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Aug. 7, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Day 3 at Ohio State’s fall camp included another acclimation practice in the afternoon in front of close to 100 media members and support staff as the Big Ten Network was on campus for its annual preseason look at Ohio State football.

BTN studio hosts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Dave Revsine enjoyed practice on an overcast, albeit lovely day at the country club of college practice facilities, the Harmon Family Football Park at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Herbstreit also on campus: Lead ABC/ESPN college football analyst and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit stopped by the facility to check out the Buckeyes. After practice, while coach Urban Meyer, Tom Herman, Braxton Miller and Chris Ash stopped by the BTN set, coaches Luke Fickell and Ed Warinner met with the writers and reporters on the indoor practice field.

Here’s Fickell on:

  • His freshman linebackers: “What will get them on the field is going as hard as they can for 4-to-6 seconds. There are a lot of things we can teach them, but if they show us they are willing to go as hard as they can on every play, they will earn their time.”
  • A position battle at end: “Steve Miller and Rashad Frazier are battling to see who will replace Noah Spence for the first two games.”

And Warinner addressed:

  • Braxton Miller not running with the first team late in practice: “It’s part of the plan. There was `no he got the hook’ in the middle of the day. It was all planned out. We’re kind of bringing him along slowly. I think we have a really good plan to get him where he needs to be Aug.30, and we don’t need to rush it.”
  • His offensive line: “I think we are an improved group with regard to physical development and awareness. We have a lot of different parts to choose from instead of just six guys. We have more choices.”
  • Position battles: “We have a competition at center with three guys and Jacoby Boren has a slight edge so far. But Billy Price and Chad Lindsay aren’t far behind. A lot of guys are battling right now at both guard positions.”
  • His freshmen: “Our freshmen have been pretty impressive today. They are the kinds of players that should be at Ohio State. Physically, they are ready. It’s just the consistency that is going to determine things for them down the stretch.” 

Ball sidelined: Sophomore running back Warren Ball missed practice and was wearing a protective boot after he injured a foot during Monday’s practice. Ball’s absence leaves coach Stan Drayton with three running backs who have lettered: senior Rod Smith and sophomores Ezekiel Elliott and Bri’onte Dunn. Talented freshman Curtis Samuel does have a spring drills in his rearview after he enrolled into classes at Ohio State in January.

New on the roster: There are some new names on the Buckeyes’ 105-man roster: running back Jeffie Johnson, from Hilliard; former Ohio State wrestler Kosta Karageorge, a defensive lineman from Columbus; offensive lineman R.J. Morris, from Naperville, Ill.; offensive lineman Michael Pruni, from Dover, Ohio; and receiver Isiah Williams, from Dayton. 

Up next: The Buckeyes have a single practice Thursday afternoon. The team moves into its fall camp home midmorning: the Hyatt Place Columbus.