The 2017 Ohio State football team hit the practice field for the first time Tuesday morning at the WHAC, and the session was open to the media for about an hour.
While not a whole lot can be taken from the early portions of the first spring practice, there were a few things that stood out on the field.
- Out of the four quarterbacks (J.T. Barrett, Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell) only Barrett and Burrow were wearing black non-contact jerseys (though the quarterbacks were not involved in any contact drills during the early portions of practice anyway). Haskins and Martell were in scarlet jerseys.
- The final portion of practice involved some downfield passes in man coverage, and Barrett was probably the sharpest of the four quarterbacks during the drill. That said, all four had good moments throwing the ball while Burrow and Martell each threw at least one interception.
- In coverage, Kendall Sheffield looked ready to go right away, though he was flagged for a PI call as well. He was glued to Binjimen Victor's hip on one deep route.
- Wide receiver Alex Stump is not listed on the team's official spring roster, which all but officially confirms his expected departure from the program.
- Offensive lineman Kyle Trout, who has announced that he's transferring to Cincinnati, was on the roster, though it's unclear if he was on the practice field with the team.
- Sophomore Demario McCall worked out with the running backs today, but he went through some of the drills slightly differently than the other RBs. He still looks like a good bet to be the starting H-back this season.
- Eric Glover-Williams and freshman Brendon White were, in fact, both working out with the receivers. Glover-Williams caught a Barrett pass for a big gain during one drill while White looked smooth and natural going through receiver drills.
- Former Ohio State wide receiver Brian Hartline was helping the coaching staff.
- During the punt return phase of practice, freshman CB Shaun Wade, Sheffield, WR K.J. Hill, McCall and Glover-Williams all got reps catching/returning kicks.
- Safety Malik Hooker, who opted to leave early for the NFL, was at the WHAC watching practice.
See below for a video of the QBs at practice this morning.