COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes begin spring football drills today with two of their starting quarterback and head coach on the sidelines, recovering from surgery.
Coach Urban Meyer had a short medical procedure over the weekend to remove fluid from a cyst on his brain that causes headaches, according to a statement released Monday night. The cyst was originally discovered in 1998 when Meyer was an assistant at Notre Dame.
The operation was to alleviate headaches that Meyer had been experiencing the past few weeks.
The statement said the coach was doing well and would be on the field when Ohio State begins spring drills on Tuesday.
Senior quarterback Braxton Miller is not expected to take a snap through the April 12 spring game because of shoulder surgery he underwent on Feb. 21, an Athletics Department spokesman said.
Cardale Jones, a third-year sophomore who was on the field for 39 plays in three games last year, and red-shirt freshman J.T. Barrett will get most of the reps at quarterback with one of them likely emerging to take over the No. 2 spot vacated by Kenny Guiton. True freshman Stephen Collier is the third scholarship quarterback on the roster.
The spring roster includes 93 players, 39 of whom are returning lettermen from last season’s 12-2 team that played in the Big Ten championship game and the Discover Orange Bowl.
A total of 12 starters return, five on offense and seven on defense.
Sophomore Ezekiel Elliott is expected to compete for the job of No. 1 running back, replacing Carlos Hyde. Elliott’s 30 carries for 262 yards were the most any returning back but he is not the only veteran in the hunt. Rod Smith, a fifth-year senior who has gained 448 yards in 2013, and a couple of third-year sophomores — Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball – will be fighting for the chance to carry the ball.
Dontre Wilson, a running back who also played H-back last year, will be part of the Buckeye backfield. He averaged 8.1 yards off 31 carries, 15.0 yards off 22 receptions and 24.9 yards on kickoff returns and scored three times as a freshman.
Ohio State will practice 14 times before the Spring Game.