Except for the absence of head coach Urban Meyer, it was business as usual for the Ohio State football team at practice on Tuesday morning.

In charge was acting head coach Ryan Day, the Buckeyes’ quarterbacks coach and one of their offensive coordinators, as practice ensued in front of media members for the first time in this camp, now in its fifth day.

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Included were the cameras of the Big Ten Network, which will air an hour-long summation of the action on Tuesday night as it makes its annual preseason rounds of conference schools.

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Meyer is on paid administrative leave while the university investigates what he knew of domestic-abuse allegations by Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former OSU assistant coach Zach Smith, whom Meyer fired July 23.

With the Sept. 1 season opener against Oregon State looming, the beat went on for the Buckeyes on the practice field. That included the exhortations of interim receivers coach Brian Hartline to his players.

It was the fourth practice of 29 allowed before the opener and, other than Meyer’s absence, looked and sounded like past practices. One reason, according to a program source, was the scripts for the first several practices were planned in coaching staff meetings in the weeks before Meyer was placed on leave last Wednesday.

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The five-minute periods of individual and group fundamentals were run in brisk fashion. Interestingly, of the brief window available for viewing by the media, the only time cameras weren’t allowed to operate was during punt team practice.

Demario McCall, the running back/hybrid back who has waited three years to have a more important role, appeared to be the first-team punt returner. Freshman Jaelen Gill of Westerville South was in the mix as well.

Day spent most of the time at a far end of the practice field with quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins Jr., Tate Martell, freshman Matthew Baldwin and walk-on Kory Curtis. Day also observed action at other stations from time to time.

Tuf Borland, who was a starter at middle linebacker much of last season before being sidelined by an Achilles tendon injury in the spring, was on the field and not wearing an injured-designating jersey. Meyer had previously said Borland could return this season, though probably not for early-season games.

Working in Borland’s spot were Baron Browning and Justin Hilliard. They were flanked by Malik Harrison and Keandre Jones.

On the offensive line, guard Branden Bowen ran strong during drills. A broken leg knocked him out of the starting lineup in midseason, but he appears to be back in playing form. That could stir the lineup up front, with Dimitrious Knox and Michael Jordan back at the guards, and Thayer Munford at left tackle, at least Tuesday, and Isaiah Prince at right tackle.

There have been hints Jordan could be used at center, where in the spring Brady Taylor had secured the job held by Billy Price, the 2017 Rimington Award winner.

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