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Ohio State wrapped practice Wednesday with Urban Meyer hosting his annual Wednesday check in with the media.
While these tend to be more confirmatory in nature, sometimes some news comes to light at them. This looks like one of those weeks.
Ohio State safety Cam Burrows was expected to figure into the Buckeyes’ new look secondary rotation, but after suffering an apparent foot injury, he looks done for the season.
Meyer also announced running back Mike Weber is officially the team’s starter as was widely expected calling it “the Cadillac position in college football right now.” Added that they’re very confident in him.
Jalyn Holmes is also officially a starter. OSU hopes to play at least four-to-five inside guys and four guys at defensive end.
“Coach Mike McCoy said after the workout that he was happy with [Joey] Bosa’s condition and energy after being away from the team since OTAs came to an end.”
- Josh Alper, ProFootballTalk
Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers were finally able to come to terms on a contract Monday, after Bosa had one of the longer holdouts you’ll ever see from a rookie. It caused a stir both inside and outside of the Chargers organization, but the deal is done, and it’s time to make up for lost time. Based on Bosa’s workout on Tuesday, it appears he was able to keep himself in good shape, as Chargers head coach Mike McCoy was happy with what he saw out of the team’s third overall pick.
McCoy had nothing but good things to say about Bosa after practice, raving about Bosa’s energy and how he was in shape. [He’s] a guy who loves to play. The energy, the passion he comes to work with every day. He was that way all day yesterday either in the weight room, in the meetings [or] no matter where it was. You go out there and see it when he goes through individual drills. He looked like the way he did when he left.” Bosa still has a lot of work to do before he is ready for game action, but a positive start is really all anybody could have asked for after such a long holdout.
“For Tyvis Powell, it’s a week of sleepless nights. It’s the biggest, most tense week of his 22-year-old life.”
- Gregg Bell, The News Tribune
Despite being undrafted, Tyvis Powell has impressed people in Seattle. Which says a lot, when you consider all of the talent that the Seahawks have in their defensive backfield. I mean, they don’t call them the “Legion of Boom” for nothing. While he’s done well, he can’t help but be stressed out in what is the NFL’s cut week, when roster cuts are made to meet the NFL’s requirements for a 53-man roster. Powell has already survived the first cut of 15 players down to 75 on Tuesday, so he’s off to a good start.
Powell told Bell, “This week is definitely a tough week, mentally, because you know what is coming at the end of it.” A very good sign for Powell, is that the team cut veteran Brandon Browner, who used to be a key piece of the Legion of Boom before he left for the Patriots, and then had a stint with the New Orleans Saints. The Seahawks have even cut Zac Brooks, who was a drafted rookie. Bell touches on Powell’s experiences at Ohio State, and how his persistence helped him become the player that he ultimately is. We’re certainly rooting for the former Buck. Seattle would be a pretty sweet place to start an NFL career.
“One of Ohio State’s seven football captains is not like the others. Joe Burger is not a starter. Until this year, the senior linebacker wasn’t even on scholarship.”
- Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch
Joe Burger was picked as a team captain five days ago, to go along with J.T. Barrett, Raekwon McMillan, Pat Elflein, Gareon Conley, Tyquan Lewis and Billy Price. But as Rabinowitz mentions, Burger is not like the rest of the captains because of the journey he took to get to where he is at now. This will be his first year on scholarship. He doesn’t start, but he will be on the punt and kickoff teams this season. He’s the latest in his family to have to earn a scholarship the hard way, according to Rabinowitz, as his father and brother both earned walk-ons at Notre Dame, while two of his other siblings walked on the golf team at Xavier.
Burger told Rabinowitz that keeping a good attitude helped him along the way, and his dad gave him pretty good advice. “My dad always told me you’ve got to bring your lunch pail every single day.” Raekwon McMillan also raved about Burger, speaking on his high GPA, as well as his work ethic in the weight room, despite not being the most physically gifted guy on the team. It’s those little additions that help make an already talented football team like Ohio State better. When guys like Burger are fighting for a spot, it sets a good example, and puts a hunger in everybody else that takes notice. It seems like he was an easy choice for captain.
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