Ohio practiced for the seventh time Friday in its fall camp. The practice was conducted in 24 total periods, which lasted over two hours and 10 minutes.

Here are The Post’s observations.

ATTENDANCE

Did not practice: Defensive lineman Brian Arp, cornerback Ilyaas Motley, wide receiver Tanner Allton, wide receiver Bingo Long, wide receiver Tyler Tupa and cornerback Kel Davis.

Limited participation: Cornerback Jamal Hudson, running back Julian Ross, running back Jake Neatherton and wide receiver Shane Hooks.

OBSERVATIONS

Sights and sounds

  • The Bobcats were back in shorts, helmets and no pads for Friday’s practice as they have an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday.
  • Ross did not practice during team reps until the “young guys” period where the second and third string players have an opportunity to receive more reps.

Quarterback

  • Nathan Rourke’s solid Thursday turned into a dominant Friday as he had a sharpness to his release on throws that had otherwise not been seen. The senior went 12-for-13 during two periods of 7-on-7 and 5-for-8 during two team periods.
  • Two of his three incompletions were dropped passes while the other was slightly overthrown.
  • Kurtis Rourke and Joe Mischler both performed well during the 7-on-7 periods as Rourke threw two touchdowns and Mischler was effective in his check down routes.

Running backs

  • Ross only had minimal reps during the young guys period, but he made the most of them. He had two carries — both for 10 yards — and he looked explosive and elusive when he made cuts at the line of scrimmage.
  • O’Shaan Allison continues to have an impressive camp with the starters. The redshirt freshman was solid in pass protection and with his releases into the flats during Friday’s team periods.

Offensive line

  • From left to right, the starting offensive line was Austen Pleasants, Brett Kitrell, Steven Hayes, Hagen Meservy and Marques Grimes.
  • The starters had one of their better team periods in the fall camp as they allowed no sacks and only a couple of quarterback hurries.

Defensive line

  • From left end to right end, the starting defensive line was Will Evans, Cole Baker, Kaieem Caesar and Amos Ogun-Semore.
  • The defensive line had an emphasis on stunts during team periods, which were picked up solidly against the starting offensive line.

Linebackers

  • The starting linebackers were Eric Popp, Dylan Conner and Jared Dorsa. The trio practiced blitzes during the team period.

Secondary

  • Javon Hagan had one of his best practices yet Friday. During the 1-on-1 periods. he had several pass break ups, including one that earned him the embrace from coach Frank Solich once he made his way back to the end of the line.

Other notes

  • Friday was the first time Ohio practiced its kickoff return unit.

Next up

  • The Bobcats have their first of three scheduled intrasquad scrimmages on Saturday. The scrimmage is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and is open to the public.

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