COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State running back Mike Weber didn’t practice with the team last Thursday, but he was back in action Monday, in a limited capacity.
Speaking at his post-practice press conference, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said Weber was being worked back in after being withheld due to hamstring tightness.
“He was jogging [Monday],” Meyer said. “We’re just being cautious this early on. He practiced a little bit today. We’re easing him in.”
Weber was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2016 and is expected to play a big role in the Ohio State offense this fall.
Here’s what else Meyer had to say:
- Meyer said one of the central themes of training camp is getting players to “own it.” He cited the example of former linebacker Curtis Grant, who he said walks around like he owns the facility, and should.
- Ohio State will run fast this season, Meyer said, but he said that wasn’t a determining factor when it came to how players are conditioned.
- He said the wide receivers are “one of the best groups we’ve ever had culturally,” meaning they buy into the program and create zero issues with effort or behavior.
- It’s too early to determine standout players or position groups, Meyer said.
- Meyer said he doesn’t have a problem playing true freshmen on the offensive line if it’s necessary. Michael Jordan did that last season, just the second time it’s happened in Meyer’s career. Some of the true freshman linemen are competing for the open right guard spot.
- When it comes to keeping committed recruits from flipping to other schools, Meyer said Ohio State tries not to be pushy and that “honesty is the best policy.”
- Ohio State will scrimmage Saturday and depth charts will begin to materialize after that point.
- Two freshman defensive linemen are close to having their black stripes removed.
- Meyer said starting with Indiana in Big Ten play forces the team to be fully ready for the opener instead of having a couple games to work into things.
- Ohio State will use 28 of its allotted 29 practices this preseason.
- When it comes to young wide receivers who have impressed, Meyer cited true freshman Jaylen Harris.
- Freshman receiver Trevon Grimes is not going full speed in practice. He tore his ACL last fall and Ohio State is being cautious.