Fall semester move-in days have begun on the campus of The Ohio State University. That was the reason for those lines of cars – expertly managed by OSU's CampusParc, the OSU police and with appropriate signage everywhere – near the Ackerman Road Field. So Thursday the Buckeyes stayed away from the hustle and bustle of their fall camp practice field and instead had a morning workout that focused on the younger players and those who haven't been getting a majority of the reps. The session was held at the Harmon Family Football Park in, what has been the case all week, absolutely perfect football weather.
The Buckeyes will close out the week – and their 2013 fall camp on Ackerman Road – with a pair of practices Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., and a practice with a scrimmage element on Saturday morning.
Traditions … zombies … animals …
Coach Meyer has turned up the energy with a theme of the day this week, each with accompanying videos looped through the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in the mornings and loud music serenading the team through the stretching portion of each practice. The theme Monday was "Buckeye traditions." Tuesday was "zombie day." Wednesday: "animal planet." And today, the theme was "action movie mash-up."
Shoulder issues sideline two
Shoulder injuries have sidelined two fine young men on the football team: Jamie Wood, a fifth-year senior safety from Pickerington, Ohio, and fourth-year junior cornerback Adam Griffin, from Columbus.
Wood was trying to come back this season after multiple shoulder surgeries. He already has his bachelor's degree in strategic communications and his next step is graduate school. He played in 30 games, including four games last season before re-injuring his shoulder. He played in all 13 games in both 2010 and 2011 and he had 20 career tackles, including 11 solo stops.
Griffin had shoulder surgery this morning and, in all likelihood, won't be able to continue playing football. He is majoring in consumer and family financial services. He played in all 12 games last season and recorded 13 tackles. He made one of the outstanding special teams plays of the season against Penn State, reading a fake punt attempt and batting down a potential first-down pass on fourth-and-nine from the OSU 43 and the Buckeyes leading, 14-10. Griffin played in 16 games as a Buckeye and was a recipient this winter of the team's Iron Buckeye Award given to the student-athlete(s) who best exemplified unquestionable physical training dedication, determination, discipline, toughness and leadership.
Black stripe update
Five black stripes have been removed from the helmets of freshmen for achievement, practice and play that indicate they are performing like a true Buckeye. The first five are:
1. Joe Ramstetter, WR from Cincinnati and Elder H.S. (his big brother: Michael Thomas);
2. Mike Mitchell, LB from Plano, Texas and Prestonwood Christian (Joe Burger) and
Dontre Wilson, RB from DeSoto, Texas and DeSoto H.S. (Bri'onte Dunn);
4. Joey Bosa, DL from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and St. Thomas Aquinas (Michael Bennett) and
Ezekiel Elliott, RB from St. Louis, Mo., and Burroughs H.S. (Warren Ball).