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Scarlet Sunrise: Justin Fields, Mike Yurcich taking crash course in Ohio State’s offense

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Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is working to get up to speed.

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Scarlet Sunrise: Justin Fields, Mike Yurcich taking crash course in Ohio State’s offense

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise! Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.


Justin Fields, Mike Yurcich learning 

Ohio State transfer Justin Fields is officially eligible this season, which means it’s more important than ever that he gets up to speed as fast as possible. He’ll be working with a new quarterbacks coach after Ryan Day hired Mike Yurcich from Oklahoma State to replace himself on the coaching staff.

The good news for Ohio State fans is that it already sounds like both player and coach are putting in the work to develop a feel for the offense they’ll be playing in and helping direct.

“We’ve both been grinding,” Fields said of Yurcich. “I think right when I got here, we met a few times alone just watching film even though we kind of had no idea what was going on. We just tried to break the playbook down and break the plays down, but I can tell he’s a great offensive-minded coach and he knows what’s going on.

“I try to get in for time with Coach Yurcich and [senior quality control coach] Corey Dennis to just study the plays, the protections and plays and all that stuff to get the playbook down as fast as possible.”

Watch Birm’s Jack Miller interview

In this week’s Birminology, Ohio State quarterback commit Jack Miller spoke about his health, why he believes he’s the country’s best 2020 quarterback and more. Get to know a little bit more about the Ohio State verbal as he joins Birminology.

WATCH: Birm interviews Jack Miller one-on-one

Ohio State offers Indiana DE

Indiana isn’t a heavy talent-producing state, but Ohio’s western neighbor has still been good to the Buckeyes in recent years. Over the past few recruiting cycles, Ohio State has landed players like Terry McLaurin, Austin Mack and Pete Werner in addition to Dawand Jones and Craig Young in the Class of 2019.

The Buckeyes could be in on another Hoosier State native after offering Deonte Craig, a 3-star defensive end in the Class of 2020.

“It happened early this morning,” Craig told Lettermen Row. “It’s one of my dream schools. Coach [Greg] Mattison was at [a game] in January and he reached out again recently. He just wants to keep building the relationship and wants me to get back up there during the spring.

“We haven’t really talked about the reasoning on why he switched,” Craig said. “But Ohio State has always been my favorite school, so I was definitely happy for him when I found out he took the job. I’m actually really excited to see what he and Larry Johnson can do. I mean, both of them have been around for a while and they both know the game so well. It’ll be interesting to see their new schemes come together next year.”

For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Tuesday night edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

The All-Urban Meyer team

Ohio State recruited a boatload of talent during the Urban Meyer era, and the Buckeyes turned many of them into All-Big Ten players and high draft picks. Which players were the best at each position during Meyer’s seven years in Columbus? Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward listed his choices for the ideal lineup composed of players from the Meyer era.

Personally, I’m just glad I didn’t have to be the one choosing from that list of cornerbacks. Defensive end would have difficult to sort through too — remember Noah Spence? — if not for the two aliens that happened to play that position under Meyer.

Former Buckeyes to CFL

It appears that both DeVier Posey and Dontre Wilson signed Canadian Football League deals on Tuesday. Posey signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes, and Wilson posted to Instagram that he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops vs. Illinois: 1 day
  • Oho State spring game: 59 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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