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Ohio State coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes are already building toward next season. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes working to build chemistry early in spring

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Buckeyes working to build chemistry early in spring

Last season’s edition of Ohio State football featured a tight-knit group of players and coaches who meshed well together from very early on in the season. But that was last year.

As Ohio State began spring practice this week, the focus is already beginning to turn to team chemistry and making sure everything is running well before fall camp arrives. So how does that happen? Coach Ryan Day is entering his second season as the head of the program, and he saw it last year. He knows what it looks like. And he’s hoping everything comes together for another magical season like the one Ohio State seemed to have a year ago.

“The chemistry will be fun,” Day said Monday. “Every year is a new journey. In college football, you have a new coaching staff. You have a new group of leaders. You have a new group of seniors. So that dynamic is different year in, year out. So I already think we have a good feeling for that two months into the offseason program. But getting on the field will be different, too, because you’ll just have to play the game. That’s a big part of it as well.”

Ohio State doesn’t see a difference between the spring practices, summer workouts and those practices in the fall. Spring is when the first 15 practices take place, but everything else is just an extension from those, which lead up to the season-opener six months from today. Time is ticking, and the Buckeyes are already coming together for 2020.

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Buckeyes looking at running back options

Master Teague won’t return for the Buckeyes this spring. Now, they’re left searching for answers with only one healthy scholarship running back for most of the remaining spring practices. Ohio State is dangerously thin at one of the most important spots on the field, and there isn’t a magic formula to make it any better for at least the rest of the spring. So what can happen now that Teague and Marcus Crowley are both on the shelf for the foreseeable future?

Our very own Austin Ward has the latest from the ongoing situation:

Master Teague won’t be back for a while, and multiple sources have confirmed to Lettermen Row that the presumptive starter at tailback tore his Achilles on Monday. Marcus Crowley is still on the shelf recovering from a knee injury, Miyan Williams won’t be on campus until the summer, Demario McCall is still working at wide receiver and J.K. Dobbins is off to the NFL.

That left Steele Chambers as the lone scholarship running back on the practice field on Wednesday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. But throughout camp, he’s going to get some company — and it might wind up coming from unexpected places.

Check out the full update here.

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Ohio State hoops set to host Illinois

The Buckeyes are rolling lately, and now in basketball’s most important month, they face another tough test.

During No. 19 Ohio State’s last win, a double-digit win over hated rival Michigan inside a sold-out arena, the Buckeyes were able to flash what could be coming in both the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments. The Buckeyes have now won eight of their last 10. They’re elevating their level of play at the most important time. Now, they’ll welcome No. 23 Illinois on Thursday night with a chance to defeat their third ranked opponent in their last four games.

After a January schedule that tripped the Buckeyes up, Ohio State found a way back in business in February and carried momentum into the first tough challenge of March. It gave them an even bigger confidence boost than they previously had, and it will need to continue Thursday night.

Ohio State is finding its rhythm at the right time. The next challenge will tip off at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

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