Two Minute Drill - Winter Conditioning update

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Two-Minute Drill: Marotti Working Buckeyes Hard

By Brandon Castel and Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mickey Marotti is not messing around.

Ohio State’s new strength and conditioning coach, who also happens to be an assistant athletic director, is making the most of his first off-season in Columbus.

In fact, he says he is trying to maximize the “genetic potential” of his new players.

Here is a two-minute rundown of what Marotti had to say, along with comments from seniors John Simon and Etienne Sabino.

Winter Workout Updates

  • Marotti said he has the Buckeyes working out four days a week, two upper body and two lower body.
  • Mat drills are on Wednesday morning. The whole group has consequences when one person does something wrong.
  • He said the difference between day one and now is “not even close.”
  • Even though Marotti said players don't need extra workouts, John Simon says he still comes in for extra lifts.

Competitive Excellence

  • Marotti confirmed what Urban Meyer said earlier: every drill is competitive. Every one has a winner and loser.
  • LB Etienne Sabino said, “The biggest thing that our coaches try to emphasize now is that everything we do is to win.”
  • They also track "loafs". If a player loafs twice, he has to wear a lavender shirt around the WHAC.
  • Marotti doesn't want to single anybody out who is excelling, but did mention CB Bradley Roby because everybody knows he's doing well.

Table Training

  • They have assessed everybody on their flexibility and body fat, have done some strength assessments as well.
  • There seems to be a serious focus on nutrition and diet with Marotti at Ohio State.
  • One of the first things Meyer and Marotti did was hired a nutritionist for the training table, and body fat has decreased across the board.
  • Marotti said they re-did the whole menu at the Fawcett Center. Players now have individualized nutritional plans. Before, they mostly ate what they wanted.
  • Sabino said he is down to 235 pounds this off-season. Played in the 240’s last year.
  • Simon said his body fat hasn't changed. He's at 270 now, says a few more pounds wouldn't hurt him.

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