Ryan Day’s first Ohio State football team is back at work – although he won’t be on the field with them just yet.
The 2019 Buckeyes, under the direction of strength coach Mickey Marotti, had a Wednesday briefing before winter workouts began Thursday and Friday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Winter workouts go into March before string drills begin March 4. Ohio State’s annual spring game is set for April 13.
Ohio State announced Friday that about 105 players took part in the first two days of conditioning and rehabilitation exercises, a group that includes 31 seniors (14 fifth-year seniors).
As things stand, the Buckeyes return 13 full-time starters, including running back J.K. Dobbins, wide receiver Austin Mack, left tackle Thayer Munford and tight end Luke Farrell on offense. On defense, linebackers Tuf Borland, Malik Harrison and Pete Werner all return, as do safety Jordan Fuller, cornerback Damon Arnette, safety Brendon White, defensive end Jonathon Cooper, defensive end Chase Young and defensive tackle Robert Landers.
Also participating in winter workouts are the seven newest Buckeyes – one sophomore transfer and three freshmen who enrolled early. That list includes Georgia quarterback transfer Justin Fields, who is expected to start for the Buckeyes in 2019 if he is granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA.
The seven early enrollees are three-star running back Marcus Crowley, five-star defensive end Zach Harrison, four-star safety Ronnie Hickman, four-star offensive lineman Ryan Jacoby, four-star defensive end Noah Potter and five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson.
Ohio State’s full spring roster can be found here.