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Master Teague impresses Buckeyes with ‘unbelievable’ rehab
Ohio State had major depth issues at running back entering the summer after Master Teague went down with an injury during the shortened spring practice. His status for the season was in the air.
But Ohio State is impressed with what Teague has done to rehab and get back to an elite level over the last few months. The junior running back is almost certainly ahead of schedule following the torn Achilles he suffered in March, which could potentially set up a fascinating competition for touches with graduate transfer Trey Sermon.
Buckeyes coach Ryan Day and the staff has noticed how hard Teague has worked to get back onto the field.
“I will say that Master has done an unbelievable job of rehabbing — he has been focused on it, he’s been disciplined and he amazes me every day with what he’s done to get to even where he’s at right now,” Day said. “Very, very impressed with what he’s done. It wasn’t easy, because he was on his own a lot.”
Ohio State was thought to be thin at running back in the spring. If Teague is on the recovery pace being talked about, the Buckeyes backfield will be deep and experienced.
Bold predictions for Ohio State training camp
The Buckeyes easily could have stuck to their existing plan for opening training camp on Friday and not bothered scrapping the approach that had been in the works since they returned to campus in June. That was the target date, and it surely wouldn’t have hurt any of their preparations to wait one more day.
But when the Big Ten moved up the new season opener for Ohio State by having them play on Sept. 3 at Illinois, the chance to slide up the start of practice came right along with it. And Ryan Day jumped at the opportunity to get his team rolling for a full workout again for the first time since spring camp was cut short in March.
While there’s still plenty of work to be done and some key questions to answer, Lettermen Row is ready as always to make Five Bold Predictions about what’s going to happen by the time camp ends and Ohio State heads to Illinois.
Buckeyes voted firmly in playoff picture by coaches
New season, same lofty expectations at Ohio State.
A Heisman Trophy favorite returns at quarterback. A loaded offensive line will pave the way for a record-setting offense. And a retooled defense will also look to lead the Buckeyes back to the College Football Playoff, an event they have never been to in back-to-back seasons.
Ohio State will begin its quest to return to the top of the sport on Sept. 3 at Illinois. And the Buckeyes will do so as the No. 2 team in the country, according to the Amway Coaches Poll that was released Thursday.
Clemson took the top spot after receiving 38 first-place votes. The Tigers were beaten last season in the national title game after taking out the Buckeyes in the semifinal. Ohio State, which received 17 first-place votes, is No. 2, followed by Alabama, Georgia and LSU.
Amway Coaches Poll (Preseason)
No. 1 Clemson
No. 2 Ohio State
No. 3 Alabama
No. 4 Georgia
No. 5 LSU
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