While the Olympics are grabbing most of the sports headlines, and rightly so, it is about time for things to heat up for college football fans. Ohio State begins their fall camp this Friday, a week after hosting a huge event for high school prospects called "Friday Night Lights." So what is grabbing my attention this week? Nothing earth shattering but a lot of stuff that is worth considering:
Not Dunn Yet: The news on Saturday night (which really surfaced on Sunday) wasn't good, as Bri'onte Dunn nearly hit a patrol car in Alliance, Ohio, before being pulled over. Dunn was cited for not wearing a seat belt, and then officers found a pipe and small amounts of marijuana in his car. Dunn was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Frenzied fans began to speculate about potential punishments, with everything from a two-game suspension to removal from the team. But not so fast my friend.
Yesterday, Alliance police issued a statement that Dunn will not face drug charges, but instead will merely be charged with disorderly conduct and a seat belt violation
Meyer also let it be known that he didn't think his team will need any gimmicks or motivational speeches in order to win this year. He said, "If you have a team that you really have to encourage and motivate to go win a game, that's a really bad team. If we're in that situation, then I'll do whatever we have to do to go try to win. But I'm hoping, as of right now and being around these players, I don't think there's going to be a problem with motivation to go win a game."
Finally, you have to love Urban's attitude heading into fall camp. He promised that by the end of day four players would not be worried about going undefeated but would only be concerned about getting to day five. "It’s going to be a really, really hard training camp," the head coach guaranteed. In addition, he hopes that the fact that the team can't compete in a bowl game will tick them off. "Every coach wants an angry team," Meyer said at the Big Ten media days last Friday. "I want them to take that anger and channel it into getting better." Me, too, coach...me, too. Especially on November 24th against those weasels from up north!
Some Recruiting Links: If you have not noticed, 247 Sports has tweaked their recruiting rankings, and is now providing a composite ranking, using Rivals, ESPN, Scout, and 247 Sports to come up with a final number. Using this criteria, Ohio State's 2013 class ranks fifth currently, behind USC, Michigan, Alabama and Florida. Joey Bosa is the highest rated Buckeye using the composite rankings (#19 in class of '12), followed by Eli Woodard (28), Cameron Burrows (30), Jalin Marshall (51) and Marcus Baugh (96). Check it out for yourself by clicking here...If you have a lot of time and love old recruiting information, then you have to spend a couple hours at Buckeye Planet, checking out the incredibly thorough work of LordJeffBuck. He goes through each of Tressel's 10 recruiting classes, shows how the players were ranked, and then gives his final rating looking back on their OSU career. In addition he breaks the recruits down by region (Cleveland area, Dayton area, etc.) and by state, if they did not play high school ball in Ohio. It really is amazing stuff, and if you have not seen it yet, don't delay.