It Never Really Left, But Ohio State Football is Officially Back in Columbus

By Patrick Maks on August 4, 2014 at 7:15p

Football is back at Ohio State, but it really never leaves a place like Columbus, Ohio.

It was with great splendor, though, when coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes opened their annual fall camp Monday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. 

The hot afternoon marks the beginning of a 2014 campaign that's more or less about settling unfinished business. After winning 24-straight games, Ohio State finished the season with back-to-back losses to Michigan State and Clemson. "The Chase" for Big Ten and national championships remains a mission in progress.

Extra motivation, Meyer said, should be a non-factor.

"I made the comment, is there a chip on your shoulder and do this. We always take notice throughout the year and we have to utilize motivation, I’ve said this before, it’s probably not a very good team. We’ll use it, but you’re looking at a bad team probably," he said.

"Last year I think is in everybody’s minds, I don’t mind it being there. But we just gotta get better. I think those are all good storylines but if we do have to use stuff to motivate a team -- we’ve had to -- that’s a bad team usually." 


  • Meyer confirmed that defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been reinstated to the team. Sprinkle, a redshirt freshman, pled no contest to charges filed against him after a brawl at the Grown & Sexy Lounge in Lorain. Additional cocaine and drug paraphernalia charges were dropped. Meyer said Sprinkle lost his scholarship for the summer and will be suspended for the team's opener against Navy. He'll have to do community service every week to get back into the good graces of the coaching staff. "I was shocked, because I've known Sprinkle for two or three years now." 
  • Meyer also confirmed offensive lineman Tommy Brown has left the team. "He just wanted to go play. Tommy's a good kid."
  • On the first day of camp, freshmen practice in the morning and upperclassmen practice in the afternoon. Such was not the case for linebacker Raekwon McMillan and wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, who spent their days with their older counterparts. "It’s rare we do that, they also made champions club and I don't know I've ever had freshmen who make champions club on purpose ... They act like pros, act like gown men. So we let them practice with the grown men today."
  • Meyer said senior quarterback Braxton Miller "wasn't as sharp today ... he got tired." Meyer added Miller, who had shoulder surgery in February, has had a great legacy.
  • Meyer said he thinks he'll eventually talk to Miller about his legacy. "I think we will, we never have. The one thing that's missing is a championship. He went 12-0 but he needs a championship. I think every great player is measured by championships whether it be NFL, NBA, college football. We haven't had that conversation yet but at the right time, probably. He knows. You don't have to have a lot of conversation with him about that. 
  • Meyer said cornerback Gareon Conley missed practice because of flulike symptoms. Conley is expected to contend for a starting job on an Ohio State pass defense that finished 112th last season. 
  • Meyer said a focus remains on filling the left guard position. "What are we gonna do about the left guard." Meyer added Antonio Underwood, Joel Hale, Chase Farris and Billy Price are candidates for the starting spot.
  • Defensive lineman Michael Hill received a medical redshirt for 2013, according to an Ohio State spokesman. He played early last season before getting dinged up. 

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toad1204's picture
Actual football news...

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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ECSAGESTER's picture

So with Reeves at nickel and Conley out with the flu, does that clear the way for Eli Apple to start against Navy opposite Doran Grant? Is there any chance Apple gets passed by one of the freshmen (Smith, Lattimore, Webb)? 

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villagebuckeye's picture

Just because it looks like Reeves will be the starting nickel doesn't mean he won't be the starting corner.  I do believe that is the way it was in the Spring

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ECSAGESTER's picture

So when there's no nickel, you're saying that Reeves is opposite Grant and when there is a nickel, somebody else replaces him at corner? That seems kind of strange, and there's also been the reports that the Bucks will use a lot of nickel. Wouldn't it make more sense to have a definitive nickel and a definitive corner? 

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exnwohiobuckfan's picture

A lot of teams do it, actually. They slide one starter into the nickel spot and bring in someone to.cover his spot.

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BuckNutzGasMan's picture

Lee and Worley are the "nickle" in the base set. Right? Speedy, light, do it all LBs?

acBuckeye's picture

It's what Tressel used to do with Malcolm Jenkins. In a nickel D, he'd play the slot.

OSUBias's picture

He's not gonna have the flu for a month, good god man. It's not the plague. 

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

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ECSAGESTER's picture

Who says it's not Ebola? Ever considered that, Dr. OSUBias?

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

As long as they don't catch what Michigan has . . . Noballas.

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Ghbuck23's picture

Haha Noballas

Win Baby , Win

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Myc24's picture

Good God, I'm glad it's finally August! 

"Because I couldn't go for three!"  - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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dubjayfootball90's picture

I have yet to read this, but I am so excited that I am going to say this is freakin' awesome. I can't control myself!!!

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

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Good to see Urban giving Sprinkle a second chance. I say keep him on a very short lease leash and let him earn his keep back.


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southernstatesbuckeye's picture

The three month lease is the shortest they give, I believe.

I like cookies.

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Ah, thanks for the catch. Fixed.


southbuc's picture

The kid will never outlive jokes about his name now. 

FROMTHE18's picture

Bit surprising that Samuel wasn't with the 'big boys' this afternoon given how frequently the reports mention him as being a guy that will see plenty of action this season. I read something on 247sports that it also had to do with the fact Dixon and Kwon were early enrollees. Day 1 down, lets do this.

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

Wasn't Samuel an early enrollee as well? I vaguely remember him being in the spring game.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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Groveport Heisman's picture

So Conley likely has Ebola, Brax in the worst shape of his life, offensive line is in shambles, WR's and LB units are so bad they are being led by true freshmen. Did I miss anything? =) God its great that football is back. 

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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irishfury's picture

LOL soooo funny when I read the flu like syptoms I was like he better not give the whole team ebola.  Anywho exciting news about Dixon and McMillan.  I think its the fact that they enrolled early helped recruit and where first to the gym everyday.

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CGroverL's picture

The way I took all of the garbage ( but funny garbage) that you guys have been trying to throw out, Conley may be like day-to-day for week #2, right? I have heard that the anti-biotics for Ebola are known to have awful side effects such as: profuse sweating, migraine headache, lack of appetite and massive weight gain, sleeplessness, excitability, anal leakage, diarrhea, and mild death. Let's all hope things work out right for Mr. Ebola catchy? Does the flu take a month to get over? I've never had Ebola or the flu. I don't catch colds either. I get all of the serious stuff like the things you hear about on TV where lawsuits are involved. I've had a wrist broken by Warren Sapp, juvenile arthritis, scarlet fever, drug addiction, drug addiction relapses, and other things that I'll keep to myself...I can't have my wife know that more plumbers get Hepatitis than at any other profession....she is a plumber, too though. I don't want her is back.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



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ohiowhitesnake's picture

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

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PasadenaBuckeye626's picture
Football is here!!

Go Bucks!

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Knarcisi's picture

I like that Dixon and Kwon got to practice with the upper classmen. That means they earned it, and that means good things. 

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Yes, I like what I'm hearing. 

buckeyebfd's picture

I would think whoever picked one of those two in the black stripe game has the early edge

Knarcisi's picture

So, LG is open. That assumes Decker at LT, Baldwin at RT (which I didn't think was certain yet), and Elfein at RG. I didn't think that C was settled yet between Boren and Lindsay. What about one of these guys at C and one at LG? By the way, it's about damn time for Dodson to step up. 

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Knarcisi's picture

A few more tidbits I picked up on Ozone ...

1. Hubbard moved back to LB (which I like).

2. James Clark showed to practice and move without limit.  That's obviously great news. 

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avail31678's picture

Amen to the James Clark update!  Dude is blazing fast, and I can't wait to see him light things up.

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Brandon26841's picture

I actually liked the idea of Hubbard at TE better. Just seemed like a better fit.

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

I think he's a better fit anywhere due to his athletic ability. The coaches have to figure out his mental/football skills. Maybe he has pan hands and putting him at TE would be a waste? Maybe he has Lauranitis-esque instincts and is always in a good position?

Trust the Urbz!

"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews

Gametime's picture

I wouldn't be surprised if they start giving Hubbard burn at that "walkout" LB position given he already has great size and experience playing safety like Lee & Worley. 

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

BroJim's picture

Hell yes!

I season my simple food with hunger

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TresselKrenzel23's picture

All we need is a Matt Hayes vomit piece and the season will really be back!

"Go Bucks!" -Jesus, probably

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KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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FROMTHE18's picture

would sure like to see James Clark get some PT. Was really excited when he signed with OSU. 

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THEOSUfan's picture

It's the most wonderful time of the year.  I don't care what Santa says.  I have my DVR cleared out to accomodate all the CFB shows, pre-game shows, and games.  I'm stocking up on all my favorite game day foods and drinks that are bad for me.  I still have to get my ECG to make sure I'll survive the season

JoeAndSo's picture

"...I don't know I've ever had freshmen who make champions club on purpose" ... favorite line of this article

"¯\_(ツ)_/¯"  - Joey Bosa

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GreatLakesBeer's picture

Im so hungry for football that i get mad at 11w if they dont post a new article every 5 mins

If you will it dude, it is no dream