Random Tuesday Practice Observations

By 11W Staff on August 9, 2011 at 1:03p

Today marked the second day of fall camp for the Buckeyes and although the pads aren't on quite yet (Friday is the first day for that), there's plenty to report:

  • Jordan Hall spent a lot of time lined up at wide receiver. He did, however, take a few snaps at running back, but the trend is to split him wide.
  • Jaamal Berry also spent some split wide, catching a few and dropping one that hit him in the hands earning a few guffaws.
  • Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith were what you'd consider feature backs on the day and both looked pretty darn good toting the rock.
  • Braxton Miller had his moments, including a 35-yard touchdown strike to Berry, but was also picked off by Orhian Johnson. Braxton also appears to have inherited Pryor's penchant for burrying balls into the dirt on short routes. It could have just been a jitters thing.
  • Taylor Graham was intercepted following a T.Y. Williams bobble on a well-thrown ball. He did have a nice bullet to Jake Stoneburner later in the session.
  • Joe Bauserman threw a couple of really nice deep balls on the day, but did overthrow DeVier Posey on one play that would have gone for six. Chris Fields had a sweet catch on a Bauserman ball on the sideline.
  • Verlon Reed and Philly Brown continue to see time running with the first team offense.
  • Bradley Roby is looking solid at cornerback. He saw a lot of time with the first team and is making a good impression with his fluid and smooth coverage skills, though he was beat long once by Philly Brown.
  • Orhian Johnson and C.J. Barnett were your first team safeties.
  • Mike Vrabel was very vocal, at one point riding Curtis Grant pretty hard. Grant later responded by stripping a ball to force a fumble.
  • The first team defensive line is flat out nasty. They got the better part of their offensive counterparts for most of the morning.
  • Solomon Thomas was sidelined again with a yellow jersey.


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Matt's picture

The age-old Ohio State fall camp conundrum under Bollman:  Is the defensive line flat-out nasty, or does the offensive line kind of suck? (Answer:  A bit of both).

Bucksfan's picture

Man, I really hate QB controversy.

dmurder's picture

Honestly, sitting on the 50 yard line at the Illnois game to observe Joe on one series. I don't care if bauserman has the best camp out of any of them. I don't want to see this dude on the field, he flat out scared me last year. Luckly, pryor returned shortly.


"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

RBuck's picture

I really don't give a damn who is the QB as long as he best one to fill this criteria of the 4:

Best completion pct.

Least ints.

Doesn't fumble.

Avoids sacks.

If it's Joe B, so be it.


Long live the southend.

dmurder's picture


However, I highly doubt Joe B is going to avoid sacks, and least ints. There is a reason he is a 5th year starter.

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

He's THE TODD 2.0

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

blazers34's picture

hell, he wishes he was as good as boeckman

William's picture

Always thought Boeckman may have been a bit underappreciated, his junior season was pretty good.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

I once met the Todd at a party. Never met anyoen more awkward in my life.

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Pam's picture

I met Todd on the Buckeye Cruise and have a couple pics of me with him. Nicest guy you could ever meet.

dmurder's picture

Mike Vrabel was very vocal, at one point riding Curtis Grant pretty hard. Grant later responded by stripping a ball to force a fumble.

Lol.. that would suck. But i bet it is going to make grant an all american when it's all said and done. Love that vrabel is there, just love it.

Braxton - throwing balls in the dirt on short routes, am sure he will work this out. I always thought is was pryor's mechanics that screwed him on short routes.

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

Nappy's picture

Who was lined up on O line?  I can see this D line dominating most teams, so not to take anything away from them, but if they are going against our non-starters, I have a hard time putting stock into it.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Johnnycake's picture

Meh...it is shirts and shorts. Lets see the pads.



Rooster Buckburn's picture

Good stuff!!  Having watched Miller in high school I can tell you that while he can throw the ball - I would anticipate that he will make his living with his feet much like Pryor did.

Colin's picture

Since he is much smaller than Pryor I think the hope is that he uses his superior throwing ability to avoid that as much as possible. If he starts as a freshman though I see him running for his life like Pryor did...which isn't so bad being a freshman.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

I think a lot of that will depend on the offensive line

poop's picture

Except he's had some injury problems in the past. I really hope that he doesn't have to run like Pryor did but Bollman's still coaching, so, who knows? I can't take another year of terrible short passes aimed at the receivers feet followed by fark-it-I'm-going-deep-I-hope-someone-can-grab-it deep bombs. From what I've seen, Braxton is very capable of throwing nice short to intermediate passes. Hopefully it was just nerves.

Colin's picture

Yeah I know about the injuries, I think once he puts a little more weight on they may become less likely. I still wouldn't want him to have to run like Pryor did but as a freshman when you get into those panic situations you tend to just use your abilities rather than your head. Experience will improve that but for this year I see a lot of movement or him running, maybe just not as wreckless as Pryor was though where he would crash into 3 defenders at full speed on purpose...or at least hopefully. 

Northbrook's picture

What is up with Linsley? Suspended? No? I can't see the tweeters.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

As long as it's not an arm punt......

Bucks's picture

Well, atleast it only took one minute to get off the damn $ and talk football. Liked what Fickell had to say & appreciate his stance on things in general.

P.S. - What in the hell are you thinking Tim May? Fickell's regime when you are talking directly to him? That should be captain obvious STUPID to say.

RB's picture

Tim May is a dbag and a hack reporter.  I always got the impression that JT was laughing internally at what a dope May was during interviews.  Looks like Fickell isn't afraid to laugh in his face.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

What's Tiller's stash doing interviewing Fick?

buck i's picture

Breaking news: college football coach is paid money. More at 11.

Jdadams01's picture

I thought the exact same thing. Why didn't we get a story on how much Carroll made at USC? Or how much Butch Davis made at UNC?

Pam's picture

USC is a private school. They don't have to disclose Carroll's salary.

Jason Priestas's picture

Nor adhere to public records requests. This was a huge reason the Ohio State case seemed so big compared to USC's.

Pam's picture

Exactly. Much more info on tOSU made public, made it seem much bigger than it was.

iball's picture

"Braxton also appears to have inherited Pryor's penchant for burrying balls into the dirt on short routes."

Strongly disagree with this comparison. It's his second practice. Can we give the kid a chance? Sure he's got jitters.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Jason Priestas's picture

You must have missed this part, which immediately followed what you quoted:

It could have just been a jitters thing.

Buckeyejason's picture

I know its early in camp, but I think this offense is going to struggle pretty bad all year with the lack of a "consistent" QB, young WR's with the dropsies, and an annauly mediocre o-line.I hope its not going to be as bad as I think it will be.


O-H Kee Pa's picture

In terms of what has been reported, TY Williams has only had the dropsies. Philly Brown and Verlon Reed have been pretty sure handed thus far, and Stoney is not a concern.

William's picture

I think the O-line will actually be the best in the Big Ten, but the offense is going to pretty much resemble three yards and a cloud of dust, the wrs can't catch anything it seems like except for Reed? Even when Posey returns I doubt it will make that much of a difference, considering he is far from a sure handed receiver, he's got quite the pair of stonehands himself(@Iowa).

Bucks's picture

Best in the B1G? While I hope dearly that you are correct, I will be astounded if I end up eating that crow. I'll do it glady, with a gigantic smile.

William's picture

I don't see any O-lines really challenging OSU for best in the B1G except for Wisconsin, and Nebraska, and if I'm not mistaken Wisconsin lost quite a bit. We have Adams, Shugarts, Brewster, Mewhort, Linsley, Hall, and Norwell. I like our chances of having the best O-line.

O-H Kee Pa's picture

On paper, we have always looked good the past couple of seasons. However, we have learned our lesson more than once.

Bucks's picture

That, to me, has to also carry with it our ability to reach that level with our talent ... something we have proven for many years now, we can't.

Some have limited experience. We're also thin. Brewster is no doubt someone I am fairly confident in. Our guards are up for grabs. There is just absolutely NOTHING that would lend itself to this line surpassing middle of the pack. I hope the talent is there & some of these redshirt freshman can surprise on the field, but going to be difficult to do.

Roger's picture

Are you serious? This line has the best Tackle-Center-Tackle trio in the conference, possibly the nation. If we can get the guards sorted, we should have another great line.

O-H Kee Pa's picture

Adams is worthless to us for the first five games. JB (healthy or not) can be a swinging gate at times and has a propensity to jump off-sides.

Bucks's picture

Where can any person who has paid any attention to tOSU O-line play declare something like that? It just isn't true. This line for years has benefitted by a mobile QB to turn a break down in protection, into a positive play.


Like I said originally, eating crow on this would be lovely. Until they blow open some holes and do so against the solid teams we'll face, this is just a rerun of confidence.


d_sisler40's picture

Unfortunately, JB does have a tendency to allow a few olay blocks a game. Ultimately, if he can cut down on the mental mistakes he can be a serious monster with that huge frame.

Jdadams01's picture

Does anyone know who had most of the reps at mike today? Sabino or Klein?