Spring football practice is underway in the state of Ohio.
The Buckeyes opened the first of their 15 practice sessions on the indoor field at Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Tuesday morning. The first half hour was open to reporters.
Below are some notes and observations from warm up exercises and the first five periods.
* Kyle McCord was first in the quarterback rotation during practice, followed by Devin Brown and Tristan Gebbia, who started the contest to replace CJ Stroud. McCord is Ohio State’s longest-serving quarterback, having spent two seasons with the program, while Brown enlisted last year and Gebbia transferred from Oregon State this offseason.
* Running back TreVeyon Henderson is no longer wearing hiking boots as he recovers from foot surgery in December. He warmed up with teammates, stretching and running before joining a group of rehab players at the edge of the field.
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* The rehab group included running back Evan Pryor, wide receivers Emeka Egbuka and Julian Fleming, and linebacker Tommy Eichenberg. Coach Ryan Day mentioned last month that they would not be available for spring training.
* Running back rotation went to Miyan Williams, then Chip Trayanum and Dallan Hayden.
* Marvin Harrison Jr. was among a few receivers to return punts while Egbuka was out.
* When the offensive linemen hit the blocking sled, guards Donovan Jackson and Matt Jones led the group, followed by tackles Josh Fryar and Zen Michalski, then Carson Hinzman and George Fitzpatrick.
* Tight end Cade Stover, who injured his back in the college football playoff semifinals against Georgia and was later hospitalized as a precaution, was training.
* After injuring an anterior cruciate ligament during April’s spring game, Mitchell Melton was sidelined for a season but returned to training and at least training with defenders. Before suffering his season-ending knee injury, he was a candidate for the “Jack” position, a hybrid defensive endlinebacker spot.
* Denzel Burke and Jordan Hancock led the rotation at cornerback, followed by Jyaire Brown and Davison Igbinosun, who joined from Mississippi last month.
* A rare number for a quarterback, at least for spring training, Brown will wear the number 33 after wearing number 15 as a freshman. He tweeted two weeks ago that #33 is the “OG QB number,” and shares a photo of Sammy Baugh, the first quarterback inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.