Observations and video from Ohio State’s first practice of the 2022 preseason camp: Offensive line depth chart, Jake Seibert moves to cornerback

The preseason is officially underway for the Ohio State football team.

The Buckeyes hit the practice field shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday for their first of 25 practices leading up to their Sept. 3 season opener against Notre Dame. Reporters who cover Ohio State were allowed to watch the first four periods of opening practice.

While the media was thrown before the Buckeyes began team drills, the four practice periods we were able to watch gave us the opportunity to take a look at the line depth chart. offense, returning players, and even a kicker practicing at cornerback.

No surprises on the offensive line

Last year, the start of preseason camp brought an unexpected development on the offensive line as Nicholas Petit-Frère moved from right tackle to left tackle and Thayer Munford moved from left tackle to left guard.

With Petit-Frère and Munford now in the NFL, there were no surprises on the first-team offensive line Thursday. As expected, the starting unit during offensive line drills consisted of Paris Johnson Jr. at left tackle, Donovan Jackson at left guard, Luke Wypler at center, Matt Jones at right guard, and Dawand Jones at right tackle.

The second team offensive line consisted of Zen Michalski at left tackle, Enokk Vimahi at left guard, Jakob James at center, Trey Leroux at right guard and Josh Fryar at right tackle. The third team offensive line in early practice was Avery Henry at left tackle, Ben Christman at left guard, Toby Wilson at center, Jack Forsman at right guard, and Carson Hinzman at right tackle. Tegra Tshabola also worked with the tackles while Ryan Smith replaced at center and Grant Toutant lined up at guard.

On the other side of the ball, the front line of defensive linemen during individual drills consisted of Zach Harrison and Javontae Jean-Baptiste at defensive end and Jerron Cage and Taron Vincent at defensive tackle. JT Tuimoloau and Jack Sawyer lined up as the second team defense winds down with Tyleik Williams and Ty Hamilton at defensive tackle.

Seibert trains at cornerback

If you scrolled to the bottom of the fall camp roster that Ohio State handed out to reporters ahead of Thursday’s practice, you would have seen an unexpected surprise: Jake Seibert, a third year, was also listed as a cornerback.

This is also where he practiced during Thursday morning’s open media practice game, when he wore No. 16 instead of his usual No. 98 and trained with the cornerbacks during individual drills.

Day said after practice Thursday that Seibert would continue to practice kicking, but Seibert wanted to try a new position in camp.

“He had played a wide receiver and a corner in high school, and he kind of wanted to bring different value,” Day said. “So he’s still going to work on the kick and do that part, but he’s going to be able to help in some of the other positions as well.”

With Seibert trying out a new position, Noah Ruggles was the only kicker seen practicing Thursday. Parker Lewis, who transferred to Ohio State from USC this summer, was not on the roster to start camp; Ryan Day said last week that Lewis had yet to be cleared to play by the NCAA due to an eligibility issue, and he said Thursday that Ohio State was still awaiting an answer on his status.

Buckeyes back to health

The only Buckeye who was unavailable for training due to injury Thursday was Mitchell Melton, who suffered a torn ACL in the spring game.

Ryan Day said so at Big Ten Media Days, but Thursday’s open viewing window at practice confirmed the return of a litany of Buckeyes who either missed all of spring or didn’t play in the spring game for Ohio State in April.

Fryar, Tyler Friday, Lathan Ransom, Mitch Rossi and Jantzen Dunn were all on the list of players designated as unavailable for all of Ohio State’s spring camp in March, but all were back on the field Thursday. On Friday, a fifth-year defensive end, missed all of last season due to a torn ACL sustained in preseason, but didn’t seem at all limited in defensive line drills. Ransom, who suffered a broken leg in the Rose Bowl, is still calming down according to Day, but has participated in individual drills with Perry Eliano and Ohio State safeties.

Other notable Buckeyes missed the spring game due to injury but were back on the training ground Thursday, including Kamryn Babb, Julian Fleming, Palaie Gaoteote and Jaylen Johnson.

Kourt Williams and Josh Proctor were both on the field with Ohio State safeties after the two were either limited or absent for a period of time in the spring. Williams only played on special teams in the spring game as he nursed an injury and Proctor was only allowed for the exhibition portion, but the two didn’t seem limited at the start of the season. Buckeye drive.

Additional notes

  • Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Cameron Martinez, Emeka Egbuka and Kaleb Brown served as the punt returners during the punt teamwork.

  • Both Teradja Mitchell and Zen Michalski were seen wearing Guardian Caps, the protective headwear that has been seen at NFL training camps this summer. While NFL players in certain positions are required to wear them during camp, Ohio State has made them optional for players to wear on a voluntary basis.

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