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

A day for football, fun, fundamentals & fundraising at women’s clinic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The first-ever Ohio State Football Women’s Clinic today drew nearly 700 attendees for a day of football, fun, fundamentals and fundraising at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. And it turned out to be quite a memorable day for the Buckeye women in attendance.

“I am the biggest Buckeye fan and this has been wonderful,” Beverly Sturm, from Dayton, said. “The camaraderie among the ladies has been great and the fact that this is for such a good cause makes the day even greater.”

“Today was great fun for my daughter [Allie] and I to take part in together,” Karri Dosmann, from Upper Arlington, said.

Some of the funds raised from the event today will be contributed to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Event sponsors Ohio State IMG Sports Marketing and The Kroger Company also will be making a contribution to the Spielman Fund on behalf of the event today.

The day started with individual photos taken with Coach Urban Meyer, demonstrations on offense, defense and special teams, and a presentation by representatives of The James Cancer Hospital.

After lunch there was a live and silent auction, and then the Ohio State coaches kicked it up a notch by instructing the women through nearly an hour’s worth of drills – real football drills. There were also facility tours and then something that strength coach Mickey Marotti called the “world famous smokehouse” – a series of 40-yard dashes by age group, an event that had the women roaring, especially when 22 ladies between the ages of 53-59 raced followed by 14 more warriors between the ages of 60-65 who raced.

Then there were pushups. Lots of pushups for any and all who dared. The winning competitor for this contest did 159 pushups. Honest!

“We had three goals for today,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “The first was to benefit a good cause, and our sponsors [IMG and Kroger] and this football program are proud to be able to support the Stefanie Spielman Funds.

“Secondly, we really wanted to work hard at teaching the ladies the game of football, and thirdly, we wanted to have fun.”

The drills, all of them contested outdoors on the same fields the Buckeyes do some of these same drills on, seemed to be crowd favorites.

“The drills were, by far, the most enjoyable part of the clinic,” Karri Dosmann said. “The drills were the real thing and they were really fun!”

Meyer made sure his coaches were serious about teaching these women during the drills phase.

“We really wanted to coach them hard so the women understood what football is all about,” Meyer said. “They were really, really intense out here…the most intense group of women I’ve had at a clinic. We had to really keep them hydrated.”

Outside of a sprain, all the ladies made it through the day just fine, many who attended with friends or relatives.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor