Ohio State continued practice Tuesday after coming back from a week off for the university's spring break. This marked just the second such practice of 2013 that was open to the media following the team's initial go at it two weeks back. Perhaps most excitingly, this marked the first time the team was in full-pads, which as you know definitely meant plenty of hitting drills.
While the team works their way towards April 13th's spring game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, there are still plenty of questions Urban Meyer and his staff will have to answer. Chief amongst them, can Braxton Miller make the proverbial leap? Will Ohio State have a true super star emerge at wide receiver? Will the Buckeyes find a solid enough third rushing option behind Miller and Carlos Hyde (aka El Guapo)? And finally, will the real Silver Bullets resurface after an up-and-down 2012?
The Buckeyes have plenty of questions about depth to boot and with five early enrollees, Urban Meyer has to see what he has in the newest members of the Ohio State football team as well. Tuesday was just the first of many days, but here are some of the highlights of what came out of the 4 p.m. EDT practice.
Guys in orange jerseys at OSU football today: Wood, Bogard, Shazier, J. Hall, JT Barrett— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) March 19, 2013
Among them was what we called the "hamburger drill"– 1 ballcarrier, 1 blocker and 1 tackler in the alley. Best man wins— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) March 19, 2013
Stoneburner, Laurinaitis, Carpenter, Goebel, Hankins among those in attendance. Jim Heacock, too— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) March 19, 2013
Meyer jokes that Craft could play safety, linebacker, quarterback, or H-back for the Buckeyes— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) March 19, 2013
Buckeyes running back Jordan Hall missed today's practice with a pulled hamstring— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) March 19, 2013
Urban Meyer said today was not a "top 5" practice, but the previous practice was maybe the best one they've had here.— Brandon Castel (@BCastOZone) March 19, 2013
Buckeyes were experimenting with a new 3-2-6 look on defense today. That means 6 DBs.— Brandon Castel (@BCastOZone) March 19, 2013
Tyvis Powell and Corey Brown were both out there as inside DBs with the first group at times.— Brandon Castel (@BCastOZone) March 19, 2013
Carlos Hyde said he gave some thought to leaving for the NFL, but wasn't serious enough about it to get feedback from draft advisors.— Austin Ward (@BuckeyesBeat) March 19, 2013
RB coach Stan Drayton, who ran this offense w/ Urban Meyer at Fla, said it operated at 60% last year. Jordan Hall in slot will help.— Doug Lesmerises (@PDBuckeyes) March 19, 2013
Hyde hopes to be the first guy under Meyer to run for 1,000 yards. "That's a big goal for a running back."— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) March 19, 2013