Fuller expects to be at full speed for OSU camp

Joey Kaufman
Safety Jordan Fuller celebrates after Michigan's Zach Gentry couldn't make a catch on Nov. 24, 2018. Fuller, a two-year starter, is one of the more experienced players on the Ohio State defense. [Jonathan Quilter/Dispatch]

Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller offered some specifics. As he recovered from an injury that kept him out of spring practice, Fuller approximated last week that he felt 92 percent.

Asked further about the type of injury that held him out, Fuller shook his head and grinned.

“I won’t talk about it,” Fuller said.

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The undisclosed ailment shouldn’t, though, limit Fuller much when the Buckeyes resume practices in preseason camp. He said that he expected to be cleared for participation.

Along with linebacker Malik Harrison, Fuller was the Buckeyes' leading tackler last season with 81 stops before opting to remain for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft. He is one of the defense's more experienced players. Fuller began starting as a sophomore in 2017.

Fuller took part in most of the sessions during recent strength and conditioning workouts.

“I’m basically doing everything, but at a lower capacity,” Fuller said. “With the stuff I don’t do, I’m making it up with an hour and a half of rehab every day.”

Jeff Hafley, the new co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach, had observed part of Fuller’s regimen.

“He is running forward a little bit,” Hafley said, “he is able to do some stuff at half-speed, but he looks good doing it.”

When Fuller returns to the practice field, it will be his first time working with Hafley, who was the secondary coach with the San Francisco 49ers before he joined the Ohio State coaching staff.

Last season, co-defensive coordinator Alex Grinch served as the safeties coach.

Fuller never felt it was easy to miss spring practice and was eager to return.

“Especially me, because I love football, I love competing, I love being out there with my DBs and stuff, just getting hyped and having fun,” Fuller said. “Missing out on that was tough. But I tried to stay a part of it as much as I can. It wasn’t like I was totally removed. I was in meetings, that kind of stuff.”


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