Wednesday Practice Update: San Diego State Week

By Kyle Rowland on September 4, 2013 at 7:30p
Bradley Roby will play Saturday. But Urban Meyer still doesn't know if he'll start.

They say teams improve most from Week 1 to Week 2. It might just be an old football cliché, but it could ring true for the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes.

When a handful of players, including multiple starters, miss any game, let alone the opener, results tend to be mixed. As Ohio State prepares for San Diego State, it also welcomes back Bradley Roby, C.J. Barnett and Rod Smith. Corey Linsley is also slated to get more playing time.

The addition of the aforementioned players will quickly put an up-and-down performance against Buffalo in the rearview mirror. The secondary will see the most dramatic improvement. Last Saturday saw two first-time starters in Armani Reeves and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown, and Tyvis Powell also received his most extensive playing time.

Meyer didn’t commit to Roby starting yet, but he did indicate Barnett is good to go. Smith will play, while Linsley’s playing time will involve judgment from the coaches.


  • Jordan Hall will start at running back, according to Meyer. He doesn’t know who the second option will be.
  • For the time being, Dontre Wilson will be utilized more as a wide receiver. Meyer said a majority of his time has been spent playing receiver in practice and meeting in their room.
  • Carlos Hyde is meeting all the demands from coaches, Meyer said. He said Hyde is currently working on both punt teams and expects that to continue once his suspension ends.
  • Meyer said Taylor Decker performed OK in his first start at right tackle. He said he can definitely improve, but added that he didn’t believe Decker played bad.
  • The Buckeyes probably won’t play as much nickel this week, Meyer said, due to the style of offense they’ll face. Josh Perry will start at SAM linebacker.
  • Meyer said going forward Ohio State needs to protect Braxton Miller better. The quarterback was under duress several times against Buffalo.
  • Christian Bryant has displayed good leadership skills on the field, Meyer said. Last Saturday, Bryant was the lone returning starter on the field for a majority of the game.
  • It’s Week 2 now – no more excuses, Meyer said.
  • Curtis Grant said his confidence level was raised by lessons from Zach Boren. Grant said Boren did what was needed. There weren’t excuses. He’s trying to be the same type of player.
  • Being the second linebacker on the field when Ohio State uses the nickel defense is a validation of sorts for Grant. He knows that his play is moving in the right direction and feels good about his game.
  • Grant said San Diego State running back Adam Muema is a shifty, quick running back. The Aztecs’ loss to Eastern Illinois does not change Ohio State’s perception of the opponent. They respect San Diego State and haven’t taken them lightly this week.
  • The Buckeyes took their foot off the gas defensively last week, Grant said. The early lead made them play soft. Grant said it can’t happen again.
  • Cramping was a major story coming out of the first game. Grant said everyone’s body reacts differently, so it’s hard to completely remove cramps.
  • Grant and Ryan Shazier came to Ohio State in the same recruiting class. Their careers have diverged significantly since they arrived. Grant said Shazier is the clear leader in the linebackers room and in the huddle. Called him a great on-field leader.
  • Marcus Hall said the team was able to shake the rust off in Week 1. Now they know what to improve upon and have done so this week.
  • The offense was able to see how certain plays and formations can work/not work against defenses, according to Hall. This week they are able to tinker with some things.
  • Like Grant said about the defense, Hall said the same about the offense – they got soft because of the big lead. Hall said the offense will tie up the loose ends.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks, Kyle. There were a lot of experiments going on against Buffalo. While I still see the individuals needing to bond and play better, SDSU is a good team to be playing this week to allow that to happen.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Good article Kyle.  Good first game for Grant.  I like how he came out and played.  I can't wait to see what Wilson continues to do.  That kids has some amazing speed. 

will0327's picture

Not worried about anything, but it is funny how people are calling Michigan the best team in the BigTen after week 1.....Let alone Ohio State hasn't lost in like a year and a half. So until OSU loses i don't want to hear that anymore


Buck U's picture

Michigan doesn't have a September Heisman to discuss this year so I guess they have to discuss how they are the best team in the B1G.  I also don't want to hear it, but let them have their September and I will take Oct., Nov., Dec., and Jan.

will0327's picture

One of the problems Tressel had he never gave the ball to Ginn enough. I know Meyer won't have this problem with Wilson. 


Toilrt Paper's picture

The coach doesn't give the ball to a WR. They run a route on every pass play.The QB gives the ball to the WR that is open in his progression.

will0327's picture

There is plenty of different ways to get ball in someone that is special like Ginn or Wilson and yes running routes is one but there is more look at Percy Harvin at Florida the kid  lined up everywhere and they go him the ball anyway they could.


captain obvious's picture

Couldn't have said it better Will.
The coach has everything to do with who gets the touches.

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

Felt the same way about Holmes


Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm guessing you missed his games against Ok St, and ND.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

If only Ginn had more touches the '06 team might have gone undefeated and made it to the NC game.

AJW_16's picture

Good to hear Barnett is good to go. Also good to hear from Curtis Grant. I am definitely rooting hard for the dude.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

81Alum's picture

Go Curtis, your time is now!

wibuckeye's picture

Here's hoping that their actions match their words. Go Bucks!


pjtobin's picture

Thanks Kyle. If Urban isn't pressed neither am I. I'm going to be there this sat. I can't wait!!

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

nm_buck's picture

Looking forward to getting Roby and Barnett back... I think we'll see more aggressive defensive calls... maybe a few more blitzes which always work well for us. 
I'd like to see Mitchell get in some reps, and that could happen with a stronger secondary. 
Also looking forward to seeing more of Dontre... that kid might be on the verge of something big.
As long as I'm making my wishes known... I'll be hoping we can get out TEs some receptions.

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

bhardy22132's picture

Biggest thing that stood out for me, point 8 no excuses. Need to see that angry football team every single week like we did last year. Ready to see how these guys play saturday because i think its going to be night and day with some key components in place.

BME_Buckeye's picture

The Buckeyes took their foot off the gas defensively last week, Grant said. The early lead made them play soft. Grant said it can’t happen again.

Here is to hoping that the Buckeyes enforce their will on SDSU and blow them out. Frick the haters who think Meyer runs up the score or looks bad going for two. As Saban would say, "Make they ass quit" and step on their throats. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


BuckeyeRealist13's picture

With Roby and Barnett back, and assuming starters are missing time because of cramping again I look for Ohio State's defense to attack, attack, attack. I think the D was playing soft because of the fear of getting burnt with Roby and Barnett both out. Also it was great to get Boren some experience playing meaningful snaps at C (going to need that next year) but the O Line is just a different animal when Linsley is in there. Go Bucks! 

"You're damn right thats daddy" - Urban Meyer 

Wesleyburgess1's picture

God why can't it me Saturday already? I'm sick of excuses they just need to play and play aggressive. Who cares if ttun is the best in The B1G, as long as we don't lose the rest of the year we will be on top when it all comes down to it. Go bucks!

southbay's picture

I would like to see Smith at tailback for one or two series before halftime.  See what he can do.

gobucks96's picture

Keep adding weapons and getting more comfortable....

zbd's picture

I'm not sold on Curtis Grant or Josh Perry. I am sold on Dontre Wilson, Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson. Dontre should get as many touches as possible.....fumbles or not. Archie Griffin fumbled the first time he carried the ball.

InHartWeTrust's picture

You are sold on Mitchell based on what? Him being fast and having a high vertical?
Didn't DV you, for the record, but think your comment is laughable.

bucks_4_life's picture

It doesn't matter how good you are, if you put the ball on the ground youre gonna find playing time hard to come by.

The juice is worth the squeeze

Bleeding-Scarlet-Grey's picture

I second that! Ball security for a running back/receiver after a touch is priority number 1

Brother man, I have MADE and LOST millions in my lifetime.... Brain cells that is! How I made those millions I do not know because the secret has been lost in the millions I have lost!!!! ~ Taco

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Bleeding-Scarlet-Grey's picture

so if wilson is now going to see more receiver and hall is going to move more to the scatback role, where does that leave fields?

Brother man, I have MADE and LOST millions in my lifetime.... Brain cells that is! How I made those millions I do not know because the secret has been lost in the millions I have lost!!!! ~ Taco

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Wilson was a toe grab away from taking his first touch to the house. He will see more of those plays.

buckskin's picture

Plenty to lick our chops for on Saturday.  Smith potentially seizing a golden opportunity, C. Grant's continuing improvment, Decker solidifying his play, and Dontre getting more touches.  Come on down SDSU.

ChillitownBuck30's picture

If Curtis Grant has truly adjusted to the mental aspect of the game it could be HUGE!  Everyone knows the physical gifts are there.  I have been waiting patiently for this guy to "get it".  To me he could be the most important player we need to see improvement from.  It would definitely help our young D-line throughout the season.  Or, considering they only gave up about 2 yds a carry this past weekend, could help them to be even more dominate.  

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