Today’s Topic: What Does OSU’s Spring Practice Schedule Look Like?
Our long national nightmare is over. After over two months without football, we can now breathe again as spring practice gets underway for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Wednesday is the first of 15 practices for OSU as they search for a new starting quarterback, new receivers, a new offensive line, a new defensive tackle, a new cornerback, a new safety, and a much, much more consistent defense.
Spring practice carries with it some rules that must be followed. The NCAA allows 15 practices, including a spring game. Contact (i.e. pads) cannot begin until the fourth practice, which means there are only 12 practices with contact. Of those 12 practices, only eight may involve tackling, and no more than three of those eight practices may be primarily scrimmage-based (i.e. 50% of the practice).
In order to keep you abreast of the goings-on and the coverage you can expect, we thought we’d give you Ohio State’s spring practice schedule in all of its glory. (Practices all take place in the morning, save for the Spring Game.)
Wednesday March 6 – Practice No. 1 – Ryan Day will speak with reporters afterward. Media will be allowed to watch the first hour.
Friday March 8 – Practice No. 2 – Co-offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and the quarterbacks will meet with the reporters. Media will be allowed to watch the first hour.
Tuesday March 19 – Practice No. 3 – No access.
Thursday March 21 – Practice No. 4 – Tony Alford and the RBs, and Al Washington and the LBs will meet with reporters afterward.
Saturday March 23 – Practice No. 5 – The annual Student Appreciation Day is back. Media and students will be able to watch the entire practice. Ryan Day will meet with reporters afterward.
Here is OSU’s release on the return of Student Appreciation Day, which was absent from last year’s schedule.
“The Ohio State students represent the most passionate and loyal fan bases in all of college football,” first-year Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said, “and the players and the members of this program want to thank them for their support. I can’t wait to meet our students on the field afterward, and I can’t wait for our students to meet the players and to greet the new members of our staff.”
Doors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center will open at 11 a.m. Details are still being worked out, but there will be free food provided by Meijer; there will be photo areas with Brutus Buckeye and Rose Bowl and Big Ten championship trophies; there will be lots of music; and there will be opportunities for the students to engage with their Buckeyes, including an autograph and photo session afterward.
Monday March 25 – Practice No. 6 – No access.
Wednesday March 27 – Practice No. 7 – Brian Hartline and the WRs, and Jeff Hafley, Matt Barnes, and the DBs will meet with reporters after practice.
Friday March 29 – Practice No. 8 – Larry Johnson and the DL, and Kevin Wilson and the TEs will meet with reporters.
Monday April 1 – Practice No. 9 – Ryan Day will have a press conference, and Greg Studrawa and the OL will speak with reporters after practice. No foolin’.
Wednesday April 3 – Practice No. 10 – No access for local media, but it will be “Sirius XM Radio Day with Ohio State football.”
Friday April 5 – Practice No. 11 – Entire practice will be open to the media. Afterward, Ryan Day and Greg Mattison will meet with reporters.
Monday April 8 – Practice No. 12 – No access.
Wednesday April 10 – Practice No. 13 – Ryan Day will have a press conference after practice.
Friday April 12 – Practice No. 14 – No access.
Saturday April 13 – Spring Game – Ryan Day, several coaches, and several players will meet with reporters after the game.