COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a week off for spring break, the Ohio State Buckeyes returned to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for their third practice of spring.
Media were allowed to view the first hour of practice, which included stretching and the first seven periods of practice. Here’s what we saw as the Buckeyes worked out.
- There were good and bad performances, but overall it looked exactly like what one might expect in the first hour of practice after a week of vacation. Nothing was overly discouraging, but some guys definitely took time to get into a rhythm.
- Everyone’s favorite part of the offense featured pretty significantly in the early part of practice.
Good news, Ohio State worked on OSU Twitter's most favorite play for a chunk of practice today. pic.twitter.com/aZ9zfkIVIR
— Nick Piotrowicz (@NickPiotrowicz) March 21, 2017
- J.T. Barrett and Joe Burrow were in black non-contact jerseys. Tate Martell and Dwayne Haskins were not.
- I thought Barrett didn’t have a great start to practice, but he picked up his accuracy. Haskins has a cannon for an arm but struggled with accuracy. Martell is pretty accurate but at times threw it a bit too hard for receivers to handle. Overall, Burrow probably had the best performance in the first hour.
- Punt returners were the exact same as last practice: Eric Glover-Williams, Demario McCall, Shaun Wade, Kendall Sheffield and K.J. Hill.
- Marcus Baugh, who had offseason surgery, returned to practice. He wasn’t practicing with the tight ends but was running laps around the field.
- Jake Hausmann continues to look impressive at tight end, but I thought Luke Farrell also had a great day. Both of those players will be options behind Baugh, and the competition will serve that position group well.
- Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson is a really engaged coach when working with the tight ends (the position group he coaches) and spends a lot of time on details.
- My colleague Ben Axelrod covered this in a story, but Demario McCall worked exclusively with the running backs. And he looks great.
- Running back J.K. Dobbins has the look of a guy who will be a star some day, but Tuesday’s practice — or at least the part the media could see — won’t be going on his highlight reel. At one point he tripped over a bag during drills, and it was just not a great showing from him.
- Parris Campbell got some work in at H-back and looked impressive.
- Some good news on the injury front: Perpetually banged-up wide receiver Johnnie Dixon is practicing at full-speed and looks like a potential impact player.
- Brendon White looks like he belongs as a wide receiver, even though he could be just as talented as a linebacker. For now, though, he’s succeeding at receiver.
- As expected on the offensive line, Demetrius Knox lined up at right guard with the first team.
- Ohio State had some success with the deep ball today. Binjimen Victor and Hill both look like talented threats in that regard.
- The four starting defensive backs were Denzel Ward and Damon Arnette at cornerback and Damon Webb and Erick Smith at safety. At linebacker, Chris Worley was in the middle with Jerome Baker and Dante Booker on the outside.