Ohio State Football: Week 1 Spring Practice Stock Report

Ohio State’s 2013 season came to a crashing end with an Orange Bowl loss to Clemson two months ago, but a new season officially kicked off this week as the Buckeyes took the field for the start of spring practice.

After saying goodbye to departing players, adding seven new freshmen as early enrollees and going through winter conditioning, this was the first opportunity for the coaching staff to evaluate its roster.

Here’s a breakdown of the biggest storylines, most heated position battles and early stars from the first week of spring practice.

Storylines

Unfortunately for Ohio State, the biggest storylines from the first week of spring practice are injury/health-related.

Bad news struck for the Buckeyes before they even hit the field. The day before spring practice started, it was announced that Urban Meyer recently underwent minor brain surgery to alleviate recurring headaches caused by a cyst that needed to be drained.

That didn’t keep Meyer off the field, though. Ohio State’s head man prowled the practice field Tuesday, sporting a white Buckeyes hat as the team went through drills. Meyer won’t miss any time as he recovers.

Like his coach, Braxton Miller is also recovering from minor surgery. Unlike Meyer, Ohio State’s star quarterback will not be able to take part in spring drills.

Miller’s shoulder surgery won’t knock him completely out of the picture. The Buckeyes plan to strap a video camera onto his hat and force him to narrate each offensive…

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