Commissioner Jim Delany continued his tour of the Big Ten with a stop at Ohio State football practice Wednesday. The team gave Delany a helmet with 25 Buckeye Leaves to celebrate his 25th anniversary as the head of the conference.
To hear what Delany sees as OSU’s role in the conference, check out the video below.
Other notes from today’s practice…
- Also visiting today? AD Gene Smith, Jim Heacock and a number of NFL scouts. (Tom Dienhart said there were about a dozen NFL teams represented.)
- In case you haven’t heard, Dontre Wilson is f-a-s-t. The freshman looked good whether returning kicks or running a wheel route today.
- Defensively, Adolphus Washington stood out. His body is half John Simon, half John Hankins. He’s a very stout defensive lineman. Noah Spence is a really disruptive pash-rusher.
- The Ohio State players who had run-ins with the law this summer continue to work out with the team, but they didn’t occupy their usual spots on the depth chart. Bradley Roby ran with the twos. Carlos Hyde saw time only after Rod Smith, Jordan Hall, Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball.
- Tyvis Powell has played so well as the nickel back, he earned the praise of teammates CJ Barnett and Christian Bryant. In fact, Bryant went so far as to say that Powell has the star position “locked down.”
- Barnett also said that Meyer already knows who is tough, so practices aren’t about testing people. However, camp is still rather intense. In fact, as Eleven Warriors relays, coaches Tom Herman and Luke Fickell were involved in a shouting match this morning.
- College football’s new targeting rule remains a point of emphasis. Today, Chris Worley was flagged for the infraction on a tackle of Nick Vannett.
- Backup quarterback watch: Kenny Guiton seems to have recovered well from a hand injury. Meanwhile, JT Barrett played without any sort of brace on his knee. He had the slightest limp at the end of practice, when he was tired, but otherwise, there appeared to be no ill effects from his torn ACL.
- According to Toledo Blade reporter Dave Briggs, safety Jayme Thompson broke his ankle during today’s practice.
- Offensive lineman Andrew Norwell missed the majority of practice with a lower body injury, but it appeared to be minor.
- Cameron Johnston was fine when he was punting with no pressure, but seemed inconsistent during live action. The Buckeyes tried rolling him out, which coach Urban Meyer indicated was an option thanks to Johnston’s speed.