Ohio State opened spring practice on Tuesday, and several news and notes emerged from the Buckeyes.

Cody Simon, who missed the Rose Bowl after he had right shoulder surgery, took part in drills with other linebackers, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Simon was fourth on the team with 54 tackles last season. Cade Stover, who switched from tight end to linebacker, and had a strong game against Utah, is remaining at linebacker.

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Mitchell Melton, who began his career as a linebacker, lined up with other defensive linemen during drills, signaling a possible position switch. He missed last season because of a knee injury.

The Buckeyes are gearing up for their spring game, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, at Ohio Stadium with a noon start time. Parking is free.

Other notes from the Dispatch include:

Jaxon Smith-Njigba was up first to return punts, filling a role vacated by the departure of fellow receiver Garrett Wilson. Smith-Njigba’s right thumb is taped, but he didn’t appear to be held back.

In the running back rotation, TreVeyon Henderson lead off drills, followed by Miyan Williams and Evan Pryor. Walk-on running back Cayden Saunders was fourth. Marcus Crowley, who suffered an unspecified long-term injury last fall, was out.