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By Matt McCoy
With classes now underway at Ohio State, the training camp portion of the Buckeyes preseason practice schedule is over. Now it's more about game planning for the August 31 opener against Buffalo.
Offensive coordinator Tom Herman and defensive coordinator Luke Fickell discussed their respective units, key personnel and the progress that was made.
On the performance of the offense during camp:
"Our veterans have improved...they're better. Evan Spencer has had a great camp, Philly Brown is better, Devin Smith is better, I challenge anybody in the country to have two better tight ends, (Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett) than we have. That coupled with the infusion of some of the young talent allows you to not feel as constricted in terms of your trust level in the guys out there making plays and being in the right spot."
On Braxton Miller's off-field development
"We speak the same language. We talk about things, defensively, offensively, his fundamentals, where the route should be, how the defense is covering it...The more he learns, the more fluent he gets, now the more we can go and it kind of snowballs a little bit."
On Coaching Staff Chemistry
"You look at most of the successful college football teams across the country and one of the main pieces of that puzzle is staff continuity. Of the 120 Division I teams I think there was only 18 that kept the same nine assistants. We take a lot of pride in that. Obviously, Ohio State, I don't know of a better place to work, with Coach Meyer and what we have going here."
To listen to all of Tom Herman's comments click HERE:
On the front seven (which returns only Ryan Shazier)
"There's a lot of guys on that front seven that we have high expectations for but until they do it in front of 107,000 people, we're still going to sit here a little anxious to see what they can do when we get there but I really like what we've seen so far and the upside is incredible."
On linebacker depth
"There's a lot of guys we have high expectations for but until they go out there and perform in front of the crowd when the lights are on, that's what you're always waiting to see. There's a lot of those guys but there's only one (Ryan Shazier) that's really done it."
On working against the Buckeye offense in camp
"We got to play against them every day and it's great work. You see some great guys. You see some great running backs, you see a great offensive line and obviously a quarterback that can do unbelievable things. That's going to do nothing but make us better."
To listen to all of Luke Fickell's comments click HERE:
Want a peek at what it's like to recruit in 2013? Tight end prospect Mike Gesicki out of New Jersey gave us one.
Gesicki is one of the top tight end prospects in 2014 and Monday he posted an instagram photo of his latest correspondence from Buckeye coach Urban Meyer.
As Yahoo! reports, it features an incomplete puzzle of a Buckeye football player. It was missing only the head of the player who happened to be wearing Gesicki's jersey. Gesicki's head served as the remaining two pieces. The title of the puzzle was "The Missing Piece." When recruiting in the era of social media, you have to be creative. Urban Meyer and his staff are that.