(Most of) Ohio State's players reported for preseason camp today. The Buckeyes'— new and old players, alike—first practice takes place tomorrow. As most ardent fans already suspected, Ray Small and Rob Rose did not materialize on this hazy and hot Sunday afternoon.
Small and Rose have been dealing with eligibility issues related to summer school, though Small's father and Rose himself indicated last week that they expected to be at camp.
But that was not the news.
Tyler Moeller is (apparently) dealing with a serious injury that may (I said may) have resulted from a fight. Moeller is currently hospitalized at Ohio State Medical Center, where reports say he is listed in fair condition.
Shelly Poe, Ohio State football spokesman, said Moeller is expected to return to the team in a few days, but it is a fool's errand to believe the information flowing out of Ohio State's sports information department. (Hey, they are not exactly known as a fount of transparency.)
Not to kick a man while he's down, but I cannot say I was holding out hope that Moeller was going to be a major producer this season.
Don't get me wrong, I want him to make a full recovery and return to his (starting) spot, but the Buckeyes seem to have a glut of talented linebackers waiting to breakthrough—Etienne Sabino, Brian Rolle, Andrew Sweat, Dorian Bell. I know he is a senior with experience—but not tons of it —and if the team is going to have a new, young edge I am fully supportive of getting as much new blood in there as possible.
I know this is a minority viewpoint, so head to the forums and let us know what you think.