Wolves win wars.
That was the latest update to the video board at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as a video of shadowy wolves watched over Ohio State's sixth spring practice Tuesday. Aside from that, things went mostly as expected during the first hour of practice, which was open to the media. Here are some takeaways:
After Urban Meyer addressed the team for more than six minutes, an animated speech that featured the head coach throwing his papers to the ground in frustration, the Buckeyes began position drills.
The quarterback depth chart is clear. Obviously J.T. Barrett is the unquestioned starter and remains the only Buckeye in a black jersey for practice. Joe Burrow was the clear No. 2 quarterback taking reps while Stephen Collier is now third on the depth chart.
Bri'Onte Dunn was once again not a the beginning of practice Thursday as the senior has class during that time, according to an Ohio State spokesperson. In his absence Mike Weber was going through drills with J.T. Barrett while true freshman Antonio Williams was working with Burrow and walk-ons Patrick Wise and De'Vonn Huguely were working with Collier.
Will Dunn was absent, a number of Buckeyes could be seen on the stationary bikes just off the field. Unsurprisingly that group featured Malik Barrow (ACL), Dylan Thompson (kneecap), Noah Brown (broken leg), Nick Conner (ACL) and Curtis Samuel (foot). Also not fully participating in practice during the first hour were defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Eric Glover-Williams.
Lattimore has been injury-plagued since he arrived at Ohio State and the staff has said they are bringing him along slowly this spring as they hope he can compete for a starting cornerback spot. This was the first time that Glover-Williams, who has been working with the safeties this spring, was seen sitting out in sessions of practice open to the media.
Cam Burrows led the safeties through drills with Malik Hooker next. That pair was followed by Damon Webb and Jarrod Barnes.
The defensive line, meanwhile, was led by Sam Hubbard, Tracy Sprinkle, Davon Hamilton and Jalyn Holmes. That group was followed by Darius Slade, Michael Hill, Jashon Cornell and Rashod Berry. Tyquan Lewis, a 2016 starter, remains out this spring recovering from offseason surgery.
On the other side of the trenches the first-team offensive line started to take shape. Jamarco Jones was at left tackle with Isaiah Prince book-ending the line. Billy Price was at right guard while Pat Elflein was at center. The surprise was true freshman Michael Jordan was playing left guard with the first team. The second group from left to right went Demetrius Knox, Matthew Burrell, Brady Taylor, Evan Lisle and Brandon Bowen.null