Two-Minute Drill: Updates from First Day of Fall Camp
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was an early-morning wakeup call for Ohio State players Thursday, as the Buckeyes hit the practice field for the first time this fall.
Head coach Urban Meyer had his group out there by 5:45 a.m., and there will be a freshmen-only practice later in the day.
A handful of players spoke to the media after this morning’s practice. That group included quarterback Braxton Miller, tailback Carlos Hyde, defensive tackle Garrett Goebel and cornerback Bradley Roby.
First Day Excitement
* Bradley Roby said he only slept 3 hours last night because he was so excited for camp. Said he never felt that way about camp before.
* Roby said he finally fell asleep around 1am, had to be up at 4:30. Camp started at 5:45am, sharp, this morning.
* Braxton Miller said his alarm was set for 4:30 this morning. Coaches called to make sure he was up at 4:40...he was brushing his teeth.
* Carlos Hyde said the offense looked "really crisp" during this morning's practice. So much different than first practice of spring ball.
* Roby said it was the most intense first day of camp he's ever been to. Guys flying around, high energy, coaches yelling & getting fired up.
* Garrett Goebel said Nathan Williams was at practice today, but he did not take part in the action.
* Roby was asked how good Ohio State could be this year, and said they could go undefeated, and that's the goal of everyone on the team.
* Hyde echoed that sentiment, saying everyone on the team is thinking 12-0 right now.
*Roby said the Buckeyes are looking for "redemption" after last season. Said they need to redeem the OSU brand back to what it should be.
Braxton Turning the Corner
* Roby said Braxton Miller is just a natural athlete. Called him the "best scrambler since Michael Vick."
* Roby couldn't give an update on Miller's passing because "he never throws to my side of the field."
* Hyde said Miller is working hard on becoming a leader, but the most vocal leader in the huddle is...Corey Linsley.
* Miller said the coaches have talked to him about being a "pass first" quarterback. Not always relying on athleticism.
* Miller said he is more comfortable in the huddle now that he "knows what he's doing."
* Miller said he thinks the offense has come a long way, could beat the defense right now.
Playmakers Starting to Emerge
* Braxton Miller said the two guys who really improved the most this summer were WR's Devin Smith and Corey "Philly" Brown.
* Miller said Smith was a little bit lazy as a freshman last year, but not anymore. Working hard every day to be the No. 1 guy.
* Roby said he has been one of the No. 1 kick return guys this offseason and has petitioned to play some offense.
* Roby was clocked at 4.31 in the 40 twice this summer. Down from a previous best of 4.4 last summer despite being 5lbs heavier.
* Roby confirmed he will switch to No. 1 this season. Meyer called Roby to tell him he had earned the right to wear No. 1 by doing everything he said he would do.
* Roby hasn't spoken to Meyer about playing both ways yet, but he has mentioned it to coach Kerry Coombs and coach Zach Smith.
* Roby said that while he came to OSU as a WR, he feels like he was born to play corner. Former OSU safeties coach Paul Haynes told him that.
Hyde’s Time Now
* Hyde feels like pressure is on his shoulders with Jordan Hall out, but feels they would be better with both of them.
* Hyde said last season was a roller coaster ride for him. Lot of ups and downs, but he never though about leaving. Teammates kept telling him his time would come, and now he really feels like this is his time to shine.
* Braxton Miller said Hyde lost his "jelly fat" from last year. Hyde said he's down from 240 to 235, but stronger.
* Hyde said he was always fast, even at 240, so he never worked hard on conditioning...until now.
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