The Ohio State football veterans opened up fall camp Sunday afternoon but were joined by a few young faces despite the freshmen practicing earlier that morning.
After impressing the coaching staff in the spring, early enrollees Austin Mack, Antonio Williams and Michael Jordan were on the practice field with the veterans as the Buckeyes took the outdoor grass field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Below are notes and observations from Ohio State's second practice of the first day of camp.
- Offensive guard Billy Price lined up with the quarterbacks and centers at the beginning of practice and snapped to both J.T. Barrett and Joey Burrow alongside Pat Elflein and a handful of other linemen.
- Burrow, who impressed during spring practice and is entering his second season in Columbus is still donning a black stripe on his helmet. Mack had his removed as an early enrollee this spring.
- Head coach Urban Meyer brought the team together after stretching and called up each Buckeye who earned their degree in the spring and summer semesters. He took the time to shake each of their hands in front of the team. Names included Corey Smith, Dontre Wilson and others.
- During the time media was allowed to watch practice, Wilson, K.J. Hill, Marshon Lattimore, and Noah Brown were catching punts during special teams session.
- After breaking his leg in fall camp last year, Brown appeared to be full go in practice and did not have any protective gear on either leg.
- Elflein is the unquestioned leader upfront. Was very vocal during practice, hooting and hollering both positive and constructing criticism at the younger offensive linemen during individual drills. Coach Studrawa allowed him to assist in coaching at times. Elflein also spent a lot of time doing individual, non-contact work as he is still recovering from off-season surgery to remove a cyst.
- When the running backs and quarterbacks came together to work on run plays and handoffs, Wilson and Samuel left the receivers to work with the running backs.
- Meyer spent most of his time watching the defense, but did come over to coach up the quarterbacks and running backs when they came together to work on handoff exchanges.
- The starting defensive lineup featured Tyquan Lewis, Michael Hill, Tracy Sprinkle and Sam Hubbard along the defensive line in addition to Raekwon McMillan, Dante Booker and Chris Worley at linebacker. In the defensive secondary, Gareon Conley and Denzel Ward were the starting corners with Damon Webb and Malik Hooker at the safety spots.