Bucks open training camp, building to "rocket ship" status next week


COLUMBUS -- The Buckeyes are back at the Woody in uniform and attitude to boot.

They hit the field quite early Thursday morning at 6:30 for their only practice of the day.

An elimination of two-a-day practices – Ohio State typically had four each fall – and an earlier date to start practices across college football prompted the Buckeyes to start today and to hit the fields early in the morning with students still in summer school classes later in the day.

While the full 105-man fall camp roster was on the field, sixth-year coach Urban Meyer wasn’t necessarily seeing this as a start of fall camp practice, though, nor the 6:30 a.m. practice scheduled for Friday.

“This is the continuation of summer conditioning,” Meyer said earlier this week at Big Ten media days and again after practice to his players. “Camp will start next week.”

Following the Friday practice, the Buckeyes will take the weekend off before practicing Monday and Tuesday next week. Wednesday is an off day and then camp will kick into high gear with the next 15 practices held at the Coffee Road Fields with Ohio Stadium towering above just to the east.

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