Ohio State one of eight football programs visited by ESPN this spring.
The offensive and defensive line positions have flip-flopped from 2012 in terms of experience
The team held its third of 15 practices this spring in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices
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USATSPI: Ohio State vs. Purdue - 11/02/13
Ohio State Overview: Joel Hale is a vocal leader and a three-year Varsity O letterman for the Buckeyes ... he earned his letters playing in 29 games with nine starts along the defensive line the past three seasons ... he has played 499 snaps from scrimmage and on special teams the last two seasons, and he'll look to make an impact this season as an offensive lineman, making the switch prior to the start of 2014 spring drills ... he will add depth and big game experience to a position that needs it ... is majoring in family resource management.
2013 Season: Hale played in all 14 games for the Buckeyes ... typically in the middle of the line engaging offensive linemen, this space eater started nine times and recorded 10 tackles, giving him 19 for his career ... he had a career-high for plays of 58 against both Buffalo and California.
2012 Season: Hale played in seven games for the undefeated Buckeyes in 2012 and was awarded his second varsity letter ... he totaled six tackles, including two vs. Purdue ... he played a then-career-high 31 plays from scrimmage vs. UAB and he played 25 vs. Indiana.
2011 Season: Hale was among a handful of 2011 recruits to enroll early (January, 2011) at Ohio State ... he lettered as a true freshman, earning playing time in the defensive line rotation ... he played in nine games, including the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl ... he was in on four tackles, including two in the game against one of his home-state schools, Purdue.
More on Joel: Hale was selected as Indiana's "defensive line" Mr. Football as a senior after recording 40 tackles and nine forced fumbles for coach Eric Moore's Center Grove H.S. team ... also named all-state, all-MICC conference and all-county ... lettered in track and field as well ... Joel is the son of Dawn Whitaker and Khris Hale.