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Ohio State Football: Week 1 Fall Practice Stock Report

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IAugust 9, 2013

Ohio State Football: Week 1 Fall Practice Stock Report

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    Year two of Camp Meyer is in full swing at Ohio State as the Buckeyes are after a Big Ten championship and possibly a national title this fall.

    The Buckeyes have yet to lose under Urban Meyer, but that doesn't mean he and his staff won't be turning up the heat in camp.

    There's a lot to fight for as far as positions go on the depth chart as new faces work to make a name for themselves.

    With a few practices under the team's belt, here's the first week's stock report.

Stock Up: RB Dontre Wilson

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    The hype of about Dontre Wilson is no longer hype. Urban Meyer confirmed on Wednesday that Wilson is for real.

    Wilson made Texas 5-A defenses look silly at Desoto H.S. and hasn't waited long to showcase his playmaking ability.

    He showed that he can run the football from the RB position as well as catch passes not just in the flat, but out wide as well.

    The only question left with Wilson is not if he will play right away, but how much he will play right away.

Stock Down: Interior OL Health

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    The OSU offensive line is expected to be very strong this season, but is banged up early as Andrew Norwell left practice early on Wednesday and Corey Linsley is slowed up by a foot injury.

    OSU's depth is not very strong to begin with, but these kinds of injuries early in camp can affect chemistry.

    Meyer said that Linsley should be good to go for the opener against Buffalo on Aug. 31, and Norwell will need a few days to heal.

    The hope is that none of the offensive line sustains a major injury with a lack of proven depth behind the starters.

Stock Up: WR Jalin Marshall

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    Jalin Marshall is doing his best to make people remember how good he can be after a stellar high school career at in-state Middletown.

    Marshall, a converted QB, will play wide receiver at OSU and showed that he might be able to have a significant impact right away.

    He had some nice catches with the second-team in the slot and showcased his wheels with a kickoff return for a touchdown on Wednesday.

    Marshall may take a little more time to get consistent snaps than Wilson, but he should have no problem making plays early on in his freshman season.

Stock Down: TE Marcus Baugh

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    Freshman Marcus Baugh is not having a very good start to his Ohio State career.

    He was arrested in July for underage consumption and had some troubles with blocking drills and holding onto the football near the goal line in Wednesday's practice. His struggled prompted an earful from TE coach Tim Hinton.

    Baugh is behind Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett on the depth chart right now, but he's not helping his case for early playing time.

     

Stock Up: P Cameron Johnston

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    When looking for a punter to replace Ben Buchanan, Meyer and his staff went Down Under to land Cameron Johnston from the football-crazy town of Geelong, Australia, just outside of Melbourne.

    Though Johnston started playing Australian Rules football and is still learning its American counterpart, he has impressed Meyer enough to basically say he is the No. 1 punter for the season.

    Brad Wing had success trading in the leather ball and guernsey for shoulder pads and a helmet at LSU. Johnston has the leg to do just the same.

    Even more intriguing is his coach, Nathan Chapman, a former Aussie Rules player himself, said Johnston can run a 4.4 which opens up several opportunities for fake punts down the road.

     

    Follow me on Twitter @bielik_tim for the latest college football news and updates.

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