Aug. 11, 2015

Fall Camp Central

The 126th season of Ohio State football officially started Monday as a pair of practices were held at the Woody Hayes Athletics Center/Wexner Football Complex. First-year Buckeyes, sporting the black helmet stripes, took the initial steps onto the field in the morning hours before the full squad hit the turf in the afternoon.

While the morning session was conducted under intermittent sun and clouds, the Buckeyes headed for cover in the afternoon as heavy thunderstorms moved through the area just a matter of minutes into practice. Afternoon work was concluded on the indoor field. 


… and that’s how practice ended.

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Media Mania
Cameras here. Cameras there. Cameras everywhere. Satellite trucks too. In addition to local media members taking in portions of both practices Monday, Big Ten Network and ESPN were on hand covering opening drills of 2015. BTN is on campus throughout the first week of camp gathering footage for its “Scarlet and Gray Days” inside-look feature series on the Buckeyes, set to debut Aug. 19.

ESPN’s college football crew of Rece Davis, new host of College GameDay, Danny Kannell and former standout Buckeye wide receiver Joey Galloway provided live cut-ins to SportsCenter all day.


Buckeye Joey Galloway part of College Football on ESPN crew on campus for first day of 2015 Ohio State University Football Fall Camp! #GoBucks SportsCenter College GameDay

Posted by Ohio State Buckeyes on Monday, August 10, 2015


Miller a “new No. 1”
Official 2015 rosters were distributed at the morning practice and many took notice of a familiar name in a new spot on the numerical listing. Braxton Miller, confirmed to now be working “full-time” at wide receiver by Meyer, has changed his jersey to No. 1 from the No. 5 he has donned since his freshman campaign of 2012.  

“Braxton had a pretty good day,” Meyer said. “He played the entire practice at wide receiver. To play that position right … it is more complicated. I’m glad it is day one. But as far as skill-set, attitude, dynamic: yes, yes, yes. Now it’s just learning the game, from that position.”

Braxton Miller – from @OhioStAthletics QB to WR. See what @OSUCoachMeyer had to say about the position change.

— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) August 10, 2015


New WR @BraxtonMiller5 gets in some work under Buckeyes legend Joey Galloway’s guidance.

— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 10, 2015


Call it in the Air
The element of chance was sprinkled into the competition between Barret and Jones for the starting quarterback position. Before practice, it was announced a coin flip would determine which signal caller would take the initial reps with the first team.

“I flipped the coin,” Tim Beck, first-year quarterbacks coach, said. “Cardale won. He picked heads.”

Beck reiterated it was only Day One and there are 28 to 29 practices before the Sept. 7 opener vs. Virginia Tech for one of the QBs to earn the job.

“It is giving the guys the opportunity to compete,” Beck, who comes to Columbus after a four-year stint as QB coach/offensive coordinator at Nebraska, said. “We’re going to need multiple (QBs). To settle on just one, I don’t think that’s the right thing to do. Competition is a good thing.”


“More important than teammates, we’re great friends … ” –@CJ12_ on relationship w/ @JT_theQB4th #GoBucks

— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) August 10, 2015

.@JT_theQB4th on QB comp: We want what’s best for the team. We’d be bad people if we didn’t help each other. #GoBucks

— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) August 10, 2015