Camp Meyer: Monday Observations

By Kyle Rowland on August 6, 2012 at 10:21p
Meyer was thrilled with Miller's play.

Day Two of Urban Meyer's first fall camp at Ohio State may have been the best offensive practice since his arrival. Quarterback Braxton Miller delivered the goods and wide receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer finally looked like the skill position players Meyer offenses always covet. 

Another bright spot has been the emergence of Meyer's first recruiting class. The two-deep is littered with freshmen with everything pointing to several playing Sept. 1. There was also good news on the injury front: Defensive end Nathan Williams and running back Jordan Hall are ahead of schedule. 

  • Urban Meyer’s rallying cry today was plus-two or stay two steps ahead. In a team huddle, Meyer barked orders to always go the extra step, or in this case, two extra steps, during practice. He said it’s not about being rah-rah, it’s about improving. During his impassioned speech, Meyer raised his voice at Kyle Dodson and other players who weren’t looking at his eyes. It was a very impressive speech by Meyer.
  • Curtis Grant was absent because his grandfather is having health issues. Grant is with him in Virginia, but Meyer said he should be back tomorrow.

  • Connor Crowell worked with the first-team in his absence; Luke Roberts was second string.
  • Jake Stoneburner and Jack Mewhort both practiced with the first-team today. Meyer said both of them are on schedule to be under scholarship when the fall semester begins.

  • Bri’onte Dunn worked with the third-team, ahead of Warren Ball. Meyer said he is waiting on the legal process to decide what happens with Dunn. He said if “charges stick”, Dunn will be punished.
  • Carlos Hyde was the first-team running back, Rod Smith second. Smith had to have his ankle re-taped at one point.

  • Jacoby Boren was limited for much of practice because of his shoulder injury. He was seen running part of the time to help stay in the flow. Antonio Underwood was the second-team center.
  • At one point, Ed Warinner yelled at Underwood for messing up and told the ESPN camera to make sure it got on TV.

  • Josh Perry ran off the field midway through practice with an apparent hamstring injury. He sat in the WHAC for the rest of practice stretching out his legs.
  • Nathan Williams and Jordan Hall are reported to be “slightly” ahead of schedule, according to Meyer. But he emphasized that it’s important for them not to be rushed back.

  • Hall had a boot on his right foot.
  • Meyer said his "heart bleeds" for Williams because he knows how difficult it is for him to have football taken away.

  • During defensive drills, Vrabel could be heard shouting, “Perfect Adolphus, Perfect Adolphus.” After practice Meyer said a number of freshmen would play this fall. He specifically mentioned Noah Spence and Jamal Marcus.
  • Meyer said Jamal Marcus will run over anything to get from Point A to Point B. He said he'll find a way to get him on the field.

  • Spence and Washington were on the third-team D-Line, along with Se’Von Pittman and Chris Carter.
  • Devin Smith, Evan Spencer and Philly Brown were the first-team wide receivers.

  • Smith and Spencer were two guys Meyer said could fill Hall’s role. He said several wide receivers will have to adapt to their roles and help fill slots.
  • When talking about the offense, Meyer said, "I can tell you this, they did something this summer." His comments were based on the offense’s execution. He singled out Smith and his solid practice.

  • According to Meyer, Smith was the first player in 17 practices to run a perfect nine route. "My gosh do we need someone like that,” Meyer said.
  • Meyer said he wants the offensive skill guys to play fast. He said the coaching staff will have to figure out a way to make that happen.

  • The wide receivers weren’t the only players Meyer was happy with. He said Braxton Miller had a “really good day.”
  • Michael Bennett and Adam Bellamy were flip flopped on the first-team defensive line today. Bennett first, Bellamy second. JT Moore, Joel Hale and Steve Miller rounded out the second-team.

  • First-team O-Line was as expected.
  • Taylor Decker was on the second-team, but Reid Fragel’s performance was less than perfect. John Simon and Bennett each had a fairly easy task of getting around him.

  • Another freshman on the two-deep was Cam Williams, who backed up Ryan Shazier.
  • Mark Mangino took in Ohio State's practice today. He's friends with Warinner, who was Kansas's OC when they won the Orange Bowl. He is also old friends with Meyer.

  • Former OSU head coach John Cooper, a regular at practice, was also there.
  • Something Meyer noticed, he said, is that it's easy to be average. He said he's going to push players to strive for greatness. Meyer said CJ Barnett never accepts being average.

  • Playing for a championship is something Meyer has always been able to do in a season. But that is not the case this year. He said he might have to create a championship, but he’s hoping the team is self-motivated. If they aren’t, he said he’ll have to think up something to motivate them.
  • There was a team meal held last night. The team received a team manual at the dinner.

  • Meyer commented on how odd the start of practice was because of Finals. That was part of the reason why he split up Day One between veterans and freshmen.
  • He also said he did it to help acclimate the young guys. Meyer said they taught them how to tape, stretch, etc., so when they practiced today, they knew the routine.

  • ESPN was filming the practice for the special they are doing on Ohio State. Meyer and other coaches were mic’d, and Garrett Goebel had a camera strapped to his chest part of the time.
  • Drew Basil was automatic on field goals, while Ben Buchanan was inconsistent with punts. I saw one that was a complete shank.

  • Ohio State SID Jerry Emig noted that the temperature difference on grass and field turf can be as much as 30 degrees. The team practiced on grass fields today because of the temperatures, which hovered near 90.
  • The freshmen have silver helmets with a black stripe, sort of like the Oakland Raiders, to distinguish themselves.


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Jugdish's picture

I am so psyched. I need football now.

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Shaun OSU's picture

Great write-up! I appreciate all the info. Did you guys have the capabilities to take any video? I know some outlets are allowed up to 3 minutes of video. 
I can't wait for the season to start, and I'm really looking forward to these ESPN specials!

Kyle Rowland's picture

I have video. Will post. 

avail31678's picture

Thanks!  Any chance it's of Meyer's impassioned huddle speech?  That sounds like a winner...

Buckeyeneer's picture

Kyle, I love this stuff. I can almost smell the grass. Good work!

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buckeyedude's picture

Does that fake turf have a smell?



gravey's picture

like burning rubber....  My son's team plays on it all season.  It really ruins the old 'smell of the start of practice'.

Lost nut in Michigan's picture

Take it easy Mrs. Dunn, pretty sure that is turf.

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dmurder's picture

Been wating all day for this.
Thank You!

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CowCat's picture

I'm going to the first game. It can't come soon enough.

Great write up.

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ShadyBuckeye's picture

I hate espn but... I gotta see that OSU special theyre filming! Anybody got any info? Maybe a bootleg copy? lol

avail31678's picture

Fantastic write-up!  This is extraordinarily exciting.  Thank you for taking the time to record/observe so much. 

Maestro's picture

Very cool. 
Excited to hear that Evan Spencer is making some waves.  I have always been impressed by Spencer ever since seeing his high school films.  Very polished for a high school kid and I thought it would translate well to OSU.  Hope he continues to impress.
There is no reason for Jordan Hall to even dress until conference play IMHO.

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

SWEET!!!  Getting totally stoked more and more with each passing day...

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ODEEZ330's picture

yeah budddyyy buckeyes are coming

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Man of Scarlet and Gray's picture

When is the video going to be uploaded?

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buck-I.8's picture

Not really fair to Reid Fragel: "Welcome to the OLine, here's John Simon"

Seth4Bucks's picture

Ha, very true! I don't doubt many OL, especially first year starters, will struggle against him this season.

poop's picture

It will make him much better in the long run. If he can learn to stop Simon he'll be ready for anybody in the B1G. These updates are so great. Awesome job Kyle!

buckeyedude's picture

That is a very good point, Buck-I.8. I was thinking the same thing.
I can just picture Meyer, with his arm around Fragel: "Now, as part of your initiation on the O-line, I want to introduce you to a guy named John Simon." Then Reid thinks out loud, forgetting that his coach is next to him: "Oh shit."



Poison nuts's picture

Agreed with all here - great to read about this stuff. Good job Kyle - keep up the good work!

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johnny11's picture

How did hyde and Smith look in practice? Just a little curious? really stoked to see how meyers power spread works with these talented backs they have....

Kyle Rowland's picture

Hard to really make a judgement until they get into pads. 

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bassplayer7770's picture

Yeah, I'm not surprised he impressed the coach, and I hope he continues to work hard.
It was also great to hear the coach recognize that the QBs and WRs did some work this Summer.

LouGroza's picture

Ricquan Southward - Anything from this kid? Have heard zero about him. How does he look? It would be nice to hear how things are going for him at some point. Understood it is early but seems to be hidden in the shuffle.

bassplayer7770's picture

I heard he and Frank had a little trouble holding onto the ball yesterday.

+ Freshman receivers Frank Epitropoulos and Ricquan Southward had some issues catching the football at times today, not that they were given a lot of opportunity. It was very similar to how Michael Thomas started out during the spring, and we all saw how that ended up.

Buckeyejason's picture

Wide receiver pecking order, probably 
4.Thomas or Reed
Thays 6 guys that could possibly all make contributions..without even mentioning Ty or the other two freshman. Going to be a lot of competition!


Buckeyejason's picture

Probably a for sure redshirt. Too many wideouts returning from last year.


osubuckeye121's picture

I didn't want this article to end. 25 days.

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bassplayer7770's picture

Anybody know why Verlon Reed wasn't at practice?

johnny11's picture

Thanks I figured as much just wondering how they are progressing.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Thanks for all the great info Kyle! 

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Wow. The amount of beasts we have on the defensive line is crazy. Great write up and looking forward to the video.

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buckeye76BHop's picture

To beat the best you have to practice against the best.  Fragel knew what was going to happen when he switched to tackle.  Time to work for it if he wants it...I think Decker will beat Fragel out and probably soon at this rate.   

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Buckeyejason's picture

Whats the status on Schutt? Didn't see him mentioned in the 3 deep. Probably best to red redshirt him barring a couple of injuries on the D-tackles? 


bassplayer7770's picture

Here's a depth chart from yesterday's practice.

52 Johnathan Hankins (6-4, 317, Jr.)
92 Adolphus Washington (6-3, 289, Fr.)
90 Tommy Schutt (6-2, 305, Fr.)

Buckeyejason's picture

Cool thanks. Boy these size listings are bogus. Washington at 6'3"? Lol. A 6'3" center won mr basketball in Ohio? And 289? That's gotta be inaccurate. 


Crimson's picture

I've been seeing ~290 a lot.  I thought he was recruited as an end, but he sure beefed up.

buck-I.8's picture

It looks like since he's strong AND quick off the line, he's being inserted as a 3-tech defensive tackle. You want him somewhere where he can pressure the quarterback the most, and Spence is the obvious choice for rush end because he's too fast to block.