The scholars were all part of Ohio State's unbeaten, 12-0 2012 season
Buckeyes are already 40 percent through the drills; hadn't even started on this date last year
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
9-0 Buckeyes look to tie its best start since 2007 Saturday against the Illini
Ohio State Overview: Ron Tanner practiced and played four seasons with the Buckeyes, including a red-shirt year in 2011, but a chronic foot injury has forced him to give up the game … this coming after Tanner had earned three Varsity O letters as a Buckeye by contributing as a key special teams player and as a backup safety … he was considered one of the best and purest tacklers on the team and it shows: he has made 23 career tackles with virtually all of them on special teams units … he played in a total of 36 games … he is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree majoring in sports industry.
2014 Season (Junior): Tanner was averaging nearly 20 plays per game through the first four games of the season, but a foot injury limited his play for the rest of the year … he ended up playing in 11 games for the College Football Playoff national champions and earned his third Varsity O letter … he was in on eight tackles, including six solo tackles.
2013 Season (Sophomore): Tanner played in all 14 games for the Buckeyes on special teams and in five games as a safety on defense … he recorded the first interception of his career in the season opener vs. Buffalo … he had a personal-best four tackles in the win at Illinois … he had a career-best 34 plays vs. San Diego State, including 20 on defense, and he had a Big Ten-best 25 plays vs. Illinois and another 24 vs. Penn State.
2012 Season (Freshman): Tanner earned his first letter as a red-shirt freshman after playing in 11 games and participating on 58 special teams plays … he was credited with two solo tackles on the season … he was a member of the 2011 recruiting class and he red-shirted the 2011 season as an Ohio State true freshman.
More on Ron: Tanner was a talented free safety/quarterback at Eastmoor Academy under the direction of coach Jim Miranda … he had 104 tackles, three interceptions and 15 pass break-ups as a senior … he also passed for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns … he was named all-city, all-central district and all-metro … selected to Offense-Defense Bowl and Team USA vs. The World games … also lettered in basketball and baseball … Ohio all-academic, honor roll and National Honor Society member … is the son of Kim and Ronald Tanner.