Camp Meyer 2013: Practice No. 3

By Kyle Rowland on August 6, 2013 at 1:00p
Urban Meyer: fan of Dontre Wilson.

Three days into fall camp, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer finally spoke to the media. But even he admitted there wasn’t much news. In the six minutes that Meyer answered questions, he beamed about Braxton Miller, Cameron Johnston and Dontre Wilson and bemoaned the linebackers and offensive line.

Tuesday was the first day the Buckeyes were in pads. Already, though, Meyer said Miller is a changed player. He raved about the quarterback’s leadership and communication with wide receivers, a marked improvement from last season. And that was a year that resulted in Miller winning the Chicago Tribune Silver Football for Big Ten player of the year.

With leadership as a topic of conversation, Meyer also displayed confidence when mentioning the defensive backfield. Christian Bryant, C.J. Barnett and Pittsburgh Brown are all seniors, and Bradley Roby has been in the program for four years.

The offensive line and defensive line are only “OK,” according to Meyer. He went on to add the linebackers to that group, saying the O-line and linebackers specifically are not “Ohio Stateish.”

Taylor Decker is the biggest story on the offensive line. He and Chase Farris are battling for the right tackle position. It sounds like Decker is surging ahead, though. Ed Warinner said Decker has taken a majority of the first-team reps.

Johnston will be the No. 1 punter. Meyer said the performance he put on Sunday was incredible. He’s come back to Earth the past few days, but Meyer still said he’s impressed.

Another first-year player grabbing Meyer’s attention is Wilson, a speedster of a running back. It’s not common for Meyer to heap praise on a freshman, and he evenly put the brakes on Wilson’s growing legend in Chicago. That changed Tuesday, when Meyer raved about Wilson. He said he will definitely play and added that he always goes hard.

Roby and Carlos Hyde are both practicing. Roby’s status is still undetermined. Meyer said he’s gathering facts.

Corey Linsley is not practicing at full speed (foot), but Meyer said he will be fine for the opener.

The second-team offensive line includes Darryl Baldwin, Kyle Dodson, Chase Farris, Jacoby Boren, Pat Elflein and Tommy Brown. Warinner said they are talented guys who’ve taken strides, but still have room for improvement.


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FROMTHE18's picture

really need our O-line to become elite during summer camp and into the few couple games of the year. Linebackers will be question mark until they get a chance to gel. All in all I think Meyer's comments reveal what we would all expect at this point. Thanks for the update.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

The D. Wilson hype is gaining momentum. Really excited to see this kid play. Feel like he's the perfect fit to fill a giant need on offense. 

sfgoody's picture

I've watched so many dynamic players recently at Oregon and thought to myself, 'Man, I wanna have some guys like that on our team.' CANT WAIT to see this kid on the field!


Mi.Buckeye's picture

I am so ready for some football. Can't wait to see Wilson in action.

GoldenBuckeye's picture

So...when does the media get back into practice?

GoldenBuckeye's picture

Spectacular.  Thank you.

NYBUCKEYE's picture

How is Curtis Grant looking? 

Maestro's picture

Not Ohio Stateish I gather.

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Bucks13's picture

I think its worth noting that the not "Ohio Statiesh" comment was made in the context of depth at Oline and Lbacker spots, not necessarily as a commentary on performance.

Evansvillebuckeye's picture

I'm holding out hope they're not "ohio stateish" compared to the last two years - not the glory years of being Linebacker U....

OldColumbusTown's picture

It's nice that OSU has a few guys like Braxton, Wilson, and Hall that can make people miss.  That will possibly give the O-line even a few more weeks to grow more cohesive and effective, as it won't be quite as necessary for them to be dominant against Buffalo.

Hovenaut's picture

First reports as expected. I feel a little anxious about the lines and linebackers, but there is work to be done....and the talent there to do so.

Really eager to see Wilson, and glad Urban is lauding Johnston.....makes that whole Townsend saga seem ages ago.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Surprising the O-Line is not where they should be. Most everything else sounded pretty good.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Buck Wild's picture

Remember coach majored in psychology...

"I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987

MassiveAttack's picture

I'm not worried about this as it's only the 3rd practice, but why would one of the strongest units from last year (O line) be having enough difficulties to get comments like that out of Urban?  Did Reid Fragel make that big of a difference? 
I don't expect the O line to be at "the second half of the 2012 Michigan game quality," but this is a big surprise.

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labuck's picture

I think it could be Urban being Urban and just trying to get more out of his lineman.  He knows what he has in four of them but they are a group of players and he isn't going to just call out one.  He wants his leaders to bring more from the other guys on the line.  If it continues to look the same throughout camp he will begin calling out guys.

rekrul's picture

In regards to the O-line I think it is more for motivation and him expecting them to be farther ahead than where they currently are.  They have been the most hyped unit on the team and was supposed to be the strength.  If they do not look like it Urban is going to put them on blast.

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Bucks13's picture

Offensive line play is often a lot about rhythm. This early on I am not concerned with inconsistency, they will come together and gel with time and reps. I know 4 of them played together a year ago, but anyone who played oline will tell you it will still take them a minute or two to get back in harmony. Again, this early on, I dont believe it to be cause for concern.

cinserious's picture

Spot on assesment Bucks13. The O-line as a unit is starting back at the beginning and will need some time to build back up into the force it was last yr. additionally, I beleive Meyer's lack of being impressed with the line has more to do with a troublesome lack of depth. Remember Bollman still has us playing behind the 8-ball on this one. 

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SOF_Buckeye's picture

Good point Bucks... not only that, but as per an earlier commenter, UFM majored in Psychology; as for the rhythm, you have a new RT competition, and Linsley hobbled a bit, so that will factor in also.

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

sfgoody's picture

It's gonna be an interesting story to watch unfold. We all know Urb is ultra competitive and wants to win at everything. But as good as I expect our OL to be, I expect them to struggle going against what I'm expecting could become an all time DL day in and day out. I bet there's some EPIC line battles that will take place in practice this year and years to come.


ChazBuckeye's picture

The offensive line and defensive line are only “OK,” according to Meyer. He went on to add the linebackers to that group, saying the O-line and linebackers specifically are not “Ohio Stateish.”

Master motivator...I love this!
BTW, Wilson will lose his black stripe first.  Calling it now and I did on the contest thread.  I expect those UVs soon;-)

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

gobucks96's picture

(Sounds like I need to change my vote on who gets the black stripe removed first)

bucks15's picture

I think the "not Ohio Stateish" comment had more to do with the depth than the starters.  He was asked about the entire unit, not the starting unit.  
He called the O-line the heart and soul of this team at Big Ten media days, so I doubt he is concerned with the starting front 5.  Like I stated above, probably has more to do with the depth than the starters.  

Squirrel Master's picture

surprised a black stripe hasn't been removed yet. I don't recall it taking very long for Bogard to lose his stripe.

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sfgoody's picture

The black stripe thing is so genius! I mean you know if we fans get as worked up about it as we do than the players must just be mad motivated by it. Every little chance to stoke the fire of competition--urb takes it and kicks its doors off!


chicagobuckeye's picture

To be fair to this year's freshmen, Bogard had family issues that were trying as well and he pulled through it and showed more of what Urban wanted not just a great player, but a great character as well.

DannyBeane's picture

I'll take a group being described as "Not Ohio Stateish" any day over "clown show". This month feels like December and kickoff feels like Christmas.

RedStorm45's picture

So, can we just have "Training Days" (or an equivalent) every year?

rdubs's picture

Would be cool if BTN did this!!  Or if they don't have the resources have some OSU communications majors interested in video/tv/film put together something.

cinserious's picture

Dontre Wilson is going to be a DAWG right out the gate!  Cameron Johnston's punting and athletic ability will give B1G coaches nightmares and send them scrambling for Australia to find their own.

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

Boomcat's picture

I love hearing about Dontre becoming a big player, but I really want to hear Urban talk about the other guys too. We will need guys like Marshall and Clark this year to really play and play well.

Hovenaut's picture

I think he will, and I think they will.

Poison nuts's picture

Yeah, I agree Boomcat, but I also think Meyer picks a player or 2 to praise as a motivational tactic for other guys to step up. So while I'd like to hear more about others, I'm sure we will eventually but right now, he's trying to get people hyped up by leaving them out...

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BassDropper's picture

Any video of Meyer (or players)  meeting with the media


buckeyepastor's picture

I'm still not worried about the O-line and D-line.   I think Spence and Washington will create plenty of chaos and the DTs will fill the middle just fine, especially in the first few games.  I think it will be very solid by conference play.   Same with O-line.   If Linsley, Norwell, and Mewhort are performing as expected, I think we'll be fine.   
The linebackers are the big concern to me.   Without a Hankins in the middle, more will be on them than last year when Boren kind of turned things around for that position when he switched over from fullback.   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 


At least nobody is a clown show. If I had heard that about the LBs or DL I would be incredibly concerned. All it takes is one comment by Meyer to get these guys in gear. He doesnt have to say more. They get the message.
Not to sound like a stick in the mud but I want to see Johnston punt. He starts booming 70-yarders in the opener his hype machine will take off too.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

45OH4IO's picture

You Tressel-ite

otrain2416's picture

Cameron Johnston and Dontre Wilson must seriously be the real deal if Meyer is singing their praises after practice number 3

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great update of practice number 3!  Can't wait to hear more.
Go Bucks!!

USMC11917's picture

It's early and I am no where near the panic button. I am questioning why we can't have "Ohio Stateish" linebackers. I mean over the last three years our Line Backer haul has been nothing to sneeze at. We have a lot of highly rated talent at that position. Hell even if they don't live up to their rating they should at least be coachable, right? I am starting to question some things but don't want to say specifically what they are so that I may avoid the wrath of Buckeyenation. I am sure that things will solidify later as these guys gain experience not just with the college game but with their fellow teammates.

KingsRite's picture

Great interview! It gave us just enough to get a pulse from Coach on how he feels about the team thus far. It sounds like a few frosh are going to see some play time. Dontre must be the real deal because everybody that sees him just raves about his speed and attitude. Cameron Johnston could be a very, very effective weapon. If we keep teams deep with their back in our end zone...good things will happen!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I'm getting a Camerson Johnston jersey!