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.
* 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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