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Scarlet Sunrise: NCAA Council approves six-week preseason practice plan

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Ohio State will be able to return to the practice field in July. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: NCAA Council approves six-week preseason practice plan

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NCAA Council approves six-week preseason practice plan

The NCAA Division I Council took another step toward allowing football to happen this season.

The Council approved a six-week preseason practice plan beginning in July and running until an on-time start for the regular season. The beginning of the six-week plan will also serve as a transition from voluntary workouts, which are starting up at college football programs around the country. Schools that open the season on Sept. 5 — Week One — can begin activities on July 13 and add in walk-throughs and meetings on July 24. Practice can begin Aug. 7.

While recruiting is still in the midst of a historically-long dead period and uncertainty continues to loom large over the entire sport, the NCAA Council took a huge step toward allowing football season to proceed this year — and even with a familiar timeline. It’s the latest good sign that football will happen for the Buckeyes in the fall.

Evan Spencer breaks down Jameson Williams

Jameson Williams won’t receive the preseason hype that some of his teammates are receiving this offseason. But once the games start for the Buckeyes, Williams could be a key cog in the offense.

The former four-star recruit is one of the fastest, most elusive skill players on the roster, and now he’s got a year of experience in the program under his belt. He’s also going to be the likely first choice opposite Chris Olave on the outside and a complement to classmate Garrett Wilson in the starting lineup, and that should lead to plenty of targets, especially with a Heisman Trophy frontrunner at quarterback.

What makes Jameson Williams such an appealing weapon for Ohio State? How can the sophomore take the next step for the Buckeyes as a sophomore? Is the speedster getting enough attention for his ability to enhance the offense this year? Former Ohio State wide receiver and national champion Evan Spencer was back in the Lettermen Row film lab looking at highlights and answering those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

Brian Hartline continues elite recruiting for Buckeyes

Brian Hartline could still be living off the money he earned in the NFL. Instead, he decided to become an elite wide receivers coach for Ohio State and held his players realize their potential for the Buckeyes. He’s also one of the top recruiters in the entire country.

How has Hartline been able to rise to stardom so quickly? Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm has more:

Being as young as he is, Hartline easily identifies with players around the country. He can sincerely and honestly tell young men and their families that he’s been where they are now since he was once recruited by Ohio State in the Class of 2005. He can give advice and perspective from a vantage point that most of his peers can’t, and he’s also done the work in a Buckeyes uniform to get to the NFL. He knows how to make that happen for the young men he coaches and is doing it out of a love of football. A love of teaching it.

Nothing more, nothing less.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.