Media Day News and Notes

By 11W Staff on August 11, 2013 at 5:22p
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Welcome to the big time, Dontre.

Dontre Wilson has been billed as an incredible playmaker. The one-time Oregon recruit made an instant impression on his upperclassmen teammates at Ohio State when he enrolled over the summer. Braxton Miller and Christian Bryant both raved about the Texan’s big-play ability.

But fellow Texan Mike Mitchell was one step ahead of Wilson in practice earlier this week, delivering a crushing blow. It drew ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from those watching and slaps on the back by teammates. It was a Welcome to College Football moment for Wilson.

The diminutive speedster elaborated on his recruiting process, saying Tom Herman was so relentless in pursuing him that it became annoying. He said there was contact throughout the time he was committed to Oregon, and when Chip Kelly left for the NFL, Herman was calling soon thereafter.

Urban Meyer has craved a Percy Harvin-like player, and that’s exactly what he told Wilson. The intent is to turn Wilson into a playmaking missile. The reviews have been positive so far.

Wilson said he and Bradley Roby are the two fastest players on the team. Wilson referred to himself as a "home run hitter."

“I want to get on the field and play. The ultimate goal is to play for a national championship team.” -Wilson

Running backs coach Stan Drayton said Carlos Hyde has shown great humility in camp. He said he’s been coaching the young guys even as some disappointment has crept in. Drayton praised Hyde for his vision on the field and said that’s one thing he’s passing down.

“Carlos is forced to take on a leadership role and he’s taking the young guys under his wing.” - Drayton

Jordan Hall’s appearance in the backfield is all a matter of adding depth, according to Drayton.

Drayton said Hall is the No. 1 guy at the moment. 

“(Wilson's) ability to explode, to make people miss, is exciting. He brings surprising maturity. He’s an unbelievable addition to this team.” -Drayton. He said the freshmen bring an added dimension to the running back's room. 

The offense should execute faster this season. 

To earn more playing time, Drayton said Bri'onte Dunn must improve his productivity. 

In talking about Braxton Miller’s quietness last season, Tom Herman said it had to do with Miller not having his own house in order. Because he wasn’t the player he thought he could be, Miller lurked in the shadows.

Miller doesn’t have to be a vocal guy in the huddle, Herman said, but it’s a necessity that your quarterback is a leader. There are various ways to lead.

One of the stars of the day was Australian punter Cameron Johnston. He said going against the rush is OK. He experienced it while he trained Down Under.

Asked if he knows the rules of football, Johnston said yes. He’s a former Aussie Rules football player.

Drew Basil has taken Johnston under his wing and taught him different nuances of the game and helped him with kicking.

Johnston said he’s a big fan of Columbus. He said if he had gone to a more rural school, he probably wouldn’t have liked it.

Kerry Coombs said he's explained to Johnston the goal is not to outkick the coverage. "We want zero return yards."

Mitchell said he was happy to get his black stripe off early in camp. He said it was one of the biggest goals he had. Becoming an entrenched member of the team was key.

Being on the other side of the field when Wilson is out there is difficult, Mitchell noted. But don’t forget about the aforementioned punishing hit.

The biggest adjustment in the college game is the wear and tear of going against O-linemen, Mitchell said.

He may be the starter now at right tackle, but Taylor Decker said he won’t get complacent. After not securing the starting spot during the spring, Decker said he was burning inside all summer. He won’t blow this opportunity.

Gaining self-confidence was the biggest obstacle for Decker. He couldn’t explain why he lacked confidence. But he said the coaches could tell it was there.

Hall said he’s just trying to reestablish himself in the offense after missing most of last season with a knee injury.

Running back, slot, receiver – Hall doesn’t care. He just wants to be on the field.

After an up-and-down career, Hall said he won’t take anything for granted. He’ll be going 100 percent in every practice, game, lifting session, etc.

Ezekiel Elliott said the biggest adjustment he needs to make in the college game is pass protection. Difficult when Ryan Shaizer and Noah Spence are bearing down on you. They’re a tad bigger than high school players.

The freshman class has been the talk of camp. Elliott said it’s because the group goes so hard all the time.

Ohio State has a complex playbook. Elliott said the stuff he knows already is getting easier, but there is still a bulk of the playbook he hasn’t learned.

Some good quotes from Mike Vrabel:

“The definition of a pro is making the hard look easy.”

“As a coach, I rarely sleep through the night. But as a player, I never missed sleep.”

Vonn Bell said Everett Withers told the defensive backs he’ll take the penalties on helmet-to-helmet hits. He’s not saying play dirty, but you can’t change your style of play. If an official calls a penalty, you just deal with the consequences.

Luke Fickell has been at Ohio State for 18 years. He said undefeated seasons have been the expectation each of those years. Nothing changes this year, even if the postseason is an option.

Rod Smith has an opportunity to carve out a big role by filling in for Hyde. He said just getting better is all he’s trying to do. He’s working on his all-around game, including ball security and pass-blocking.

Smith said he’s become an aggressive blocker. That’s his No. 1 priority.

In the offseason, Smith also worked on grasping the offense. Said he has it “down pat” now.

Coombs could not have spoken more positively about Roby. Coombs said Roby with without a doubt the top leader on the defense.

Gareon Conley and Vonn Bell – the total package, according to Coombs – are two freshmen who have stuck out the most.

"Gareon has been a very pleasant surprise." -Coombs

Several freshmen are likely to end up as piranhas.

Coombs said there’s an “abundance of depth” at kick and punt returners. He said there’s an opportunity to score a touchdown on every kick.

Jeff Heuerman said there’s more excitement in camp this season. There were a lot of unknowns last year, the season before was a disaster and ended with a Gator Bowl loss. The staff has been around for a year, Ohio State went 12-0 last season and a national title is possible. It adds up to excitement.

That said, Heuerman said 12-0 is not even in their minds. 2012 is long gone.

There’s a possibility that OSU could get up to 18, 19, 20 straight wins. Heuerman said it won’t be a distraction. They keep it one game at a time, each game is a test. Complacency doesn’t creep in.

C.J. Barnett said the off-field arrests this summer were not distractions for the team. "They made mistakes, they’re paying for it and we move on.”

Several guys on defense are trying to fill the size 25 shoes of John Simon. Bryant said he, Shazier, Roby and Pittsburgh Brown are the guys trying to fill the leadership void on defense. 

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Baroclinicity's picture

Buffalo, you're in some serious trouble.

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

81Alum's picture

I'd say there are at least 13, maybe 14, who are in serious trouble :-)

gumtape's picture

“I don't know anything about Angola, but I know they're in trouble.”
 
--Charles Barkley

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

Knarcisi's picture

Now that's just turrible

ryanosu03's picture

Lot of optimism, can't wait to get rolling.  I've almost had enough watching replays of the 2012 season.

bhardy22132's picture

I'm glad Braxton is getting himself in order and being more confident. One great thing about that kid is the way he handles the spotlight. He does not let anything get big time for him and it shows on the field. 

Edincostarica's picture

He really seems to be a class act.  But no more colored hair-do's. 

FROMTHE18's picture

Keep getting better boys, keep getting better.

zbd's picture

The freshmen are here to play now from the sound of things.  Anytime I see the word arrest in any article is not good and I assume Urban has made that point clear. I'm glad these new players are pushing for playing time. Less than 3 weeks away.  

Hayesedandconfused's picture

Glad to hear that the are getting after it, can't wait until football season.

Codeezy's picture

Size 25 shoes are hard to fill. 

zjhousley's picture

Wish there was video of Mitchell putting the big hit on Wilson!!! Love what these two are bringing as yougn guys!!

Edincostarica's picture

I've always liked Mitchell's football abilities. I have a feeling he is going to see a lot of playing time this year.

Citrus's picture

At this point, I am so excited, I may be disappointed even if tOSU beats Buffalo 100-3.
 

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Can't wait to see some of these young guys get on the field.

Crimson's picture

Anything on Curtis Grant and Jalin Marshall?  Also, I've been very curious about Corey Smith.

InHartWeTrust's picture

All I have heard re: Grant is that Mitchell is backing Grant up at MLB, so he is the starter for now...per a quote I read from today.
Not much on Marshall, surprisingly.  I know he's been sidelined since Thursday due to a concussion.  What I had seen previously was all positive.
Love the positive news on Bell and Conley, and love the improvement that has been noted by Spencer.  Hell, it seems like all of the young guys (DLine, etc.) have been getting very positive notes, even from Urban.  This team has a ton of weapons on both sides., as long as they don't get distracted and continue to work, learn, focus, and develop, this is going to be a fun season.

Jabba the Hoke's picture

Good stuff, I'm just waiting to hear what comes of Roby's legal issue.

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

It's good to hear about Conley and Vonn Bell but I wonder what's going on with Apple. If there was one DB I was betting on playing a lot it was him. 

InHartWeTrust's picture

Ditto, curious to see what's up.

Hovenaut's picture

I think I can make it with less than three weeks to go...going to be tough, but I can make it.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

RedStorm45's picture

Wait, size 25?  Exaggeration?

Alpo's picture

Yeah I'll say so. I did work for a guy once who was a producer for Monday Night Football and he had a sneaker given to him from Shaq that was a size 26 or 27. It was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. 

pjtobin's picture

I'm glad that Heuerman is only focusing on one game at a time. With all the hype from the media and our fan base I hope that our favorite team doesn't overlook any team. I hope we study game film, come up with a game plan, and don't think any opponent is a easy one. I've said it a few times now. Take it one game at a time. This season is either going to be one of the best ever or it is going to be a heartbreak. We don't need to act like 14-0 is a easy task. And don't want to get the rep of being the type of fan base that gives out heisman trophys or count on unproven players to win a nc in September. I have heard many Buckeye fans bash SCum fans for this same thing. And we are better than that. My wish is we curb stomp each team we face. One game at a time. And we only get better each week. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Johnnycake's picture

It's hard to take what you say seriously when you have a picture of a guy with a penis for a head as your avatar.

oh_dad55's picture

I agree that it's "one game at a time."  I was in the stands in 1998 when the Buckeyes had started out as #1 and were #1 when Michigan State came to town.  It was like the team forgot everything they knew.  It wasn't so much that the Spartans were fired up and played lights out.  The Bucks were flatter than any team I've seen before or since.  I don't know what happened that week, but surely do hope that we don't have a week like that ever again.

Oh_Dad

UABuckeye's picture

Still haven't heard a lot about Trey Johnson. Because the lack of production Im Interested to see how the LB corps develops. 

Follow me @jaythesportsguy

OSUBias's picture

Thought I saw that he got a concussion, too, and that has limited his playing time.

Shitter's full

SOF_Buckeye's picture

I don't think it was a concussion. I believe it was something to do with his legs.

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

OSUBias's picture

MSU medical staff reports that his legs and head got the wind knocked out of them.

Shitter's full

Chief B1G Dump's picture

When I was thinking about how this seemed like the longest off season ever...I realized it really has been.
Cannot wait to get this season going!

gwright78's picture

Not sure I like the approach that we'll "take the penalties" on hits by defensive backs. I foresee several drives being extended by hits that undisciplined players can shrug off as just "playing their game" and not worrying about consequences. Shawn Crable and Michigan fans can tell us how important that can be.

buckeyemitchell's picture

dontre wilson looks like rajon rondo

cinserious's picture

Dontre Wilson is a heat seeking missile programmed with only two functions: seek and destroy.
1: seek endzone
2: destroy endzone

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

gobucks96's picture

On the media day photos. They show a Vonn Miller, #7.. That doesn't look like Jordan Hall, so I don't think it's a name mistake. Who is it?

RoweTrain's picture

It's Vonn Bell.

gobucks96's picture

Thank you, kind sir..