Tuesday, August 17, 2010

NOTES FROM TUESDAY'S PRACTICE

(Photo of Dexter Larimore by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)

COLUMBUS — Below are some notes from Tuesday's practice at The Harmon Family Football Park in Columbus.

IT'S WON IN THE TRENCHES ... It appears that Ohio State will have one of the better offensive and defensive lines in the country this season. Each side has talent, skill and experience, and both are preparing the other greatly for the upcoming 2010 campaign.

Ohio State senior defensive tackle Dexter Larimore said that going against the Buckeyes' first team offensive line everyday in camp will prove beneficial this season.

"The guys I go against (in practice), Browning, Brewster and Boren, you know, you're probably not going to see too many guys like that," Larimore said on Tuesday after practice. "So, if you can practice against them everyday, you're going to get better.

"This is one of the better offensive lines that I've seen," Larimore continued. "Usually you get one or two guys who are weak, but this year across the board we have a very good offensive line."

The defensive line isn't too shabby itself. With Larimore and sophomore John Simon on the inside, junior Nathan Williams at one end and perhaps the best DE in all of college football, Cameron Heyward, on the other side, the Buckeyes are going to be in the opposing backfield pretty regularly this season.

OSU senior middle linebacker Brian Rolle also said that the Buckeyes defensive front is brutal and even touted one of his young teammates.

"Young guys like Johnny Simon are doing a great job up front," Rolle said. "I said the first day he got here that he would be an all-American. He's definitely raising the expectations of mine. He'll be one of the great defensive linemen to play here."

Below is The Buckeye Times post practice interview footage with Larimore and Heyward ...

Dexter Larimore
video

Cameron Heyward
video

NATHAN WILLIAMS INJURY UPDATE ... Early in Saturday's kick scrimmage at Ohio Stadium, OSU junior defensive end Nathan Williams was helped off the field after suffering what appeared to be a serious left knee injury.

Early on in Tuesday's practice, I was able to chat with Williams for a few moments about the injury, and he informed me that even though it was incredibly painful, it "wasn't too serious."

He said that he will basically rest and rehab the remainder of this week and go from there. My feeling after talking with him is that he will definitely be back before the opener on September 2.

Williams is one of the best pass rushers on the team and will be greatly needed this season if the Buckeyes are to challenge for the national championship.

Junior Solomon Thomas filled in for Williams at the starting defensive end spot opposite Heyward.

T. WASH LOOKING LIKE THE SOLID NO. 3 ... Coming into fall camp, one of the biggest questions for the Ohio State offense was who would step up and become the third receiving option behind junior DeVier Posey and senior Dane Sanzenbacher?

(left, Washington by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)

With just 16 days until the Buckeyes open the season against Marshall it's beginning to become clear as to whom that player will be — senior Taurian Washington.

Washington has looked impressive all through camp, and appears to be quarterback Terrelle Pryor's favorite target down field. During Saturday's kick scrimmage, Pryor hooked up with Washington on two touchdowns, including one for 75 yards.

On Tuesday, Washington continued to run as the third wide out and was on the receiving end of quite a few Pryor throws.

Others who have caught my eye are red-shirt freshman Chris Fields and true freshman Corey Brown. Pryor said Brown reminds him of Philadelphia Eagles star receiver, DeSean Jackson.

HIT OF THE DAY ... Although there were no bone-rattling hits, one did grab my attention and it came from a usual suspect.

During a game scenario drill, OSU senior safety Tyler Moeller laid a pad-popper on tailback Brandon Saine, after he hauled in a reception from Pryor in the right flats.

Moeller hasn't shown any ill effects from his head injury during camp. He also broke up a deep pass down field from Pryor to Dane Sanzenbacher.

BUMPS AND BRUISES ... There were quite a few players in the non-contact yellow jerseys on Tuesday. Although there were none that were serious, the notable players in yellow were Williams, safety Orhian Johnson, tailback Carlos Hyde, defensive end Melvin Fellows and wide receiver James Jackson.

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