Noah Spence's daily battles with All-Big Ten offensive tackle Jack Mewhort have been eye-opening, as the rising sophomore defensive end is showing star potential in Ohio State spring practice.
Since briefly losing his scholarship after a misdemeanor arrest last year, left tackle Jack Mewhort has embraced the mantle of leadership for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Before the freshmen arrive, Adolphus Washington, Jordan Hall and Curtis Grant look to claim big roles with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes in spring practice.
There are holes on the Ohio State Buckeyes' depth chart for spring practice, but the biggest in coach Urban Meyer's mind is in leadership.
An up-close view of the title game convinced Urban Meyer the most fundamentally sound team he saw all season won the national championship, even as it left his team as the nation's only unbeaten.
Johnathan Hankins played a huge role in Ohio State's perfect season, but he won't be returning.
Ryan Shazier's late emergence at linebacker was key to Ohio State's undefeated season, but his statistics suggest that he might be on par with Notre Dame LB and Heisman candidate Manti Te'o.
Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end John Simon will leave a legacy of hard work, leadership and perhaps an undefeated season if Ohio State beats Michigan.
Wisconsin's overpowering rushing offense, led by senior Montee Ball, is set to collide with an Ohio State rush defense that's second in the Big Ten in a high-impact fashion.
All freshman have to make adjustments at the college level, even the nation's to players such as OSU DE Noah Spence. But he's turning the corner.
Senior captain John Simon gave his all on the field against Cal then delivered an emotional speech in the locker room.
The NCAA sanctions might not be in the rearview mirror yet, but Urban Meyer has worked quickly to erase the sting of the losing record that preceded his hiring and has the program back in the AP top 10.
Sure Ohio State went undefeated in its nonconference games, including a 29-15 win over UAB on Saturday. But the Buckeyes found a few more things to work on before opening Big Ten play.
Ohio State counted on having one of the most potent pass rushes in the nation. While it could still happen, the going has been slow during the first two games.
Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel has a problem, but it's a good one: The Buckeyes have almost too much depth in their front four.