Silver Bullet Points: Media Day 2013 Edition

Written August 11th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Lots of news and notes to catch you up on before Walter White gets back to work.

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    Absent- Donovan Munger has missed most of camp thus far with some academic issues, and now has a medical (blood clot?) that will see him redshirting for this season.  Najee Murray was also not present today, having been suspended for the team for at least the duration of training camp for a violation of team rules. Lots of speculation on this one, but at this point it’s only speculation.

  • Dinged- Curtis Grant is at MLB, but has been out for concussion issues; Jalin Marshall has also missed time for a similar injury. Norwell’s still struggling with plantar fasciitis and Linsley is also feeling the impact of practice schedule- both are expected to be fine. De’Van Bogard will also return to practice on Monday.
  • Off To The Races- The running backs are a “position of strength” for the team, according to Coach Meyer. Carlos Hyde is practicing hard, in spite of being suspended, and is helping the younger players develop. Jordan Hall will be in the “H” role, and says he feels healthier than he had in a long time- that he’s regained his passion to play. Ezekiel Elliott almost lost his black stripe on Saturday, but a late scrimmage fumble disrupted those plans.
  • Texans- Kenny Guiton talked about his hand being close to completely healed, and that he hasn’t lost any velocity off of his passes. Mike Mitchell was identified as a player that is sure to see some action this fall; he also spoke about how Ohio State’s stock is on the rise among Texas preps. Dontre Wilson was a highly sought after interview today- Coach Meyer indicated that he brought something to the team that was totally new, and numerous players spoke about how difficult it was to tackle him in space.  Wilson said that he ran a 4.33 during testing, and that he’d be willing to race Bradley Roby anytime.  He also spoke about practicing at running back, and carried with him a lot of confidence regarding both his abilities and the expectations for the team.
  • Speaking Of Roby- Coach Coombs commented that he’s been very pleased how Bradley has responded to his demotion to second string, pending the outcome of the legal situation in Bloomington.  Roby wasn’t available for interviews, but numerous other DBs talked about his role as a vocal leader for the team thus far.  In the 2013 senior picture, Roby (a red shirt junior) joined his classmates- he has said several times that this will be his last season in Columbus.
  • Life At Full Volume- Coach Coombs was more than excited (!) about the special teams this year, and Coach Meyer echoed those thoughts. Both pointed to the number of options in the return game, and said that scoring would be an expectation for this team. They also raved about punter Cameron Johnston, and called him a “weapon”. For his part, Johnston stated that Ohio State is “a big deal” in Australia, and that his transition to punting from Aussie Rules football has been smooth.  Bryce Haynes remains a silent assassin- you never notice him the same way you don’t notice the perfection of a Ferrari engine.
  • Getting Offensive- Braxton and Dontre have a great relationship, according to the coaches, and Evan Spencer continues to see his stock rise with solid performance.  Braxton’s mechanics and leadership is constantly praised by staff and teammates; for his part, he says that last year’s offense was about a “C” grade and there’s so much more to be gained.  Meyer called this team significantly faster than last years… Oh boy oh boy oh boy.
  • On The Line- Taylor Decker is the starting right tackle, and the staff is excited about what’s happening in the trenches on both sides of the ball.  Tommy Schutt, Chris Carter, Michael Hill and Billy Price were all singled out for their work on the defensive front, with Joey Bosa being another “rookie” that will see playing time, according to Meyer. Coach also spoke to Mike Vrabel’s work, coaching with the same intensity that he brought to his playing career.
  • New Threads- Jersey. Pants.
  • And Now- it gets real. Nine practices in six days at the Ackerman Road facility will “define the 2013 team”, according to Meyer. He’s talked a lot about the 1987 Buckeye team that started the season #2 but saw their chase for the championship derailed by distractions and a lack of focus.

3 Comments

  1. ZNo Gravatar
    August 11th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks for the updates. It sure looks like the freshmen will make an immediate impact.

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  2. CharlesNo Gravatar
    August 11th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I was a little surprised that Cameron said that Ohio State was a ‘big deal’ in Australia. I have definitely met a fair number of OSU fans here, including a couple who had no direct affiliation with the school, but in general the Aussies don’t pay much attention to American college sports. They don’t really understand why they are so popular here as they don’t really have the equivalent and the relationship between students and their university is very different here, much more businesslike and with less long term affection than in the States. Now maybe within those that play rugby or Aussie rules there is more attention paid to college sports and OSU may be a bigger deal there.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    August 12th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I’m guessing the latter.

    “Significantly faster than last year’s team”. Yowsa!

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