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The Jaguars are Urban Meyer’s willing students as he learns how to be an NFL coach.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA (AP) —
— Listening to Urban Meyer is all it takes to realize he isn’t your ordinary NFL head coach.
Meyer’s Jaguars training camp practices simply sound different. Consider the dramatic pre-practice speeches, which are sometimes delivered by an assistant coach but are frequently delivered by Meyer himself.
Or consider Meyer’s recent post-stretch speech, which lasted more than five minutes following a particularly intense workout.
Then there are the daily practice reports from Meyer’s chief of staff, Fernando Lovo, which are broadcast on the field over speakers. Meyer hosted his first Winner-Loser day of camp in early August, when every competitive drill was scored individually or for the offense or defense.
Lovo not only announced the winners of each drill, but he also counted down the seconds of each phase and gave instructions to the players on what would happen next.
The Ohio State and University of Florida customs included having a master of ceremonies.
It’s rare for the NFL, where most workouts are a cacophony of music, whistles, and artificial crowd noise. Meyers’ practices are also unique, especially if you follow the former college coach from drill to drill.While it’s not uncommon for a head coach to get hands-on with players to teach a technique, only in Jacksonville will you hear the head coach.
Meyer’s success in his first NFL job, though, will most likely be determined by how well he integrates the habits and motivational techniques he employed to help Florida and Ohio State become national champions with the realities of teaching professional athletes.

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Troy Hill’s amazing journey from Youngstown, Ohio to the Cleveland Browns – The Athletic

Troy Hill’s ticket to a better life — and possibly the one that could save his life — went unused the first time around.Feeling a little like he’d been duped by his family, but largely that he wasn’t ready to leave the only place he’d ever known at the age of 15, Hill skipped his one-way flight from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles and instead stayed out all night on the streets of the south end of Pittsburgh.
He wasn’t thinking about the NFL at the moment, mostly because he wasn’t thinking about anything other than the next night’s game.
Hill wasn’t academically able to play high school football one year after starting at Chaney High School, and he wasn’t coming to school at all most days.”When I did go,” Hill recalled, “I was generally asleep in class.” Hill’s mother, Sandra Jennings, felt her son needed a change, so she requested her brother, Jim Gilmer, to take Troy away from the house she shared with her mother and move him to California.
In the early 1970s, Gilmer departed Youngstown for the military, eventually settling in Southern California.
Hill had previously aided family members by housing them for a few weeks or even months, and when he learned that his mother and uncle were planning a longer-term arrangement, he purposefully missed the flight.He wasnt going anywhere, which was exactly the problem at the time and now makes his story all the more extraordinary.
Hill has had no qualms about revealing any aspect of his experience, from high school to college to now, as he prepares to begin his seventh NFL season.

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Three Buckeyes must stand up to win the Big Ten in 2021, according to Ohio State football.

These three players will need to have breakout seasons if Ohio State football is to repeat as Big Ten champions and make the College Football Playoff.
Heading into the 2021-2022 college football season, Ohio State will hide no secrets from anyone.
They’re going to be fantastic.
Yet, as with any power football program, returning a experienced team is rare.
The majority of the years are spent reloading and developing the next generation of NFL stars while striving to win championships.
This season, the Buckeyes will be in that situation.
At both quarterback and running back, they’ll have to replace important players from last season’s national championship run.
They’ll also have to replace a lot of key players on defense, with only five starters returning from last season.
So, who will have to step up if the Buckeyes are to maintain their domination in the Big Ten and capture their fifth straight conference championship?
After a below-average defensive season last year, Ohio State hopes to see key defensive players improve this year.
Sevyn Banks will be the next man up for an Ohio State secondary that seemed to have a player in the NFL every year.
Shaun Wade may not have had his best year for the Buckeyes last season, but he is off to the NFL, and it is now Bankss’ chance to take over a secondary that struggled last year.
Last season, Ohio State allowed an average of 303.6 passing yards per game, which ranked them No. 1 in the nation.
There are 122 FBS teams in the country, out of a total of 130.
The secondary had a rough season, and it showed in their final game of the season, a national championship game versus Alabama.
Mac Jones, the Crimson Tide’s quarterback, completed 36 of 46 passes for 464 yards and three touchdowns.
DeVontae Smith, the Heisman Trophy winner, caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns, the majority of which came in the first half.
It wasn’t a pleasant sight for the Buckeyes, especially for former secondary coach Kerry Coombs, who is now the defensive coordinator.
Yet, it revealed a clear need for improvement, which is exactly what Sevyn Banks and the Buckeyes will aim for coming season.
Banks will be the team’s starting cornerback, replacing players like Jeffery Okudah, Marshal Lattimore, and Denzel Ward.
It will take a collective effort for this secondary to succeed, but it will all start with him and how he defends the opposing team’s greatest receiver.

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Paul Warfield, No. 75 on the NFL 100, made his imprint in two cities and was “as good as anyone.”

The Athletics’ initiative to select the 100 greatest players in football history is known as the NFL 100.
We’ll reveal new members of the list every day until the season starts, starting with the No.
On Wednesday, September 1st, one player will be crowned.
8.In Warren, Ohio, there’s a cool life-size statue of Paul Warfield near his former high school stadium.
Two granite panels flank the bronze statue, listing Warfield’s accomplishments.
Beginning with his days at Warren G. Harding High School in Ohio, those have a strong Ohio flavor.
They definitely could have utilized a third panel to document all of the highlights of one of the NFL’s greatest wide receivers, Harding High through Ohio State and his home-state Cleveland Browns.