Ohio State football: The three fastest risers in Spring so far

As we get closer to the Spring Game, let's take a look at which Ohio State football players have grabbed the most attention so far.

Mar 7, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jeremiah Smith (4) returns a punt
Mar 7, 2024; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jeremiah Smith (4) returns a punt / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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The Ohio State football program is deep into Spring practices. Some people got to see them at work during their open practice on Saturday. While that wasn't a final look at who will be working with what unit, it was a nice glimpse for us to get of what the team looks like right now.

Getting better is the only thing this Ohio State squad needs to worry about now that they finally have a new running backs coach. Now that their coaching staff is full, they can just focus on individual workouts to try and maximize their talent before Fall camp rolls around.

The Spring Game is just two weeks away. We'll finally have a depth chart of some sort when the Buckeyes take the field on Saturday, April 13th. It will be a nationally televised Spring Game too, so a lot of hoopla will be surrounding the game. More than usual anyway.

As we head closer to the Spring Game, there are three Buckeyes who have stood out more than the rest. These are the guys who have been the fastest risers so far this Spring. We'll start with someone who might not even get a starting job but is doing his best to make it hard on the coaches.

3. Devin Brown

While Will Howard has looked good in his reps as well, Devin Brown has been pushing him every step of the way. He's shown off his arm strength and his touch in several areas of practice open to the media. He was a five-star recruit for a reason and he's reminding everyone of that reason.

Howard is the presumed starter this season. A lot of people thought Brown was going to transfer because of that, including me. But Brown has stepped up and said that he's not leaving. He's going to fight for the starting job because he believes he's the best quarterback on the roster.

I give him a lot of credit for sticking it out and trying to battle for the job. I don't think it will quite be enough, but I've also been impressed with what he's done. Had he not gotten hurt in the Cotton Bowl, perhaps the Ohio State football team wouldn't have even needed to head into the transfer portal to get Howard.

Brown is trying his hardest to make things hard on Ryan Day. The Spring Game will be his best opportunity to show how much he's progressed. He didn't play in the Spring Game a year ago because of an injury. He's healthy now and ready to show off what he can do.

The next fast riser on this list is a transfer from another school who has shown that he is as good as advertised.