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Buckeye Football Notebook: 'Ain’t no question marks'
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS — A year ago at this time, Parris Campbell was a starting wide receiver as a redshirt freshman for the Buckeyes. Sure, that status was due to the season-ending injury to Noah Brown, but Campbell would have seen the field regardless.

He never recorded a reception in his time last season, which was also shortened by injury. This past spring he acknowledged that he still wasn't where he needed to be in order to be a major contributor to this team. Now, however, he believes he is ready.

"After the spring and after these practices we’ve had, I feel like I can definitely be a main contributor," he said. "I’m a lot more confident in myself and I think a big part in my downfall or not having success as early as I wanted, was confidence. I definitely got my confidence back and I think I can help this team out.

"In my head I knew I could play the game, but it’s just like I would step on the field and be down on myself or didn’t think I could do one thing or another. But I’m glad I have that confidence back and I’m ready to go."

Parris Campbell did get a few starts last season, but he isn't technically considered a "returning starter." The Buckeyes actually have quite a few players who started games last season — like Marcus Baugh, Sam Hubbard, and Mike Hill — who aren't considered returning starters.

So while there are only six returning starters on offense and defense, there are plenty of players with the kind of experience that can't just be written off. If you ask Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, people underestimate the value of having two or three years in the program vs. number of starters returning.

"I think you do because the way we practice, our twos get as many reps as our ones," Warinner said. "We’re not 70 percent ones, 30 percent twos distribution at practice. We’re almost 50-50, so our second-team guys who have been here three years, you’ve had a lot of reps and you should be ready to go and you should be ready to step in and play at a high level.

"I am confident that some of those guys will do that. If you’re the second offense, most of the time if you’re the backup o-line, you jog out there and go against our first defense. That’s usually how we practice, 1-O vs. 2-D, 2-D vs. 1-O, so when we practice you’re going against really high-level players, so if you’re Jamarco Jones, when you practiced last year you went against Joey Bosa every rep."

Page 2 — How many corners will play? What do the safeties think of their doubters? Why is Demario McCall ahead of Mike Weber's pace from a year ago?

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