Two-Minute Drill: First Day of Two-A-Days
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s not exactly “Hell Week,” but the Buckeyes hit the practice field Friday morning for the first day of two-a-days this fall.
The team already has a week of practice under its belt during fall camp, but Urban Meyer was limited to one session a day as his players finished their final exams for Summer Semester.
That’s one big difference at Ohio State this fall. The other is, well, Urban Meyer. We spoke to a few of Meyer’s players and two of his assistants after the morning practice on Friday.
*WR Evan Spencer was carted off the practice field with what looked like a serious injury Friday.
*It was initially believed to be a possible ACL injury, but Matt Barnes at NBC4 is reporting a deep bone bruise to the left knee.
*According to Barnes, Spencer was blocking during a kickoff drill when he took a shot to the knee. He looked spooked as he was being carted to the locker room.
*DB Orhian Johnson also left practice Friday. He was scheduled to do interviews afterward, but we were told he was ill.
*Other players working on the side Friday included DL Michael Bennett, OT Kyle Dodson and DB’s Zach Domicone and Jamie Wood.
*RB Jordan Hall still has a boot on his right foot. He was moving around well and catching passes during practice.
Warinner Talks O-Line
*Offensive line coach Ed Warinner said it’s a 50/50 battle between Reid Fragel and Taylor Decker at RT.
*Warinner had really good things to say about his top two guards: Andrew Norwell and Marcus Hall. High on both of them.
*Warinner said his primary backups are Antonio Underwood and whoever doesn’t start at RT.
*Warinner really likes his group a lot more than he did in the spring, which he expected. He said he likes their aggressiveness and demeanor in practice.
*Warinner said his O-line got physical and “moved guys around” during the goal line drill in practice Friday.
Withers Talks Defense
*Safeties coach Everett Withers said you can’t teach what Bradley Roby Has. Said “it’s in his DNA.”
*Withers said corners naturally have to be confident, but the line between confidence and overconfidence usually becomes clear with age. “It's about maturity.”
*Withers agreed with Fickell that Roby will stay on defense. “He's one of those guys, he thinks he can fly to the moon also.”
*Withers indicated he loves OSU’s depth on the D-line. Said they are two or three deep in some spots. Mentioned Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence as two guys who are physically ready to play.
*DB Christian Bryant mentioned David Perkins and Devan Bogard as two impressive young guys.
*Withers said they need their MLB to be a playmaker or the defense can't function properly. Curtis Grant said he knows the defense is counting on him to make plays and to be a leader.
*Second part has been the biggest challenge for Grant. He lost a lot of confidence during a rough freshman year. Slowly gotten it back. Reached out to James Laurinaitis.
*Withers said they can’t spend time hoping and wishing for a healthy Nathan Williams. They expect him to be back, but “they aren't going to call the game for us if Nathan's not out there.”
Guiton Does a 180
*Guiton didn't realize it at the time, but he thinks he lost a lot of passion for football when Braxton Miller came in and was already ahead of him.
*Guiton said the coaches told him they need him to be ready. Need him to be a leader who can run this offense.
*Guiton said one day in spring Urban came out of nowhere while he was on the sideline and quizzed him on the play. He didn’t know it. Taught him a lot about mental reps.
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