Despite Being Limited With A Foot Injury, Jeff Heuerman Says He's Playing Saturday

By Tim Shoemaker on August 27, 2014 at 7:43p

On an offense surrounded by question marks and a game with Navy just days away, one of Ohio State's surest things coming into the season isn't so sure right now.

Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, who had 26 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns last year, is still hampered by a foot injury that has limited him since the spring.

But despite not being 100 percent, Heuerman said he plans on taking the field Saturday when the Buckeyes travel to Baltimore to face the Midshipmen.

“I’m playing Saturday," Heuerman said, "but it’s just kind of one of those things how much. It’s a long season is the way the coaches are handling it so you’ve gotta kind of look at the big picture a lot. I’ll definitely be out there on Saturday, though, there’s no doubt about that.”

While it's still up in the air how much Heuerman, who was named a captain Monday, will play, junior Nick Vannett has been taking most of the reps during training camp.

Vannett has always been a No. 2 option for the Buckeyes at the tight end position, but Heuerman said he fully expects him to contribute in a more expanded role against Navy.

“He’s been awesome," Heuerman said of Vannett. "It’s his first training camp where’s he really had to be the main guy day in and day out with me limited and me out a lot of practices so he’s really grown up and he’s had a great fall camp."

"It’s something we needed in that room because we haven’t had a whole lot of depth in years past. In this offense, man, you can’t run it with just one tight end. You’re gonna have to have someone else go in there and do a lot of things so it’s nice to have him really coming along and growing up so it’ll be a fun year for both of us.”


  • Heuerman said he's impressed with how redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett handles his business on the field.
  • Heuerman said when he had surgery on his foot he knew it was a sixth-month injury and he's in month five of that recovery right now. "It’s just kind of one of those things you’ve gotta deal with and we’ll get through it and get better every day and we’ll see what happens on Saturday."
  • Heuerman is looking forward to playing in an NFL stadium: "It'll be fun to start the year off and hopefully start it off right."
  • Heuerman said coaches have not talked about the last time Ohio State played Navy: "I didn't even know that until you just told me that."

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nm_buck's picture

Heuermann is the MAN.  Here's hoping he has a huge season.

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

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CC's picture

Anyone else have the same feeling they did when we were told they were easing Braxton back in?  Me neither...

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RoyWalley's picture

Yes, exactly what i was thinking.  Something tells me we won't see too much of him playing this season.

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rekrul's picture

Yea, this is kind of worrisome.  Foot soreness after a surgery on a large athletic guy who will be called to block, catch and run...  Please have no set backs... 

Out Work, Out Think, Out Play!!!

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Ahh Saturday's picture

He needs to not re-injure that foot. Rest him against Navy and have him ready for VT, or if necessary bring him out for the B1G opener.

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Take a redshirt and come back with Braxton

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nikolajz1's picture

The amount of injuries already this season is worrying as heck. 

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awlinBrutus's picture

well Lattimore injured his hamstring 5 months ago running track in HS so that made me feel a little better about the injuries in fall camp. if that makes sense.


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Faded Trey's picture

TE's that have good hands are great targets for young QB's. I would expect a lot of production from the TE's this year. 

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THE's picture

Well okay then...

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

Easy, big fella...If he is cleared to play, great. Don't want to risk more serious injury.

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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BoFuquel's picture


I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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Hovenaut's picture

Give it a go, Jeff. You've earned it.

But please know I wouldn't mind seeing you go later in the season than sooner if need be.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Know your limits so you don't make your injury worse.

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

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MN Buckeye's picture

I'm glad the kid has fire and wants to compete. But get back into game shape gradually.

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What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

At this point it is just easier for them to tell us who isn't injured.

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Catfish Biff's picture

He sees a team that needs him and he wants to step up. I hope his commitment to the team doesn't stop him from making a rational decision if he really can't go.

..Til' we wobble in our shoes!

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Montana silver bullet's picture

He will be ready for the B1G season, Vannett is a damn good TE that 3/4 of the B1G would love to have. Fear not 11dubbers, as long as Vannett doesn't have the injury bug bite him, we'll be in good shape come October----

Montana Silver Bullet

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keeponbraxtonmebabe's picture

Miller City Wildcats normally have quick recovery times and play through these types of injuries.

Balkestud's picture


It gets kind of rough in the back of my limousine,



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Seattle Linga's picture

I am so glad we have so many offensive weapons that can take it to the house at anytime.

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E2Brutus's picture

Sounds like Jeff is on the mend. Great to hear for him. All those worried about another braxton fluke don't worry. He'll be fine

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DBell8's picture

Everyone's worried about camp injuries but don't forget guys, we are playing football here so there's always going to be some guys getting injured. Dylan Thompson and Ezekiel Elliot are the only guys who have sustained a new injury in camp.

apack614's picture

Good luck!

I can't wait to poop in the PL bathroom.

OHinTN's picture

I'm glad Heuerman is playing, but like most comments, I'd rather see him healthy.  I'm anxious to see what Marcus Baugh can bring to the table as there hasn't been much talk of him.  Didn't Sam Hubbard move to TE as well?

mphillips87's picture

Hopefully we get a big lead early and Heuerman doesn't need to play too long. Also gives the younger guys a chance to get their feet wet. 

buckeye phi's picture

After what happened to Braxton Miller, let's hope they're being extra, extra cautious bringing him along.

A new quarterback plus an inexperienced offensive line equals a heavy dependence on the tight end.  Especially, early in the year.

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers