Camp Meyer 2013: Practice No. 18

By Kyle Rowland on August 19, 2013 at 2:17p
A happy quarterback is a good quarterback.

Mysteries surrounding the Ohio State football program are coming to an end. Bradley Roby’s suspension? One game. Rod Smith? One game. On Monday, cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs revealed another note: Armani Reeves will start in place of Roby. And, yes, Reeves still has his rattail.

Reeves said he’ll be nervous, but also excited. Whether it’s defense or special teams, he said his attitude doesn’t change. Reeves will be going 100 percent.

Doran Grant will be starting at cornerback on the other side. Coombs raved about him, saying he earned the job. When Coombs scans the field and finds the corners, he sees speed, explosiveness and physicality.

All the starters are known on offense, but quarterback Braxton Miller is still the talk of the team. Offensive coordinator Tom Herman said Miller is head and shoulders above where he was last year. Herman said he sleeps much easier at night.

There was some confusion at times last year. Now, Herman said he and Miller speak the same language. Miller understands the offense and the terminology, speeding up the learning curve and making certain aspects second nature.

Tight end Jeff Heuerman was asked what he expects out of Miller this season. His response: the Heisman pose. Braxton said the Heisman is not discussed.

Miller completed 58 percent of his passes last year. Herman said 70 percent is the goal this year, but he’d be happy with 67 (two-thirds). Herman pointed out that’d only be an improvement of one more pass out of 10.

Herman said Miller’s pitfalls last season are as much his fault as they are Braxton’s.

On Saturday, Urban Meyer said the team wasn’t ready to play a game yet. That still might be the case, but Braxton said they are on the right track.

When Meyer told the team they were going to have nine practices in six days, Miller said some guys on the team were wide-eyed. He said it was crazy, but it made the team better and helped bring them together.

Braxton had trouble at times with fumbles last year. It’s been a point of emphasis during fall camp, he said. Herman makes sure he doesn’t carry the ball too low.

It’s been evident that Miller is more comfortable in front of the media. When asked about it, he said SID Jerry Emig has helped coach him. It drew laughs and playful insults, to which Emig responded, “Two more questions.”

Timing and ball placement are the two of the main things Braxton said he’s worked to improve. He said he can read defenses much better, as well. In practice today, he said he read Vonn Bell’s body and burned him on a throw.

Luke Fickell said Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant and Josh Perry are the starting linebackers. Fickell added Grant will be the guy in the nickel. He was very vague about Grant’s injury (concussion).

Staff continuity is an important factor in any team’s success. Only 18 schools have staffs completely intact dating to last season. One of them is Ohio State. Herman said it’s a huge advantage for the Buckeyes. There’s no better place to work, he added.

The improvement from the veteran wide receivers – Evan Spencer, Philly Brown and Devin Smith – is one of the biggest reasons why the offense will be so good this season, according to Herman.

Herman also said he’d challenge anyone in the country to try and produce two better all-around tight ends than Heuerman and Nick Vannett. Their versatility adds a dimension that wasn’t present in last season’s offense and gives Miller more freedom.

Tight ends coach Tim Hinton said Heuerman and Vannett are 1a and 1b. They can do it all and are well-developed.

And, of course, there are the freshmen playmakers that haven’t even been discussed yet. All told, Ohio State’s entire offense will be looked at very different this year. Much more dynamic.

Tyvis Powell is No. 1 at “star” right now, but Coombs said Vonn Bell is pushing him.

At dime, Pittsburgh Brown, Devan Bogard and Cam Burrows are battling for the top spot.

New tight end J.T. Moore is adapting well, Heuerman said. Obviously, he’s a better blocker than pass catcher at this point.

Heuerman said his only goal in camp is to work hard and keep his mouth shut. It’s his third year in the program, so he wants to lead and be more consistent.

Much was made of Braxton’s scrambling ability last year. Heuerman said he’s going through three and four progressions sometimes before he tucks it and runs.


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Boxley's picture

Good article, thanks Kyle.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

captain obvious's picture

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d1145fresh's picture

For those of us who cannot watch the practices, is there any noticeable change in the speed in which the offense is being run at? I know last year I was thinking it was going to come close to Oregon style of speed (maybe a touch slower) but the only time that was shown was in the red zone. With the amount of depth on offense I would love to see quick substitutions and faster play calling. I think it is more possible now that Braxton has a better grasp on the offense as well as the defensive schemes.

Kyle Rowland's picture

We haven't watched practiced for weeks. But Herman and Braxton have both commented on how quickly plays are run. It's definitely amped up. Meyer and Herman want to run as many offensive plays as possible. 

Boomcat's picture

When will you be able to watch practices again?

d1145fresh's picture

Thanks Kyle. If they can speed up the game and get 10+ more plays out of the offense OSU could put up some scary numbers.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Great info!  Thanks Kyle

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

hetuck's picture

Herman comment interesting. If the offense is as successful as we expect and Braxton wins the Heisman, OSU needs to come through with a multi-year contract to keep him here. Better to be OC at OSU than HC at a mid-level school. 

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Toilrt Paper's picture

You will have to pay him almost as much Urban gets to keep him here for multiple more years. Not gonna happen. Unless you use a BIG ball and chain. When Texas finally says enough is enough, Herman will be their next head coach. He's already stealing the state's best players.

osu07asu10's picture

Only 18 schools have staffs completely intact dating to last season. One of them is Ohio State. Herman said it’s a huge advantage for the Buckeyes. There’s no better place to work, he added.

1.) That's an intereseting stat, and glad we're 1 of the 18
2.) Remember what you said Tom! Don't be in a hurry to leave!

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bassplayer7770's picture

Lovin' these updates as we inch ever closer to the season opener.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Anyone remember last year how there was talk before the first game about how the offense already had the first 12 plays drawn up, and how they were gonna score on the first play,  score 100 points, ect ect ect.   If memory serves, the first quarter of the Miami game last year was an offensive let down. ~ Fast forward to this year ~  The bold talk from last year seems much more plausible.  Almost undeniable.  Right?

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

bassplayer7770's picture

I certainly get encouraged when Coach Meyer has much more positive things to say about his team leading into the season compared to last year.  It seems the biggest area of concern is depth at LB.  As for the Offense, it's all been pretty complimentary, and it should be fun to watch them in action.

scarpenter614's picture

Last year's "clown show" offense put 56 points on the scoreboard in the last 3 quarters of the Miami game.  I remember being so tense that first quarter...just waiting for them to unleash hell.  Even tho we are a long shot from "clown show" going into this season, 56 is still a lot of points so I wouldn't expect too much more than that.  But hopefully way more efficient.

Toilrt Paper's picture

The "unleashing" will come earlier in games this year.

otrain2416's picture

Kyle any word on Chris Fields Meyer named him a starter in the spring is that still true?
Also is Bell starting anywhere? You made him sounds like he was competing for Star but not in the dime package?

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

Smanpoint10's picture

I believe in the dime you want another corner not a safety in there

ChazBuckeye's picture

Meyer said they got 50 plays in that scrimmage over the weekend.  I believe that was #1 offense who got that many plays in...pretty impressive depending on how long they scrimmaged (I'd assume a half/2 quarters or so).  

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FROMTHE18's picture

Glad to see they are working on the little things as well including ball security.

chirobuck's picture

I love how I keep hearing how much better Spencer has gotten, Break out players this year.....
Offense = Spencer
Defense = Carter


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Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Tyvis Powell was a 2/3 star kid coming in. Goes to show you can't rate competitiveness in stars. Good for him.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I don't think the Buckeye Nation can handle many more articles like this without their head exploding or a massive rash of stories where Buckeye fans are tackling people in the streets and in the office!!!

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InHartWeTrust's picture

I just Shazier'd my boss.

Larryp713's picture

Every time I walk past the break room and see someone in blue or yellow, I fight the urge to plant them... I hear Spielman in my head - see what you hit, and hit what you see!



Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Larry - if you're still in Ohio - NOBODY would get upset about you crushing a person donning those colors, espcially a place where you're trying to consume food!

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

If Herman turns out to be right that Heuerman and Vannett are as good as any all-around tight ends in the country, then maybe it will be time to give kudos to the relatively unsung Tim Hinton?

BIGHEC39's picture

'No Need To Fear, Urban Meyer Is Here'


DannyBeane's picture

So I've been doing a little research into relativity, quantum mechanics and time dilation. I believe I have come up with a new theory. The theory of Buckeye Time Dilation. As we get closer to kickoff time slows down relative to the other fandoms.

Larryp713's picture

Besides my wife and daughters, there is nothing as pretty as watching Braxton take his drop and stand tall in the pocket this year. It reminds me so much of Troy in 2006. I can watch those highlights all day long. Braxton is going to be ridiculous this year, before he even rushes for one yard.



Toilrt Paper's picture

I don't understand the big deal "wide eyed" about 6 practices in 9 days. Preseason practices I took part in were 2 a day, 6 days/week. First practice was from 7AM to 10AM, 2nd practice was from 7PM until dark. Stayed out of the heat of the day.

BuckeyeSouth's picture

It was 9 practices in 6 days but your point is well taken.

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SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

Can I just be put into a medically induced coma for 12 days? I can't take anymore hype or buildup. It's time to strap it up already. Never been this excited for the season to start.   When Ryan Shazier eviscerates the first ball carrier he finds will it be a hate crime since he's targeting a specific group of people? Basically anyone not in scarlet and gray. I hope so. He has become death. The destroyer of worlds. 


ScarletNGrey01's picture

Great article and exciting stuff.  One comment about the Heisman ... I don't care ... very much.  Football is a team sport.  After Troy Smith won the Heisman in 2006, then went through the talk show / banquet sideshow, he seemed to have gained some weight and lost his edge and the bucks suffered a humiliating defeat.  Don't mean to pin it all on Troy, the opposing coach, forget his name, put together a heck of a game plan.  Point is, on a scale of one to ten the Heisman is about a two and a national championship is an eleven.  Now, that "said", it would be icing on the cake IF Braxton (love the kid, what a humble guy and a superb athlete) won the Heisman and the bucks had a big bowl game victory.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Knarcisi's picture

From ozone. Gotta love Combs:
* Coombs said that Basil is not some "weirdo kicker", that he's an actual football player.

Toilrt Paper's picture

I was thinking the same thing about the new Aussie punter. Playing Aussie rules football the dude should be a pretty tough nut. Expect a tackle or 2 out of him on punt returns, unless Coombs tells him to just keep out out of the way 

BuckeyePride's picture

Ready for this season already. Hearing about these practices gets me amped. 

How Firm Thy Friendship....

buckskin's picture

Tom Herman:  there's no better place to work.
Armani Reeves:  going to start, finally gets to show what he can do.
Miller: reading defenses and burning defenders (albeit a freshman).  
Let the chase commence!

Otown Buckeye's picture

I'd like to see that smile 15 times this fall

"because we couldn't go for three"