COLUMBUS, Ohio – (Last)Tuesday’s Ohio State football practice was a physical, full-pads, full-contact affair that featured lots of short-yardage runs and a tremendous amount of hitting. Today, under partly sunny skies on the outdoor practice fields of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the focus was less on hitting – the team was in Buckeye gear; helmets, shoulder pads and shorts – and more on throwing the football…and blitzing and defending against the pass.
Ohio State’s 1995 Heisman Trophy winner and team captain Eddie George was on the sidelines today with one of his sons. If only Troy Smith and Archie Griffin could have walked across the street from their offices in the Fawcett Center and Longaberger Alumni House, respectively, the Buckeyes would have been practicing in front of three Heisman Trophy winners. Correction: four Heisman Trophy winners.
Big Ten Network football experts and show hosts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith came in from Chicago to watch practice and spend time with some of the Ohio State coaches. The two will visit all 12 Big Ten schools this spring.
Lou Holtz watched practice, and he looked good in his Master’s green and yellow hat and wind jacket. … When the sun went behind clouds and the wind picked up, it was chilly outside with temperatures in the mid-40s. … A couple hundred high school coaches were on hand to watch practice, including coaches from as far away as Quebec, Canada, New Mexico and California. … The four coaches from Canada drove in 17 hours from Quebec City to get here. … One of Ohio State’s eight two-time captains was also in attendance today: Joe Cooper. Now working in security across the street at Chemical Abstracts Service (a venerable, 110-year-old company considered the “phone book” of chemical compounds, elements and reactions), Cooper was co-captain in 2000 and 2001. … And one final note: Go Bucks! Beat Arizona.
GO BUCKS GO BUCKS GO BUCKS