Spring break offers much needed rest for everyone but getting back into the swing of things tends to be a little tricky. The Ohio State football team certainly felt the rust when they had their first practice after the break. They were in full pads Tuesday morning in Spring Camp as Coach Urban Meyer looked on in dismay. He acknowledged that the performance was not up to par with the offensive line being particularly uninspiring.
Yet the coach is still upbeat on his team, even providing additional rest for guys who have seen a lot of action in previous games and practice sessions. Meyer says that they are being more sensitive to the needs of student-athletes and are trying to reduce the risk of injury. The limited practice time applies to those in the 2000-rep club. Among them are Joey Bosa, Tyvis Powell, Josh Perry, Nick Vannett, Taylor Decker and Pat Elflein.
Meyer also said that he will be keeping the new coordinator. Ed Warinner has impressed him thus far and his efforts will be rewarded with a greater role in the team. Tim Beck will also share some of the coaching responsibilities. As for the players, Meyer is all praises for Raekwon McMillan. The middle linebacker's leadership skills are shining through and this will serve him well in the next few years.
It's all about getting back into the groove of things for the Buckeyes. The team was the best in tackling in the previous season but this didn't show in the Tuesday practice. Meyer certainly has his hands full. He will have to act quickly to get the guys physically and mentally ready for the crucial games ahead. Everyone needs to regain their form and maintain a positive outlook. They have all the pieces in place so it's just a matter of making them all work together.
Meyer disappointed in Tuesday practice