Reid Fragel: Jake Ballard is a Big Help

Reid Fragel: Jake Ballard is a Big Help

Reid Fragel Ohio State Tight End

Reid Fragel: Jake Ballard is a Big Help

Reid Fragel is a big tight end from Gross Point Farms Michigan that came to Ohio State as the 11th best tight end in the country for 2009. At 6’7” and 260lbs, Fragel presents a large target for Terrelle Pryor as he looks to throw more often this year.

By Steve Patterson

We spoke with Reid Fragel recently about the offseason and what he did to prepare this season. “During this off season I was able to work out with the team to help me not only on the field physically but I was also able to get a slight grip on the offensive playbook during some seven on seven practices.” The preparation has helped as Fragel looks to get on the field as a true freshman at the thin position of tight end.

Fragel enjoyed the recent August 24th open practice at the Horseshoe. ”My most memorable moment during camp this year would have to be our night practice in the horseshoe, it was just a taste of what game day will be like from what it seems.” This weekend he will get to experience a packed Ohio Stadium as OSU faces Navy in the season opener.

Fragel feels the tight end position at Ohio State is just what he was looking for. “I love the tight end position at Ohio State, it fits me perfectly I feel.” he reported to us. And having a senior in Jake Ballard at the position is also beneficial. “Having an experienced tight end like Jake Ballard above me really helps, he is a big help for me learning the offense and getting the hang of things.”

With USC coming in week 2 of the Buckeyes schedule, is it possible Ohio State could look past Navy and be upset? “Navy is relentless in everything they do in their game, the offense will just need to execute like we have been in practice.  It is no trap if we prepare ourselves like we have been, it just comes down to execution.”

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Ohio State 2018 Football Schedule

Jan 1st Rose Bowl v Washington
Pasadena
ESPN 5:00pm ET
28-23

Sep. 1 Oregon State Beavers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET
77-31

Sep. 8 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30pm ET
52-3

Sep. 15 at TCU Horned Frogs
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
40-28

Sep. 22 Tulane Green Wave
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
49-6

Sep. 29 at Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
27-26

Oct. 6 Indiana Hoosiers (HC)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30/4pm ET
49-26

Oct. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
30-14

Oct. 20 at Purdue Boilermakers
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
20-49

Nov. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Time 12:00pm
36-31

Nov. 10 at Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI Time TBA
26-6

Nov. 17 at Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD Time TBA
52-51

Nov. 24 Michigan Wolverines
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET
62-39

Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 8:00pm ET
45-24