COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 2016 season is officially behind Ohio State.
The Buckeyes returned to the field for their first spring practice Tuesday, their first on-field activity since the College Football Playoff loss that ended their season. Media were allowed to view the first hour of practice.
Here’s what we saw:
- Wide receiver Alex Stump was not listed on the roster given to media. The former 4-star recruit in the class of 2015 is no longer with the program.
- Eric Glover-Williams did work out with the wide receivers. He began his Ohio State career as a defensive back. True freshman Brendon White also worked out with receivers.
- Interestingly, offensive lineman Kyle Trout has already signaled his intent to transfer, but will still be practicing with the Buckeyes. He can’t transfer to Cincinnati until he graduates. He’s on pace to complete his degree this spring. Ohio State won’t face the Bearcats the remainder of Trout’s career, so it’s a less awkward situation than it could be.
- All four quarterbacks were on the field getting reps during the media viewing period. J.T. Barrett and Joe Burrow wore black non-contact jerseys. Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell did not. There were no contact scenarios while the media was at practice.
- Barrett looked the best of all four quarterbacks. Burrow had some shaky throws, including a couple of interceptions. Haskins has a cannon and Martell showed off some nice touch.
- Martell definitely looks small, but it didn’t affect his accuracy (just as it didn’t in high school).
- Rodjay Burns and Malik Harrison made interceptions on back-to-back plays.
- The receivers are still struggling with drops, but the bulk of those came from walk-ons.
- Marcus Baugh didn’t practice with the tight ends. An Ohio State spokesman said he had offseason surgery and is in the process of rehabbing.
- Redshirt freshman tight end Jake Hausmann looked really sharp during the first hour of practice. He could be a big beneficiary of Baugh’s absence.
- During punt drills, five players were fielding punts: Demario McCall, Binjimen Victor, K.J. Hill, Kendall Sheffield and Shaun Wade. Punt return has been a bit of a problem for Ohio State the last couple of years.
- Although Glover-Williams, who projects as an H-back, was with the receivers, fellow H-back McCall worked out with the running backs. He was third in reps behind starter Mike Weber and Antonio Williams.
- New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson coaches the tight ends and is a stickler for detail.
- Former Ohio State players Joshua Perry and Malik Hooker were at practice.
- Brian Hartline was on the field serving as an intern. His brother Mike Hartline recently left the Ohio State staff for Cincinnati.