Ohio State Football: Jake Stoneburner Moves to WR and Other Fall Camp Updates
Fall camp is underway in Columbus and already the Ohio State Buckeyes are making some noise after just a week, led by the news today of Jake Stoneburner getting moved to wide receiver from his tight end spot.
Urban Meyer has a full grasp of his team for the first time since taking the job in late November, and is starting to mold the type of team he wants in his first year at the helm.
He has the coaches he wants around him, and now with his first recruiting class in tow, he can start to build the new era of Ohio State football.
Here are some of the main stories and bits to come out of the first week of fall camp.
Jake Stoneburner Will Play Wide Receiver
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After being converted from wide receiver to tight end at Ohio State, Jake Stoneburner's career as a Buckeye has come full circle after coach Urban Meyer announced he would be a wide receiver this season.
Stoneburner was projected to be the starting TE for Ohio State, but Meyer thought the 6'5", 245-pound playmaker would be better flexed out wide instead of lining up off tackle.
The wide receiver position is among the biggest concerns on the offense, but Meyer said the move was also made in due response to the talent left at the TE position.
He said both second-year players, Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, made a big enough impression on him to warrant the switch.
Freshmen Losing Their "Stripes"
Meyer is all about competition and giving players something more to strive for, even if it's just a material goal.
For the freshmen, each player has a black stripe on their helmet that can only be removed when a specific upperclassmen deems that they understand what it means to be a Buckeye and how to work.
The first member of the freshmen class to have his stripe removed is DB De'van Bogard from Cleveland Glenville.
DE Noah Spence, one of the jewels of the class, got his stripe removed as well after Saturday's practice, and Meyer and Spence's roommate John Simon so far have rave reviews of the freshman end.
Other Freshmen Also Turning Heads
OSU Freshman LB Jamal Marcus
In addition to Bogard and Spence having a great start to fall camp, other freshmen are also having good starts to their OSU careers.
Among those who is having a good first few days of camp is LB Jamal Marcus, a guy whose early praise rings a little similar to that of last year's freshman sensation, Ryan Shazier.
Other defensive players making their presence felt early include Adolphus Washington, who like Spence was a blue-chip end, and Najee Murray, who was rumored to fill the "Percy Harvin" role on offense earlier in the week. Meyer has since squashed those thoughts.
David Perkins and Bri'onte Dunn are among the other freshmen starting to make some noise at the early part of the camp.
Battle at Right Tackle Brewing
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Former TE Reid Fragel decided after last season that he was going to move over to right tackle.
He was penciled in to start at the position before camp started, but now has a significant challenger in freshman OT Taylor Decker, who did not commit to OSU's 2012 recruiting class until after the 2011 season ended.
Decker is a more prototypical tackle and has some great footwork at 6'7" and 310 lbs.
The battle will be a great one to watch, as we know that Meyer is not afraid to start freshmen if he feels they are ready for it.
Miller and Guiton on the Field Together?
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A few years ago in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Texas, Ohio State put their two starting quarterbacks, Todd Boeckman and Terrelle Pryor, on the field together with mixed results.
Meyer apparently has some secret plans—even secretive to quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton—to put both players on the field at the same time.
Miller's development is enough of an important focus in itself. But now the idea of putting two quarterbacks on the field at the same time has unlimited, diabolical possibilities that haven't been discovered yet.
Whether or not we'll actually see said plans is a mystery, but it's certainly something that now has to be paid attention to.
Meyer has put multiple creative plays into the conscious of college football, including the power QB draw and the TE shovel pass.
It will be a whole new ballgame if we get to see two quarterbacks that can run like Miller and Guiton on the field together. It's just a matter of if this is going to happen.
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