Perhaps the biggest news of Ohio State's seventh day of Camp Meyer 2.0 was what wasn't being said at a post practice interview session. Just hours after a report that sophomore defensive back Najee Murray had been dismissed from the football team for a team rules violation, an Ohio State spokesperson declined to confirm the report. Rivals.com's Ben Axelrod had echoed the initial report from his sources' end a little more than an hour after after the original.
In more tangible developments, as first reported by Ohio State freshman ATH Darron Lee's mom, local Columbus news personality Candice, freshman Ohio State linebacker Mike Mitchell and freshman WR/RB/Pivot, Dontre Wilson, became the first two scholarship players of this fall camp to lose their black stripes.
Wilson had been garnering praise from the Ohio State side since Big Ten Media Days, when OSU quarterback Braxton Miller gushed about his playmaking abilities. Mitchell is one of the most physically mature linebackers to come through Ohio State since the Tressel-era, and could see early playing time in a unit lacking a ton of starting experience.
Amongst the media gathered at a limited interview session, which featured but a few Ohio State players and coaches, a number shared observations/photos they were able to take during their time at the facilities. Here were a couple of those:
Mike Mitchell & Dontre Wilson lose black stripes. School does not confirm report Najee Murray has been dismissed.— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) August 10, 2013
That was a grown man scrimmage— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) August 10, 2013
Evan Spencer in Dontre Wilson "That little joker is quick"— Patrick Murphy (@PMurph77) August 10, 2013
Spencer on biggest difference of Miller: comfort, knowing where receivers will d instead of hoping.— Patrick Murphy (@PMurph77) August 10, 2013
Spencer says Wilson is mostly in the WRs room, but also spends time in RB room.— Patrick Murphy (@PMurph77) August 10, 2013
Ohio State WR coach Zach Smith on Dontre Wilson: "When he goes, he's just gone." pic.twitter.com/1o3IIaiS1f— Patrick Brennan (@PatBrennan164) August 10, 2013
Smith says that Wilson losing his black stripe represents him becoming a Buckeye through going hard every time he's on the field.— Patrick Murphy (@PMurph77) August 10, 2013
Corey "The Artist Formerly Known As 'Philly'" Brown says he's up six pounds from 2012 season. pic.twitter.com/1yAndVAb95— Patrick Brennan (@PatBrennan164) August 10, 2013
Ohio State wide receiver Corey "Philly" Brown said that the Buckeyes' offense won today's scrimmage.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) August 10, 2013
Zach Smith said Dontre Wilson's dynamic skill set reminds him of some of the guys he had at Florida.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 10, 2013
Brown said Dontre Wilson "gets it" and doesn't have to think about what he's doing on the field. Brown: "He just goes hard."— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) August 10, 2013
Devin Smith said even though Dontre Wilson is "electric" he would still beat the freshman in a one-on-one race.— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) August 10, 2013
Brown said he won't miss being in the slot this season. Smiled and said he's looking forward to catching deep balls.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 10, 2013
Braxton has improved on his football IQ, Philly said. Reading coverages at the line of scrimmage has gotten way better.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 10, 2013
Chris Fields said Braxton has improved on his mechanics and is much more vocal in the huddle.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 10, 2013