Buckeyes are back to work, Ohio State spring game tickets on sale and more

Jeremy Birmingham

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Today is Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.


Get your Ohio State spring game tickets today

It’s almost here, folks. Football season is just … around … the … corner. We’ve been without the game entirely for almost a week now and it’s just not fair or good to go much longer. Thankfully for us, Ohio State isn’t going to let us wiggle on that hook for much longer.

The Buckeyes begin spring football practices on March 7 and will entertain the masses with a spring football game on April 15. If you want to attend the spring game, like 100,189 people – a national record – did last year, you will be able to buy tickets  in just about two hours.

The game will start at 12:30 p.m. ET and features free parking. What a deal, right?

Come out and support your Buckeyes, won’t you?

Jeffrey Okudah getting used to being a Buckeye … and it’s not easy

If you think that being a 5-star prospect or being ranked as the No. 1 player at your position means things get easy when you get to your college campus, think again. Ohio State has had nine members of its 21-man 2017 recruiting class on campus since Jan. 9. A month into their college careers, it seems the rigors of university life are catching up with them.

That is Jeffrey Okudah, as you can see, and he’s learning a valuable lesson early in his Buckeyes career: This isn’t for everyone.

But what is it like at Ohio State, really? It can’t be that rough, right? According to this tweet by the Ohio State football account, it appears to be sweaty, but it also seems like everything happens in slow motion, so that’s got to make things easier, you’d imagine.

As I write this, sitting on the couch, I’m just going to come right out and say it: I’m impressed by all their efforts. Hang in there, Jeff. Those workouts are going to be key in your search for a starting position this fall.

From Cleveland.com’s Doug Lesmerises:

The winter workouts are so difficult, Okudah said he thought what was the workout was actually just the warmup to the workout. But he’s not the only early enrollee who thought that. He already looks the part. With half a year to prep, he’ll live the part by the fall.

“I’m pretty close (to ready) physically,” Okudah said. “I tested pretty good with my numbers on the baseline test when we got here. Now I’m catching up with those guys in the weight room, but I don’t think I’m too far off.”

Could he do it right now? Could he line up and cover the best receiver on the other team?

“I think technique-wise, I’m there to cover a No. 1 receiver,” Okudah said. “At the same time, those are grown men, and I’m still catching up developing. When fall comes around, I believe I’ll be at that point where I can cover a No. 1 receiver.”

Iron sharpens iron.

More NFL vibes from Urban Meyer, Ohio State

Ohio State has made no bones about celebrating its blossoming NFL success. Urban Meyer and his coaching staff are taking advantage of every opportunity to showcase the recent award-winning performances by Buckeyes alumni.

Meyer and his Twitter account (which is definitely run by him, totally) used that medium on Thursday to once again stoke that fire.

I’m not sure I really understand the whole “jersey-swapping” thing, but it certainly makes for a fun photo op every single week in NFL stadiums across the country.

B1G happenings

• The best division in college football is only going to keep getting better.

• Who is winning on the recruiting trail between Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh?

• Injury-riddled Indiana will get back one of its biggest stars on the hardwood.

• Penn State adds to its top-ranked 2018 recruiting class with another linebacker.

• Michigan State suspends three players, one staffer amid investigation.

• Mike Gesicki could be the country’s best tight end.