Posted August 07, 2012 on
The first day of full-squad training camp Monday allowed Urban Meyer his first chance to have the whole 2012 Ohio State football team together. For Meyer, it wasn't just about his own return or his shiny new toys and their shiny silver helmets. It was about what his toy collection might look like a Christmas -- er, Signing Day -- or two from now.
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Urban Meyer spent Monday's first full team practice at Ohio State not watching what players did so much as looking at their faces.
Meyer, hired to take over the NCAA-sanctioned program last November, said by looking inside his players' facemasks he could tell who was really working hard - and who was just trying to get by.
Average, he said, won't be tolerated on this...
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer scoffed at the fact that the Buckeyes leading wide receiver last year had only 14 catches. Meyer, however, has been blunt when describing that stat as unacceptable. The wide receiver room says they're determined to make the struggles at the position a thing of the distant past.
2011 Record: (6-7, 3-5 in Big Ten)
Head Coach: Urban Meyer (First year at Ohio State, 104-23 All-Time)
Last Bowl Game: 2011 season Gator Bowl: lost to Florida 24-17
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Must Win: 9/1 vs Miami (OH), 9/8 vs UCF, 9/22 vs UAB, 10/13 at Indiana
Revenge: 9/29 at Mich St, 10/6 vs Nebraska, 10/20 vs Purdue, 10/27...
It's a fresh start for Ohio State.
As it turns out, a lot of the players expected to usher the Buckeyes into a new era are also just starting out - and are fresh faces.
So far, first-year coach Urban Meyer and the rest of his staff prefer effort and competitiveness over age and experience.
The young guys may run the wrong way, but they do it with abandon. The coaches love...
Ohio State's veterans and freshmen practiced together for the first time Monday afternoon and gave new head coach Urban Meyer plenty to smile about. He saw progress on offense during the opening session and gave several personnel updates after practice.
On a defensive line that boasts plenty of talent, sophomore Michael Bennett has emerged as solid contributor for the Buckeyes. A taekwondo black belt, Bennett has shown plenty of flexibility in his time at Ohio State.
Rising junior Drew Barker has been hearing from Ohio State a lot lately. The quarterback recently attended the Buckeyes' first Friday Night Lights camp. Check out his thoughts on the experience.
North Carolina at Indiana, N.C. State at Michigan and Ohio State at Duke highlight the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.