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Two-Minute Drill: Updates from Coach Meyer’s Spring Kick-Off

By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer headlined the school’s spring kick-off event Tuesday, which also doubled as a fund raiser benefiting the Earle & Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund.

Meyer was introduced by his mentor, Earle Bruce, and provided the crowd of nearly 1,000 people at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with a brief look into the first week of spring practice for the Buckeyes.

Raising Money for Alzheimer’s Research

One fan bid $3,000 for he and 5 friends to have dinner with Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel.

Fickell joked that they were paying $2,700 for him and $300 for Vrabel, and that Vrabel had to get the check.

Meyer said if Vrabel isn't the best recruiter on the staff, he's one of them. Has already proved himself in that area.

They also auctioned off the first two photos with Bruce, John Cooper, Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer posing together. One photo had them outside Ohio Stadium, and the other had them doing O-H-I-O inside the Horseshoe.

At one point they were auctioning off the picture and threatened to get Urban involved. Earle said “he's the last sub on the bench.”

Meyer referred to Tressel a “dear friend” and called his tenure “arguably the 10 best years in the history of the program.”

Creating a New Environment

Meyer said their goal as a staff is to run the most difficult program in America and be the toughest team in the country.

Urban said team will vote on captains this year, but he will have veto power. Turned to John Simon and said, "you're going to be a captain."

Meyer also said that Donald Duck could be the strength coach if John Simon was the only guy in the weight room.

Offensive Updates

Meyer called O-line coach Ed Warinner the most important assistant on the staff, second most important hire behind Mickey Marotti.

Warinner said the heart and soul of every good team is the offensive line.

Simon said the toughest O-linemen on the team were Jack Mewhort and Corey Linsley...of course both of them were in the room.

Meyer said he has been more pleased with the playmakers in practice, but still doesn't like the tempo. Has to get faster.

Zach Smith called the WRs "average" a year ago. Said they are working to be a strength in 2012.

Kenny Guiton and Jordan Hall talked about accountability with new staff. “It was time for me to grow up and realize this program is bigger than me,” Hall said.

Braxton Miller said the main reason he ended up at OSU was his dad, a huge OSU fan who took him to camps since he was 9.

Defensive Updates

Meyer openly said the LB’s have to be better/stronger this year. After watching four practices, he can already tell they will be.

Vrabel on the D-line: "I've got a lot of great players. My job is not to screw it up."

CBs coach Kerry Coombs said he came to Ohio State to win a national championship and coach 1st round draft picks.

Coombs also said the CBs have the best collective GPA on the team, at over 3.0.

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