COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 (USA Today Coaches Poll) Ohio State Buckeyes worked out for over two hours in full pads Tuesday morning at the Harmon Family Football Park practice facility adjacent to the Woody Hayes Athletics Center.
Practice started a little past 9 a.m. on a day when the Big Ten Network was in town taping interviews and practice footage for its Big Ten Football Preview show that will air at 8 p.m. Aug. 17. Football studio hosts Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith were on hand, interviewing Coach Jim Tressel, Terrelle Pryor, Brandon Saine and Cameron Heyward, and tweeting away with comments like these from Revsine:
Here Today… The BTN’s Big Ten Football Preview tour bus began its Midwest trek Sunday at Indiana and it continues tomorrow at Penn State. After a Thursday travel day, the crew will visit Michigan on Friday and Michigan State Saturday. The tour continues next week with six more stops.
Cool Gadget Team video coordinator Mark Quisenberry was keeping track of the temperature on the new FieldTurf practice field with a hand-held infrared thermometer. At one point near the edge of the playing field, the turf was reading 108 degrees, the head of an administrator with hair was reading 102 degrees and the rather bald head of another was reading 99 degrees. So…this must mean bald is cool.
Tyler’s Back Senior Tyler Moeller returned to full contact practices Tuesday after missing all of last year with a head injury. The hard-hitting safety from Cincinnati said it felt good to be back and his hits felt “bigger” because of his time away.
“It felt pretty good to be back,” Moeller said. “The hits felt bigger since I hadn’t hit in a year-and-a-half.”
Moeller said his first big hit actually came yesterday (Monday) in a drill against DeVier Posey. He also said that his mindset has been centered on playing the way he knows how to play. His play this first week of practice has been noticed by his teammates.
“Tyler Moeller is tailor-made for football, period,” senior safety and hard-hitting Jermale Hines said.
Good Chemistry Hines, fourth on the team last year with 57 tackles from his free safety/nickel back position, was complimentary of his running mate at strong safety, Orhian Johnson, a third-year sophomore looking to replace three-year starter and 2009 tri-captain Kurt Coleman.
“He is very athletic and has a knack for the ball,” Hines said of Johnson, a high school quarterback at Boca Ciega H.S. in St. Petersburg, Fla. “He always sticks his nose in there.”
Hines and Johnson were each running with the second team for parts of last year. The time spent together in 2009 is helping the duo so far in 2010.
“We have good chemistry,” Hines said. “We were No. 2 safeties together sometimes last year. There was lots of communication and talking.”
And on the Last Play…Touchdown! Coach Tressel pitted the first-team offense vs. the first-team defense in “the last play of the world” (and second team offense vs. defense, etc.) at one point during the practice. With one second to play and the ball on the 15, Pryor rolled to his right and fired a strike to DeVier Posey, who was running to his left in the end zone and away from his defenders. Posey made a tough catch on a ball that was slightly tipped by Hines.
Second-team quarterback Joe Bauserman had his pass broken up by second-year freshman linebacker Dorian Bell and third-teamer Kenny Guiton was sacked by Jon Lorenz and Don Matheney.
No Rolle? No Sweat! Starting middle linebacker Brian Rolle missed the majority of the practice today because of a class commitment. He made it to the field at the tail end of practice and participated in conditioning drills. Junior Andrew Sweat stepped in and ran plays with the first defense, playing alongside 19-game starter Ross Homan and soon-to-be first-year starter Etienne Sabino.
Two Tomorrow The Buckeyes will experience their first two-a-day practice Wednesday. The team is slated to be on the field at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.