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2021 Fall Camp and Other Tidbits

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by ScriptOhio, Apr 23, 2021.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    There could be some changes this year:

    Sources: Significant Changes Coming to Fall Camps After February Concussion Study

    Change is coming to college football, and this time, the modifications are on the field.

    While the last several weeks have been spent on transfer legislation and athlete compensation changes, college sports leaders are poised to make an adjustment between the lines: Preseason camp is getting a facelift.

    In response to results from a five-year concussion study released earlier this spring, an NCAA legislative committee is deeply exploring ways to make the annual August camp a safer place, officials told Sports Illustrated in interviews this week. The Football Oversight Committee (FOC), college football’s highest policy-making group, plans to present recommendations soon that will significantly change one of football’s most grueling traditions.

    Committee members are considering a reduction of full-padded camp practices (from 21 to eight), the complete abolishment of collision exercises (such as the “Oklahoma” drill) and limiting a team to two scrimmages per camp (lowered from three and a half).

    The changes stem from a study published in February that was funded by the NCAA and Department of Defense. The study tracked head exposures in six Division I college football teams from 2015 to '19, finding that 72% of concussions occurred during practice and nearly 50% happened in preseason practice, despite it representing just one-fifth of the football season. Total head impacts in the preseason occurred at twice the rate of the regular season. More than 650 players from Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Wisconsin, UCLA, Air Force and Army were involved in the study.

    The study leaves college administrators with no choice but to again adjust college football’s preseason camp policies, says Shane Lyons, the West Virginia athletic director and the chair of the FOC.

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  2. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ


    Just have a fall camp and I'm good.
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  3. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Would've been nice 16 years ago before I was doing Oklahomas and bull in the
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  4. dragurd

    dragurd Senior

    I hate the reduction of padded practices. The pros did it and a lot of the vets liked it but they admitted it made it harder for the new guys to get ready.
  5. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    It also makes a poorer product on the field. For a few years now we've seen problems at the beginning of the season with OL being in rhythm. Or more tackles being missed. I want the game safer, but I also don't want to see a dip in product. It's a tough balance
  6. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    1. Sevyn Banks
    2. Ryan Watts
    3. Lejond Cavazos

    1. Cameron Brown
    2. Tyreke Johnson
    3. Jakailin Johnson

    Even though Banks and Brown were sidelined by injuries this spring, they’re still the presumptive frontrunners to start at cornerback. Banks, specifically, is likely to be the Buckeyes’ No. 1 cornerback after starting all eight games last season; Brown is still working his way back from a torn Achilles, but he’ll likely get the first crack at winning the other starting job in preseason camp if he’s fully healthy.

    Watts, who had an interception in the spring game, appeared to make the biggest push for playing time among the cornerbacks who were healthy this spring. Tyreke Johnson also caught my eye during the portions of practice that were open to the media, making me believe he might finally be ready to contribute in the secondary. I still think the second starting job is Brown’s to lose, but they should get a shot to compete for that job in August, while the Buckeyes also could rotate three outside cornerbacks if they believe they have three who belong on the field.

    Incoming freshmen Jakailin Johnson and Jordan Hancock both have the talent to climb the depth chart quickly once they arrive at Ohio State, but they’ll have a lot of ground to make up in preseason camp as summer enrollees.

    1. Lathan Ransom
    2. Marcus Williamson
    3. Cameron Martinez

    Like running back, slot cornerback/cover safety is another position where the Buckeyes have two young players making a real push to steal the starting job away from an experienced veteran.

    Williamson, who started all eight of Ohio State’s games last season at either slot cornerback or safety, is the incumbent in this case. But after Ransom and Martinez drew lots of praise this spring and performed well in the spring game, both of those second-year defensive backs also look like strong candidates for playing time while playing the same position as Williamson.

    After Ransom finished last season strong and continued to make an impression this spring, he seems like the player the Buckeyes won’t be able to keep out of the starting lineup. That said, I still expect Williamson to have a role even if he doesn’t start, potentially as a fifth or sixth defensive back in nickel/dime packages (in which Ransom could also drop back to safety). There might not be enough snaps to go around for all three of these defensive backs to play regularly, but Martinez performed well enough this spring for the coaches to consider it.

    1. Josh Proctor
    2. Bryson Shaw
    3. Jantzen Dunn

    This was how the depth chart stacked up at free safety all spring, with Proctor set to start as the deep man in the middle of Ohio State’s secondary.

    The depth chart behind Proctor could potentially change if Marcus Hooker, who started the first five games of last season at safety, is reinstated to the team. We’ve left him off this depth chart projection, however, since his standing with the team remains uncertain following his arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence in March – and even if he is reinstated, he’ll likely have to earn his way back up the depth chart.

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  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    “We don’t have a choice,” Day said. “I tell the guys all the time: We have to [meet those expectations], whatever that means. It’s the desperation we have to wake up with every day. As a coaching staff, players, I tell the guys every day that I wake up scared. People want what we have.

    “The expectation has been set, we know that. It was the same expectation when I was fortunate enough to be the head coach a couple years ago and the expectation won’t change in 20 years here at Ohio State. We’re expected to be the best, and with that comes great responsibility. So, we’ll wake up every day and just grind. I keep using the word obsessed. Our players have to become obsessed with maximizing themselves — in the weight room, watching film, getting themselves prepared to play against Minnesota.”

    “I think the fundamentals and technique were the huge emphasis point [in camp],” Day said. “There were still some guys who got injured, some guys in the backend that I wish had got more reps across the board. But for the most part we got accomplished what we wanted in the spring.

    “I would say the most got done in that No. 9 to 13 practice range when things got hard. Some guys couldn’t sustain, they struggled. Other guys did it, they worked their way through the practice. We found out a lot about the team. That was really, really well done. Still got work to do, but overall I think we got done everything we wanted to get done.”
  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    OL Luke Wypler

    DL Noah Potter

    TE Gee Scott

    CB Lejond Cavazos

    DT Taron Vincent

  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    The folks in Las Vegas also believe the Buckeyes will be in that conversation. The post-spring betting odds are out, and the Buckeyes are among the favorites to win the national championship, according to the Draft Kings sports book. Alabama has the best odds. The Crimson Tide (+250) are followed by Clemson (+300), Ohio State (+400), Georgia (+600), Oklahoma (+800), LSU (+2500) and Texas A&M (+2500).

    Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State will all three be breaking in new quarterbacks and replacing plenty of talent. But that doesn’t matter. They are the three best teams in the country nearly every year, and they have the best odds to win the title.
  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  12. NYG21254246

    NYG21254246 Sophmore

    I like Texas A&M at +2500
  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Just sayin': No surprise on the top 4.

    Nobody in the freshman class saw their stock rise higher in March and April than Harrison. Even before spring camp began, Day touted Harrison’s physical progress, saying he “looked like a whole different person” when he showed up in January. Then the work began, and it became evident that he’s going to play right away. Day and Brian Hartline praised his professionalism – which shouldn’t be a shock given his football bloodlines – and work ethic. Harrison wrapped it up with seven catches and a touchdown in the spring game. He’s currently projected as Garrett Wilson’s backup at X-receiver.

    The second top-ranked wide receiver recruit the Buckeyes landed in the span of two classes appears dead-set on ending up as Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s backup in the slot. He lost his black stripe before spring camp wrapped up and left on a high note with six receptions for 123 yards in Ohio Stadium. It would be a genuine shock if he’s outside of the two-deep depth chart by the time the first game rolls around. Egbuka is as physically ready to play right away as any wide receiver who has come through Columbus in recent years.

    Well, Henderson might not start on Sept. 2, but he certainly figures to play a lot as a true freshman. While there’s plenty of depth in the tailback room, nobody has the skillset that he possesses as the No. 1 running back recruit in the country. Henderson, Master Teague and Miyan Williams would appear to be the three most likely running backs to end the season topping the team in carries, but their order on the depth chart – and the possibility of Marcus Crowley entering the mix – is a total unknown as this team enters the summer.

    Unless McCord or Henderson start, Sawyer’s a good bet to have the most impactful true freshman season among any of these 21 Buckeyes. He showed out in the spring game after impressing throughout the prior three months, and there’s no way Larry Johnson can keep him off the field as much as he does most true freshmen. Expect to see a bunch of Sawyer come this fall.
  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    NCAA proposal will reduce contact in preseason football camp

    College football teams will be required to hold at least seven padless practices during the preseason and the number of contact practices will be reduced from 21 to 18 under changes proposed by the NCAA’s oversight committee Thursday.

    The football oversight committee's proposal goes to the Division I Council for approval this month. It is expected to pass and go into effect next season.
    The proposal also bans straight-line contact drills, such as the Oklahoma Drill; limits the amount of full contact in any practice to 75 minutes; prohibits more than two consecutive days of full-contact practices; and reduces the number of preseason scrimmages from three to two.

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  15. Onebuckfan

    Onebuckfan classof76

    Get the flags out or go to 7 on 7 and save a few $$$.
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