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Observations: Ohio State Returns For Spring Practice No. 3

The Ohio State football team returned to the field for spring practice No. 3, with the first hour of the session open to the media.

After two spring practices and a week off for spring break, the 2017 Buckeyes returned to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Tuesday morning to get back to work.

The first hour of the morning session was open to the media and a few players stood out during the session. Here are some of our main takeaways from the open portion of practice:

The Quarterbacks

  • Once again, J.T. Barrett and Joe Burrow were wearing black no-contact jerseys while Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell wore scarlet jerseys along with the rest of the offensive players.
  • There seemed to be a lot of focus on passing accuracy during practice, and Burrow and Martell often seemed to be the most accurate. Haskins had the best arm of the four – by far – but Barrett is probably still the most consistent.
  • Martell looks very talented, but he also seemed a bit uncomfortable at times and threw a duck or two during drills.
  • The QBs also went through a read-option drill, and all four looked comfortable going through the motions.
  • At one point during a passing session, Barrett under threw a receiver by a few yards before immediately hitting Terry McLaurin with a perfect ball for a deep touchdown. Quarterbacks coach Ryan Day let out a big cheer after the connection.

The Running Backs

  • During drills, the pecking order seemed to be: Demario McCall, Mike Weber, Antonio Williams and J.K. Dobbins.
  • McCall worked the entire hour with the running backs, but it still seems like a safe bet that he'll end up playing a lot of H-back this season.
  • Weber, McCall and Williams worked alone in a one-on-one blocking drill while the other RBs assisted elsewhere on the practice field.
  • After Dobbins tripped and fell during one drill, position coach Tony Alford had some choice words for the freshman: "You're having a tough day, young fella."

The Wide Receivers

  • Freshman Brendon White, who was thought to be a potential linebacker at the college level, looks pretty natural as a wide receiver so far in practice.
  • Once again, Eric Glover-Williams looked like a guy who can make an impact on offense. He switched to H-back from safety this spring.
  • In one-on-one coverage, Binjimen Victor burned Kendall Sheffield at least once. Shaun Wade might have been the most impressive CB of the early enrollees today.
  • Parris Campbell looks like the best athlete at receiver, and his hands were rock-solid today. If he develops that part of his game further, he could be in for a big 2017 season.

Other Notes

  • Damon Arnette was really strong in one-on-one coverage, and he seems to have taken a leadership roll with some of the younger players.
  • It still looks like the No. 1 LBs are Dante Booker, Chris Worley and Jerome Baker, with Worley playing in the middle. The second line was Malik Harrison, Justin Hilliard and Keandre Jones.
  • Demetrius Knox seemed to be repping with the ones at right guard.
  • At safety, Damon Webb and Erick Smith got the first reps, followed by Jordan Fuller and Wayne Davis.
  • At corner, Denzel Ward and Arnette were up first, followed by Kendall Sheffield, Shaun Wade, Rodjay Burns and Jeff Okudah.
  • At some point this spring, Malik Harrison was clocked at 18.8 mph – the fastest among OSU's linebackers and 10th fastest on the team overall.
  • Working at punt return were Demario McCall, Eric Glover-Williams, K.J. Hill, Shaun Wade and Kendall Sheffield.

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