Five seniors named captains for 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five seniors were announced as team captains today by coach Urban Meyer. The five, chosen by vote of their teammates, included injured and out-for-the-year quarterback Braxton Miller, cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman.
Miller, who will have surgery tomorrow to repair his injured right shoulder, will not be able to accompany the team to its game in Baltimore against Navy this weekend, and coach Urban Meyer said Miller would have to count on the 70-man travel roster when he is able to travel with the team.

Heuerman, called one of the best tight ends in the country by Meyer during his press conference today, is also not 100 percent but Meyer anticipated he will be able to play Saturday. Heuerman is a veteran of 36 games with 22 starts and he has 35 career receptions for 585 yards and five touchdowns.

Joining Miller and Heuerman as captains are three defensive standouts, all in their fourth seasons with the Scarlet and Gray:
•Doran Grant has played in all 39 games over the past three seasons and has started 15 times. The only returning starter in the secondary, he has recorded 83 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and four interceptions.
•Curtis Grant is a 13-game starter who is coming off his best season as a Buckeye when he played in 12 games last season, started 10 times and had 52 tackles, four TFLs and two pass break-ups. He is a veteran of 30 games.
•Bennett started 13 games at defensive tackles last season and was among the team leaders in TFLs (11.5 for minus-62 yards) and quarterback sacks (seven). He also contributed 42 tackles and he enters his senior campaign with 34 games played, 17.5 TFLs, 11 quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

The team will have one final practice – Tuesday – before the fall semester starts on Wednesday.

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Jody Victor

Ohio State fall camp update

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes worked through practice No. 15 of the 2014 fall camp season Saturday morning – part of it an intrasquad scrimmage – in lovely conditions at the Ackerman Road fields. Afterward, head coach Urban Meyer met with the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Meyer first addressed the status of quarterback Braxton Miller, who participated in the scrimmage on a limited basis. He said he should be ready to go in two weeks, that his shoulder was structurally fine, but that soreness was holding him back.

Chase for No. 2 QB: Meyer said redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett has moved slightly ahead of third-year sophomore Cardale Jones in the competition for the No. 2 quarterback position behind Miller. Meyer’s reasons for Barrett’s rise: “Functionality, completing passes, growing up a bit, understanding things.

RBs Smith & Dunn praised: Fifth-year senior Rod Smith and third-year sophomore Bri’onte Dunn each drew compliments from Meyer on Saturday and both are in the mix at running back.
Three offensive line positions now filled: Meyer said that Baldwin has earned the starting position at right tackle, joining left tackle Taylor Decker and right guard Pat Elflein as starters along an offensive line that must replace four graduated seniors who are all in NFL training camps right now.

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Jody Victor

125th season of Ohio State football commences

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 125th season of Ohio State football kicked off today with the first practices of the 2014 fall camp season. Third-year head coach Urban Meyer (24-2 at Ohio State and with the highest winning percentage – .837; 128-25 – of any active major college coach with at least 10 years of experience) put his 13th team through a morning practice for the newcomers and a late afternoon practice with the veterans.

There were 38 players – scholarship and invited walk-ons – in the morning practice that included a number of collegiate veterans, namely offensive lineman Chad Lindsay, who came to Ohio State this summer after graduating from Alabama, and Jeff Greene, a wide receiver who arrived last season from Georgia Tech but had to sit out the season. All 23 of the scholarship true freshman also practiced in the morning except for January enrollees Raekwon McMillan and Johnnie Dixon.

Braxton’s back: As Mayer said, Braxton Miller was back at quarterback for the Buckeyes after missing all of spring drills after having shoulder surgery. Miller enters his senior season as a contender and possibly a leading contender for all of the major national awards, be it most outstanding performer, most valuable player and/or outstanding quarterback. Miller currently holds nine school records and he could break no less than eight more in 2014.

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Jody Victor

No. 3/2 Ohio State Hosts San Diego State

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Buckeyes are 3-0 all-time vs. the Aztecs, having last met in 2005 in Columbus.

? Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 13 games.
? Ohio State and SDSU are meeting for the fourth time. The Buckeyes are 7-1 all-time vs. current members of the Mountain West Conference.
? The Buckeyes have won all three meetings vs. SDSU in Columbus in 2001, 2003 and 2005.
? Ohio State will try and improve to 2-0 for the fourth consecutive season and seventh in the past eight years.
? Ohio State is 67-7 (.905) at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
? Junior Braxton Miller (2,063) needs 18 yards rushing to pass Cornelius Greene (2,080) and become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs.
? Senior RB Jordan Hall recorded career highs of 159 yards rushing, two TDs and 21 carries in the win over Buffalo.
? Hall needs 45 more all-purpose yards to reach 3,000 for his career.
? Head coach Urban Meyer is 43-4 in his career in games played in August/September.
? Meyer is 2-0 in his head coaching career vs. San Diego State, both wins coming at Utah in 2003 (27-6) and 2004 (51-28).

Buckeyes Win 35th Consecutive Home Opener with 40-20 win Over Buffalo
Braxton Miller threw two touchdown passes and Jordan Hall ran for two touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 13 games. Hall had a career-high 159 yards rushing, scoring on runs of 37 and 49 yards. Miller was 15 of 22 passing for 178 yards with TDs of 47 yards to Devin Smith and 7 yards to Chris Fields. He also ran for 77 yards on 17 attempts despite being hampered in the second half with cramps.

Ohio State was in control after its first three possessions and led 23-0 after the first quarter. Miller hit Smith on a 47-yard scoring pass on the fourth offensive play of the game. Then Miller found Fields on a 7-yard scoring pass and Hall scored on a 49-yard scamper with 38 seconds left in the quarter. After the Bulls cut the gap to 23-13, the Buckeyes regrouped and took control. After fumbling on the previous OSU possession, Dontre Wilson took a kickoff back 51 yards to set up Ohio State’s next score. On first down, Hall bolted through the line for a 37-yard score. Later, QB Kenny Guiton came in to toss a 21-yard TD pass to Fields and kicker Drew Basil capped the Ohio State scoring with a 39-yard FG midway through the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant and Christian Bryant led the Buckeyes with seven tackles while Noah Spence added six tackles, 2.0 TFL and 1.0 sack.

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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