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Urban Meyer has one particularly big decision looming with spring practice now underway.

Ohio State football: Observations from Day 1 of spring practice; Billy Price surgery a success

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Observations from Ohio State’s first spring practice

The Buckeyes held their first official football practice of 2018 on Tuesday. There’s plenty to keep an eye on this spring, from a quarterback battle to emerging players on the field, along with some new faces on the coaching staff. Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn provided his observations from the first day of spring ball, including why Chase Young is in line for a breakout 2018 campaign.

Not everyone was on the field, however. Urban Meyer said four key players — wide receiver K.J. Hill, cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, offensive tackle Michael Jordan and linebacker Dante Booker — will miss all of spring practice because of injuries.

Urban Meyer weighs in on Joe Burrow’s potential transfer

Another player Meyer discussed Tuesday was Joe Burrow. The junior is battling sophomore Dwayne Haskins for the starting quarterback job in camp. They split reps on Tuesday, but if Burrow doesn’t win the job, there’s a decent chance he would leave as a grad transfer (Burrow is in line to graduate in May). Meyer said he’ll try to let Burrow know by the end of spring practice if he thinks he’ll be the starting quarterback or not.

“Without getting too deep, we’ve had conversations with his family, but we try to be as transparent with you guys without getting too nose deep into our meetings,” Meyer said. “My first obligation is Ohio State. But not far below that is the player and the family.”

Below is a link to Meyer’s full news conference from Tuesday:

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Billy Price undergoes successful surgery on injury sustained at combine

Billy Price had surgery Tuesday for an “incomplete pectoral tear” and should be ready to play in four months, in time for NFL training camp, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. Price sustained the injury at the NFL combine after only a few reps on the bench press. A potential first-round pick, Price won the 2017 Rimington Trophy and could play guard or center in the NFL.

Keita Bates-Diop named first-team All-American by NCAA.com

Keita Bates-Diop received a national honor Tuesday as he was named a first-team All-American by NCAA.com. The Big Ten Player of the Year, Bates-Diop nearly lifted Ohio State to a Big Ten title in the regular season as he averaged 19.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He was joined on NCAA.com’s first team by Villanova’s Jalen Brunson (who was named Player of the Year) Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Kansas’ Devonte Graham.

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