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