off the top of the grass on a comeback route from Fields.

Emptying the Notebook

+ Watching the defensive line, Larry Johnson continues to stress the important of strong hands and thrusting with power. He wanted everyone to watch Davon Hamilton’s example.

+ Brendon White took some reps at safety in some defensive looks. For the most part, however, it was Shaun Wade and Isaiah Pryor at safety. In beginning each drill, the coach would have Wade do everything first so that each player could see how it was supposed to be done.

+ Matt Barnes and Jeff Hafley switched off an on between who was with the corners and who was with the safeties.

+ Sophomore tight end Jeremy Ruckert had some nice moments in the passing game, as did Luke Farrell. Both had a nice catch down the sideline in coverage.

+ Baron Browning was working with the ones at middle linebacker today and Tuf Borland was with the twos. Read into that what you will, but just know that there was plenty of mixing and matching going on today. Ryan Day said on Wednesday that they’re hoping it clicks for Browning this spring, and today looked like an opportunity for him to make that happen.

+ Demario McCall was on the stationary bike today.

+ KJ Hill made a nice catch on a punt that bounced off of the rafters.

+ The quarterbacks spent some time simulating taking snaps from under center.

+ Marcus Hooker had a cast on his right hand/wrist.

+ The cornerbacks were practicing looking back for the ball in position drills.

3 Responses

  1. Will Coach Day be continuing Urban’s “black stripe removal” tradition?

    1. Yes. The black stripes can be seen in our photo gallery from Wednesday.

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