Well, it's not often we give you a special edition of News & Notes beyond our mid-week format, so consider yourselves lucky (or cursed depending how you view our blog). Thanks to a buzz around the start of camp and media day, we felt we needed to keep you up to date with what is going on.
Let's dive in...
The Black Stripes
One of the most talked about things yesterday at the media day was the "black stripes" that the incoming freshman have been rocking. Urban Meyer brought the tradition to Ohio State from his previous jobs (which he started at Bowling Green) as a way to motivate freshmen and have them earn their stripes, literally. Essentially each freshman was given a plain black stripe on their helmet, making them different from the team, which cannot be removed until they've earned their spot on the team.
Urban explained the method behind his creation and why he has instituted it at Ohio State.
As Bob Hunter of The Dispatch discovered, it is actually the death of his brother that is motivating Bogard. His brother had been struggling with cancer for six years and was only 22 years old. Yet, Bogard hasn't allowed his pain to cripple him.
Other Media Day Tidbits
-Watch Meyer's Presser below (via 11W). He talks about the first week of practice, which players have stood out, where the freshmen stand and what he expects moving forward. Take a look...
-It was confirmed that Jake Stoneburner is now playing exclusively at wide receiver. The former tight end will be used in role much closer to former Gator Aaron Hernandez, allowing for him to better use his skill set in Meyer's offense. That leaves Nick Vannett and Jeff Heuerman at tight end.
-Freshman linebackers David Perkins and Jamal Marcus are drawing rave reviews, and both could see playing time early. Much in the same mold as Ryan Shazier last season, each will make mistakes but are very fast and love to hit people.
-Running back Carlos Hyde has had a very good fall thus far, and has made some big strides forward in being a complete back. Rod Smith and Bri'onte Dunn are battling right now for the back up position. That leaves Warren Ball at the back end of the depth chart.
-Another freshman, Najee Murray, is no longer a candidate in the hybrid position to replace Jordan Hall. Apparently he is performing so well at corner they want to keep him there.
-For tons of great pictures of all the players at media day, make sure to stop by this gallery by Winslow Photography.
Spurrier Copying Meyer
Moving away from media day to the SEC and Steve Spurrier. At the end of Saturday's scrimmage Spurrier had the entire team circle around South Carolina's senior walk-on kicker Adam Yates. If he made it there was a scholarship on the line, and he just snuck the 42 yard kick inside the left upright.
Afterwards, Spurrier admitted he stole this one from Urban Meyer.
The news hit yesterday that Hoke was clearing running back Fitz Toussaint to practice. The thousand yard rusher had missed seven practices after being indefinitely suspended for on July 21st for a druken-driving arrest. While Hoke claims Toussaint "will pay", no word has been given on his status for the Alabama game. In fact, they're preparing as if he will play.