Ohio State is now two practices into its spring program and two practices closer to sorting through the myriad of questions facing the 2016 Buckeyes.
Following Thursday's practice offensive coordinator Ed Warinner and defensive coordinators Luke Fickell and Greg Schiano spoke with the media along with a handful of players to assess the state of the team this spring.
Schiano is one of two coaches new to Ohio State this spring and Fickell spoke about the transition the defensive staff is undergoing as the former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach assumes his duties as defensive coordinator and safeties coach.
Two players from Fickell's position group also spoke with the media. Middle linebacker and team captain Raekwon McMillan spoke about the importance of the linebackers as the Buckeyes are searching for eight new defensive starters.
Junior linebacker Chris Worley is hoping to be one of those new starters as he hopes to replace projected first round NFL pick Darron Lee. Worley said he expects there to be little drop off at his position.
Speaking of Lee, he will be participating in Ohio State's Pro Day Friday and Schiano drew on his NFL experience in talking about how professional coaches and general managers look at that day and what the players have to gain.
Schiano is tasked with replacing two starters at safety as Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell declared early for the NFL Draft. While some of the contenders are out this spring with injuries, sophomore Malik Hooker is looking to take one of those spots.