Ohio State football returns for spring practice

The Buckeyes are getting ready for the annual spring game happening in April on Tuesday March 6, 2018. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - Buckeye football is back!

Tuesday marks the first day back at practice as coaches and players get ready to start a new season amid high expectations. The practice is the first of 14 leading up to the annual spring game.

The Buckeyes were predicted to start the season ranked in the top five of the polls. Thirteen starters are returning after last season's 12-2 finish that included a Big Ten Championship and a Cotton Bowl win.

Ohio State's star running backs Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins are also making a return. The biggest question is who will replace J.T. Barrett.

At the start of spring practice, three players have a chance to be the next Buckeye QB. Dwayne Haskins helped to get OSU a huge win over that team up north last season. Haskins will compete with Joe Burrow, who broke his hand before the start of last season, and Tate Martell, who was redshirted last season.

The spring game is happening April 14. Tickets are on sale for $5.

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