Ohio State's young players were at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center bright and early this morning for the first practice of the fall and the first ever Buckeye practice for many.
The morning practice, which began at 8:25 a.m., was only for Ohio State newcomers, consisting of true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and transfers, and the first four sessions were open to the media.. The more experienced players will practice this afternoon. Here are some notes from the first practice of the 2016 campaign.
- While most of the team's freshmen were present, true freshmen and early enrollees Michael Jordan and Austin Mack were not present and will practice with the veterans this afternoon. Jordan enters camp as the leader to start at guard which would make him the first true freshman to start on the offensive line in Week 1 since Orlando Pace. Mack, meanwhile, is competing with more experienced players for time at wide receiver.
- Mike Weber, who indicated a number change to No. 25 on social media, was still listed at No. 20 on the roster distributed to the media this morning. An Ohio State spokesman said Weber may stay with 20, but could still make a change before the season.
- Freshman Demario McCall was the only player catching punts this morning.
- New offensive line coach Greg Studrawa was far and away the most vocal coach at practice, using some colorful language with the young lineman.
- Freshman offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh was working one-on-one with Ed Warinner on shotgun snaps for much of the time the media was permitted to watch practice.
- Freshman defensive lineman Nick Bosa, wearing No. 97 as his older brother did for the Buckeyes, looks eerily similar to his brother. His movements and mannerisms throughout drills were very reminiscent of Joey.
- Many veterans, including Dante Booker, Noah Brown, Cam Burrows and Sam Hubbard, were on hand in street clothes watching the proceedings.
- The two quarterbacks expected to backup J.T. Barrett, Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins, alternated in drills with coach Tim Beck.