Practice Makes Silver Bullet Points

Written August 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Little switcheroo this week; with camp in full swing as of yesterday, here’s some notes and so forth from the start of Ohio State’s 125th Season.  Inspired by Scott’s wise-acreage in our group chat this week, you’re stuck with this as your morning soundtrack.

The Band

  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes- The University announced on Monday that the OSUMB will be led by two current staff persons for the coming season, with Ohio State’s director of university bands, Russel C. Mikkelson as the primary contact person. The associate director of bands, Scott A. Jones, will be coordinating student safety and compliance with Title IX and other university directives. TBDBITL Alumni Lisa Galvin will also be assisting in the day to day operations… So they tabbed three people to do the job they expected one person to do previously. Huh.
  • Look! We’re On TV!- Jon Waters will be on both the Today Show and Good Morning America this morning. Getcha’ popcorn.

Buckeye 411

  • Roster Updates- We told you about Tracy Sprinkle; Tommy Brown was also absent, as he is planning on transferring to another program (Akron?). J.T. Moore was in a “student coach” role, due to a knee injury. Michael Hill received a medical redshirt for last season, and will be a freshman eligibility wise for the coming year. Darron Lee was also granted a medical redshirt.
  • Pay The Piper- Sprinkle will be suspended for the Navy game and have community service to complete before he’s fully reinstated, though, as was speculated earlier.
  • Split Squad- On Monday, the “rookies” practiced in the morning while the “veterans” went in the afternoon, with a few exceptions.  Jeff Greene (WR transfer from Georgia Tech, sat out last year) and Chad Lindsay (C transfer from Alabama) were with the AM crowd, while Raekwon McMillan and Johnnie Dixon practiced in the afternoon session. This was due, in part, to McMillan and Dixon’s work during the spring and off-season, but also due to some numbers issues (needing a certain number of players at a position to practice)
  • One Flu Over- Gareon Conley sat out due to illness issues.
  • For Kicks- Cameron Johnston was booming punts today, but shanked one when “Born In The USA” was blaring on the loudspeakers.  We’ll just chalk that up to an international incident. Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall, and Corey Smith were on the receiving end of the punts for today’s practice.
  • Man Of Many Talents- Sam Hubbard, once a defensive back, then a tight end, practiced at linebacker today (his projected position)
  • Captain, My Captain- Coach Meyer turned this morning’s pre-practice meeting over to Jeff Heuerman, saying “it’s your team”. Foreshadowing?
  • Recovering Nicely- Braxton was “tired” today, but there’s no doubt in Coach Meyer’s mind that he’s 100% entering fall practice. The team will monitor his throwing though- a pitch count of sorts.
  • Battle Tested- Two to watch this fall: Left guard is up for grabs, as are the safety positions. Underwood, Hale, Farris, and Price all fighting for the offensive line spot, while Bell, Burrows, and Powell are vying for the safety slots.
  • Sonic Booms- According to those who were there, Coach Ash was the most vocal member of the defensive coaching staff today. Given that he works in the backfield with Coach Coombs, that’s quite an accomplishment.
  • See For Yourself- The gang at 11W have practice videos, and you can hear the thoughts of the head coach at the official OSU site.
  • Back In Black- It’s time for the annual whispers of a black alternate jersey for Ohio State this season.  If it must happen, I wholeheartedly support Josh Winslow’s idea for the look (Hyde not included).
  • This Is Gonna’ Be Fun- We love Michael Bennett hereabouts, but this story on his roommate situation makes it all that much easier to do so.
  • Culture Of Hazing- Somehow, still ok (and hilarious) in the NFL, as Jack Mewhort can attest:

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Silver Bullet Points Works For The Weekend

Written August 17th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Quick notes from week two of Ohio State’s pre-season practices. Obvious soundtrack is obvious

Doghoused

Buckeye 411

  • Thank You- Sad news out of Columbus the past few days; Adam Griffin and Jamie Wood have both undergone surgeries that will effectively end their careers with the Buckeyes, it was announced on Thursday. Saturday, Tight End Blake Thomas from Cleveland St. Ignatius also decided to hang up the cleats, after medical examination of a persistent “stinger” injury revealed the possibility of greater neurological damage from future injuries. All three have been valuable parts of the team throughout their tenure, on special teams, on the practice fields, and in the community. We wish Adam, Blake, and Jamie nothing  but the best, and pray for both their recovery and for them to find a way to continue to be involved with the scarlet and gray.
  • Video Evidence- Friday also saw the charges against Bradley Roby reduced to a class B misdemeanor, after security footage from the bar in Bloomington clarified the events in question. According to the initial story, Roby pushed/punched a bouncer after leaving the venue and trying to return; video showed that he was actually roughly escorted from the premises and then shoved several times by the security staff before “lunging” at one of them. It was at this time that he was accosted and handcuffed.  Interestingly enough, the initial police reports indicated that there was no footage available… Hoosiers, man. At any rate, it looks as if this will be deferred to a Diversion program.
  • But… On Saturday, Coach Meyer announced that Roby was suspended for the Buffalo game and perhaps further, dependent upon his meeting certain expectations.
  • In Rod We… Whoops- As we alluded to in Wednesday’s SBP, Rod Smith will also miss the Buffalo game, one that he was slated to start following Carlos Hyde’s suspension. Smith, we’re told, is being punished for a violation of team rules that occurred in January or February.
  • By Committee- Which means that, by default, the Running Back depth chart for Buffalo will be- Jordan Hall, Brionte Dunn, Warren Ball, and Ezekiel Elliott. Given that Dontre Wilson also plays a part in the teams running game, Marcus Hartman sums up the state of affairs nicely:

Hartman RBs

  • For Those Of You Keeping Score At Home- The “suspension count” is as follows: Carlos Hyde (3 games min), Bradley Roby (1 game min), Rod Smith (1 game), Najee Murray (unknown), Marcus Baugh (unknown). Two starting running backs and an All-American corner. Yup, Urban is sure lax on discipline… wonder if he’ll let the team vote on anyone’s punishment?
  • Movin’ Day- A couple of  positional notes, as JT Moore (TE) and Billy Price (C/OG) move from the warm embrace of Coach Vrable’s defensive line to Coach Warriner’s Legion of Doom. The LoD will be anchored on the right side by Taylor Decker, who’s wowed during spring camp.
  • Getting Defensive- Ryan Shazier ran a 4.35; 5 B1G Quarterbacks have filed for restraining orders. Joe Burger was running with the first team defense on Saturday, and not Josh Perry, which was a bit of a surprise. Noah Spence is up from 227 to 255, and is a bad man.
  • Offensive Notes- Braxton’s leadership continues to draw praise from players and coaches alike. Devin Smith has really stepped up, and was MVP of today’s scrimmage.
  • “Newest” Buckeyes- Here’s who’s lost their black stripes as of today: Joe Ramstetter, Dontre Wilson, Mike Mitchell, Ezekiel Elliott, Joey Bosa, Cam Burrows, Aaron Mawhirter, Billy Price, and Michael Hill. The rookies have started a cool new tradition- they’re taking the stripes (once removed), and linking them into a chain to indicate their connection to each other.
  • Who Does Number Two Work For? Well, if you believe Patrick, it works for Ohio State, who find themselves in that slot in the first AP poll of the season.

 

It's coming soon.

It has been a long and arduous off season for Buckeye Nation.

The anticipation and anxiety surrounding the August 12th NCAA hearings alone are enough to put someone on edge. How severely will the NCAA ultimately punish Ohio State for its transgressions?

We can only speculate and hope for the best.

Next up was the resignation of all-time great Jim Tressel and the resulting uncertainty surrounding Ohio State’s next head coach. Luke Fickell is a great defensive coach and an even better Buckeye, but will he be the long term answer to Ohio State’s head coaching vacancy?

We can only speculate and hope for the best.

Finally, what initially looked like a 2012 recruiting class for the ages is quickly turning into another source of concern for fans. As I have mentioned previously, it is still much, much too early to give up on the class, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a source of stress for the next several months. Will Luke Fickell (or the next head coach) be able to salvage the 2012 recruiting class before signing day?

We can only speculate and hope for the best.

Clearly there will be plenty of uncertainty and things to worry about in the coming months. If you are like me, however, you are already so sick and tired of worry and speculation that you have entered a state of comatose. Obviously, being in a state of comatose isn’t very much fun, so I have decided to switch my coping mechanism.

While this off-season has dragged on to the point that it seems like it will never end, the light at the end of the tunnel is coming into view and the season is fast approaching.

Rather than worry about things outside of our collective control, it’s time to refocus our energies on getting excited about the football season that kicks off in 65 days.

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