COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football went through its fifth practice of the spring session and second practice with full pads on letting them get competitive.
The Buckeyes allowed the media to watch the entire fifth practice which included multiple team periods, creating game-like environments. It even included a final score with the offense pulling away in the final period with a run from Dalland Hayden to win, 102-100.
Despite leading for most of the afternoon, the defense’s loss meant the punishment of running while the offense got to call it a day early.
Here’s what we saw on defense on Day 5:
• Head coach Ryan Day has brought up on multiple occasions that the defensive backs have been getting their hands on more balls this spring. Sonny Styles led that charge on Saturday with three pass breakups. Other players to break up passes included Steele Chambers, Denzel Burke, Jordan Hancock, Davidson Igbinosun — who lost his black stripe — Ryan Turner, Jermaine Mathews, Lathan Ransom and Kye Stokes.
• Styles had a play that showed off why he was a five-star recruit and such a big get for the Buckeyes. Kaleb Brown beat him on a deep ball and created about three or four yards of separation in what should’ve been an explosive play. Instead, Styles’ length made up for his getting beat and it resulted in an incompletion.
• Overall the cornerbacks had a decent day often making things difficult for quarterbacks to complete passes, especially during red zone sessions. But they also gave up a few explosive plays to Marvin Harrison Jr. and Jayden Ballard. No one got an interception on Saturday.
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• Kenyatta Jackson flashed during a third-down period with back-to-back sacks while also getting pressure on various other plays throughout the day. The same goes for Jack Sawyer — who’s back at defensive end full time — with two sacks and a handful of pressure. Mike Hall Jr. also had a sack on a crucial third down during the final period of the day, followed by the defense getting a stop on fourth-and-one. Hero Kanu also had a sack working with the third string.
• The defensive line had a better day than the offensive line in most of the competitive drills, especially when it came to battles with the right tackles. However, in the only “winner-loser- session for the two groups, things came down to a 20-20 tie forcing a tiebreaker rep for the defense to walk away with a win thanks to Jadne McKenzie.
• Chambers stood out more than once during the practice ending the day with two sacks, and a few pass breakups.
Here’s what the consistent two-deep looked like ay during OSU’s live periods:
|Position||1st String||2nd String|
|Defensive End||J.T. Tuimoloau||Kenyatta Jackson/Omari Abor|
|Defensive End||Jack Sawyer||Caden Curry|
|Defensive Tackle||Mike Hall Jr.||Jaden McKenzie|
|Defensive Tackle||Tyleik Williams||Ty Hamilton|
|Mike Linebacker||Cody Simon||Gabe Powers|
|Will Linebacker||Steele Chambers||C.J. Hicks|
|Cornerback||Denzel Burke||Davidson Igbinosun|
|Cornerback||Jordan Hancock||Jyaire Brown|
|Nickel Safety||Cameron Martinez||Jahad Carter|
|Bandit Safety||Josh Proctor||Sonny Styles|
|Adjuster Safety||Lathan Ransom||Kye Stokes|
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