Wednesday Practice Update: Buffalo Week

By Kyle Rowland on August 28, 2013 at 7:17p
Urban Meyer still has sleepless Fridays.

The selection of eight captains for the 2013 season garnered plenty of attention on Tuesday. Twenty-four hours later, it was still the talk surrounding the team.

Head coach Urban Meyer said the voting was so close, and the opportunity to be a captain is such a great experience, that he opted to go ahead with the eight. If all eight do a great job, then they could be selected as the season captains, too, he added.

Meyer confirmed Eleven Warriors’ report about Tommy Schutt’s broken foot. Schutt had surgery and will return mid-season. Meyer was very disappointed, noting that Schutt was possibly the best backup along the defensive line.

Stepping in for Schutt is Chase Farris, which is a stunning move. Farris previously battled Taylor Decker for the right tackle spot. But Meyer said he’s taken to the position well in just one day. The injury to Schutt had Meyer in a panic. Now he’s much more settled.

  • Chris Carter is another one of the D-linemen who should play in Schutt’s absence. Meyer said Carter still has a long way to go, though.
  • Meyer said Pat Elflein will be the first offensive linemen off the bench. Jacoby Boren second.
  • Many people have expressed surprise at Kenny Guiton’s captaincy. Count Meyer among those who are not shocked. He said Guiton was a great leader last season and pushed him again as coaching material.
  • Meyer has coached in 11 season openers. Still, he said Friday nights cause sleepless nights.
  • The non-conference schedule was very sloppy last year. The biggest change Meyer wants to see this year is in tackling. He doesn’t want missed tackles and poor form.
  • Running backs coach Stan Drayton has added assistant head coach to his job title. Meyer said Drayton got the promotion because he could have left in the offseason. Drayton has spoken to the team more, leading Meyer to say he thinks he’ll be a good head coach some day.
  • Jordan Hall had as good a week of practice as Meyer has seen, the coach said. Hall wants to make a statement and is playing with a chip on his shoulder, according to Meyer.
  • Braxton Miller said being named a captain is a tremendous honor, especially as a junior. He said he’s come a long way since his freshman year.
  • The 2012 leaders have been well-documented. Miller said he’s got big shoes to fill, but is ready and confident he can fill the gap. His goal is to set an example for the younger players.
  • The wait for the opener has been excruciating. It’s the longest gap between games for Miller, citing the nine months since the “Team Up North” game.
  • If it were up to him, Miller said he would throw 30 passes Saturday. But he said a more realistic number would be 25. He joked that he might have to call his own plays.
  • Guiton said he tries to be a leader every day. He said nothing changes now, he’ll continue to do what led to being named a captain.
  • Guiton called his parents last night and reminisced about how close he was to going to Prairie View and how different everything might have been had Ohio State not offered him.
  • Guiton was the only backup eligible to become captain.
  • Christian Bryant described himself as “definitely” a leader who is vocal. But he added he also likes to lead by example.

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biggy84's picture

Chase Farris sure is versatile!

1967Buck's picture

  Very nice write up Kyle. I hope for the best for Tommy. Go Bucks.

xbrax360's picture

Jordan Hall seems amped up to get on the field, cant wait to see him in action with all our new offensive toys.

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BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Keeping Price at OG and moving Farris to DT...interesting. In Urban We Trust. 

hetuck's picture

I saw Guiton's parents before the 2010 Rose Bowl walking from the golf course parking to the stadium. I introduced myself and said' "I bet on New Year's Day one year ago, this is the last place on earth you thought you'd be." They laughed and concurred. Very nice folks. His father is a minister. They said the OSU experience for Kenny had been amazing. 

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lsjSnail's picture

Kenny G. deserves some serious play time, hope to see him on game day.

rdubs's picture

I agree, I hope we have a couple games where it gets out of hand early and we see Guiton get a quarter or more of PT.  Also I'd like to see that 2 QB offense they teased last year a bit.
Guiton is going to go down as the most loved player in OSU history with this little PT.  Easy to root for a guy like him.

Squirrel Master's picture

I actually hope they save that for UM or another big game. I think it will blow us away it will be so awesome. 
Split wide, who would be the bigger distraction, Braxton or Dontre? hmmm...

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Easier for Braxton to get injured.

ToTheHouse's picture

Major UP-vote ! Make teams FULLY realize they MUST prepare for TWO Captain Quarterbacks!

To the NC House...Repeat gonna be Sah-weet!

Sauce Bauss's picture

I'm not sure if we were really shocked to see Guiton as a captain. It was a bit unexpected, but in my personal opinion, well deserved. After seeing him take charge of the team when Miller goes down and we are facing a potentially embarrassing loss (no offense to Purdue) I believe it when Meyer says he is a great leader and the only backup eligible to be a captain. It's not easy being the backup, but he has embraced the role and has become a great leader for this team. Congratulations Kenny G and Im glad you decided to come here instead of Prairie View!

chirobuck's picture

I think he's a great example of how someone who doesn't get a ton of playing time can still inspire teammates to work hard......great example of character


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DaiTheFlu's picture

No offense to Purdue? FUCK Purdue.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

Sauce Bauss's picture

Sure I don't like Purdue either, but you have to admit, that game should not have been as close as it was and I feel Purdue deserves some credit for playing us close. 

JFKBuckeye's picture

Well said! Couldn't have said it any better myself lol

villagebuckeye's picture

I think the move of Farris to dt shows the new found confidence Urban has in the second string oline now.  Looking forward to seeing how he does on Saturday

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I think Farris has earned playing time in Urban's eyes. He saw a need and asked him to switch again. Works great for both parties as now Farris will get to be apart of the rotation. All the praise to Chase Farris for being a true team player.

brandonbauer87's picture

My man crush for Guiton started at the 2009 spring game. I don't think I've followed any other backup so closely. I really like the kid and it's awesome to see him rewarded with this honor. One of my favorite buckeyes of all-time. I'm really hoping he gets a chance to shine this year.

buckeyedude's picture

It sounds like Meyer might be grooming him for an assistant coaching position after his playing days are over. This would be a good thing and well deserved for a nice young man. Kenny G is one of my favs as well.
When Kenny does get in in the second half mop up duty, I hope Meyer lets him throw the ball a little, instead of just handing the ball off to (enter running back name here).



Squirrel Master's picture

Hey, if Farris does what Zack Boren did last year, I will love this move! Keep doing that stuff because finding what these kids excel at sometimes doesn't happen their freshmen year. 

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

That was my first thought too. IMO Meyer doesn't make this move unless he thinks it's a plus for the player and the team. And it says a lot about his confidence in the other backup OL. Meyer also seems less sold on Chris Carter, especially compared to Farris. Chase's athleticism should serve him well at DT.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Man, that stinks that Tommy got injured.  Hopefully he can recover soon.  Nice to see some of the other guys step up and fill the gaps.  I just want to see a good game with the O clicking and the D hitting hard and NO INJURIES on Saturday!
Go Bucks!!

addman1405's picture

Dave Biddle sighting! LOL

chirobuck's picture

Does anyone know how big farris is right now?


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cajunbuckeye's picture

He's listed at 6'4" and a svelte 308lbs.

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CanadianBuckeyeNut24's picture

Really hope Chris Carter can contribute this year, I feel like we really need his size in the middle with schutts injury. I just don't trust a position change this late. Also Kenny G Very deserving of a captain spot in my opinion.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I'm still just freakin' dumbfounded at the embarrassment of riches the bucks have at the RB position.  Hall will fight to keep his starting position and Hyde will come out game four with a huge chip on his shoulder with rested (and powerful) legs.  In game two Smith could make a big impact, then there's Wilson everyone is so pyched about, and Dunn, Ball and Elliot aren't chopped liver.  How do you decide how to use an arsenal like that!  Then, you have one of the most electrifying dual threat QB's in the country, and a WR corp that now seems to more closely represent the bucks historic reputation as Wide Receiver U.  Man oh man ... I know the defense will have to gel really well by the end of the season for the game in the Big Ugly Barn and (hopefully) the B1G championship and (hopefully) a BCS bowl game ... but the potential the offense has may allow them to mask a "multitude of sins" in the defense early season until they become the unit they need to be.

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

MN Buckeye's picture

I am not at all embarrassed about the wealth of talent we have at RB. These kids were recruited hard, and I hope they all get to play this weekend.

BeijingBucks's picture

Actually I am no longer surprised RBs keep coming... Ours is still a run heavy offense and the lack of 1000 yd rushers proves Urbz will spread the rock. Come get some!
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Buckifan4Life's picture

"The biggest change Meyer wants to see this year is in tackling. He doesn’t want missed tackles and poor form."

Ahem,...are you listening Christian Bryant?

I expect him to be a lot better this year.

Go Bucks!

dubjayfootball90's picture

I will tell you what. This week has been my first full week of graduate school, and this Saturday is going to be a such a glorious break for several hours from the reality of work, studying, analysis, etc. I can't wait for Saturday!!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Crimson's picture

That will be the three hours you get off from studying for the weekend.  Enjoy it!

dubjayfootball90's picture

you know I will!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

MN Buckeye's picture

Good luck to you as you begin grad school, Dubjay! I hope you enjoy the journey and make us all proud of you!

2014nationalchamps's picture

Farris was a damn good dlineman in hs. He knows how to play the position.

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Frankly Scarlet's picture

Wasn't Farris recruited as DT and switched to OL?

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Mirror Lake Jump's picture

He was recruited as a DE but yes to the switch

Bradyhokescholesterol's picture

Good on KG. what a story! Relative unknown to savior of a season to Captain. Fantastic. I hope some day I have a son who can say half of that.

BeijingBucks's picture

And he plays a mean sax

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FROMTHE18's picture

Just watched the interviews on ozone...Kenny G is the man. I think he may go down as one of my favorite Buckeyes ever. Incredible attitude and a great story.

Larryp713's picture

I think Hall is ready to shock the college world. Nobody outside of Columbus is talking about him, but his explosiveness and this sense of urgency makes me think he will blow up this year. I hope he stays healthy.



pjtobin's picture

I love that Kenny G is a captain. I couldn't imagine having his talent and having to be a backup. I bet he would start at most schools in the big ten. If not all of cfb. 

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