Jody Victor: Despite temperatures creeping into the mid 90s, it turns out there is something the Ohio State football team craves more than a cool drink of water.
The chance to hit somebody.
And the Buckeyes finally got what they wanted last Wednesday as the shoulder pads went on for the first time and the sounds of pads popping filled the hot, humid air around the practice fields surrounding the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
“We've been out here for a couple days, but when the pads come on, that better resembles how the game is played,” junior tight end Rory Nicol said. “There is more excitement when the pads go on and the energy level definitely goes up.”
The pads in the pants will go on later, which will signal full-go contact in practice, but because of the temperatures it might not be a bad thing that the Buckeyes were not in full gear yet.
“It is really hot, there is no doubt about that,” Nicol said. “But the coaches do a good job of getting us watered up and the trainers make sure we are staying hydrated 24 hours a day, not just during practice.”
As camp progresses, the Buckeyes continue to prepare for live scrimmages and then the 2007 season opener against Youngstown State September 1st.
“It's just a lot of fun out here,” Nicol said. “That is the most important thing. We talk everyday about having the desire to get better, and we do. We believe this team has the chance to be special and we have to work to make that happen.”