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Ohio State RB coach Tony Alford said that redshirt sophomore RB Mike Weber (hamstring) will play in the season-opener against Indiana.

Weber (5'10/215) continues to nurse a tight hamstring suffered at the beginning of camp, but Alford said that he will be "ready to go" for OSU's opener on Thursday, August 31. This past season, Weber rushed for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns in his first year as a starter.
Aug 18 - 1:22 PM

SEC Network's Paul Finebaum believes that Ohio State should have won more titles under HC Urban Meyer.

When asked about Meyer, Finebaum praised his overall record with the Buckeyes (61-6), but said that "after looking into the games they’ve won and how the seasons have ended, it’s worth a second look, and it raises that legitimate question of, should we have expected more?" While OSU has had a few bowl flameouts under Meyer -- most notably in the CFB Playoff against Clemson this past winter -- it's difficult to truly throw darts at him, unless you're holding him to the standard of, say, Nick Saban in terms of titles. Remember, the Buckeyes won a championship with preseason third-string QB Cardale Jones just two years ago.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 5:50 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer declined to offer an update on redshirt senior DT Michael Hill's in-season suspension.

A week ago, Meyer announced that Hill would be suspended for "a few games." Still no clarification on just how long he might have to sit beyond OSU's opener against Indiana. Hill was a full-time starter last season and registered 21 tackles (3.5 TFL) on the year. Tracy Sprinkle and Robert Landers are seeing increased reps in camp as a result of his upcoming suspension.
Aug 14 - 1:49 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that he "love[s] where [freshman QB Tate Martell] is at right now."

Martell (5'10/192) was a five-star recruit out of high school during the most recent cycle. He probably won't see the field this season -- a redshirt is very much in play, here -- but will have a chance to compete for 2018 starting honors after J.T. Barrett exits stage left after the season.
Aug 14 - 1:23 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Damon Arnette has been receiving first-team reps.

The Buckeyes are stocked to the gills with young, intriguing cornerbacks, but Ward has started to emerge as likely to start alongside the entrenched Denzel Ward. Playing as a redshirt freshman last season, the 6-foot, 194-pound Arnette recorded 21 tackles and an interception while appearing in all 13 of Ohio State's games. As you would probably expect given his program, Arnette was a four-star recruit coming out of high school as part of the 2015 class.
Source: Land of 10
Aug 12 - 3:45 PM

Land of 10's Ryan Ginn writes that Ohio State's competition at right guard "still feels far from [settled]."

Buckeyes HC Urban Meyer was asked about the competition at the beginning of this past practice week and essentially offered a shrug of the shoulders. The key parties in question, here, are Malcolm Pridgeon, Matthew Burrell and Demetrius Knox. Ginn forwards that Pridgeon -- who has been taking first-team reps in camp -- and Burrell are the two likely frontrunners in this race.
Source: Land of 10
Aug 12 - 1:32 PM

Land of 10's Ryan Ginn tagged Ohio State freshman DE Chase Young as the team's surprise performer in camp.

Young (6'5/226) ranked as Rivals' No. 8 overall prospect in the 2017 class and is already showing off that immense upside early on in camp. Wrote Ginn, "You’d never know he’s a freshman who just arrived on a college campus. The defensive ends were working right in front of the media during practice Saturday, and he appears to very much be the real deal." Ohio State boasts a deep defensive line, but even so, Young is already shaping up to be a rotational piece. His exact place on the depth chart will clarify over the coming weeks.
Source: Land of 10
Aug 11 - 4:11 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that freshman RB J.K. Dobbins "will play" during the coming season.

Land of 10's Austin Ward has tabbed Dobbins as his surprise breakout surprise in camp. The analyst notes that the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder "appeared to be dealing with some growing pains on the practice field" during spring ball, but had time to iron those issues out before preseason camp booted up. He has received an extended look this month, in part because incumbent starting RB Mike Weber is dealing with a hamstring injury. Dobbins was a four-star recruit for this most recent recruiting cycle and has tremendous athletic upside -- he was timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash and registered a 43.1-inch vertical jump during The Opening in the summer of 2016.
Source: Land of 10
Aug 11 - 3:42 PM

Ohio State suspended redshirt senior DT Michael Hill for the start of the season.

Buckeyes HC Urban Meyer said that Hill will be suspended for "a few games." He offered no further information in terms of games he will miss beyond the fact that the 6-foot-3, 305-pounder will most definitely sit out the season-opener against Indiana. It is unclear at this juncture what Hill did to receive Meyer's wrath. A full-time starter in 2016, the defensive tackle registered 21 tackles (3.5 TFL) a year ago. With his sidelining, Tracy Sprinkle and Robert Landers figure to see bulked up reps over the coming weeks as OSU looks to fill in for Hill.
Source: Scout.com
Aug 7 - 1:57 PM

Ohio State DC Greg Schiano said the Buckeyes' defensive line is the most talented group he's ever coached.

Well.... no. Schiano coached the Tampa Bay Bucs when the team rostered Gerald McCoy, Michael Bennett and others. In terms of collegiate lines, however, we buy what Schiano is selling. Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis are the headliners, with Nick Bosa and Co. also packing a punch. The Buckeyes lost three defensive backs to the NFL along with their MIKE linebacker, so the defensive line will have to be the standout.
Aug 7 - 9:27 AM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell passes along that one scout told him that Ohio State junior LB Jerome Baker "looks like a decent athlete, nothing special."

"He's basically getting the old Miami, Florida State, or Penn State 'Linebacker U' treatment, ... getting pushed into Round 1 conversation because of the tradition of some other recent guys and mold from the school," the scout told Campbell. The insider in question said that Baker (6'1/223) is not a "complete" player at this stage in his development and views the OSU linebacker as more of a Day 2 or Day 3 prospect than one for Day 1. He has the athletic chops, at least -- Baker has been timed running a 4.37s 40-yard dash. This past season, he registered 83 tackles (9.5 TFL) and a pair of interceptions.
Aug 4 - 4:59 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that redshirt sophomore RB Mike Weber is dealing with a tight hamstring.

Weber is not going to be pushed in camp early as a precautionary measure. The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder enters his second year as starter looking to surpass the 1,096 yards (6.0 YPC) and nine touchdowns he posted in 13 games last season.
Aug 1 - 7:36 PM

Ohio State OC Kevin Wilson suggested redshirt senior QB J.T. Barrett could see a dramatic drop in the number of designed runs he carries out.

"Sometimes instead of him having to pull it, him getting the ball on the perimeter via a short pass still extends the run game and takes some hits off his body," Wilson told the media. That caused beat writer Bill Landis to state "if things go right, Barrett won't be running nearly as much as he has in the past, but he will run." The Buckeyes offense will look quite different without Curtis Samuel and others, but Ohio State is used to morphing with personnel over the last few years.
Jul 31 - 10:24 AM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman tagged four-star 2018 LB Teradja Mitchell's commitment to Ohio State as one of the biggest surprises of the summer.

"Ohio State, Urban Meyer and Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith really flexed their muscles here, and Mitchell will be a key piece to the future of their defense," Friedman writes. He had been looking like a potential Florida State pledge before he flipped the script by committing to the Buckeyes at the beginning of June. The 6-foot-2, 247-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 45 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Scout.com is even higher on his collegiate potential, slotting him into their master list at No. 13 overall while assigning him five-star status.
Source: Rivals
Jul 27 - 8:06 PM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 CB Marcus Hooker.

Hooker (6'0/197) was just tossed an offer by the Buckeyes and leaped at the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of older brother and former OSU star S Malik Hooker. Baby brother ranks as 247Sports' composite's No. 52 corner prospect in the 2018 cycle. That is not the most illustrious of rankings, but the same could have been said for Malik's back in 2014 -- almost eerily so, with the safety ranking as Rivals' No. 52 prospect at his position in that cycle.
Jul 27 - 5:38 PM


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