Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore and Jerome Baker made spectacular interceptions Saturday at Ohio State's spring football game, sending a message that the defense - despite losing eight starters from last season - could still be in good hands.

Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore and Jerome Baker made spectacular interceptions Saturday at Ohio State's spring football game, sending a message that the defense - despite losing eight starters from last season - could still be in good hands.

"We're replacing some pretty good players like Vonn Bell, Eli Apple, Tyvis Powell … but we still can play," said Lattimore, competing for Apple's cornerback spot. "We still can be right there with them, but we have a lot to go. They had experience and all that, but I feel like we're just as good of players as they were."

Lattimore had a diving interception of a J.T. Barrett misfire in the second quarter.

Hooker, competing for a safety spot, made two interceptions. He leaped to grab a deep Barrett pass in the second quarter, then zigzagged 82 yards for the first touchdown of the game. His second interception, of a Stephen Collier pass late in the third, set up the Gray's final score in its 28-17 win.

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"Since I've been here, Malik's been making picks," Baker said. "You try to keep up with him but it's hard."

From a pure entertainment standpoint, though, Baker's took the prize. Playing for the Scarlet, he leaped to grab a hurried Joe Burrow pass with just his right hand to thwart a Gray drive at the 4-yard line in the third quarter.

"First, our D-line did a great job. I saw the ball and just went up and got it," said Baker, competing for the linebacker job vacated by Darron Lee.

Hauling it in

When Terry McLaurin caught a pass from Burrow and broke two tackles on a 47-yard scoring play for the Gray team, he was just doing what coach Urban Meyer had requested.

"Coach Meyer talked about this is the biggest day of our lives; he wanted to see how we came out here and competed in front of 100,000, the first team to ever do it in spring game," McLaurin said. "As a unit, whether we were Scarlet or Gray, we just wanted to make plays."

McLaurin had four catches for 111 yards and the TD, and Gray teammate Torrance Gibson had six catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns. On the Scarlet, tight end Marcus Baugh had seven catches for 64 yards and Parris Campbell three catches for 106 yards.

Watching it all

Several regulars did not play, though they took part in spring practice.

One was Bri'onte Dunn, who is competing with Mike Weber to start at running back. Others were returning offensive line starters Pat Elflein and Billy Price.

Then there was redshirt freshman receiver K.J. Hill. Recovering from wrist surgery, he still took part in the game, wearing a no-contact jersey so he could get a sense of running routes in front of a large crowd.

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