Only now is Jamarco Jones beginning to feel completely healthy.

Given what he endured in July, it’s remarkable that the Ohio State left tackle was ready for the season opener. It was previously known that Jones had an appendectomy in July and felt ill for much of that month.

This week, the senior revealed that a couple of weeks before the appendectomy, he had four impacted wisdom teeth removed.

“It was just a rough July,” Jones said.

As a result of those medical issues, Jones lost at least 20 pounds.

“It’s been a process, especially with practice, trying to gain it back,” he said.

Not surprisingly, Jones didn’t play to his standard at the start of the season. Last week’s performance against Rutgers was his best of the season, he said. On one play, Jones took out three defenders.

“I feel I’m starting to get that momentum back,” Jones said.

Coach Urban Meyer said that Jones is playing well.

“I still think there’s more in the tank, too,” he said. “I don’t think he’s still at full strength (but) he’s at about full strength. My expectation is for him to be as good as there is. I think he’s headed in that direction.”

Kickoff animals

On his radio call-in show Thursday, Meyer heaped praise on his kickoff coverage units. Ohio State tackled the Rutgers returner inside the 20-yard line on the first four kickoffs in Saturday’s game.

“The unit itself is elite right now,” Meyer said, specifically mentioning Pete Werner, Justin Hilliard, Baron Browning, Elijaah Goins, Austin Mack, Amir Riep and Zach Turnure.

“Those guys are animals running down the field,” Meyer said.

CLASS acts

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and center Billy Price were named Thursday among 30 candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award for their careers on and off the field. The award takes into consideration four categories — community, classroom, character and competition.

Barrett became the all-time leader in passing yardage in Ohio State history last week. Price earned All-America honors last year and will be in contention for the Rimington Award this year as the nation's top center. Former teammate Pat Elflein won the award in 2016.

Barrett and Price have already earned their degrees.

Stripes removed

Three more freshmen have had their black helmet stripe removed, signifying full status on the team. Cornerback Marcus Williamson was joined by walk-on safeties Kevin Dever and Clay Raterman in losing their stripes.

 

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