March 27, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes were in full pads for their fourth practice of the 2015 spring season. The team practiced right at two hours Thursday morning inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Afterward, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Ed Warinner and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Luke Fickell, and members of their respective units, met with the media to discuss the practices to date.

Here’s a couple Warinner thoughts on…

Curtis Samuel, who was working out at H-back and wide receiver today: “He is a guy we’re trying to evaluate as a playmaker. We think he’s very talented … We have to get playmakers on the field … His role can be a lot of different places.”

His offensive linemen keeping on weight: “They’re human garbage disposals.”

With Jacoby Boren off the field this spring after surgery this winter, and with Taylor Decker and Pat Elflein getting limited reps because of their veteran status, Warinner’s offensive line has looked like this much of this time this spring: LT So. Jamarco Jones, LG So. Billy Price, C So. Marcelys Jones, RG So. Evan Lisle and RG Sr. Chase Farris.

Among the items Fickell talked about was the element of competition in practice, and the discomfort it can bring to a young player like sophomore middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan, who is stepping in to Curtis Grant’s middle linebacker role.

“We’re trying to trying to create any type of discomfort for guys to continue to grow because competition is uncomfortable,” Fickell said. “We’re trying to make that push that’s going to drive you. We have to make sure that guys are aware of the situations around them.”

Meyer & the Media
And earlier in the week, coach Urban Meyer met with the media and spoke about his quarterbacks, injuries and where Warinner, who took over coordinator responsibilities when Tom Herman left to accept the head coaching position at Houston, will be during games this season. Meyer on…

The quarterback situation:“It’s all positive. I watch them work together. Tim [Beck] is doing a good job. If you watch all three of them, they are always talking. At practice, I turned around and Braxton and J.T. happened to be talking about football. Then I saw Braxton walk up and tap Cardale and say, `Good job.’ That’s not common.

“Everything is positive – talent, quality of people, value to the program, investment in the program … check, check, check, check.

“Negative? Two people are going to have to watch. It’s not like receiver where you can put three of them out there. That’s starting to eat away at me a little bit. It didn’t for a while because you’re so busy.

“But now and I’m seeing what I am seeing … I just have such great respect for all three guys.”

Injuries:“Zeke (Elliott) has a bone graft. They are being very cautious. Obviously, they have pulled Braxton Miller back a little bit because they don’t want (either of those two) to fall. A fall would be bad.

“Jacoby (Boren) has had several things done. But I don’t see any band-aides on him so he is getting close. Dontre (Wilson) has a broken foot. The pin is out. I saw him running in the water the other day.

“J.T. (Barrett) is doing good. I thought he would be much more limited. He is getting every mini-field and every 7-on-7 rep.”

Ed Warinner being in the press box or on the field:“Yeah, I am going to keep Warinner down. He’s too good. You pull that one out now, you’ve got a problem.

“And the good thing is the way we call plays over here, it’s not a problem. It’s not a dictator. I call a good chunk of them. Tim Beck will assume a good bit of that responsibility and Ed Warinner as well. I am the game manager. I will call a bunch of the plays. Tim Beck will assume a lot of the responsibility Tom had last year.

“We went through that thought process. But his value … to pull Warinner away from that group. I don’t know if you noticed, but the whole offense has gone to him before it takes the field the last three years. We can’t change that right now.”

Real Life Wednesdays
Wednesday, the Ohio State Buckeyes learned about managing their financial futures. JP Morgan Chase vice president and senior lending manager Dennis A. Maag was at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the football program’s Real Life Wednesday seminars, and the former Ohio State walk-on-turned scholarship football player (1991-94) had plenty to say to the Buckeyes about their financial future and their future finances.

This was Week 4 in the football program’s series of speakers and series of events to get the players ready for life after football.

Maag outlined some basic banking dos and don’ts, presented a list of questions to ask before opening a checking or savings account, and detailed how to correctly balance a checking account.

He also spent a significant portion of time discussing debit card transactions, monthly budgeting, the pros and cons of buying vs. leasing a car, and types of retirement investments.

He closed his discussion by having each Buckeye learn where to go online to find out their credit score and the pros and cons of having good credit, bad credit or no credit.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will conduct a closed practice – No. 5 this spring – Saturday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.