What we learned from Week 2 of Ohio State football’s fall camp


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football has finished its second week of preseason practice and has less than three weeks to go before its season opener.

Here are the key takeaways from interviews with players and coaches over the past week:

The key positions with no set starter are still wide open, and many could be that way for at least a couple more weeks.

We detailed the positions in depth in a story Saturday, but here’s a quick rundown of where Ohio State is at.

  • Right guard: Malcolm Pridgeon, Matthew Burrell, Demetrius Knox and Branden Bowen are all in contention. Based on what we’ve seen at practice, Pridgeon and Burrell are the two likeliest winners.
  • Cornerback: Damon Arnette has spent all camp practicing with the first team and is the favorite to start opposite Denzel Ward.
  • Safety: Erick Smith and Jordan Fuller are back and forth in the fight to start next to Damon Webb.

The wide receivers will rotate at least six players, so being a starter isn’t as important a distinction as it is at other spots. Still, it had to be encouraging to hear Ohio State coach Urban Meyer say Johnnie Dixon is close to earning that title.

Dixon has battled injuries throughout his career, but has been healthy this entire offseason. He shined in spring practice, took over the spring game and continued that good play this fall.

“We make a big deal around here about calling the family [when players are named starters],” Meyer said, “and he’s within probably a week of getting that phone call. It’s really cool to see.”

It’s the biggest sign yet that he’ll finally get a chance to show what he can do.

Defensive tackle Michael Hill will be suspended for an undetermined amount of games, Meyer said Monday. While that’s obviously not great news, it’s not as big of a problem as it would have been in the past couple years.

Left tackle Jamarco Jones said the depth at that spot is great, citing Dre’Mont Jones, Tracy Sprinkle, Robert Landers, Davon Hamilton and Haskell Garrett as standout performers.

“It’s crazy to think about how many defensive tackles I just named, and that’s not even including the ends,” Jones said. “Our defensive line group is deep right now.”

Two players lost their black stripes over the past week after running back J.K. Dobbins became the first freshman to do so.

Safety Isaiah Pryor had his removed on Monday, and defensive end Chase Young shed his on Wednesday night.

Look no further than tight end Rashod Berry as someone who could surprise this season. Berry has moved back and forth from tight end to defensive end early in his career, and is back with the offense because of the lack of depth at that position.

He looked good during the two practices media members were allowed to see, and he could move up the depth chart if he keeps progressing. His incredible athleticism gives him something few at that position can offer, and that’s a good way to get on the field.

“He’s done a very nice job maturing,” Meyer said. “His family should be proud of him academically, just the professionalism. I would anticipate he’s going to play for us at tight end.”

For all the concern about the numbers crunch, Ohio State ended up having extra scholarships by the time summer ended.

Meyer didn’t let them go to waste, announcing Saturday that senior walk-ons Elijaah Goins and Zach Turnure will be on scholarship this season.

The post What we learned from Week 2 of Ohio State football’s fall camp appeared first on Land of 10.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

A piece of UGA history, Bulldogs 2017 season available 
A piece of UGA history, Bulldogs 2017 season available 

You can own your piece of UGA history starting today! The Bulldogs won the SEC championship for the first time since 2005 and are headed to the College Playoff for the first time. They will face off with Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018. Relive the Georgia Bulldogs’ 2017 season with a special 36-page section produced by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
ESPN includes 2 USC contests on list of 2017 season’s top college football games
ESPN includes 2 USC contests on list of 2017 season’s top college football games

It’s been a memorable season for USC in many ways. The Trojans won their first Pac-12 title since 2008, which was also the last time they got to 11 victories, and now they’re set to play in a New Year’s Six bowl game for the second year in a row when they face Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29. And the...
Ohio State football: What’s driving Buckeyes’ success on the recruiting trail?
Ohio State football: What’s driving Buckeyes’ success on the recruiting trail?

All week long, our Land of 10 reporters following the Buckeyes will address pressing questions on the minds of the Ohio State fan base with our new daily feature. To ask Austin Ward a question, follow along on Twitter and suggest a topic right here. Check back Monday through Friday as we dive into the Ohio State Question...
Marcus Crowley found perfect fit at Miami for his developing skill set
Marcus Crowley found perfect fit at Miami for his developing skill set

Verlon Dorminey never had to worry about giving the reins of Trinity Christian Academy’s offense to Marcus Crowley this fall. After waiting a few seasons as a rotational athlete, Crowley was ready to take over as the featured back in Jacksonville and Dorminey was anticipating a breakout year. For a running back without...
Atlanta Journal-Constitution offers Georgia fans a way to relive historic season
Atlanta Journal-Constitution offers Georgia fans a way to relive historic season

Kirby Smart, Jake Fromm, Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Roquan Smith, Lorenzo Carter and many, many more. They all played huge roles in Georgia’s historic season. The Bulldogs won the SEC championship for the first time since 2005 and are headed to the College Playoff for the first time. They will face off with Oklahoma in the...
More Stories