Fickell happy with Buckeyes' effort in preseason

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- With preseason workouts all but finished, Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell is pleased with how hard the Buckeyes have played so far.

No. 18 Ohio State opens on Sept. 3 at home against Akron.

Fickell, elevated this summer to take the place of Jim Tressel who resigned in the wake of a NCAA scandal over players getting cash and free tattoos for memorabilia, believes the adversity has brought his team closer together. He says he's unsure how a head coach should feel, but that he has faced a "broader spectrum of worries."

The Buckeyes return 11 starters from last year's 12-1 season that was vacated as part of Ohio State's NCAA penalties.