The Buckeyes began two-a-days today. The afternoon session was open to the media and the public. Jim Tressel usually fields questions from reporters after open practices, but decided not to today.
Maurice Clarett did not practice. There were rumors that he would be cleared today, but no such luck. Clarett met with Andy Geiger this morning. He was accompanied to the meeting with his mother, his attorney (who he supposedly fired last week), Jim Brown and another ex-NFL player whose name escapes me. … Clarett also reportedly met with NCAA investigators today. No word on what, if any, decisions were made at the respective meetings.
On the injury front, Mike D'Andrea is nursing some sort of left knee injury. The knee was wrapped and D'Andrea was moving around on crutches.
E.J. Underwood sprained his right ankle this morning and was held out of the afternoon practice.
Andree Tyree was held out of the afternoon practice with some sort of shoulder injury.
Also wearing yellow non-contact jerseys were running backs Lydell Ross, Maurice Hall and Roshawn Parker. However, none of the three seemed injured and it might have been more of a precautionary move than anything else.
There were also a few guys wearing blue jerseys (minor injuries), but they were allowed to practice.
Due to a new federal law, Ohio State officials are not allowed to comment on injures this year.
Freshman Ira Guilford has been cleared to play and saw considerable amount of time at tailback today. He seems to be strictly a RB, as he did not get any snaps at safety.
Craig Krenzel looked as sharp as I have ever seen him today. He and Michael Jenkins hooked up several times throughout practice, including during non-contact 7-on-7 drills, non-contact 11-on-11 drills and full-contact, goalline 11-on-11 drills. … Krenzel definitely has his timing down right now. He was hitting the outs, the slants, and the deep balls consistently.
As for the backup quarterbacks, Justin Zwick probably had the best day. Zwick was zipping the ball around nicely and seems to be playing with more confidence than last year. He even ran in a touchdown during 11-on-11 goalline (first and goal is a better way of putting it) drills.
It takes a while to get used to seeing the offense in the scarlet practice jerseys. They have worn the whites the last two years, but turned the table at last spring's jersey scrimmage. The defense will have a chance to regain the scarlet jerseys at Saturday's scrimmage in Ohio Stadium.
Todd Boeckman does not appear to be grayshirting this year. Boeckman, wearing the No. 17 jersey, was suited up for practice today. Charles Babb is digging up more on this story as we speak.
Some of the notables in attendance today included former head coach Earle Bruce and former fullback Jesse Kline.
Former OSU linebacker Steve Tovar has joined the staff in some sort of coaching capacity. We'll find out more about Tovar's duties in the coming days.