Aug. 17, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes worked through practice No. 15 of the 2014 fall camp season Saturday morning – part of it an intrasquad scrimmage – in lovely conditions at the Ackerman Road fields. Afterward, head coach Urban Meyer met with the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Meyer first addressed the status of quarterback Braxton Miller, who participated in the scrimmage on a limited basis. He said he should be ready to go in two weeks, that his shoulder was structurally fine, but that soreness was holding him back.
“He’s still right on schedule,” Meyer said. “He scrimmaged today. Had limited throws.”
Meyer also said he knows Braxton “like a son” and doesn’t see concern in his eyes regarding his shoulder.
Chase for No. 2 QB: Meyer said redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett has moved slightly ahead of third-year sophomore Cardale Jones in the competition for the No. 2 quarterback position behind Miller. Meyer’s reasons for Barrett’s rise: “Functionality, completing passes, growing up a bit, understanding things.
“He was always a little bit of a quiet guy. He’s starting to act like a quarterback.”
RBs Smith & Dunn praised: Fifth-year senior Rod Smith and third-year sophomore Bri’onte Dunn each drew compliments from Meyer on Saturday and both are in the mix at running back.
“I give credit to Bri’onte and Rod,” Meyer said. “Every day they’ve worked their tails off. They are in the mix.”
“Tommy Schutt is our most improved player [from last year],” Meyer said. “And Darryl Baldwin is right there, too.”
Three offensive line positions now filled: Meyer said that Baldwin has earned the starting position at right tackle, joining left tackle Taylor Decker and right guard Pat Elflein as starters along an offensive line that must replace four graduated seniors who are all in NFL training camps right now.
Meyer is very impressed with Decker, saying “he acts like a captain. He acts like a grown man.”
Battling at guard and center: Meyer said a handful of players are competing for the final two starting positions on the offensive line: left guard and center. Contending is senior Joel Hale, juniors Jacoby Boren, Chase Farris and Antonio Underwood, freshman Billie Price and graduate student and Alabama transfer Chad Lindsay.
And some bullet points:
§ Meyer said senior cornerback Doran Grant is playing like an all-Big Ten Conference cornerback.
§ MMA fighter Brendan Schaub addressed the team this evening and spoke to the team about what it takes to be a champion.
§ Approximately 100 gallons of water along with four giant bags of ice were dumped on Urban and Shelley Meyer and a handful of seniors Saturday, including Jeff Heuerman, Evan Spencer, Braxton Miller and Devin Smith. They all participated the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
§ The team will not practice Sunday and will return to the Ackerman Road field Monday.