Meyer Talks Buckeyes After Day One

Day one of Ohio State football practice is in the books for the 2014 training camp and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer left the day happy about the Buckeyes' early progress.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer discussed his team today at the conclusion of day one of practice, with the team's freshmen going in the morning and the veterans practicing in the afternoon.

Here's a recap of what the coach had to say this evening.

--Meyer started his press conference complimenting the body types of the freshman class. He highlighted several names, pretty much most of the group. He called today a good first day.

--On Tommy Brown, a reserve offensive guard who was not on the 105-man camp roster: Meyer said he's leaving because he wants more playing time, but Meyer adds he's a good kid.

--On Tracy Sprinkle, who was reinstated today, Meyer said he has allowed him to return to the team because his drug test was clean and most of the charges were dropped. He did lose his scholarship for the summer and will also miss the first game against Navy.

--Meyer said Braxton Miller has gone 12-0 but needs a championship (Big Ten or more). He is 100 percent after offseason shoulder surgery. Not too sharp today, per Meyer, and began to get tired throughout the hot practice but "he'll be fine."

--Meyer mentions the left guard position as the biggest question mark facing the team. Antonio Underwood, Joel Hale, Chase Farris and Billy Price are among names Meyer says are battling there. Alabama transfer Chad Lindsay is working at center with Jacoby Boren and Meyer does not see him as a potential left guard.

--Other than that, though, Meyer was mostly pleased with the team, mentioning he sees improvement and athletes on defense and more speed on the perimeter.

--The head coach said true freshmen Raekwon McMillan and Johnnie Dixon practiced with the veterans instead of the newcomers today because of their efforts during the spring. They also made champions club, which is not something that often happens for freshmen on his squad.

--Meyer said the open safety spots are a three-man battle between Vonn Bell (who had a good day), Cam Burrows and Tyvis Powell.

--Meyer welcomed former Texas quarterback and offensive coordinator Major Applewhite to practice as well.

Personnel Notes
--J.T. Moore cannot play this year with his knee issues but is a student coach officially.

--In addition, Sam Hubbard is back at LB and wearing No. 49. He took part in OSU's morning practice.

--Chad Lindsay went in the morning so the only centers taking part in the afternoon were Price and Jacoby Boren.

--Players fielding punts included Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall and Corey Smith.

--Evan Lisle appeared to be working at guard while Chase Farris was at tackle.

--Redshirt freshman cornerback Gareon Conley did not take part as he battles illness.

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