Spring football is here, Raekwon McMillan still working for Ohio State, DBU steps up on big NFL stage
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Today is Monday, March 6, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.
Spring. Football. Is. Here.
Oh my gosh you guys, it’s finally here. After almost two months without college football, it is back and all is moving toward right with the world.
Let us take a moment to rejoice.
OK. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s examine a few of the storylines coming out of Columbus. The most important thing to know, according to Marcus Hartman of the Dayton Daily News, is that this week is essentially just an appetizer.
While it will be nice to get a state of the team update from coach Urban Meyer on Tuesday, his team only has two practices scheduled this week. Then they will be off for spring break.
Bonus: Thursday’s practice includes interviews with J.T. Barrett, new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and new quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, among others.
From March 21-April 14, the Buckeyes have 12 practices scheduled. The spring game is April 15.
What we do know is that some of the roster changes that were expected to occur have already begun. On Monday, Ohio State announced that James Clark will not seek a fifth season and that redshirting freshman Tyler Gerald, a former 4-star offensive lineman out of Portsmouth, is leaving the program.
The Buckeyes are hoping to use this offseason to bounce back from one of the most disappointing losses in program history.
For more on depth charts, the biggest position battles of the spring and more, check out Ben Axelrod’s spring preview.
Lattimore, Conley show off first-round talents
I said it last week and I’ll say it again: Ohio State is DBU.
On Monday, Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore took steps to help cement that reputation at the NFL combine. Very fast steps.
Conley, a fourth-year junior out of Massillon, started the morning off for the Buckeyes and opened a lot of eyes with two much faster-than-expected 40-yard sprints. His field performances were just as eye-opening.
Best CB in the drills was Gareon Conley-Ohio St & he ran in the 4.40's. This WO can raise his grade if a late 1st rd @nflnetwork
— Charley Casserly (@CharleyCasserly) March 6, 2017
Conley looks like a top 15 pick today
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 6, 2017
Marshon Lattimore then started off his day with a bang as he blew away observers with back-to-back 40-yard dash times under 4.4. Then, what appeared to be bad news struck. Lattimore did not perform in the afternoon workout session, sitting out for what was initially reported as a hamstring injury.
Ohio St. CB Marshon Lattimore suffered hamstring injury today, per source. Wouldn't be a big deal except he has… https://t.co/1mLRj76rb3
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2017
That would be bad news for any player, but even worse for a guy like Lattimore who has been tagged with the awful “chronic” injury label. Fortunately, Marshon was able to attempt to calm any concerns about his hamstring on Twitter.
Wasn't a hamstring injury, it's my hip flexor. I'm good y'all lol
— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) March 6, 2017
I think I’d be a bit less affable had an incorrect report potentially tampered with my future earnings. Lattimore is a likely top-5 pick in the draft as long as the injury concerns are alleviated — but that kind of misinformation certainly won’t help if teams do have concerns about his durability.
(If he falls to No. 12 though I’d be pretty cool with that. Who Dey!)
Regardless, heading into what is a loaded NFL draft at the defensive back position, Ohio State’s pair earned some serious scratch on Monday.
Raekwon McMillan still working for Ohio State football
Make no mistake about it: Raekwon McMillan may be from Georgia, but he’s working hard to keep the Buckeyes at the top of the college football world.
The former 5-star prospect out of Hinesville, who has also busy starring at the combine in Indianapolis, was vital in helping secure his potential replacement in Columbus. He talked about the pursuit of Kennedale, Texas, 5-star LB Baron Browning, who was an early enrollee at Ohio State in the 2017 recruiting class.
He was also asked about the next man up at middle linebacker for the Buckeyes. While he didn’t know which young player would try and fill his shoes as the starter, he did have some high praise for incoming freshman Baron Browning.
“I recruited Baron. Every time he came on a visit he stayed with me. We talked a lot. I pretty much got him to come there… I think he was a little bit better than me coming out. A little faster, a little more agile.”
Ohio State will have some wide open competition at linebacker this spring and summer, and though McMillan is gone, he’s not done working for the Buckeyes.
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