Ohio State football notebook: Shazier has been spectator so far
Ryan Shazier, the lone returning starter in the defensive front seven at Ohio State, has had to stand and watch at spring practice. It wasn’t what the junior linebacker had in mind, but recovery from a sports hernia comes first.
As for when he might be able to return, “To be honest, I really don’t know,” Shazier said yesterday. “I’ve just been doing my rehab with the trainers and everything, and they just tell me take it day-by-day. So I’m seeing how everything goes, and just trying to get back as soon as possible.”
Shazier said the sports hernia first started bothering him in the Nebraska game at midseason. He played on rather than complain.
“I just tried to fight through the season, and when I got back here (after Christmas break) it kept hurting, so I talked to the coaches, I got an MRI and I found out,” he said.
A surgical procedure repaired it just over four weeks ago. But during spring practice, as a starter the past two seasons, Shazier wanted to lend leadership to a rather young defensive unit.
“It’s real frustrating,” Shazier said. “Sometimes in the back of your head you think it’s a blessing because you’re not practicing. But to be honest, it’s frustrating, because you see all your guys out here grinding, working hard, doing tough workouts, and all you can do is watch.”
Shazier won’t be missing anything the next 12 days.With Ohio State on the semester system this school year, spring break will be next week. The football team staged its first two practices on Tuesday and yesterday, and it won’t have on-field drills again until March 19, headed toward the spring game on April 13 in Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium.Coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes will have about four hours of meetings today before taking the break.
Sophomore Joshua Perry looks more the part of an outside linebacker than last year when he played on special teams and as a defensive sub.That’s because the 6-foot-4 Perry said he now weighs 243 pounds, up 23 from when he arrived at Ohio State in late 2012. Perry said the gain was because of “everything; coach Mick’s program is the best in the nation,” referring to the weightlifting, conditioning and nutrition programs set up by Mickey Marotti, assistant athletic director for football sports performance.
“You eat, you go hard, you do what he tells you, and then your body changes,” Perry said. “That’s about it.”
Sophomore linebacker Camren Williams is one who has benefited, also. He said his weight is at 232, about 10 pounds heavier than last year.