Spring Practice Updates: Offense

By Kyle Rowland on March 6, 2014 at 8:18p

Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley, Andrew Norwell, Marcus Hall, all gone. Carlos Hyde, gone. Philly Brown, gone. Braxton Miller, injured.

Needless to say, there are some holes in Ohio State’s high-powered offense this spring. But the Buckeyes aren’t worried. They’ve reloaded, and in only two days of practice, potential starters and leaders are emerging.

In the first year of the four-team playoff, there are high expectations in Columbus. The football-mad city is depending on the unit to contribute to another memorable season.


  • Offensive line coach Ed Warinner said Taylor Decker was the best linemen at the end of last season. He expects Decker to continue playing at that level this year.
  • The starting offensive line could be decided in the spring or late-August, Warinner said. He’s going to be patient and make the right decisions. There’s no fire drill.
  • When mentioning true freshman Marcelys Jones, Warinner dropped a “wow.” He said Jones could crack rotation as a freshman.
  • Antonio Underwood is 100 percent after suffering a torn ACL during fall camp last season. Warinner is pleased with what he’s seen so far.
  • Taylor Decker said there’s a sense of urgency on the O-Line. He said guys are working hard to show a good impression.
  • Decker said he's embraced a leadership role. Jacoby Boren named himself, Decker and Pat Elflein as leaders.
  • The most important thing for new linemen, according to Decker, is to develop confidence and be consistent.
  • Decker said the focus isn’t on who’s been lost, but who remains. The offensive line is concentrating hard on improving and developing together as a unit.
  • Battling for the starting center position are Boren and Billy Price. Boren is the presumptive starter and working with the ones, but he said Price is competing well.
  • Learning from Warinner and Corey Linsley has benefitted Boren greatly, he said. Right now, tempo and establishing good communication is key. That’s one of the biggest responsibilities for any center.
  • Offensive coordinator Tom Herman said it’s a blessing in disguise that Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett are getting so many quality reps with the first-team offense. Come fall, Herman said he’s 100 percent confident OSU will have one or more reliable backup quarterbacks.
  • Jones and Barrett each have strengths and weaknesses. At the moment, Herman wants to work on strengths, then try and correct deficiencies.
  • The competition at backup quarterback and offensive line has upped the competition, according to Herman.
  • Herman’s reaction when asked if 10- second rule has any merit: raised eyebrows, wry smile.
  • Herman said the Braxton cam is used to keep him involved this spring and hold him accountable with responsibilities. So far, Herman’s been impressed with the audio part. He said they’re trying to keep Miller involved and accountable.
  • Part of the reason for the video is to get Miller up to speed on terminology. Herman said he’s football smart, but he just needs to work on explaining what he sees in football terms. It will be a major benefit next year when NFL personnel interview him.
  • Stephen Collier is fine, Herman said. They talked today and Herman said Collier told him he’s trying to survive. Herman said the freshman is doing OK in drills and just learning.

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UrbanCulture's picture

Not even sure how to interpret this

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buckeyedexter's picture

If Meyer didn't think Fickell shouldn't be there, he wouldn't be there, and I trust Meyer.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Well Said Dexter

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buckguyfan1's picture
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tussey's picture

In reference to leaders emerging, was there anyone else who stepped up beside the offensive linemen?  Any WRs?

stcburn's picture

I like the Marcelys Jones comments!

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swainpm's picture

STCBurn that is the only line that really stuck with me from this practice update. Jones was one of our least heralded line recruits too...not sure if this means the others will be that much better or if it means recruiting rankings are crap. I'd prefer to believe Meechy and friends will be monsters.

Chise47's picture

Yes, this jumped out at me as well.

Good to hear that the young man who was the 1st to commit, & from O-H-I-O is doing well. He spent time kicking off/FG's & finished his senior year on the D-line. Now that he has time to concentrate on his specific area of expertise under Coach Ed on the field, & Coach Mick off it, I believe we will see that mean streak that shows up so much when U watch him on film blocking.

I wonder if because he didn't post comments here on 11W's, or he & his parents didn't start up a website about his recruiting, can he ever be a 'fan' favorite on this site after all the B.S. that was typed about him?

B1G Marcelys fan here!!! Go get 'em young Man!!!

Defend Youngstown's picture

There's a reason Saban visited him, and offered him before he even offered Lattimore and Smith.

chirobuck's picture

yeah no kidding, I will gladly come back here and eat crow....I was very outspoken about how just from what I saw that I though M Jones would never contribute and he would be the bust of the class.....I'm not ashamed to come back and admit I was wrong and you can all yell at me, call me names, throw rocks at me ect....


^ best post ever ^

buckeyedexter's picture

We have so much young talent I'm so excited for this year!  I have really high expectations this year, more so than the last 2.

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buckeye4life050233's picture

Tim may just reported Von Bell had surgery on his MCL for injury from Tuesday's practice, and now Austin Ward has it too...

:( good news is the timeline that he will be back come may and won't impact much other than not getting the spring reps

Shangheyed's picture

OLine is key to Buckeye success this year... Lot of holes to fill and nice to see even Freshmen in the discussion shows there is open competition.  They certainly will be tested every day in practice vs one of the better Dlines in the country. 

DLB1276's picture

I found the rest of Luke Fickell's response tho questions about his job: last season is just like a story I know called "The Puppy Who Lost His Way." The world was changing, and the puppy was getting... bigger. [Later] So, you see, the puppy was like industry. In that, they were both lost in the woods. And nobody, especially the little boy - "society" - knew where to find 'em. Except that the puppy was a dog. But the industry, my friends, that was a revolution. [Long pause] Ohio State football rules!

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AkronBuckeye13's picture

What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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FROMTHE18's picture

any tidbits about the WR's/RB's. Althought I am intrigued by the OL and how the backup QBs are doing, Im particularly interested in who we give the ball to on offense with having to replace Philly, Hyde, etc. WR should be a very entertaining competition.

PittBuckeye's picture

I think there are more Taylor Decker quotes in this article than I've ever seen before.

Hovenaut's picture

Great updates, especially the bits regarding the o-line and from Taylor Decker.

BuckWylde's picture

Ok, . . . so am I the only one that finds it to be more than a little interesting that Luke is assigned a co-coordinator every year since Meyer took over?  Could it be that Urban knows that Luke's really a position coach, but calls him a coordinator, to honor a stipulation he accepted upon his hiring on as HC? . . . is Lenzell secretly boinking Thad's daughter? . . . is Cait Craft a starter because she's Aaron's baby sis . . . hmmmm . . . stay tuned for more "Tales From The Script"

(sorry folks, but it's Friday and I'm just practicing being drunk, for later tonite . . . GO BUCKS!!! . . . yee-Ha!!!!!!!) 

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. -Adlai Stevenson, governor, US ambassador

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BuckWylde's picture

Just watched Cait Craft & the women's team dismantle #1 seeded Penn State in Women's B1G tourney. Cait went for 24 pts. and played like she read my previous post . . . just in case she did, I'm gonna challenge her to prove that she's as good as she played today by doin' it twice more so they can possibly win the tourney & the automatic NCAA bid.  . . .  GO "BUCKETTES!!!"

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. -Adlai Stevenson, governor, US ambassador

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Eastside Buckeye's picture

I can understand Fickell coming out and saying what's on his mind about the topic... But with this along with the comments back from the season of "are we winning" when the defense was struggling bother me. Makes me think he doesn't have his head on straight and let's the noise bother him... Then again I could be wrong but just my observations 

"Life is a course and imma shoot for par." - Dewayne Carter

osubuckeye4life's picture

Great to hear about Marcelys keep up the great work!


Thanks for the coverage Kyle!