The Ohio State Buckeyes returned to the practice field Friday to start the preseason without head coach Urban Meyer.
His being placed on leave dominated headlines for two days prior, and that story continues to develop as the university investigates what Meyer knew about allegations of domestic abuse by one of his assistant coaches.
The Cox Media Group Ohio coverage area is represented by Landers, Derrick Malone (tight end, Thurgood Marshall), Zaid Hamdan (defensive tackle, Mason), Josh Myers (offensive lineman, Miamisburg), L’Christian “Blue” Smith (receiver, Wayne) and Demetrius Knox (offensive lineman, Springfield native, graduated from high school in Texas).
Landers has been a member of deep defensive line rotations the last two seasons and figures to be heavily involved again this fall.
A sophomore from Maryland, Haskins brings a different skillset than predecessor J.T. Barrett. He has a big arm but less mobility, so don’t look for him to log anywhere near the 165 carries Barrett had as a senior.
Removing the crutch of the quarterback run could actually open up the OSU offense, though.