‘It went really well’: Ohio State running backs through first practice with Carlos Locklyn

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None of Ohio State’s position groups has experienced as much fluctuation in spring practice as its running backs.

Tony Alford started off as their position coach last month before his sudden departure to archrival Michigan.

As the Buckeyes took the following weeks to search for a replacement for Alford, who had spent nearly a decade on staff, it was coach Ryan Day who was largely responsible for leading the backfield through practices and meetings.

Oregon running backs coach Carlos Locklyn calls to players Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at practice with the Ducks in Eugene.

The situation settled a little on Wednesday with the arrival of Carlos Locklyn.

Hired two days earlier as the Buckeyes’ full-time running backs coach, Locklyn made his debut for practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

“It went really well,” said Quinshon Judkins, the transfer running back from Mississippi.

Judkins added that Locklyn was more reserved than usual, a result of him settling in toward the end of spring practice, which wraps up at the end of next week.

“He didn’t really talk that much,” Judkins said, “but he gave us some tips, certain things to work on as he’s learning our offense as well, because he just got here. He’s doing great so far.”

The approach did not appear to catch the running backs off guard.

“This was his first practice,” Dallan Hayden said. “He’s got to learn everything. So this was kind of expected.”

But they were encouraged by their first glimpses of Locklyn’s demeanor at practice.

“He just takes people aside,” said TC Caffey, a third-year walk-on, “and tells people exactly what they need to do, right then, right there. You can tell he’s a real straightforward guy, but he loves his players.”

Added Judkins, “As you can see where he’s coached and how he is as a person, he’s very high…

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Publish date : 2024-04-03 19:03:53

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