Ohio State Players Impressed with Meyer, Ready to Hit

By Chad Peltier on July 26, 2012 at 2:27p
Sorry for the blur on Simon, but he moves so fast pictures can't capture himOne reporter said Meyer had a "father's pride" with Simon

As you know, Zach Boren, John Simon, and Etienne Sabino represented Ohio State today at the Big Ten Media Days. 

"Oh Captain, My Captain" Meyer was the subject of the majority of the questions at the Big Ten Media Days, but the players received a few questions here and there about the adjustment to Meyer's regime, off-season work outs, bonding as a team, and which players to look out for next year.

A couple of things in particular stood out to me: 

First, these three hulking members of Meyer's "Leadership Club" all struck me by their honed "coach speak" abilities.

Sabino and Simon answered questions directly, though there were obvious signs of the Senator's influence. Zach Boren, on the other hand, provided a bit of welcome color. 

When asked about how the team was bonding this offseason, he responded by saying that this is probably the first year that there haven't been cliques and everyone has been hanging out more as a team. 

He elaborated that they've been having more cookouts and poker nights as a team, to which Simon interjected that he usually wins. I don't think anyone would dare say otherwise. 

While it's good to hear that the team is bonding more this year, what sticks out to me is that there were locker room "cliques" in previous years. Ohio State teams have never been known for having locker room chemistry issues (that we know about), but the prospect of more team unity is cause for excitement. 

Second, in terms of leadership, it's safe to say that John Simon is Meyer's new Tebow. And there is nothing more important to Urban than a good leader. 

Everytime that Simon opened his mouth, Urban watched him with a father's pride. It was clear that Urban respects Simon on a personal level, off and on the field. 

When Simon was asked about fun things he did over the summer, literally his first response was about 6am workouts. 

Third, the players at least are impressed with the development of offensive players. Boren noted that Braxton has come a long way since last year, and that Braxton has "one or two Heisman" potential. 

Really wanting some Allstate to protect my future BMW right now..Meyer trying to avoid an onslaught of PSU questions 

I spoke one on one with Etienne Sabino, and he emphasized how deep the running back stable is. He reiterated reports that Hyde is far faster and shiftier than a guy his size should be, seemingly confirming Hyde's ~4.4 40 time. 

Fourth, losing Jordan Hall for any amount of time really hurts. Etienne mentioned that

Jordan Hall, he's actually very elusive. I don't know if you guys know this, but he's probably one of the hardest people to tackle in open space. 

Well, we had some idea of Hall's abilities in space, but it's always nice to hear about it from our own defensive players. 

Fifth, look for Noah Spence and Bri'onte Dunn to really make an impact out of all of the incoming freshmen. 

Those seem like safe picks (and they are), but both Meyer and Simon mentioned Noah Spence as a guy who has been competitive in the weight room over the summer. Simon mentioned that Spence has accompanied has accompanied him to 6am workouts. Meyer then said off camera that Noah has been impressing and coming along nicely. 

Further, Sabino mentioned Dunn as a guy who has impressed, even among guys like Hyde and Hall, as each back brings something new to the table - "It's hard to pinpoint just one guy, even though the freshman, Bri'onte Dunn, did a good job." 

Sixth, Curtis Grant is impressing. 

Sabino mentioned that it's safe to say that Curtis Grant has turned the corner after his freshman year, with Sabino saying:

From last year to this year, I feel like it's night and day. He's a real student of the game and I'm excited to see him play because he really works hard.  

Keep checking back to 11W, as we'll have more updates here and on twitter as the Media Days continue. 


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johnny11's picture

Hearing all of them say spence is doing the things they say he is makes me smile ear to ear. kid is going to be a beast enough said.

dubjayfootball90's picture

I got real excited seeing that Sabino Mentioned Grant is making strides. I LOVE OHIO STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kyle Rowland's picture

Spence and Adolphus will both do big things as freshman. Grant stepped up in the spring and looks poised to live up to his billing. 

20sider's picture

I am starting to grin from ear to ear.


buckeyeforlife20's picture

LOVE this team. It's almost football season baby! Can't wait!!

petebuc52's picture

Nice quotes from the players; How many days left til the season, I cant wait!

bassplayer7770's picture

A little over 5 weeks until Sept. 1st!  WOOOOOOO!!!!

hodge's picture

^ That's the deadline that I have to build my kegerator.  Challenge accepted.

Baroclinicity's picture

Between this summer being way too hot, and the prospect of renewed domination on the field, September can't get here fast enough.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

cinserious's picture

Its such a treat to be OSU fans. We are so lucky. And the funnest era in ohio state is only yet to begin.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

BTBuckeye's picture

Everyone is overlooking how productive Carlos Hyde can be. Kid is a bull.

CowCat's picture

I'm just happy to have some Buckeye news.  I don't want to hear another word about the PSU scandal.  
Hurrah for Media Days, Friday Night Lights and 1 week to training camp.

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avail31678's picture

I like that Sabino didn't just say "Curtis Grant is improving" - he said it's "like night and day."  Gave me tingles - I can't wait for him to tear it up - since he didn't contribut much last year, it's like getting a 5-star recruit all over again!
And Noah Spence workign out with Simon every day?  Look out.
^^^ Heck yeah to all the sentiments about football getting here.  Every season has a new "feel" but none other like the one that's Urban Meyer's first year coaching!

farmerbuck's picture

I can't freakin wait!!! GO BUCKS!!!

You have to hate losing more than you love winning! GO BUCKS!!

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Any word on Williams?

thebuckeyefan's picture

Haven't been this excited and impatient for the season to start in...well ever O-H


Irricoir's picture

I effin O!

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danavh4's picture

Definitely a buzz like none other year for sure!  Not to bring the mood down but it makes me sick to my stomach everytime I see Michigan's recruiting class for next year.  Then to see USC climb to the top again.  We keep picking up these recruits that are off the radar which is a crap shoot.  Is it just me or are we struggling to get top recruits?  I know it's early but It doesn't even seem like we are on the radar for any high end recruits except for Mitchell.  Thoughts?

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rdubs's picture

Tyquan Lewis, Vonn Bell, Shelton Gibson, James Quick, Robert Foster... I know some of those WR recruits seem less likely now, but if you are just talking about on the radar we have some solid players out there with only a couple spots left I am not sure we there is a need to freak out.  Also none of these guys have played a single game of their senior year.  There could be another dude out there who is about to shoot up our list once he starts playing again.  High schoolers can develop so quickly, even late in high school.

Poison nuts's picture

It's fun to have recruiting to pay attention to in the off season but damn I cannot wait for the season to start & not pay a damn bit of attention to it anymore...I'm certain we are getting a great kids in 2013 but right now I'm a lot more interested to see what happens in 2012 on the field...

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CO 303 Buckeye's picture

Absolutely man.  I get how important recruiting is but a lot of the time it's like a foreign language to me because I don't get the excitement over kids who have literally done NOTHING.  All kidding aside, I cant wait to see the 2012 class develop (just rehashing what has been said 1,000,000+ times on here) but most of all I want to see some freshmen step it up this year!  Without them getting playing time I'm not as certain about MNC 2013 for OSU.  Other than that, the B1G is gonna get beat down this year!

flipbuckeye's picture

It may not have been publicly documented but there was a lot of buzz about cliques and chemistry issues in the TP days when he passed Boeckman on the depth chart. Guys like Brian Hartline unhappy with the switch.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

PLEASE hit the fast forward button so tomorrow can be Sept 1st!!! 
This is going to be a great season!  We have no bowl game or chance at the B1G or National Championship so the pressure of that is off their backs.  We have an entire season to install brand new offensive and defensive schemes, get game experience, and unleash a stronger, hungrier, faster, nastier, more aggressive, and filled with a harnessed rage to mangle everything not wearing Buckeye gear.
Like Decimus Maximus Meridius, Urban is going to unleash hell!!!

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