Two-Minute Drill: Buckeyes Ramp Up on Day 2
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer wanted to give his freshmen a chance to get acclimated to Division I college football practice.
That’s why he held separate practices last Friday for what he calls “the varsity” group and the freshmen, but the 2012 Buckeyes came together for the first time as a complete unit on Monday.
The players aren’t in pads yet, but Meyer asked everyone on the team to give more than what was expected of them on day two of fall camp.
Meyer Impressed with His Team
* Meyer could tell by watching the guys Monday that they had “done something” over the summer. “They sure did,” he said, talking specifically about the quarterbacks and skill position players.
* Urban singled out WR Devin Smith as a guy who had a great day; a really great day.
* Meyer said it was the first time in his 17 practices at OSU he saw someone (Smith) run a perfect fly (9 route) during a scrimmage.
* Meyer on Devin Smith's performance today: “My gosh do we need someone like that.”
* Meyer also thought QB Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton had good practices Monday. Miller told Meyer he knows the offense know. Meyer winked at him and said, “sure you do.”
Back In Action
* TE Jake Stoneburner and OT Jack Mewhort were both at practice Monday. Both players were practicing with the first-team offense.
* Meyer said Stoneburner and Mewhort will be back on scholarship when Ohio State starts Fall Semester.
* Meyer said the word he would use for Stoneburner and Mewhort is "stupid." Said if they were bad guys they wouldn’t be on the team.
* RB Bri’onte Dunn was also at practice. He was the No. 3 RB behind Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith.
* Meyer said Dunn will face a punishment if any legal charges stick, but he passed all the tests they gave him in Columbus.
* DE Nathan Williams and RB Jordan Hall were working on the side during Monday’s practice.
* Hall was wearing a boot on his foot, and Meyer said both players are on schedule, or a bit ahead in their return from injury. He wouldn’t say when they were expected back.
* Meyer said the doctors are being extremely cautious with Williams. They don’t want a setback when he returns.
* WR Verlon Reed did not practice Monday, while both Rod Smith and Josh Perry left with injury. Smith quickly returned after getting his ankle taped.
* C Jacoby Boren was limited in practice. He mainly snapped on the side, but Ed Warinner said he will be the No. 2 center when healthy.
* Meyer clarified that all starting spots still up for grabs this fall. Said he didn’t want anyone thinking they could coast through spring and win a spot in the fall.
* Sophomore LB Curtis Grant was missing from practice. Grant was back in Virginia visiting is ailing grandfather. He’s expected back tomorrow.
* Redshirt freshman Conner Crowell replaced Grant as the 1st team MLB.
* Michael Bennett was the clear 1st team guy at strongside end. Backed up by J.T. Moore and Se'Von Pittman.
* 1st team D-line was Bennett, Johnathan Hankins, Garrett Goebel and John Simon. 2nd group was Moore, Joel Hale, Adam Bellamy and Steve Miller. 3rd group was Pittman, Adolphus Washington, Chris Carter and Noah Spence.
* Reid Fragel was the first team RT today, but he struggled in 1-on-1 drills vs. Simon and Bennett.
* Meyer mentioned Noah Spence and Jamal Marcus as two guys he expects to play early. Said Marcus “doesn’t know which way is up now,” but knows point A to point B and will run over anyone in his path.
* 1st team WR’s were Devin Smith, Philly Brown and Evan Spencer. Second group included Michael Thomas and Chris Fields.
* Freshman LB Camren Williams was the 2nd team Will LB behind Ryan Shazier. Marcus and David Perkins worked with the 3rd team defense.
* Chase Farris was working as the No. 2 RG Monday while Antonio Underwood moved inside to play center.
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