Ohio State just finished their second practice with media availability afterwards, and their third of Fall Camp. The Big Ten Network and multiple beat writers were on hand to give you the latest on how they looked, and how multiple position group battles were unfolding, including at running back and offensive line.
Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network's initial reaction to the Buckeyes isn't unexpected, but still probably a positive sign for the team.
Your projected starting OTs: Taylor Decker and Darryl Baldwin. O line needs to develop quickly with 4 new starters. pic.twitter.com/OZn1Fms3VM— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 6, 2014
Your entire first team OL today? The most intriguing position battles at camp are probably in this group:
Ohio State first-team OL: Decker, Underwood, Boren, Elflein, Baldwin.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 6, 2014
Not on that list? Alabama transfer Chad Lindsay. But hey, it's still really early. But if you want to go ahead and read into that a little, you can.
Warinner said Boren leads the Ohio State center battle.— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) August 6, 2014
That doesn't mean this battle is settled though.
"All three [centers] could start." -Warinner. He added that Price could move to guard. Versatility is important for OSU.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 6, 2014
Also, it doesn't mean that some of Ohio State's young guns on the line aren't making a name for themselves early on though.
Warinner on Demetrius Knox and Jamarco Jones: "Wow. They're pretty impressive."— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 6, 2014
There may be a little less of those guns as well.
Marotti said true freshman Marcelys Jones has lost 40 pounds since early May.— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) August 6, 2014
At right tackle, here are your standings:
Darryl Baldwin, Chase Farris and Evan Lisle are at right tackle, not left.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 6, 2014
Previously, we had written that Ezekiel Elliot was likely to be the leading man in Ohio State's running back depth chart, and Revsine apparently doesn't disagree.
The size/speed combo of Ezekial Elliott is really impressive - looks poised to be the feature back— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) August 6, 2014
Buckeye RBs hitting the "blaster." The pecking order: Elliott, Dunn, Samuel. pic.twitter.com/OiXbpzmrtl— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 6, 2014
Warren Ball wasn't mentioned in Dienhart's tweet. Perhaps this might have something to do with it:
But it doesn't appear the injury is THAT serious. At least there is this:
Warren Ball says his foot is not broke.— Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) August 6, 2014
Also on the injury front:
Ohio State freshman CB Marshon Lattimore left the practice field with a minor injury. Now watching while riding a stationary bike.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) August 6, 2014
Lattimore and Ball aren't the only Buckeyes who are feeling a little banged up.
Braxton Miller only throwing passes sporadically. Urban Meyer said Monday his shoulder was sore.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 6, 2014
But maybe that soreness isn't really too much to worry about. Cleveland.com says that Cardale Jones took some reps with the first team while Miller was limited. JT Barrett also threw, and apparently looked good.
Braxton Miller has thrown sparingly today. OSU officials say he is 100% but that they still want to monitor his volume— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) August 6, 2014
So, sounds more like a spring training situation then, rather than anything to be concerned over.
And now, in "it's probably too early to freak out but go ahead and freak out a little bit" news:
It's only Day 2 of camp, but Buckeye placekicks have struggled. Game-winning FG attempt could get fans' hearts racing.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 6, 2014
But don't worry, there is some good news out of the secondary to help offset that:
Tyvis Powell has made a couple of really nice plays at safety - looks like a real leader in the secondary— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) August 6, 2014
Luke Fickell also continues the praise for the linebacker unit, after Meyer did so at Big Ten Media days:
Luke Fickell on his LBS: "We got a really good group ... We got guys ready to go."— Patrick Maks (@maksimuspatrick) August 6, 2014
Ohio State D coordinator Luke Fickell says a lot of guys are in mix to replace Noah Spence, mentions Steve Miller, Rashad Frazier by name— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) August 6, 2014
And for whatever concerns you may have about Ohio State's secondary this year, remember, you still have this:
Ed Warinner calls the OSU defensive line one of the best he's seen in his career.— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) August 6, 2014