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Ohio State Football: Fiesta Bowl Practice Observations: Day 1

Ohio State hit the practice field for the first time since landing in Arizona.

The Ohio State football team took to the practice field at Notre Dame Prep High School on Tuesday afternoon for its first practice since landing in the desert. Media was allowed to watch about 20 minutes of practice. Below are some observations from today's practice. 

  • Offensive lineman Malcolm Pridgeon was in pads for practice. He has missed the entire season thus far with a knee injury suffered in August. https://twitter.com/JGrega11/status/813816311042015232
  • Tyler Durbin was extremely accurate during the special teams period. He missed just one kick during the time media was allowed to watch, and nailed a 57 yard field goal.
  • Luke Farrell was one of two Buckeyes wearing an orange No. 16 during practice to simulate Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett. 
  • Antonio Williams was wearing an orange No. 9 jersey to simulate Clemson running back Wayne Gallman while Dwayne Haskins was in a No. 4 jersey, still acting as Deshaun Watson. 
  • Dante Booker was dressed and practicing, but it was unclear if he took first or second team reps as the media was not allowed to watch the defensive session. 
  • Urban Meyer brought the team together midway through practice to speak. He singled out Malik Barrow in front of the entire team as someone who had a poor showing in OSU's last practice before arriving in Arizona. He used Barrow as an example of what not to do during bowl week. 
  • He also mentioned Evan Spencer's block against Alabama, and Steve Miller's interception return as examples of what he expects of his players during the week. He added J.T. Barrett's touchdown pass to Noah Brown against Wisconsin and Raekwon McMillan's hit on Wilton Speight to force a Malik Hooker interception against Michigan as additional examples. 
  • It appears that Johnnie Dixon is currently not with the team, but an OSU spokesman told Eleven Warriors' Eric Seger that Dixon is expected to catch up with the team later in the week. 
  • Future Ohio State coach Bill Davis was in attendance at practice watching from the end zone and was not involved with the practice itself. 


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