By Rob Ogden
1,000 Yard Excitement
It's rare for anyone associated with the Ohio State football program to admit to focusing on anything but the opponent at hand, but Carlos Hyde — and even Urban Meyer — can't hide their excitement for one triviality.
Hyde is 53 yards shy of 1,000 yards rushing for the season — a stat never previously eclipsed by Hyde or any running back under the tutelage of Meyer.
As disconnected as players and coaches claim to be from such stats, it's no secret among the pair how many yards Hyde needs to become the first Buckeye to rush for 1,000 yards since 2010.
"53 yards to go! #1k," Hyde wrote via his Twitter account on Thursday.
Surly, Meyer would like to get the monkey off his back, as well.
"We're 53 away," Meyer said. "For me to say it's not important, it's very important."
It's even important in terms of recruiting, he said.
"There's very good conversation with some good (recruits) that see the way this guy is playing," Meyer said."
Hyde finished just 30 yards shy of the benchmark a season ago, but Meyer said the running back has taken his game to the next level in 2013.
"He wasn't very good in the second level last year, and a lot of that was his ability to move and shake and accelerate past people," Meyer said. "He's worked hard on that."
Meyer doesn't hide feelings for media obligations
During his call-in show Thursday, Mayer was asked by a caller how he addresses the BCS to his team.
Meyer avoided the question, and instead addressed his distain for media obligations.
"With all due respect, boy, I hate this stuff," Meyer said. "It's nonsense."
Meyer added that he wished he could focus only on his "job description."
In reality, media responsibilities are part of Meyer's job description. In fact, financially, media responsibilities account for the largest part of Meyer's annual salary.
According to his contract, Meyer makes $1.85 million of his $4 million annual salary for media, promotions and public relations.
He earns $1.4 million for apparel, shoe and equipment obligations and has a base salary of $700 thousand.
Still, media obligations irk the coach, who, during a game week, meets with the media four times for a total of approximately 30-35 minutes.
"I wish I could take our guys on a plane to a desert island every week," Meyer said. "I'd like to put chains around the practice facility. You can talk to us Jan. 7."
Freshman defensive end Joey Bosa (neck) and sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry (head) have been practicing at full speed and are both ready to go for Saturday, but the status of junior linebacker Curtis Grant remains unclear, Meyer said.
Meyer said Thursday that Grant (ankle) is still being limited by his lateral movement and is not certain to play Saturday.
The injury caused Grant to miss last Saturday's game against Illinois.
On Wednesday, Meyer said Grant was about 90 percent healthy and was "probable" to play.
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