Ready for football season? Yeah, but are you in shape for gameday? Claire Crawford checks back in with a look at a member of Ohio State’s strength and conditioning staff, and his investment in helping all of the Buckeye State get in shape.
By the way, if you haven’t already, go check out Claire’s campaign to become the next Fox Sports Ohio Girl
Saturday July, 20th Matt Miller of Complete Nutrition and Anthony Schlegel, assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Ohio State Football team hosted the Slim Down Columbus boot camp. Leave it to a Marine and a former Buckeye linebacker to green light a boot camp in the middle of a thunderstorm. Leave it to me to be extraordinarily excited about doing boot camp in a thunderstorm.
Like lambs to slaughter boot campers of every fitness level gathered around Schlegel to receive an inspirational pep talk and a shot in the arm of confidence before, as Schlegel puts it, “Smashes our faces in”. Schlegel also outlined a few key principals that he tries to instill in his athletes. “Attitude and effort and crucial”, Schlegel claims. “if you have a crappy attitude, your effort will reflect your attitude. If you have a great attitude your effort will also reflect that.”
Because I am a glutton for punishment and have a sick sense of “fun” I gazed, wide eyed, upon the make-shift gauntlet with great anticipation. Harnesses, ladders, tractor tires, 45 pound plates, ropes, and 6 ft resistance bands were strategically placed for the boot camp battle ground. Read More
The Buckeyes head to “Horseshoe West” to meet Indiana in a B1G matchup. Lots of story lines here- Injuries abound, OSU’s two way player, resurgent IU team… it will be a good one.
Coach Meyer’s comments following the win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, courtesy of Fox Sports Ohio: (transcription provided by the Ohio State Athletic Department)
COACH MEYER: I want to give a lot of thanks to our crowd, the Buckeye Walk, the skull session. That was one of the great evenings in Columbus, in Ohio State. But I really appreciate that. I never want to let that go without telling the fans that. That was tremendous. Also, our student body and the quick cals, it’s really cool to watch guys really buy in, not only your team, but the fans. That was ‑‑ from the bottom of my heart, I want to make sure everybody knows that. I know it’s not a great story, but it’s a great story. That was a good thing for Ohio State.
Give credit where credit is due. I thought the first quarter was a trainwreck for our offense, but it was because they’re playing very good defense. And they weren’t doing a lot different. They came out and hit us in the mouth. We had to get going, but our offensive line eventually took over that game. And we have two good runners right now. We have a quarterback obviously that’s kind of ridiculous running the ball, and then Carlos Hyde is a guy that is starting to earn a lot of respect, other than that darn fumble. But he’s running hard. And then Rod Smith came in and pounded it, too.
So you can see what we are. We’re kind of a pound‑ya offense right now. I don’t mind that. I’ve not had a lot of those. But that’s a pound‑ya offense. And we still need to do some other things, but we also ‑‑ opportunity on the couple ‑‑ I think we had two touchdown passes, right? Just one touchdown pass, but another one down to the end zone.
Defense can get better. Created some turnovers, but can get better. Pleased with their effort, but we all know we can’t give up those kind of yards and those kinds of points and win the game. They fed off each other. And this team is buying in, and they’re doing a good job. Read More
Coach Meyer’s comments following the win over the California Golden Bears, courtesy of Fox Sports Ohio: (transcription provided by the Ohio State Athletic Department)
COACH MEYER: Thank you all for being here. The best thing about 3‑0 is a chance to go 4‑0. And that’s about it. We’ve enjoyed a win against a very quality opponent, Cal, very good athletes, well coached.
And our guys found a way. I have been in games before where I thought we were going to lose, where I just kept waiting I thought someone would make a play, I really did.
And to see Devin Smith, having an athletic quarterback to get you out of trouble sometimes, sometimes gets you in trouble. But what is going to happen is we’re going to have to be throw the ball, become efficient throwing. We’ve gotten better. You can take a look at the evolution in the past, what’s it been 12 months, or 24 months, whatever it’s been.
But since Braxton became our quarterback, he’s much better. But we’ve got a long way to go. It’s kind of turning into that kind of a world for us right now that there’s a lot of players, people, numbers, committed to stopping the run.
And the good thing is we are developing some receivers. Devin Smith had a hell of a day, made a couple of great plays. Philly Brown is a good player. Evan Spencer is coming along. Jake had a decent day.
We’re starting to develop a little bit of depth. And you think about where that was to where it is now. If this would have happened in April whatever the 7th, they said okay, they would be able to stop the run, I’d say I don’t know; we’d have to figure out a way to score. And I think we just have to do a good job of finding a way to throw the ball a little bit better.
On defense, bad tackling. That’s all I know, is bad tackling. We’ve gotta get that figured out. It’s time to play Ohio State defense and that wasn’t Ohio State defense at all.
We’ve got to get that thing worked out. I know it won’t be from a shortage of effort. We are going to get it worked out and go. John Simon played hurt today. Gave a little emotional speech in there.
He had a sore shoulder. They kept telling me all week, it should be fine, it should be fine; it just didn’t heal as fast as we hoped. Boy, he just lost it in the locker room as far as just sharing, opening up his soul for this team.
And I’ve done this a long time, man, and he’s as good ‑‑ you mark that down there, can you put a jersey up there or something that says John Simon, because that’s a grown‑ass man ‑‑ excuse my language ‑‑ that’s a guy.
If we have another child I want to name him, what is it, Urban John Simon Meyer or something like that. (Laughter) can’t wait for that headline. But that’s how much I love that guy. I’m not ashamed to say I love him. Love that guy. Man.
Makes all of us look in the mirror and say: Are we doing enough for our team. That guy, what he just did in there, not to give you too much of what went on in there, but am I doing enough. When I say I, as our coaching staff, are we doing enough? Are we doing as much as he’s doing? No. We’ve gotta do more. Gotta do more. Gotta get you fired up.
And that’s what this great game teaches you. With that said, great respect for the team we just played and the coach I know, best thing about 3‑0 is, what, a chance to go 4‑0 and get better. Read More
Coach Meyer’s comments following his first game as head coach of Ohio State, courtesy of Fox Sports Ohio: (transcription provided by the Ohio State Athletic Department)
COACH MEYER: Obviously pleased with the win, very pleased with the win. Obviously the first quarter was very poor football on our end. But you also want to give credit where credit’s due, and that’s Miami Ohio did a really good job defending a certain formation that we ran out, which is a base formation. Concerning down the road we need to make sure we make quicker adjustments, which we made some halftime adjustments.
But they have some good players. At quarterback, we were concerned going into the game that a future NFL football player will be hard to contain because he’s going to throw the ball. Gets it out real fast. Can’t really get it to him. That’s exactly what happened.
But I think one of the things about Braxton Miller that I really had to see, and I did see today, is that the objective with Braxton is to make him from an athlete playing quarterback to a quarterback that manages.
And a quarterback position is a unique position in all sports, where he’s got to manage so much. He’s got to manage basically the entire offense. He’s got to stay positive, his leadership. He has to be a leader.
And he showed that today. I told him in the middle of the second quarter, because he started ‑‑ he kept positive even when it was ‑‑ we all saw what it was. Read More
Today, we partner with Fox Sports Ohio and the folks at Scout to bring you live coverage of the verbal commitments of Buckeye targets Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford.
Washington is assessed as a five star recruit by Scout, the number three defensive end in the nation, and the top player in the state of Ohio. Stanford is a three star wide receiver, and the fiftieth player nationally at that position; both have been selected to the Army All American team.
Afterward, stick around for some the opportunity for some Q&A with the student athletes and recruiting expert Bill Greene.
The ink is barely dry, but the fact of the matter is that Jim Tressel will not be on the sidelines at Ohio State as the head coach ever again.
We’ll probably do our own tribute here at some point; right now, we’re still all up in the Kubler-Ross. No hurry… take your own time and make space to heal.
But, in the meantime you should check out our friend Jeff’s take on “Tressel’s Greatest Hits” over at Fox Sports Ohio. It’s worth the read, and a great reminder of the person outside of the current storm.