Do you remember the first day of school? I remember in grade school planning out my wardrobe for the week, wearing my best and most trendy clothes. When I was really young and starting school, I remember not wanting to go and writing the two or three words that I knew on a piece of paper (I believe one of them was zoo). I think if we can think back far enough, we all have memories of first day jitters.
My first days as a college freshmen were also nerve racking. I worried I would be late, I worried I would get lost. Walking across the Oval with a mass of humanity was also intimidating. I believe my first class at Ohio State was Inorganic Chemistry at 9 am. In short, we have all lived what OSU’s incoming freshmen football players are experiencing today.
The 16 remaining members of the 2012 class officially made it to Columbus and have started classes. Some arrived earlier, while others arrived over the weekend. Brandon Castel writes:
How was the first day?
D (for Diesel): It was good. A lot is expected out of us in the classes but we have a lot of academic support.
Did Marotti beat you up today?
D: Coach Marotti workouts are intense, but he didn't put it on us today
What classes do you have this semester?
D: Exploration program, University Survey in the College of Education, Human Ecology and Contemporary issues affecting intercollegiate student athletes
Who have you hung out with today?
D: Jamal Marcus. Noah Spence. David Perkins
How was your first day?
DP: Went really well. Lots of testing today like at combines. No heavy lifting testing except how many times one can lift 225lbs.
Who did the most 225 reps?
DP: Joey O’Connor got 20. Pat Elflein also did a lot. I did it 14x.
What else did Marotti have you do?
DP: We ran the 40-yard dash, broad jump, shuttle, push-ups and pull-ups.
Who had the fastest 40 times today?
DP: I think the fastest 40 time was Najee Murray then De’van then me. Armani Reeves was after me.
How were classes?
DP: Was good, pretty long. I have 3 classes this semester.
Did Coach Meyer talk to you guys today?
DP: Coach Meyer talked to us this morning. He just came in and said what’s up? It was not a serious speech, just stopping by.
Who are you hanging with?
DP: I am hanging right now with De’van Bogard, Noah Spence, Kenny Hayes, and Ryan Shazier
What was your first day like?
JO: It was pretty crazy, lots of moving around; workouts were intense but kind of fun.
I heard you did a lot of 225 reps, did you do the most or was there someone who did more?
JO: I did 225 lbs 20x but I think Pat Elflein did more than I did.
What was the hardest part of today?
JO: Probably adjusting to the speed and intensity of everything.
Who are you hanging out with now?
JO: My roommate Joe Burger; he is a walk-on.
What classes do you have?
JO: I have a student athlete class and two online classes.
What did the coaches do to facilitate getting to know each other?
JO: We basically worked out with all the freshmen and we got to meet some of the upperclassmen as the day went on so we are slowly meeting everybody.
Thanks everyone for your time and giving us an inside look into Ohio State football.
 Castel also has an interesting list on who he thinks will make: “An Instant Impact,” then a list of people who “Need to Show Something,” followed by “Never Say Never.”