Buckeyes Survive Double Bloody

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Buckeyes Survive Double Dose of ‘Bloody Tuesday’

By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS — Travis Howard had never heard the term ‘bloody Tuesday’ when fall camp opened back in early August, but he didn’t like the sound of it by the time camp was over.

Travis Howard
Photo by Jim Davidson
Travis Howard

“I heard about it a couple weeks ago,” said Howard, a fifth-year senior from Miami (Fla.), “and the first thing that came to my mind was I don’t know if I’ll survive this.”

The name conjures up images of the football days of yesteryear, where players would often walk off the field with blood on their uniform, mud in their hair and fewer teeth than they started the day with.

Those days are long gone, but Howard knows better than to scoff at a practice called ‘bloody Tuesday.’ He has seen enough of Mickey Marotti’s ‘special’ workouts this offseason to know by now that something with that ominous a name probably requires both chinstraps to be buckled tight.

“There’s no secret, you just have to have the right mentality and the right mindset. You just have to go out there and compete every play,” said Howard, who believes Urban Meyer’s new staff has found a way to get the best out of him. 

“There’s no other way you could go out there on a ‘bloody Tuesday,’ because those practices are pretty tough. You have to have the right mindset and focus in. You can’t be lazy. You have to have the type of mentality to go get it.”

“It's awful,” Meyer said of the aforementioned ‘bloody Tuesday.’

Urban Meyer
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Urban Meyer

“(It’s) inside drills, run emphasis – just bad stuff. It's all the hard blitzes, all the hard looks.”

This week’s ‘bloody Tuesday’ practice was actually relatively tame by Meyer’s standards. That doesn’t mean he was taking it easy on his players before they open the 2012 football season against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

“Today was pretty rough,” junior running back Carlos Hyde said after practice Tuesday.

“But I think Monday was more of a ‘bloody Tuesday.’ Monday was real. It was just like a camp day, and camp was tough.”

Because this is week one of the football season, and the Buckeyes are coming off a long month of fall camp, Meyer decided to work his team extra hard on Monday in an attempt to make each day a little bit easier as they get closer to game time.

In the future, when the Buckeyes are coming off a game on Saturday, they won’t be allowed to practice on Monday. That means Tuesday will be the day of bloodshed at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Carlos Hyde
Photo by Jim Davidson
Carlos Hyde

“What makes it tough is the more live (hitting) periods we have, actually going against the defense getting live reps,” Hyde said.

“It’s not just doing walkthroughs or going against scouts, but actually out there doing live things. That makes it tough.”

Especially for a running back like Hyde, who runs with a physical aggression that can take its toll on his 232-pound frame. The idea of running full-contact inside drills on a Tuesday isn’t exactly exhilarating, but it’s all part of Meyer’s plan to make practice so hard the games are easy.

“Yesterday was pretty tough. It was good too though, it just makes you look forward to game day,” Hyde said.

“I can’t wait to get out there.”

Howard couldn’t have agreed more.

“It was kind of crazy, but it’s more of a mentality thing,” he added.

“He wants us to push ourselves so it’s that much easier when game time comes.”

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