Ohio State Football: Week 2 Spring Practice Stock Report

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IMarch 22, 2013

Ohio State Football: Week 2 Spring Practice Stock Report

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    After a brief spring break, the Ohio State Buckeyes hit the field once again to resume spring practice and prepare for the season ahead.

    This spring has already given fans a chance to see how the Buckeyes' young players are starting to develop, which is especially important considering how OSU's bowl ban kept it from having the typical 15 pre-bowl practices.

    The Buckeyes have only been on the practice field a couple of times early on, but several players are making an impact, either in a positive or negative way.

    Here is a look at how the stocks of several Buckeyes have shifted heading into the second week of spring football.

Stock Up: DE Noah Spence

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    By most accounts, including Brandon Castel of The-Ozone.net, Noah Spence has been nearly unblockable in the early portion of practice.

    Spence saw plenty of playing time as a true freshman, but will be expected to have a big year as he will likely start at defensive end.

    His skill has been apparent early on in practice, and he will have to continue to be as dominant throughout in order to be the defensive cornerstone he was brought in to become.

Stock Down: OT Kyle Dodson

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    Kyle Dodson redshirted his freshman season, so he has a long way to go to get to the level some feel he can reach.

    He is projected early on as a left tackle, which is surprising, because he may be best suited to be a prototypical right tackle.

    Dodson just needs to continue taking advantage of his reps after seemingly being out of contention for the starting right tackle job. He may be a year or two away from finally getting on the field.

Stock Up: DB Tyvis Powell

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    Powell is another of the few freshmen that redshirted in 2012, Meyer's first freshman class. His first spring has gotten off to a good start, as he has received plenty of playing time while OSU is experimenting with a 3-2-6 defense.

    Powell was recruited to OSU as a safety, but lined up more in the early part of practice in the STAR position, which is a hybrid linebacker/safety position that OSU has had since 2008.

    He may have to wait his turn to truly make an impact playing behind senior safeties C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant; but being on the field with the first team in his first spring is a pretty good accomplishment and shows that he has a chance to make an impact in the near future.

Stock Steady: RB Jordan Hall

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    Urban Meyer held Jordan Hall out of practice on Tuesday, but it's natural to expect a coach to be cautious with a player who had two tough injuries the year before.

    Hall, who was moved from running back to more of a halfback/slotback position to allow him to catch the ball more often, missed all but three games in 2012 due to a foot injury and then a PCL tear. He received a medical redshirt and got another year of eligibility, allowing him to come back for this season.

    Hall has had a very unlucky career in dealing with suspensions and injuries, especially in his last two seasons. It would be a great story for him to have a dose of redemption and end his Buckeye career with a great year in 2013.

     

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