Glasnost in Columbus

By Jason Priestas on April 6, 2009 at 2:00 pm
2009 Ohio State Spring Media Guide CoverIt's... it's so... beautiful.

Friday brought the arrival of the Buckeye spring media guide and with that came tidbits that were delightful and at other times excruciating to the point you're questioning the existence of God. Take, for instance, the fact that Steve Rehring left Columbus after playing nearly twice as many minutes as Beanie Wells (891 to 504).

The release also brought 2009's first depth chart and while Alex noted some highlights Saturday, we cannot stress the joy of seeing a healthy Andre Amos in the mix. That and did anyone else catch Cameron Heyward listed as DE after spending most of last season listed at tackle? It's early and the opening roster could very well be different at a handful of spots, but it's nice to envision the roster currently in place.

Beyond that, perhaps the staff is learning a thing or two from USC. Sunday's practice was open to the press (photos here), startling Ken Gordon of the Dispatch. He did return with some nuggets, including:

  • Andrew Miller was the starting left tackle, ahead of Mike Adams (who's listed as a one on the depth chart). Consider that some early season motivation for Mike and one more hallelujah for position battles.
  • Taurian Washington and Jake Stoneburner stood out on offense, while Ohrian Johnson saw plenty of snaps at nickel with the first team defense.
  • Posey short-armed a 50-yard bomb from Pryor that was a sure six.

The quote of the session came out of QB coach Joe Daniels when he turned to Pryor and said: "You know what? You're not as bad as you used to be."

Pryor for his part, looked crisp, though Gordon still sees some weirdness in his mechanics.