Camp Meyer 2013: Practice No. 8

By Kyle Rowland on August 10, 2013 at 1:20p

Two seasons ago, Ohio State’s leading pass-catcher had 14 receptions. Seventeen months ago, head coach Urban Meyer referred to the offense as a “clown show.” A bulk of that opinion was formulated because of the underwhelming play at wide receiver.

Philly Brown and Devin Smith helped curtail Meyer’s judgment with 90 catches combined during an undefeated 2012 season. But there were still doses of underwhelming play. The biggest example was Brown’s receiving yardage total, which was below 1,000 yards, even with 60 catches.

Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said Brown took ownership of the dubious stat, admitting it was a joke and working to do something about it. The final result is seven pounds of added muscle, thanks to Mickey Marotti. Brown did add some laughter to the proceedings, saying, “I’m skinny.”

Chris Fields, in his final season as a Buckeye, said there’s an added sense of urgency because he only has one more opportunity to win a national championship. Despite the freshman receivers offering so much promise, Fields said he continues to help them along in their progress.

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The improvement in Braxton Miller is very noticeable, according to Fields and Philly Brown. Fields said Miller has better mechanics and become a vocal presence in the huddle. Football IQ is the area Brown commented on. He said Miller is good at reading coverages at the line of scrimmage.

The offense is much more in sync, said every receiver and Zach Smith. Smith said he feels more rewarded this season seeing the strides receivers have made. Evan Spencer said the unit is noticeably more explosive.

”That little joker is quick.” -Spencer's analysis of Dontre Wilson. Said he's great at changing directions. You never know where he is.

Wilson has spent the bulk of his time in the wide receivers meeting room, not the running backs.

Spencer said the competition between receivers is good. Said the young guys are pushing the veterans to be more productive.

Last year was tough on Zach Smith, but he said vast improvement wasn’t going to come over night. The youth was underrated last season.

Wilson reminds Smith of some of the dynamic playmakers he had at Florida.

The guys who’ve made the biggest leap so far: Philly and Spencer. Zach Smith raved about Spencer’s improvements.

Jalin Marshall is another talented freshman. Smith said he loves coaching players who were quarterbacks in high school. He said Marshall has shown flashes of being great.

Another freshman – James Clark – is a typical freshman, according to Smith. Said he’s very fast, but has some improving to do.

Zach Smith has been very hard at times on Devin Smith. But Zach said today that Devin is even harder on himself.

Being in the slot – it’s something Philly said he won’t miss. He wants to catch deep balls.


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Boomcat's picture

Nice to hear at least something about James Clark. Nobody had been saying anything about him, which concerned me.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great information on the WR situation Kyle!  Glad to hear that it is coming along.  We've definitely got some more speed out there at those positions.  Will be interesting to see how the year goes along!  Can't wait until the first game!!!  Go Bucks!!      

GABuckeye's picture

No mention of Corey Smith?  

Volfen111's picture

love seeing the wide recievers going ham. ^ wish we had this guy back :(

i know only one thing thats certain..the power of human will
- joseph stalin

gwalther's picture

That's Malcolm Jenkins the OSU corner and NFL safety... Not Michael Jenkins the OSU wideout. Just for clarification.

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UrbanCulture's picture

would definitely still take Malcolm back though :)

zbd's picture

Thanks for the update on receiving corps.  An improved passing game is needed for any national title consideration.

Edincostarica's picture

This going to be one exciting season.


hit_the_couch's picture

I've never seen Marshall play, but i'll take the coaches word. Maybe they can get some amazing trick plays with him.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Tanner's picture

It still blows my mind that we had a season where 14 catches lead the team. Good God.

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

It also blows my mind that our offensive coaching staff thought it was better to start Joe Bauserman over Braxton Miller.  
Even though Miller was just a freshman, it was clear early on that Bauserman had no ceiling whatsoever.  
Here are a couple of JB's lines from that season:
OSU at. Miami
-2/14 passing
-13 passing yards total
-0 TD's
-QB Rating 22.1

OSU at Nebraska
-1/10 passing
-13 passing yards total
-0 TD's
-1 Int
-QB Rating 0.90 (yes, you read that correctly....the rating is less than 1.00)


How firm they friendship...

yrro's picture

Heck for starting over Braxton, why was he starting over Guiton?

Furious George 27's picture

That was probably the most incompetent coaching staff that year for OSU. Hyde rarely saw the field after the 1st half of the MSU game when he told the coaches the defense new every play OSU was going to run.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

FitzBuck's picture

Please remember that was Bolmans call as OC.  In all fairness to him he was preoccupied with Shark week. 

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EDUGOON's picture

Do remember these were the same coaches who felt Zwick was ahead of eventual Heisman Winner Troy Smith....So Bauserman ahead of Miller and Guiton was par for the course.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I think you mean Bauserman's ceiling was in high school. If he didn't have a ceiling, then he would be unlimited in potential. That we all know is not true! 

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Poe McKnoe's picture

I almost mistook those dashes on his passing yardage as negative yards, and didn't think twice about it (-13 passing yards total).

harleymanjax's picture

Bauserman had a ceiling, unfortunately it was a basement ceiling!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

BtownBuckeye's picture

Dont quit your day job

harleymanjax's picture

Everybody's a critic!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

BtownBuckeye's picture

I know I was just busting your balls

gwalther's picture

Blows my mind they thought he was better than both Brax and Kenny G.
He was LOL awful. I seriously have never seen anything from a Buckeye QB resembling what JB showcased. Passes would either bounce 8 feet in front of the guy, or sail 6 feet over the WRs head and out of bounds.

Class of 2008

AirForceNUT's picture

Give the man a break. He tried his best. He did a heck of a lot better than what I could've  done.

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

Lets not forget you're not on a d1 athletic scholly. 


jkrk's picture

Let's not forget that he was a Heisman candidate after the Akron game.

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

Witnessed the Nebraska meltdown in person. I was sitting three rows up on the 45 and almost caught a pass intended for Philly. 


InHartWeTrust's picture

Did not know Jalin got a concussion earlier this week in practice?  Hope he feels back to normal soon, and doesn't come away from it timid towards contact.
Shame the kid got a concussion this early in his career.  Wonder who rung his bell?

Crimson's picture

There were stories up about Curtis and Jalin.  There must be little confirmed information, because they are now gone.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!  I don't know if I can stand the next 3 weeks!  Bring on August 31st now!!!

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buckskin's picture

Good to hear the seniors are helping out the freshmen receivers.  Great team attitude, reminds me of the '68 Bucks when the seniors were willing to help the super sophs.

mb5599's picture

As bad as Joe Bauserman was, how many of us can say we were the starting quarterback for The Ohio State University.  I think Todd Boeckman gets a bad rap too. He was not mobile at all, but he could really throw the deep ball well.  I think the O line really hurt him that year.  Anyway, thats in the past and now we have a guy who can run and throw with the best of them. The march to the championship begins in 3 weeks!

Big B

hit_the_couch's picture

Nice avatar; I was a 13 mike.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

mb5599's picture

steel rain baby! where were you stationed?

Big B

hit_the_couch's picture

Mainly 1-21 1CD/ 4ID at Hood and a couple years Sill.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

mb5599's picture

All together I spent over 10 years at sill. never made it to hood. spent the rest of my time at bragg, riley, korea and germany.  people talk bad about sill, but i liked it. riley was a dump though. i still miss being out in the field and shooting rockets.

Big B

Nkohl13's picture

I think Beockman was a really good quarterback to be honest. What killed him was when Beanie went down we had no running threat at all. Boeckman became a sitting duck behind a below average O-line. That's why we needed Pryor to come in and give us a running threat.

DannyBeane's picture

I agree Boeckman was a good QB. The weakness wasn't him.

poop's picture

I agree to a point. Todd really floated those deep balls so Robiske and Hartline had to wait and fight the DB's to catch them. His short and intermediate were fine. He also got ants in his pants if the defense looked at him wrong. I would have too if I had some of his offensive lines protecting me. I thought the USC defense was going to murder him on the field.

Volfen111's picture

Wow..Downvote.. really... I knew it wasn't the wide receiver..still wish we had him back but OK.

i know only one thing thats certain..the power of human will
- joseph stalin

gwalther's picture

I didn't downvote you, fyi, but if you knew the difference between Malcolm and Michael Jenkins the gif you chose still seems to make no sense considering the context of this 11W article and your own comments.

Class of 2008

Volfen111's picture

It was awesome NFL related..and it was from other nights game..didn't know
People were so nazi about specifics here :/

i know only one thing thats certain..the power of human will
- joseph stalin

BeijingBucks's picture

just a misunderstanding... your stream of consciousness while watching the game didn't fit the commenters mindset on the article (which was NOT only about receivers guys).  don't sweat it vol.  fuggettaboutit and move on.  folks are a bit free with downvotes around here for some odd reason.

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Rx Script Ohio's picture

That's a lie, in this gif Kevin Kolb is the Cardinal's QB. That's all fine except for he plays for the Bills now. Hardly from "the other night"
also very funny that your favorite college basketball player is Kevin Garnett. Just saying.

Hovenaut's picture

The program has had it's fair share of quality receivers, that one guy that was in Canton last weekend comes to mind, but I can't recall such a talented group before.

This offense, if it hits top gear, is going to be nasty.

mtrotb's picture

Boeckman was first team all Big Ten QB in 2007.


KingKosar's picture

Uhhh, you might want to re-check that list.  Chad Henne was First Team and Kellen Lewis was Second Team.
Boeckman was an honorable mention...

BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

You didn't scroll down did you? 

Adam21's picture

Look at the "selected by media" section.

KingKosar's picture

Uhhh, I might want to check that page again.  
***Smacks forehead***   Thanks for correcting me, guys!

Volfen111's picture

hope jalin and hall go hard..hope all of them do.

i know only one thing thats certain..the power of human will
- joseph stalin

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Can't wait to see what Corey Smith will do this year.

pjtobin's picture

I'm not usually excited about our receivers. I'm a rb and lb type of guy. Don't get me wrong. I love watching a long bomb. Or a one handed catch. Or even just the short route curl for a first down. I just hadn't paid as much attention to the wr as I am now. I'm excited about the potential. Any play could be a big one. Only time will tell. 

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