Ohio State Football: 8 Early Standouts from Spring Practice
Ohio State's 2013 football team is back to work trying to build on the successes of the 2012 season that saw the Buckeyes go 12-0 and win the Leaders Division in the Big Ten.
So far this spring there have been no signs of the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer letting up, as several young players have shown improvement and several veteran players are back healthy and ready to compete.
While the 2012 season showed how important great leadership can be, it's not as concerning as last spring when Meyer called the offense a "clown show."
But that could change as offensive line coach Ed Warriner has mentioned that Hall is the most improved member on the offensive line.
He has also been praised by onlookers for his ability to win one-on-one drills against a talented group of Buckeye defensive linemen.
While Taylor Decker still seems to be the favorite to win the fifth starting spot on the offensive line and Chase Farris is still the top challenger, Patrick Elflein has surprised many and has entered the conversation.
Decker and Farris have been competing for the right tackle spot that was left open with the graduation of Reid Fragel.
But recently Elflein has the Buckeyes' coaching staff is considering moving him to guard, thus bumping either Andrew Norwell or Marcus Hall to right tackle. That is a possibility because both Norwell and Hall have experience starting at tackle.
The fifth-year senior that has spent much of his Buckeye career lining up at running back seemed to explode when giving the chance to play in the open field.
This is a huge spring for Warren Ball, a former 4-star recruit from Columbus.
So far this spring, Ball, a redshirt freshman, has shown he has the ability to at least be a part of the rotation in a loaded Ohio State backfield.
Ohio State loses all four starters from the 2012 defensive line. That opens the door for a new bunch of talented young prospects.
The freakishly athletic Spence has been reported to be nearly unblockable in one-on-one drills.
Now, as a junior, Bennett is the elder statesman on the Buckeyes' defensive line that doesn't have a senior on scholarship.
Bennett has been praised by those that have attended spring practice for his ability to rush the passer whether that be from inside at defensive tackle or the outside at defensive end.
But Powell has held the starting spot for two more weeks than most people expected; don't be surprised if he holds it all season.
Bradley Roby achieved just about everything a cornerback could in his redshirt sophomore season.
His return gives Ohio State arguably the top cornerback in the country as well as three experienced players in a secondary that will play behind an inexperienced front seven.
Roby has been dominate in one-on-one drills constantly battling Devin Smith and baiting Braxton Miller during scrimmages.