In Prep for the Hardest 2 Weeks of the Summer, Ohio State Moves Into Team Hotel

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

In preparation for the hardest two weeks of the summer, Ohio State moved into its team hotel Thursday morning. Joshua Perry packed light.  

“I brought a couple of pairs of underwear and I’m gonna rotate them on my loop. I brought my laptop so I could Skype,” the junior linebacker said. “I got my cellphone and my headphones and that’s it. I brought a couple of books I like to read a little bit.”

Because the next six practices of the team’s annual fall camp are two-a-days engineered to break the Buckeyes down before building them back up. This is where the, um, real fun begins.

"We really haven’t even gotten into the hard stuff, a lot of those younger guys, they don’t know what’s coming. Two-a-days start on Saturday and once you move into the hotel it’s real," senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said.

"You’ve gotta be mentally tough. Your mind tells your body what it can do and I think a lot of guys think it’s the other way around when it’s not. I think mental toughness is the key. You’re on the grind, you’re gonna be tired, you’re not gonna get a whole lot of sleep, and it’s a long two weeks."

That's why he, Perry and a handful of other players brought little with them to the hotel. There’s really no need, and no time, for anything else that could be considered a distraction. In fact, coach Urban Meyer and Co. might ask you bring even less.

“We just drive our cars back to the Woody and park in the lot. When you go inside, you give them your keys and you don’t see them for two weeks,” Heuerman said. “Last year, we gave up our phones for a week during the day. We just had them at night and when we got to the facility in the morning, we gave up our phones for the whole day. I don’t know if that’s the plan for this year or not, but we did that last year." 

Because the point of camp and moving into a team hotel is two-fold. The first, of course, is to prepare Ohio State for an upcoming campaign loaded with Big Ten and national championship hopes. The second purpose is to act as impetus for bonding. 

"I think that’s one of the most important things. The more time we spend together and the more time we get to know each other, especially with the young guys here now, I think the better for the team," Perry said.

"It’s also something when you go through camp, which is tough, together. So everybody’s going through the same experiences. At the end of the day, you can come back to the same hotel knowing that you’ve got guys next to you going through the same thing."

After all, that 6 a.m. wakeup call will take getting some time to get used to. So will back-to-back practices in the heat of August. 

"We're just basically building that trust, getting to know each other. I feel like our theme has been brotherhood and trust," redshirt sophomore safety Tyvis Powell said.

"I feel like just spending time with everybody and getting to know them, you kind of build that relationship and make a stronger bond on the field."

And for a team that's on a mission to finish unfinished business this fall, it could pay dividends. 


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Kwanblaze's picture

Was just telling my son this today. This is his first experience with two-a-days. He's a freshman linebacker at Wayne in Huber heights. I was telling him how iIt builds the team camaraderie and this is where the team comes together. Love this article and just let him read it. GO BUCKS! 

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avail31678's picture

Wayne in Huber Heights....WHERE have I heard of that high school before?!

Kwanblaze's picture

Literally laughed out loud.

Big Papa's picture

I remember them well. I am a 1987 Wayne HS Grad. Go Warriors. 

"To be the man you've gotta beat the man and just when you think you have all the answers, I change the question." The Nature Boy, Ric Flair

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Kwanblaze's picture

'87 Fairborn grad. Go Skyhawks!

Dougger's picture

Hope they don't get parking tickets racked up at the WHAC. 

(And that everyone stays healthy of course)

I like football

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Barnsey69's picture

Only thing missing is a midnight run all the way to Gettysburg, and a speech from Denzel.

Good luck fellas, build us a winner!


Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Is it weird that I used to love two-a-days?

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Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

I remember when we had a couple three-a-days. I absolutely loved it. Don't get me wrong, it would knock you down and drag you through the mud, but in between practices and afterwards, the sense of accomplishment of pure camaraderie is unparalleled. They're not blowing smoke when they say how much closer it makes you, especially if you are in the same hotel the entire time!

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

CC's picture

Did you love them at the time?  I love them in hindsight but at the time all I could think about were 3 things, my head hurt (constant cuncussion?), I was sore and i didn't want to get back into wet pads and pants.  Otherwise I was good.

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Knarcisi's picture

Yes, very weird. I hated them. 

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Zimmy07's picture

Maybe your coach did not literally try to kill the entire team by running them to death.

I remember sitting against the wall in my pads & uniform during the break mechanically eating grapes being too tired to even think.  About anything.

And then we got to run some more in the 2nd part.  I'm pretty sure I saw God on one of the 300m sprints one time.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Man... Two-a-days is something I do not miss. I miss football in general, though. This article brought back memories. Football is here, ya'll!!!

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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buckeyedude's picture

I think it's a good move to take the phones away during the day. It's hard to text while one is playing cornerback for Ohio State. I'd let them have them back at the end of the day so they can tell their parents and girlfriends how sore they are.



whiskeyjuice's picture

I wonder if they are going to listen to "Rocky" training montages all day.

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

CC's picture

I grew up and worked around Philly, most of the places in the montage still look the same.  Thanks for sending me down memory lane.

Buckeye1996's picture

I remember two a days very well. The first thing that pops in my head about those times is that one of our coaches graduated from florida. He used to make this homemade hydration concoction which he said was the same as gatorade. Stuff tasted great, but was very concentrated when compared to today's gator brew. I think I threw up gallons of that stuff during two a days, and our football teams still sucked.

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Byaaaahhh's picture

And thus, Powerade was introduced to the market.

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andretolstoy's picture

One thing I loved about football was that you had to practice and get in shape in order to survive practice...

May the Lord bless their effort.