First glance at the first week of camp
Friday morning, the Ohio State football’s Twitter page had a few great videos of the first week back at camp.
Two-a-days are happening, as are circle drills in the sweltering Columbus, Ohio summer. Even through all of this, J.T. Barrett is still making spectacular throws, and the ‘next man up’ mentality is in full effect as Buckeyes you’re not used to seeing are making impressive showings with their blocking, rushing and catching.
Take a look at the video below to see what I’m talking about.
Speaking of talking, an offseason isn’t complete without coach Kerry Coombs being mic’d up. Yesterday it happened, and the video surfaced today on the OSU football’s Twitter. From the team getting off the bus, to stretches, to the actual practice itself, Coombs was fired up.
“Sindelar was grouped with fellow Buckeyes John Cook and Rod Spittle, who shot 75 and 77, respectively. The trio was followed by fans in Ohio State gear who shouted “O-H” at them at the 16th tee and “Go Bucks” after their final shots on 18.”
– Adam Jardy & Rob Oller, Columbus Dispatch
The U.S. Senior Open kicked off at Scioto Country Club on Thursday, and there were a few Buckeye graduates in the field.
Joey Sindelar, who was part of the Buckeyes 1979 National Championship golf team as well as three-time All-American, shot a 69 (-1) on the first day of The Open. According to the article by the Dispatch, this was the first time Sindelar hit under par in the Senior U.S. Open since 2012.
Joined by two other Buckeye graduates in John Cook and Rod Spittle, the group felt at home, as patrons yelled out the “O-H” chant at them, according to the report by the Columbus Dispatch.
Below is video on Sindelar via the Columbus Dispatch.
Before going to the PGA Tour Champions (the senior tour), Sindelar first punched his ticket to the PGA Tour in 1981. Throughout his career, he placed in the top 10 in both the PGA Championship (1997) and U.S. Open (1992) and won a handful of tour events.
“We’re not very good yet, but we’re working our tails off,” defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano said. “I think Malik Hooker is showing he has the ability to be a very good player. Now we need to do it consistently. Damon Webb is showing that in spurts. We need to do it consistently.”
– Greg Schiano, as reported by Bill Rabinowitz (Columbus Dispatch)
As the first week of camp closes down, coaches now have the ability to see what cards they will be playing with as the season begins.
On the defensive side of the ball, Greg Schiano talked about the secondary and how they are a work in progress, but they are working to have spectacular results this season.
In the article by Bill Rabinowitz, he talked about how Malik Hooker, Cam Burrows, Damon Webb and Erick Smith are all vying for starting spots left by Buckeyes now in the NFL. With experience gone on defense, it’s up to the new guys to fill the voids left.
However, the brain and athletic drain left doesn’t appear to be that bad. Hooker said that Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell “taught me a lot,” according to the Columbus Dispatch. If you had anyone to learn from, having those former Buckeyes as mentors were the best possible, as they played huge roles in the 2014 College Football Championship win over Oregon.
As camp rolls on, look for an Ohio State squad to get better with each passing day.
“A quiet leader is still a leader, and it sounds like [Marcus] Baugh has the necessary mentality to become one for the Buckeyes. And while his leadership skills may be considered a work in progress, it’s evident that the junior has everything it takes to become a leader for the Scarlet and Gray.”
With the Buckeyes returning only six starters – three on offense, and three on defense – this upcoming season, there is a need for the underclassman to rise up to the occasion.
Enter red shirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh. While he only caught a couple of passes last season and started in only four games, the spotlight article written by OSU athletics communication member Chris Cullum delves into what the coaches see in Baugh, and how his experience with the scarlet and gray will translate him into a leader this season.
Cullum caught up with offensive coordinator Ed Warriner, who said that ““Marcus is quiet by nature. But in our small group [of tight ends] he does a great job with the younger guys. Talking to them, leading them, trying to understand the right way, the Buckeye way, to do things.”
Baugh said that the coaches are pushing him onto the path of becoming a leader. He acknowledged that he may be quiet, but will lead if the time came. This isn’t atypical at the tight end position, though. In recent years, Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett became the leaders of the team, and played huge roles in Ohio State’s dominance since Urban Meyer came to Columbus.
Here’s hoping that Baugh will be the next great bruising blocker and pass catcher for the Buckeyes.
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