With the Notre Dame game 4 weeks away, Ohio State football held its first summer practice

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State opened preseason training camp outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Thursday morning, beginning about four weeks of practice before opening against Notre Dame.

Media members were in attendance for a half-hour, observing the first four periods of the practice.

Below are some news, notes and other observations from the workout.

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What happened at the first Ohio State football practice

  • The Buckeyes are starting with a clean bill of health. Mitchell Melton, a defensive end and linebacker who injured an anterior cruciate ligament in the spring game, was the lone notable absence.
  • Veteran defensive end Tyler Friday, who also suffered an ACL injury last summer and missed all of the following season, was a participant. Friday had been restricted in spring practice.
  • Lathan Ransom went through safety drills as he continues to make progress in his recovery from a leg fracture. Ransom injured his left leg while covering a kickoff in the Rose Bowl.
  • Some others who were out or limited in spring practice to be back Thursday included receiver Kamryn Babb, receiver Julian Fleming, offensive lineman Josh Fryar and tight end Mitch Rossi.
Aug 4, 2022; Columbus, OH, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Tyler Friday (54) runs during the first fall practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

Who is on the Ohio State first, second team offensive lines?

  • Fryar lined up with the second-team offensive line, positioned at right tackle. The rest of the second-team line saw Zen Michalski at left tackle, Enokk Vimahi at left guard, Jakob James at center and Trey Leroux at right guard.
  • The first-team offensive line was a carryover from spring practice, featuring Paris Johnson at left tackle, Donovan Jackson at left guard, Luke Wypler at center, Matthew Jones at right guard and Dawand Jones at right tackle.

Ohio State defensive line rotation, punt returner and special team notes

  • Jack Sawyer, Jerron Cage, Taron Vincent and Javontae Jean-Baptiste began the rotation in left to right order in defensive line drills, followed by Friday, Ty Hamilton, Tyleik Williams and Zach Harrison in the second group and Kenyatta Jackson, Mike Hall, Hero Kanu and J.T. Tuimoloau in the third group.
  • Wide receiver Kaleb Brown, one of the freshmen who enrolled in June, joined Emeka Egbuka, Cameron Martinez and Jaxon Smith-Njigba returning punts.
  • Kicker Jake Seibert is also listed as a cornerback on the updated roster and practiced with the defensive backs.

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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