The Juice Was Flowing When Ohio State Started Two-a-Days Saturday Morning

By Patrick Maks on August 9, 2014 at 12:01p

Welcome to the hardest part of the summer for members of the Ohio State football team. 

The Buckeyes started two-a-days Saturday morning at its offsite campground at Ackerman Field. The coaching staff, of course, brought a certain fire that made last week's practices look like walk-throughs. 

For example, during the stretching portion of practice open to the media, head coach Urban Meyer was among of chorus of voices barking at the players to "do it right" over and over. By their tone, you would've thought they'd just fumbled the football ball on the goal line in the national championship. It was that kind of day. 


  • Ezekiel Elliott missed Saturday morning's practice after undergoing wrist surgery, according to a report. He's expected to return some time late next week.
  • Senior quarterback Braxton Miller threw the football during warmups and off to the side with Devin Smith, but it looks like Meyer and Co. are still easing him back into a practice and bigger workload. Miller, who had shoulder surgery in February, was limited much of last week as a precautionary measure. 
  • Warren Ball was out of his boot this morning. The redshirt sophomore running back suffered a foot injury earlier this summer. 
  • Ball, linebacker Trey Johnson and cornerback Marshon Lattimore spent at least the first 30 minutes of practice jogging around the field and doing exercises with head strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti. All three were limited during the portion of the session open to the media. 
  • So was redshirt freshman defensive lineman Michael Hill, who spent time off to the side on a stationary bike. 
  • Meyer spent some of the stretching period talking to J.T. Barrett, Rod Smith and Jeff Heuerman. 
  • During offensive line drills, junior left tackle Taylor Decker repetitively shouted "I appreciate you coach" to offensive line coach Ed Warinner. The drill, according to Warinner, was intended to save their legs in preparation for the rest of a long day.

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

I feel you Taylor Decker..  Lol

For Offensive Lineman two-a-days are the worst

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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CGroverL's picture

+1....I never got to 2 a-days in high school football, but maybe that is why our football team went (0-10) and won 7 games in my 4 years there. Football practice was easy in high school. Baseball try-outs were unbelievably hard though. After each of the 3 days of try-outs, the entire team was ordered to jump up and down with our hands above our heads for who knows how long. Every 5 minutes or so, our manager would call some players into his office and tell the rest of us that we weren't jumping high enough. Those players called into the office  would then walk out to continue jumping and the coach would call a few more players in. I never got called into the office. I just noticed that day 2 of try-outs had WAY less players, and on day 3 of try-outs, we were told after practice..."Welcome boys, to the Colonial High School Baseball team. My coach NEVER cut anyone. His outlook on basic coaching was "Get in shape, and everything else comes easy". We were never given uniforms (or nicknames that you had to keep ALL SEASON whether you liked your nickname or not) until after week 2 was over. That was because we ran 5 miles before and after EVERY practice. We always had a few players cut themselves after the saw they were going to have to run 10 miles a day.

My nickname was "Brain" because I was a catcher that happened to be the only player on the team that knew how to keep an accurate scorebook. Luckily, after our first time running the 40, Coach changed my nickname to "Night Train" which was much nicer than "Brain".

Honestly though...I went through HELL in high school baseball. Before the season started, our manager would make us take donations from people for us to play a baseball game where the donator gave us a certain amount (normally 1 cent to 5 cents per inning) and the games were 100 innings long. After all of what our coach put us through physically in Florida's heat (five 100 inning baseball games where the losing team ran 10 miles on their own time, plus the 10 miles daily anyway, forcing us to slide head first unless it was a play a home plate where we were told to think running back and touchdown, and the dreaded jumping during try-outs)....I couldn't imagine anything harder except being a Buckeye football player or possibly the Navy Seal training I've seen on TV. Being that a lot of our kids are 260+ pounds, I, too feel for them. I think of what I did in high school baseball as easy, even if it was run like a military and our coach would send us off running for not yelling "Mine! Mine! Mine!" loud enough for the people in the classrooms to hear it when you were calling off another player on a fly ball. I see these kids in Scarlet and Gray dying for a water bottle and coaches like Vrabel was screaming at them for not doing everything perfectly and I really, truly feel for them.

They are out there killing themselves for playing time, and those offensive linemen have to have it the worst. All I normally care about is a few pics and vids of the preseason, I kinda totally forgot WHY these guys go out every year and are favorites at around a 90% clip. This hell they are going through is why they are almost always favorites in their games. This is the work that counts and brings it all together. Without 11W, I'd be lost.

Here's to the OL....and everyone else, including the coaching staff. We are a little beat up. Let's try our best to be injury free guys. Go Buckeyes!

"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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warosu's picture

Good stuff! Too bad you got Dv for your pov!!!!

German Buckeye's picture

True but he can never post without reaching a minimum 500 words.  Might be good stuff but most aren't willing to read everything he posts, just too long.

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HeuermanTheFireman's picture

If your coach honestly made you run ten miles a day then he is a jackass.

The person responsible for toes clearly wanted you to stub them.

+3 HS
Buckeye-in-pitt's picture

I play baseball, and my coaches preach fitness and strength as much as anyone, but what you did sounds insane. I mean yeah we have lifting and workout sessions that everyone dreads, but nothing like torturous jumping that you had to do. That sounds more the like military than baseball practice. Would love to hear what your coach has to say

zjhousley's picture

Nice book....  with that being said you're full of shit!!! 100 innings... such a joke

Hovenaut's picture

That picture is glorious - from Neurnberger kicking, to Urban (almost unintentionally photo-bombing) to #89 (Jeff Greene?) getting some serious air. 

+9 HS
CGroverL's picture

I dunno...I could almost never remember their names without their names on the back of their jerseys for the young guys. The list I have has Jeff Greene with jersey #89.

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



Hovenaut's picture

You're right, according to the OSU athletic website (as of 7/14), Greene is 89:

The roster listed here on 11W has Greene with #8 (just pointing out):

Either way, dude has some serious vert. 

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I still cannot believe they haven't considered putting 15-20lbs on Greene and making him a TE.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

PancakeWarrior's picture

21 more days, I get so pumped seeing pics of our Buckeyes working hard

OSU069's picture

Hopefully Braxton is ready to go full speed soon. 

+1 HS
FROMTHE18's picture

I'm good with Braxton being eased back, will help develop Cardale and JT further. 

+5 HS
allinosu's picture

Agreed but I feel JT is our man.

73buckeye's picture

I drove by Ackerman on 315 this morning and could see the practice through the trees. What a sight. Heaven couldn't be better for a Bucks fan. 


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dubjayfootball90's picture

That Decker tidbit is awesome, got a nice laugh out of it. Good luck to all Buckeyes for a safe, healthy and productive Ackerman experience.

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

+3 HS
Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I bet Meyer was telling Rod that he was going to be the #1 RB. You can't convince me otherwise.

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

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CGroverL's picture

Since all of the horses in the stable are strong, any RB will work, in my opinion....BUT...I believe Rod Smith has been waiting and working hard mentally on his game. He and I know that he is where he is at because of trying to take EVERY run to the house which made him feel invincible to the point that he didn't do the most important thing as a Buckeye RB...and that is: HOLD ON TO THE BALL. There is no doubt in my mind that Rod Smith is the best back when it comes to the size/speed factor and I love the fact that he is within a pound or 2 of Eddie George only Eddie George NEVER had the jets that Rod Smith has.

Eddie George lost his job to Raymont Harris because of fumbling and luckily for Buckeye Nation, Eddie was given another chance. Rod Smith, as I have always said, is Eddie George AGAIN. If he gets the starting job, which I hope he has EARNED (His name keeps getting mentioned more and more and his 6'3" frame holding a very fast 235 pound body can take the ball to the house in a way that "El Guapo" couldn't) and hasn't gotten because of Elliot's injury, Meyer has known it the entire time. If Smith gets his chance, there is no reason that the ball can't be spread around to all of the RB's...but Smith IS and HAS to be the key. He's bigger, faster, and unlike Jordan Hall, he hasn't gotten the RB position so mixed up because he was NEVER big enough or fast enough. We have the speed and need the size. Smith can do the job.

"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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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

I'm sure Rod Smith will be given every chance to earn playing time, but hasn't done a single thing to merit comparisons with Eddie George. In fact, Rod Smith hasn't had a year approaching Eddie's junior year, much less his senior year. So let's see him win the job before he gets compared to a Heisman winner who ran for over 1000 yards twice. 

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allinosu's picture

I feel this year it doesn't matter as much as in the past whose #1. I think the hot hand will rule.

+2 HS
BroJim's picture

Hopefully we are full speed by 30th.

I season my simple food with hunger

Holy_Buckeye's picture

Ezekiel Elliott will be the starter and will lead the RB's in rushing yards.

Go Bucks! 

Holy_Buckeye's picture

Urban likes speed and Elliot is 220 plus that runs a 4.4.He's going to be a beast.

Go Bucks! 

+4 HS
GreatLakesMike's picture

"I appreciate you coach"


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ShoeHolder's picture

In my head I think Decker really meant: "Thank you sir. May I have another? Thank you sir. May I have another?"

I preferred my suspensions out of school. I needed to check in on what those Hollywood Squares were up to.

+11 HS
GOOMBAY's picture

During offensive line drills, junior left tackle Taylor Decker repetitively shouted "I appreciate you coach" to offensive line coach Ed Warinner.

Translation: "Serenity now!!!"

+1 HS
GVerrilli92's picture

It's Rod Smith's time.

I thought he was a better looking back then Hyde on some of his carries last year.

This is great for the team though, imagine this: Zeek and Rod in the same backfield with Dontre out wide OR in the back of the diamond.

I got a gray kitty, white kitty, tabby too, and a little orange guy who puts snakes in my shoes. Got mad MC skills, that leave ya struck, and I roll with my kitties and I'm hard as f*ck.

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cinserious's picture

How about Rod and Zeke flanking Braxton with Dontre in the slot and Coitis Samuel bringing up the rear of the 'diamond'. 

I like 'dem numbas'

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

2002osubuck's picture

Elliott's definitely the better all around RB, with his pass catching ability and speed, but I wouldn't mind if Rod Smith finally dominates the opponent. Smith looked great in the highlights I've seen from fall camp. He could really make it one helluva backfield with Elliott and Miller. 

-1 HS
buckeyeT24's picture

One of my main concerns at this point is the amount of reps Braxton lost sitting out in the spring and now this. I just hope his timing is on point in the following weeks to come. 

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cinserious's picture

Say it with me now: "In Urbs we trust. In Urbs we trust. In Urbs we....."

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

swainpm's picture

Keep it up is the time to do your thing and let the cream rise to the top. Gonna be a helluva competition at RB; it would really be fun to see on a daily basis, sooo much talent.

BuckeyeRef's picture

@CGroverL --- dude, this comment section is what it is...A COMMENT SECTION, not an audition for a publisher to see your novel. With all due respect, you MAY have some excellent points but in case you haven't heard, the world is now living in a 140-character period of time. I bet you don't have a Twitter account because you can't say anything of relevance in under 140 characters....

Go Bucks!!!!

-1 HS