Eight Will Serve as Ohio State Game Captains

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced Tuesday after practice that eight student-athletes will serve as Ohio State game captains for the 2013 season with a decision coming at the end of the year as to who will be recognized as the season’s official team captains.

“It’s the first time I’ve done something like this,” Meyer told the team before calling up, one-by-one, the young men who will lead the Buckeyes into each game this year, beginning Saturday at noon against Buffalo. “We had eight individuals receive a lot of votes, and all were within 12 votes of each other. So they’ll lead us into each game as captains and at the end of the year a decision will be made as to who will be the season’s captains.”

And then he proceeded to call to the front of the team seven of the eight, with one absent because of class. Ohio State’s eight game captains are:

Fifth-year senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, a consumer and family financial services major from Toledo and St. John’s High School;

Fifth-year senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, a criminology major from Dayton and Northmont High School;

Senior free safety Christian Bryant, a sociology major from Cleveland and Glenville High School;

Fifth-year senior quarterback * Kenny Guiton, a consumer and family financial services major from Houston, Texas, and Eisenhower High School;

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller, a communications major from Huber Heights and Wayne High School;

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, a psychology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School;

Fifth-year senior center Corey Linsley, an economics major from Youngstown and Boardman High School; and

Senior wide receiver Corey Brown, a criminology major from Upper Darby, Pa., and Cardinal O’Hara High School.

Go Bucks Go Bucks Go Bucks

Jody Victor

Scarlet and Gray The ‘Shoe Aug. 31 vs. Buffalo

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second consecutive year, the Ohio State Department of Athletics is encouraging all fans to wear their scarlet and to wear their gray and to be part of a special effort to “Scarlet and Gray the ‘Shoe” during the Aug. 31 opener vs. Buffalo. Game time is 12 noon in Ohio Stadium.

The promotion is aiming for a total of five distinguished sections that are either all scarlet or all gray. The color assignments are as follows:

Scarlet Sections:
? All sections 31-39 (South Stands)
? Both Block “O” North and Block “O” South should wear Scarlet!
? Odd numbered sections 21-29 (the SW side of the stadium)
? Even numbered sections 2-18 (the NE corner of the stadium)
? Club sections 3, 4 & 5

Gray Sections:
? Odd numbered sections 1-19 (the NW corner of the stadium)
? Even numbered sections 20-30 (the SE side of the stadium)
? Club sections 1 & 2
? All suites

Please take a look at your ticket and the diagram before picking out your gameday attire! Spread the word and help us create a unique Scarlet and Gray look at Ohio Stadium on Aug. 31st!

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Jody Victor

Buckeyes wide-outs look to improve on strong 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? A year ago they shared space in coach Urban Meyer’s doghouse.

Now Ohio State’s wide receivers are team leaders.

Inexperienced and unproven in 2012, they’re veterans this time around.

It’s a question of maturity, assistant coach Zach Smith said of the improvement in his charges.

“Just a year ago I told everyone that it was a young group that needed to grow up and kind of develop and get better. That’s something they’ve done,” he said after Saturday’s practice. “Fast forward a year and they’ve had trials, tribulations, had hard times, had great successes, and so they have grown and learned from mistakes to the point where they’re able to be a mature group.”

They’ve come a long way.

Meyer didn’t hide his feelings about the pass-catchers in the spring of 2012, his first time on the field with them after taking the job.

He said they didn’t work hard enough. He said they weren’t prepared. He said there were no big-play guys in the lot.

Smith conceded that the coaching staff was “almost in panic mode” at the receivers’ inability to stretch the field, to even run routes or be a viable option in Meyer’s spread attack.

Gradually, they came around.

Corey Brown had 60 catches, Devin Smith 30 and Evan Spencer 12 last year as a problem area became a strength. They proved they could make big plays, such as Smith’s memorable one-handed grab early in the year and his 39-yard gain in the final minute that helped preserve Ohio State’s perfect season against Purdue.

More of the same will be expected this year.

Instead of wondering who’ll make a big catch, it seems quarterback Braxton Miller now has several possibilities.

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Jody Victor

Ohio State Starts Fall Camp Practices

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes opened their 2013 fall camp season with a pair of practices at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center’s first-class practice facility: the Harmon Family Football Park. Second-year head coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff worked with 35 freshmen (and a few inexperienced upperclassmen) at an 8:45 a.m. practice and then returned to the fields for a 3:05 p.m. practice with the veterans.

It was a glorious day for practice. At 2 p.m. it was a San Diego-like 74 degrees under hazy sunshine, some whispers of clouds and at times, Lake Superior-blue skies.

Some numbers: the 105-man roster at fall camp includes 17 offensive linemen, 16 defensive linemen, 14 receivers and 12 linebackers within the four largest position groups.

Nice treats
When the players arrived at the Woody this morning they had breakfast in the player’s lounge and then on the way to their locker room they walked by their new Gatorade Fuel Bar, which wasn’t completed when they left for their short break on Wednesday. The fuel bar features all stainless steel cabinets and appliances, an eight-stool seating area, five leather recliners, two rather large HD flat screen televisions and ample display and storage space for nutrition/energy bars and sports fuel drinks, shakes and thirst quenchers.

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Jody Victor