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Football
Two-Minute Drill: Queen City Guys Talk After Practice
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Saturday’s spring game will take on a unique feel for Urban Meyer and Ohio State’s football team. The University of Cincinnati alum will take his Buckeyes south on I-71 for a unique spring scrimmage at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

We got a chance to talk with Meyer after practice on Wednesday, along with former Cincinnati Colerain coach Kerry Coombs and a number of OSU football players from the Queen City.

Injury Updates

* Rod Smith did not practice today after suffering a head injury during Saturday's practice. He was walking around in street clothes.

* Meyer said Bradley Roby won't play at all Saturday because of his shoulder.

* Corey Linsley has been battling a sore foot and likely won’t play on Saturday.

Spring Game Updates

* Meyer said they will draft the spring game rosters tomorrow.

* Meyer said Saturday isn't a big day for returning starters like Carlos Hyde and Jack Mewhort, but it's a big day for first-year starters.

* Meyer said Braxton Miller will play a lot Saturday but he and Kenny Guiton will be in black jerseys. They will let Cardale Jones “run around a little bit.”

* Washington said the Noah Spence hit on Braxton Miller was an accident. Said Spence apologized.

* Meyer said Spence better not hit him like that again or "I'll have a baseball bat."

Buckeyes Heading South

* Meyer said he doesn't think Ohio State needs to revamp its image in Cincinnati. "I think we're doing great."

* Meyer said Kerry Coombs has definitely helped their efforts in Cincinnati.

* Coombs said he took Urban Meyer around Cincinnati in January and the reception from high school coaches could not have been better.

* Coombs said he thinks Cincinnati has the best high school football in the country.

* Coombs said he can see why Ohio State playing in Cincinnati would worry the people at UC.

* The coaches will take the players on a tour of the Reds museum and give them a chance to experience Cincinnati, including Montgomery Inn. Coombs called that “real food.”

* Bengals coach Marvin Lewis will talk to the team on Saturday.

Front Seven Coming Around

* Meyer said the defensive front seven is greatly improved from the start of spring ball.

* Meyer says he is finally seeing it with Curtis Grant. He said “he’s the starting middle linebacker.”

* Meyer said Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington have really come on the second half of camp.

* Mike Vrabel was going over some things with Jim Heacock as he walked off the practice field.

Adolphus Growing Up

* Adolphus Washington said he weighs about 290 pounds right now.

* Washington said the biggest adjustment for him was learning how to give maximum effort every play.

* Washington said he learned what it means to compete hard every day and every play from watching John Simon.

* Washington said Simon didn't have to drag him to the weight room because he saw Simon going hard and he wanted to do that too.

* Washington said it wasn't his natural inclination to work out at 5 or 6 in the morning. He's had to learn how to grind like that.

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