By Matt McCoy
After one week of Buckeye training camp, coach Urban Meyer thinks he has a really good team. A week from now he'll know a lot more.
"This next week is real...it's on," Meyer said of Buckeye training camp, which will feature eight practices in the next five days at Ackerman Fields. "At the end of this next week I'll have a good indication of what kind of team we have. Right now everything is pretty good but this next week is when you really have to stay healthy, you have to be smart as a coaching staff but you also have to see how they fight when it gets tough. This will be the toughest week that they have all year."
Senior quarterback Braxton Miller knows what the next week is about. It's his fourth training camp at Ohio State and his third with Meyer as coach.
"You have to wake up earlier and take time in the morning to wake up," Miller said. "I get treatment, get in the hot tub, the cold tub and wake your body up. You just have to go out there like you're game ready. You have to have the mentality too...you want to go out there and make yourself better and your teammates around you."
Miller, coming off shoulder surgery last winter, did not participate in the teams first scrimmage of camp on Saturday due to shoulder soreness.
"I anticipated this...I've dealt with guys with arm issues before," Meyer said of his decision to rest Miller. "We're being very cautious. He could have certainly practiced (Saturday) but we're in it for the long haul. He's right on schedule."
Miller said he is not concerned about the shoulder being ready for the season opener against Navy. Neither is offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Tom Herman, although Herman admits finding the balance between getting Miller the work he needs with taking care of his recovering shoulder is a challenge.
"You try not to concern yourself with things you can't change and we can't change it," Herman said. "Would we like him to be able to go through a 24 period practice all day, every day, two-a-days included and all that?..Yeah...but he's not there yet."
Elliott On The Mend
By all accounts, Ezekiel Elliott is the favorite to win the staring job at running back but the sophomore suffered a setback when he broke a bone in his left wrist at Friday's practice. The good news for Elliott is the injury is considered minor. He had surgery Saturday but expects to be back on the field by Thursday.
"I think it will set me back some," Elliott said. "I'm missing some physical reps but I'm going to be out there every day at practice getting my mental reps."
Elliott's biggest competition at tailback appears to be his training camp roommate, freshman Curtis Samuel who continues to win praise from coach Urban Meyer.
"I have to be careful (about praising Samuel) because I do this but I love that kid," Meyer said. "Man oh man does he go hard. He's talented and he will play this year."
Samuel's build is far different than most traditional Ohio State backs. He's 5'11 and weighs 190 pounds. Meyer was asked if Samuel can stand up to the pounding and run between the tackles.
"That's to be determined but I've done this a while...Yes...he can," Meyer said.
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