Trip will feature overload of game action plus Cincinnati sights, sounds and tastes. And bling!
Buckeyes are already 40 percent through the drills; hadn't even started on this date last year
Team practices in shorts and helmets in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices
Highly regarded class includes five, five-star recruits and lots of DL and skill players
Ohio State Overview: Devan Bogard was a significant contributor to the Buckeyes' success last season as a true freshman ... he was a member of multiple special teams from Day 1, until sustaining a knee injury and subsequent surgery that caused him to miss the final four games of the season ... he was in on 58 special teams plays, totaled three unassisted tackles and earned his first varsity letter ... Bogard earned the honor of being the first 2012 freshman to lose his black helmet stripe, a gesture that indicates a freshman is ready to be a Buckeye football player ... he had his stripe removed after the team's first two-a-day practice Aug. 9 ... Bogard is a young man of great character ... he displayed his serious approach to football and training and doing things that help the team just weeks after his older brother, Ramone Ashby, lost his six-year battle with bone-marrow cancer and passed away on Devan's 18th birthday ... "It tells you that [he] has the heart of a lion to overcome that," coach Urban Meyer said to the media after Bogard lost his stripe ... "His strength and his faith just pulled him through...that and his teammates. He's just a wonderful kid."
More on Devan: Devan is yet another punishing Glenville High School defensive back who could have gone almost anywhere and yet he chose the Buckeyes ... called by some recruiting analysts as the hardest-hitter among an Ohio senior class full of big-hitting safeties, Bogard is the latest in an impressive line of Tarblooder DBs - and players - to end up at Ohio State, a list that includes NFL DBs Donte Whitner and Jermale Hines and current Buckeye Christian Bryant, and also includes 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and NFL receiver/return man Ted Ginn ... Bogard was a first-team Division I all-state selection by the Associated Press after a 91-tackle, two-interception senior season for coach Ted Ginn ... named special mention all-state as a junior after recording 74 tackles and an interception ... was considered the No. 1 safety in Ohio in 2011 by Bill Kurelic and garnered national rankings of No. 14 by Rivals.com, No. 24 by Scout.com - both sites had Bogard projected as a four-star prospect - and No. 32 by ESPNU ... ranked as the No. 6 senior in the state by 247Sports and No. 21 by Scout.com ... is the son of Cynthia Shakir and Ali Shakir ... played in the OHSFCA North-South Classic at Ohio Stadium.