Samuel Working With WRs

Observations from Ohio State's fourth spring practice.

The first hour of Ohio State's fourth spring practice was open to reporters. Here's what we saw:

  • Sophomore Curtis Samuel worked exclusively with the wide receivers during the time we were allowed to observe practice. With Ezekiel Elliott being held out, the only two running backs taking reps were Bri'onte Dunn and Warren Ball.

  • J.T. Barrett looks much further along in terms of his injury than I expected. The sophomore quarterback wasn't really running around too much, but he looked mobile in the pocket and took a fair share of throwing reps along with Cardale Jones.

  • The wide receiver order during drills was as follows:
    Michael Thomas
    Corey Smith
    Noah Brown
    Terry McLaurin
    Parris Campbell
    Kato Mitchell
    Curtis Samuel
    Jalin Marshall
    Joe Ramstetter
    Devlin McDaniel

    I wouldn't read too much into the order of a practice drill, especially with the "H" guys thrown in the middle, but it had a bit of a pecking order feel to it.

  • Johnnie Dixon, who is not on the above list, did not participate in wide receiver drills early in practice. He was the designated receiver as the quarterbacks warmed up, which was well-suited for a recovering guy because it requires less mobility.

  • The safety depth chart was as follows:
    Tyvis Powell-Vonn Bell
    Erick Smith-Cam Burrows
    Khaleed Franklin-Malik Hooker
    Michael Cibene-Michael Lawless
    (Someone Not On The Roster)-Jamel Dean

  • Jones and Barrett were the only two quarterbacks in black jerseys.

  • Once the hitting reps started, four guys (Darron Lee, Joey Bosa, Joshua Perry, Adolphus Washington) were held out and worked with practice dummies instead. The latter three were all part of the 2,000-rep club getting rest that Meyer mentioned on Tuesday.

  • The offensive line withheld several guys and looked like this:
    Marcus Baugh-Jamarco Jones-Billy Price-Marcelys Jones-Evan Lisle-Chase Farris

  • Noah Brown looks very good. It seems like he got lost in the shuffle because he was part of such a talented recruiting class, but he was's No. 123 overall prospect and looks the part. He's noticeably slimmer than last season (currently listed at 222 pounds) and looked both athletic and fundamentally sound during wide receiver drills today.

  • Sean Nuernberger looks like he's fixed his form on field goals. Driving the ball better and following through. Cameron Johnston is still the holder.

  • Meyer started practice by spending time with the defensive linemen (even pulled guys aside and offered his own thoughts at one point) and then later moved over to watch the quarterbacks.

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