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Scarlet Sunrise: Tuf Borland impresses as Ohio State football returns to practice

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Tuf Borland appears to be recovering swiftly from his Achilles injury. (Nick Clarkson/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Tuf Borland impresses as Ohio State football returns to practice

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Ohio State football practice observations

For the first time since fall camp began, Ohio State writers were allowed to view a portion of practice. Perhaps the most eye-catching discovery Tuesday was the improvement made by Tuf Borland, who sustained an Achilles injury in March but is already participating in practice (albeit in a limited sense). Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward compiled a list of observations from practice, including the following thoughts on Borland.

“Ohio State has been suggesting for a while that Tuf Borland would be back sooner than anybody anticipated from the Achilles injury he suffered in the spring, but it was hard to fully buy into that knowing just how severe those issues tend to be. But the middle linebacker was not only on the field participating and showing few signs of pain, Borland was also in the mix for some drills flying around with speed while working with the first-team defense. It’s important to keep in mind that the Buckeyes still haven’t been in full pads yet, so the true tests of his availability for the Silver Bullets might not be coming until Wednesday. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t remarkable to see Borland in action again at this stage, and it makes it more clear than ever that he should be helping Ohio State this season.

Nick Bosa chases his goals

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa wants to be No. 1 both as a team (in the College Football Playoff) and as a player (in the NFL Draft). The Columbus Dispatch profiled him as he prepares to begin what will likely be his final season in Columbus, and Bosa had plenty of good things to say.

“Just thinking about the feeling that would come in winning a ‘natty’ with all of my friends I have built here, it would be amazing, I’m sure,” Bosa said. “They’re just such good teammates, and a national title would be a culmination of things. It would just feel like a waste if we didn’t get one, because I feel like we’re that good. I don’t see why any other team should be better than we are.”

What’s up with Gene Smith?

Tuesday’s question of the day asked about Gene Smith, his silence and what his eventual fate might be. Here’s a portion of what Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward had to say.

“This might still be venturing too close to a prediction of the outcome, but the early read here is that Ohio State isn’t likely to face a situation where only one of those two key figures survive. That, of course, could certainly change, and now is another good time for a reminder of that caveat about letting all the facts come out before making a judgment.

“But since the two appear likely be linked together, it just feels a little odd that only one of those guys is currently away from his job on paid administrative leave.”

Courtney Smith’s lawyer releases statement

Courtney Smith’s attorney Julia Leveridge released a statement about the investigation on Monday night. It touched on a couple of areas, but the primary point was that Smith has not been contacted as a part of the investigation yet but that she would fully cooperate.

“As her attorney, I can tell you that Ms. Smith is cautiously optimistic that The Ohio State University’s investigative committee will determine if proper reporting protocol was followed upon learning of the ongoing, abuse allegations against Zach Smith,” Leveridge wrote. “We believe the University must prioritize the safety and well-being of others above all else. While The Ohio State University has never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university’s current investigation.”

Basketball Bucks win in Spain

Ohio State hoops picked up its second win in as many games on its trip to Spain, winning in a rout on Tuesday.

Counting down

  • Tentative endpoint of Urban Meyer investigation: 11 days
  • Ohio State season opener: 24 days
  • The Game: 108 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 He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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