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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes spring practice, scrimmage dates announced

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Ohio State announced the date of its annual spring game on Thursday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes spring practice, scrimmage dates announced

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Ohio State sets date for spring game

The sting from the Fiesta Bowl loss might not have worn off quite yet for Ohio State. But it’s already time to start thinking about the 2020 season.

Ohio State will begin spring practice the week of March 2, fewer than two months away. The Buckeyes will have a month of practice before the annual spring scrimmage, which is now officially scheduled for April 11.

The spring scrimmage isn’t always the best indicator of what is to come each season. Last year, quarterback Justin Fields struggled in the spring game before becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist in the fall. That’s just one example. But Ohio State — and its fans — doesn’t care about whether it’s a real game or not. The Horseshoe will be full for the first time in 2020, and now, the Buckeyes know the date that will happen.

Why did 2020 signee leave California for Buckeyes?

California is beautiful in November. It’s actually gorgeous most of the time.

So why would high school superstar Kourt Williams want to leave Southern California to play football at Ohio State? Back in November, Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward was in Bellflower, California, where he sat down with Williams to discuss his decision to leave the Golden State to play for the Buckeyes.

And needing to invest in more sweatshirts and coats now isn’t going to deter players like Williams from flying across the country to be part of it.

“I’m ready to go all in,” Williams said. “I talked to the coaches about it all the time, and I just have to be prepared mentally when I get there — and I think I’m ready to go.”

The way Ohio State is rolling now, odds are Kourt Williams won’t be the last guy to leave those palm trees behind to chase championships through a bit of snow.

For the full story, click here.

Buckeyes add walk on tight end

Ohio State knew it had 14 early enrollees coming to campus for the first time this week. But the Buckeyes just added No. 15 for winter workouts.

Corey Rau, a graduate transfer tight end who previously was at SMU, has joined Ryan Day’s program this week. Rau, who was Academic All-American Athletic Conference, will give the Buckeyes even more depth at an already deep position in 2020.

Buckeyes show signs of next year’s CFP run

Ohio State doesn’t ever rebuild, and that won’t happen just because the Buckeyes are losing members of their College Football Playoff appearance.

The bright spots showed from the game, even in a crushing defeat. What can the Buckeyes see on film and look at as positive? Who flashed in the Fiesta Bowl and can be a difference-maker next year? Lettermen Row broke down key areas for the Buckeyes moving forward.

Click here to check it out.

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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.