The Big Ten's second day of media days is not unlike "It's Just Lunch": basically reporters swing from table to table where individual players/coaches are positioned, they ask a few questions, and then move on to the next one. And then there's even lunch.
In an effort to reduce the signal to noise ratio, here's some of the better/more interesting aspects of the league's annual talking points pants party in the midwest's capital:
Michigan S Jordan Kovacs has watched Bama offense on his laptop while in Physics II class— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2012
THOUGHT THESE GUYS WERE SERIOUS ABOUT ACADEMICS.
Kovacs is pretty clearly college football's Aaron Craft: adored by those that follow and root for him; abjectly hated by absolutely everyone else.
John Simon doing his best impersonation of a hit man. The actual hits are just a few short weeks away.
Morning session with Urban Meyer. twitter.com/BuckeyesBeat/s…— Austin Ward (@BuckeyesBeat) July 27, 2012
Urban Meyer, looking positively Urban Meyer-y. In related news, players should expect hell, beginning August 3rd.
Meyer also took the opportunity to troll Ohio State fans everywhere. He also mentinoed LeBron again. Unchill, coach. Most unchill. The Kenny Guiton love train roared into Chicago as well after making appearance a week or so back. If Braxton Miller is hobbled at any point, perhaps Buckeye fans need not immediately turn to the hemlock.
Meyer also mentioned that Nathan Williams is ahead of schedule and should make an impact for the Buckeyes this fall. He also mentioned that Pat Eflein, Jacoby Boren, and Joey O'Connor will all miss the start of camp due to injury.
Also looks like the Bucks could be seeing a ton of carries in the form of El Guapo (and then Jordan Hall potentially after he returns from that gruesome foot injury).
How much do Buckeyes love strength coach Mickey Marotti? "We’ve had the best offseason in the history of college football." -- Boren— Austin Ward (@BuckeyesBeat) July 27, 2012
Besides the arrests and all, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?
Zach Boren has lost 25 pounds in the off-season and feels quicker and stronger. May be used more as an offensive weapon. He is 240 now.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWassermanBSB) July 27, 2012
The O-Zone's Tony Gerdeman and I chatted yesterday about how Boren might be used. Expect carries, potential slot lineups/tight end alignments, and maybe even some wildcat hotness from what might just turn into Tom Herman and Meyer's favorite weapon.
Looks like someone just violated the first rule of leadership committee.
Should Hall stumble back or not recover as quickly as it seems his rehab appears to be going, sounds like Brionte Dunn is seizing the moment and embracing the opportunity's fate's provided.
Boren's also as positively giddy about Braxton Miller's ceiling as the rest of us are.
Sabino said the linebacking corps feels they have something to prove after a lackluster 2011. Said unit has been source of pride for OSU.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) July 27, 2012
So what about that Sabino cat? One of the team's hardest hitters, it should be interesting to see if he can finally play his way into the extremely lofty expectations Ohio State fans had for him before he arrived on campus. It's basically now or never at this point. We leave with a moment of levity:
Michigan coach Brady Hoke: "I don't do social media or have e-mail. I'm probably a dinosaur."— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2012
BRADY HOKE AS A DINOSAUR DOT JPEG. RIP, Big Ten Media Days 2012. See you next year.