Dec. 31, 2013

Photo Gallery | VIDEO: Tuesday Press Conferences

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes practiced in full pads Tuesday for right at two hours at Nova Southeastern University under overcast skies, windy conditions, but certainly a very comfortable climate in preparation for Friday’s Discover Orange Bowl game against Clemson (kickoff is 8:32 p.m.). Quarterback Braxton Miller took the snaps with the first unit.

After releasing the starters and some key reserves after the main practice for a weight room session, the coaches worked with the “twos” for another 20 minutes before calling it a day.

A beach ball: The Buckeyes returned to the Westin Diplomat for a team beach outing in dramatically different weather than what they practiced in. The winds had picked up significantly. The skies were overcast in a thick blanket of gray-dark-gray clouds, and some sprinkles of raindrops were felt. But that didn’t stop this hearty group from the Midwest from enjoying numerous beach activities, including boogie boarding, playing beach volleyball and swimming in a pounding surf. A seaside meal of grilled burgers, chicken and hot dogs, plus baked beans, chips, cookies and ice cream treats was enjoyed by the players and coaching staff.

Hospital visit: Wednesday the team will practice from 1 p.m. until about 3 p.m. (with media availability at the conclusion), and then Coach Urban Meyer and several players will spend some time at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Familiar faces: Two familiar faces, friendly folks and former Buckeyes stopped by practice Tuesday. Jonathan Wells (2,381 rushing yards between 1998-2001, including 1,294 yards in 2001), who now lives in Houston and works in the record production industry, attended practice as did Ohio State graduate and former athletic administrator Pat Chun, who is now the Athletic Director at Florida Atlantic University.

A day for the offense: Tuesday began rather early for a handful of Buckeyes as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tom Herman and four seniors – OL Jack Mewhort and Corey Linsley, RB Carlos Hyde and WR Corey Brown – met with the media at the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale at 8 a.m. A couple key thoughts from Herman:

  • “He’s a real guy, I can tell you that. He’s a real human being. I think at times we look at guys in his position, and we forget that they’re real men with real wives and real kids and real families and real hearts. I know he’s been tremendous for me and my family and the support that he’s given me and the advice.” – Herman on Urban Meyer
  • “I think he needs to continue improving. I mean, he’s certainly not perfect and wasn’t perfect in the middle of the season … He’s gotten better these last three weeks, absolutely.” – Herman on Braxton Miller