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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes still working on spring-game attendance plan

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Ohio State hasn't decided a Spring Game attendance plan yet. (Greg Bartram/Imagn)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes still working on spring-game attendance plan

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Buckeyes still working on spring-game attendance plan

Ohio State expects to have a spring game later this month.

But the athletic department hasn’t decided on attendance for that annual tradition in Ohio Stadium just yet. But the Buckeyes are working with Columbus Public Health for a solution.

“The Department of Athletics is aligned with the University in making the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, administrative staff and visitors to campus our priority,” the Ohio State athletic department said in a release. “Athletics will continue to follow all federal, state, local, and conference guidance and protocols for hosting and playing sports during this challenging time.”

Most of the Buckeyes spring sports won’t increase attendance policies currently put in place. And the Spring Game, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic, still is yet to be decided. Ohio State would love to have fans.

But the official policy for the Spring Game isn’t set yet for the Buckeyes as they near the end of spring practice.

Pair of Buckeyes veterans out for spring practice

Ohio State will finish spring practice without a pair of its veterans.

Veteran cornerback Sevyn Banks will miss the rest of spring camp after suffering an undisclosed injury, throwing yet another curveball at the Buckeyes after a season full of them in the defensive backfield.

Lettermen Row sources indicated there was a nagging knee issue for Banks a year ago, but Ohio State doesn’t publicly confirm injuries and didn’t reveal a timeline for his recovery. Either way, that didn’t keep Banks from emerging as perhaps the program’s top lockdown option late last season, fulfilling the potential that has been hinted at since he burst on the scene with a special-teams touchdown against rival Michigan as a freshman.

The Buckeyes will be without a veteran wide receiver, as well. After seemingly turning the corner last season and making his long-awaited, on-field debut with the Buckeyes after years of bad injury luck, Kamryn Babb is now dealing with yet another injury. Ohio State confirmed to Lettermen Row on Thursday that the fourth-year wide receiver is out indefinitely with an undisclosed issue for the rest of spring camp, the latest in a string of health problems for the former four-star recruit who has rarely had a chance to tap into that potential.

READ: Sevyn Banks unavailable for rest of Buckeyes spring camp

READ: Kamryn Babb suffers another injury setback, out for rest of spring camp

C.J. Saunders joins The Tim May Podcast

Ohio State just finished up a historic and successful Pro Day. The Tim May Podcast is here with another episode to break it all down.

Tim welcomes former Ohio State wide receiver C.J. Saunders on the show to talk about his Pro Day performance, catching the best ball of the Pro Day season, his draft prospects and much more. Saunders is aiming to impress NFL scouts after not being able to play football last season due to an NCAA ruling. Now he wants a shot at the NFL.

Saunders’ appearance make this episode a must-listen.

Don’t miss the latest edition of the Tim May Podcast.

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