COLUMBUS (WCMH)– The spring football season has started for the Buckeyes, and it might be the most important one yet for coach Urban Meyer.
Ohio State’s head coach is dealing with the departure of 9 underclassmen who entered the NFL Draft, in addition to the winningest senior class in school history. Only 6 starters return from this past season.
And the concerns continue.
Many key contributors are not able to work in spring practice due to recovery from previous injuries. Receivers Noah Brown, KJ Hill and Corey Smith are either being held out of practices or limited due to injury. Brown missed the entire 2015 season due to a broken leg but figures to become a key component in Ohio State’s offense. Meyer says he’d like to see senior Brionte Dunn get the first shot at running back, with Mike Weber also getting carries. Look for Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson to work more out of the running back position as well.
Seven freshmen enrolled early and are already taking part in spring football. Meyer says he thinks Nick Bosa (not yet enrolled) and Jonathon Cooper stand an excellent chance to work into the playing rotation on the defensive line. OSU has only one returning starter in the defensive secondary.
OSU will practice 14 times over the next 5 weeks, leading up to the Scarlet and Gray game, April 16.