Football Announces 2012 Captains

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five senior leaders have been chosen by their peers on the Ohio State University football team to be team captains in 2012. Coach Urban Meyer announced the captains at a team meeting Sunday night.

“Announcing who are team captains is one of the great honors I get to do as head coach,” Meyer said. “We had a number of guys get votes. This is a really good group of seniors who I am very proud to have leading this team.”

Representing four different states, they are:

  • Defensive lineman John Simon, from Youngstown, Ohio, and Cardinal Mooney High School;
  • Fullback Zach Boren, from Pickerington, Ohio, and Pickerington Central High School;
  • Linebacker Etienne Sabino, from North Miami Beach, Fla., and Dr. Krop High School;
  • Defensive linemen Garrett Goebel, from Villa Park, Ill., and Montini High School; and
  • Running back Jordan Hall, from Jeannette, Pa., and Jeannette High School.

The five have combined for 185 games played and 74 starts, with four having played in 39 career games apiece, respectively, and a fifth – Jordan Hall – a veteran of 29 games. Boren leads the group with 27 starts with Simon at 26 and Goebel (13), Sabino and Hall (five each) following.

Some thoughts from each:

Boren: “It is a dream come true and a huge honor to be named a captain at The Ohio State University. I am appreciative and thankful, and I look forward to being a leader on this team this season.”

Goebel: “I’m excited. It is an honor that your teammates think that highly of you to name you a captain. I’m going to put everything I have into this responsibility.”

Hall: “This is a dream come true. I was hoping to be named a captain but I was also a little surprised when it happened. I can’t thank my teammates enough for selecting me for this honor.”

Sabino: “I’m really excited. This is such an honor…to get voted by your teammates to be their captain. I am just really honored to be named a captain.”

Simon: “Being named captain means a lot. I appreciate the votes of the players. This is one of the biggest honors a player can receive and I’ll be proud to lead this team along with four other great guys. We’ll have a really good season if we all lead well.”

Simon becomes just the seventh two-time captain in school history and the first since James Laurinaitis was named captain in 2007 and again in 2008.

Ohio State is ranked 18th in the initial Associated Press Top 25 poll, marking the 24th consecutive season and the longest current streak in the country, to be ranked in the AP preseason poll. The team opens its 2012 season Sept. 1 vs. Miami (Ohio).

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

Buckeyes ranked 18th in Associated Press poll

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State football team will open the 2012 season ranked 18th in the Associated Press poll released Saturday morning. The Buckeyes received a total of 474 points from the 60 national writers, just behind Nebraska’s 485 at No. 17.

Ohio State leads all FBS schools with 789 appearances all-time in the AP Top 25 poll. Michigan is second at 775 appearances. Ohio State has appeared in the AP preseason poll for 24 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the country. Oklahoma is second with 13 straight appearances. It also marks the 45th consecutive season with at least one appearance in the poll, tying Alabama. 

A total of five Big Ten schools are ranked in the top 20. Michigan comes in at No. 8, followed by No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 13 Michigan State.

Ohio State kicks off the 2012 season at Noon, Sept. 1 against Miami (OH) at Ohio Stadium.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

Buckeyes hold first two-a-day practice NFL-style

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Friday was the first (of four) two-a-day practice days for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The team practiced at its spacious and spectacular Harmon Family Football Park for the a.m. practice and then moved the afternoon practice to the grass field (and-a-half) along Ackerman Road where Coach Urban Meyer wants to hold a series of fall camp practices.

The reasoning behind moving practices from the Harmon Family Football Park outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center is to create an “NFL-like” fall camp where the team leaves its home turf to practice and bond in unfamiliar surroundings…even if it’s just a quarter-mile bus ride down the road.

The morning practice was held under the lights and under a blanket of thick gray clouds in comfortable 73-degree conditions. The drills included six more freshmen getting introduced to the physical circle drill, ones vs. twos drills and a goal line scrimmage at the end. There was plenty to hoot and holler about, plenty of physical confrontations, and plenty to be pleased about. And Meyer was.

“Today was an Ohio State practice,” Meyer told the team afterward. “This was an Ohio State practice.”

The team then bussed to the Ackerman Road field and worked out for two hours in Buckeye gear (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets) in the late afternoon. A heavy downpour hit at 6 p.m., but it certainly didn’t dampen the spirit or enthusiasm of the day. A short while later the sun peeked through the clouds and a rainbow appeared to the east.

And the first two-a-day was in the books.

Spencer OK
Sophomore receiver Evan Spencer was in his Buckeye gear but he did not practice in the afternoon. He banged knees with another player and had an awkward next step during the first practice. He was looked at by OSU doctors and it was determined he has a bruised knee.

Bogard First to Become a Buckeye
Freshman Devan Bogard was the first member of the rookie class to lose his black stripe and officially become a Buckeye football player. The defensive back from Cleveland’s Glenville H.S. had his stripe removed Wednesday during a team meeting for his efforts on and off the field that convinced his coaches and teammates that he was ready to be an Ohio State Buckeye football player.

Practice Plans
The team will return to the practice fields for a single practice Saturday morning. Sunday will be a day off from the football field, but family activities and a team photo are on the schedule with media day interviews at the WHAC in the afternoon.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

Meyer, Buckeyes start 2012 practices

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – At 6 a.m. Friday morning Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, his coaching staff and about 60 or so veterans in the football program hit the practice fields at the Harmon Family Football Park. The 2012 football season is upon us.

The practice activities, with players in shorts, spikes, mesh jerseys and helmets, consisted of stretching, running and spirited drill work. The two FieldTurf fields were in use. Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, a longtime mentor to Meyer, sat in a chair at the base of a huge tower in the north end zone of field No. 3 and watched.

It was a good day.

“Everybody was executing plays, on defense and offense,” said sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. “Everything was crisp.”

“When we came out here in the spring we had no clue,” junior running back Carlos Hyde said, commenting on the first days learning a new offensive scheme. “Today, we were pretty sharp.”

“Everyone was energized,” sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller said. “Everything was good.”

No freshmen took part in this first practice. They, along with some walk-on upper classmen to boost the numbers, will take the field for the first time in 2012 at 5:30 Friday evening. Afterward, the players will enjoy a 48-hour break before a team dinner Sunday evening and practice No. 2 of the season: Monday at 4 p.m.

New Numbers
Three players sported or will sport new numbers today: sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby is now wearing jersey No. 1; freshman defensive lineman Se’Von Pittman will be in No. 95; and senior linebacker Ross Oltorik is wearing No. 20.

New Numbers II
Roby said the summer conditioning program run by head strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti was “high intensity” every day and that the team grew closer through the workouts. He also said the workouts helped him gain five pounds of muscle while at the same time lowering his 4.40 40-yard dash speed to a really quick 4.39.

“…And I ran the 4.39 twice,” Roby said, “so it wasn’t a fluke.”

And a few more notes…
Sophomore Chase Farris practiced in a scarlet jersey with the offensive linemen today. … Braxton Miller set his alarm for 4:30 a.m. And then 10 minutes later he got a call from his position coach Tom Herman, who was just making sure his quarterback was up and about. He was. … Bradley Roby said enthusiasm on the team is high and that the team is “a hungry team and an ambitious team.” … Miller called senior running back Jordan Hall’s cut foot injury a freak accident and said he hopes he’s back for the first game. Carlos Hyde said it was unfortunate and “bad that Jordan is out,” but that he was looking forward to the opportunity to play…”similar to last year.” Hyde started the first three games last season and rushed for 223 of his 549 yards on the season in the three games.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor