July 27, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was 6:30 a.m. in late July when the Ohio State Buckeyes took the field for the first time as a team in front of the 2017 football season. An elimination of two-a-day practices – Ohio State typically had four each fall – and an earlier date to start practices across college football prompted the Buckeyes to start today and to hit the fields early in the morning with students still in summer school classes later in the day.
While the full 105-man fall camp roster was on the field, sixth-year coach Urban Meyer wasn’t necessarily seeing this as a start of fall camp practice, though, nor the 6:30 a.m. practice scheduled for Friday.
“This is the continuation of summer conditioning,” Meyer said earlier this week at Big Ten media days and again after practice to his players. “Camp will start next week.”
Following the Friday practice, the Buckeyes will take the weekend off before practicing Monday and Tuesday next week. Wednesday is an off day and then camp will kick into high gear with the next 15 practices held at the Coffee Road Fields with Ohio Stadium towering above just to the east.
Day 1 Observations …
The Beach Boys (credit goes to Tony Gerdeman, from the O-Zone, for that title) – Coach Larry Johnson had his talented unit of defensive linemen opening up with drills in the large sand pit located adjacent to the practice areas. Try running in deep sand in spikes. It’s a workout!
Recovery Smoothies – Nutrition staff intern Stacey Potter spent over an hour this morning mixing 105 strawberry/raspberry and peach mango “recovery” smoothies for the players to drink after practice. She blended up 20 pitchers of them with a banana, whey protein and apple juice mixed in as well. The anti-oxidant carbohydrates and whey protein promote post-practice recovery. The fruit promotes taste bud standing ovations.
Rookies – All 21 members of the 2017 signing day class were on the field and so were nine other first-timers to an Ohio State fall, all walk-ons: QB Kory Curtis from Cape Coral, Fla.; P Jake Metzer from Doylestown, Pa.; WR Michael Hartway from Columbus; DB Jack Hamilton from Dublin, Ohio; DB Kevin Dever from Cleveland; RB Jeremiah Knight from Jefferson, Ohio; WR Garyn Prater from Cincinnati; SAF Clay Raterman from Dublin, Ohio; and DL Nick Seme from Wadsworth, Ohio.
Media Movers & Shakers – It was an off season of change for writers, and this was apparent at the first on-campus media opportunity for the Ohio State football beat. Here’s a rundown:
Austin Ward wasn’t just enjoying time off while becoming a new dad to Liberty, along with wife and Dispatch reporter Allie Ward, but he also joined the staff of Cox Media Group-owned Land of 10.
Ari Wasserman will now cover the Buckeyes for the new subscription based site The Athletic.
Ohio State graduate Dan Hope joins the Eleven Warriors staff after two years working for the Independent Mail in Anderson, S.C., covering Clemson athletics.
Ben Axelrod (Land of 10), Tim Shoemaker (Eleven Warriors) and Eric Seger (Eleven Warriors) have all bolted the beat to pursue other opportunities. Good luck Buckeyes to this trio of good people.
The new sports editor of the Lantern is Colin Hass-Hill.
And former Ohio State associate athletics communications director Adam Widman announced in May that he was going pro … to become the director of media relations for the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Former Ohio State wrestling, softball and field hockey SID Mike Basford has replaced Widman.