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: A fourth-year junior and a two-time Ohio State Varsity O letterwinner, Ron Tanner is considered one of the best and purest tacklers on the team and it shows: he has made 15 career tackles with virtually all of them on special teams units ... he has played as a safety in defensive sets in five games and he has played in a total of 25 games ... Tanner is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree majoring in operations management.
2013 Season: 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: 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.