Ohio State football notebook: Meyer lauds freshman’s performance
Eyebrows were raised when redshirt freshman Tyvis Powell lined up as the nickel cornerback with the first team early in Ohio State’s spring practices.
It’s unusual for a player who hasn’t taken a snap in a game to make that kind of jump. Urban Meyer made it clear yesterday that Powell’s ascension has had staying power.
“He was redshirted last year, and he wasn’t redshirted like we were saving him” to preserve eligibility, Meyer said of the rangy 6-foot-3, 201-pounder from Bedford, Ohio. “We redshirted him because he wasn’t good enough.”
“Academically, he’s really doing well. That young man is a better young man than he was a year ago as far as handling his business. He’s a guy off the top of my head who — I wouldn’t say shocked me — but I’m very glad he’s a Buckeye.”
Early bird Miller
A quarterback must lead in a number of ways. One way in which Meyer believes Braxton Miller is improving as a leader is in his punctuality.
“He was a guy who, if practice started at 3 o’clock, he got there at 2:59 because he was getting taped and taking care of his business,” Meyer said. “Now he’s one of the first guys out there, with energy. I’m very pleased with a lot of things I’ve seen from Braxton.”
Backup running back Rod Smith might miss Saturday’s spring game because of a mild concussion suffered recently in practice, Meyer said. Smith had been impressive until that setback.
Smith had emerged as the top backup to Carlos Hyde, who doesn’t figure to play much on Saturday to safeguard against injury. Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball are likely to get the bulk of the carries, although Meyer said the game will feature more passing than running.