Ohio State one of eight football programs visited by ESPN this spring.
Trip will feature overload of game action plus Cincinnati sights, sounds and tastes. And bling!
The team held its third of 15 practices this spring in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Team practices in shorts and helmets in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices
Ohio State Overview: Eli Apple is a third-year cornerback who is a sophomore in eligibility, a returning starter and an extremely talented performer ... will start at cornerback for a second consecutive season as a sophomore after playing in 15 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014 with 14 starts and a total of 1,032 plays from scrimmage ... is tied for the team lead (with Vonn Bell) with 13 total passes defensed ... he is majoring in sport industry.
2014 Season (Freshman): After red-shirting the 2013 season as a true freshman, Apple earned a starting position at cornerback opposite senior Doran Grant and proceeded to start 14 of 15 games for the national champion Buckeyes ... he did not start against Michigan State because of a minor leg issue, but after continuing to loosen up on the sidelines, he was in the game by the time of the team's second defensive series ... finished the season as one of the Top 10 tacklers on the team with 53, including 5.5 tackles-for-loss, plus he had 13 passes defended with three interceptions and 10 pass break-ups ... recorded first collegiate interception vs. Virginia Tech and also had interceptions vs. Maryland and in the College Football Playoff national championship game vs. Oregon ... he intercepted Marcus Mariota's final throw as a collegian; only the fourth interception thrown by the Heisman Trophy winner all season ... had some of his best tackling numbers during the Buckeyes' playoff run with five against both Wisconsin and Alabama and a career-high seven vs. Oregon ... Apple ranked eighth in the Big Ten Conference with his 13 passes defended and was the only freshman among the conference's Top 20 in that category ... named a freshman All-American by Athlon's and Scout.com.
More on Eli: Eli enrolled at Ohio State in January 2013 as a five-star prospect (ESPN 150) and rated as high as the No. 11 prospect nationally on the ESPN 150 ... also the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey and No. 6 cornerback prospect (247Sports) ... he played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after helping his Eastern High School team, coached by Dan Spittal, to a 7-4 record in 2012 and to a regional semifinals berth ... had 17 pass break-ups, two interceptions, 45 tackles, three forced fumbles and a blocked kick as a senior in 2012, plus 39 receptions for 770 yards and four touchdowns on offense ... was the fourth in this Ohio State class to commit ... the son of Annie and Tim Apple, Eli changed his last name from Woodard to Apple to honor Tim, his father since age 2, in December 2012 ... "... I am the man I am today because of his tireless love and commitment to our family," Eli said in statement announcing his name change. "So it is with great pride and honor to carry his last name. I am truly blessed to be Eli Apple." ... his family includes a younger sister, Jordan.
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