COLUMBUS (AP) — What’s brewing with the 2010 Ohio State Buckeyes …
BUCKEYES BUZZ: One of the real art forms of coaching is coming up with a way to familiarize your team with and prepare for the other team’s schemes and players.
For instance, Ohio State’s scout team must try to simulate Miami QB Jacory Harris and the ’Canes’ wide-open attack. Just how does the coaching staff replicate a junior Heisman Trophy candidate and the way he likes to play?
Coach Jim Tressel was asked that question this week during preparations for Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium.
“You do as well as you can with your personnel,” Tressel said.
Third-team QB Kenny Guiton leads the scout team offense. Last week, he was Marshall ball-control QB Brian Anderson, who threw a lot of short, quick routes and never ran the ball. This week, he plays the role of Miami’s Jacory Harris, a strong-armed 6-foot-4 QB who would prefer to throw the bomb than flip a pass to a safety valve in the flat.
It’s not an easy job.
“A week ago he was the scout team player of the week and gave us a great look,” Tressel said. “He needs to do the same (this week).”
QUOTE OF THE DAY: C Mike Brewster has been tutored by OL coach Jim Bollman for the last three years and now catches himself mirroring the same thoughts as his mentor: “It’s kind of scary but I think me and Bolls are thinking alike right now.”
IN AND OUT: Miami DTs Micanor Regis and Curtis Porter are expected to return to the lineup after missing the 45-0 victory over Florida A&M due to undisclosed injuries. TB Graig Cooper is not expected to play after injuring an ankle in the opener. DT Jeremy Lewis was also hurt against FAMU and his availability has not yet been decided.
“U” TUBE: Columbus TV stations have been stirring up Buckeyes fans by showing excerpts of a video posted on YouTube starring former Miami DT, ex-pro wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Here’s what “The Rock,” wearing a black Miami tank top, says in the brief clip: “Now this week we’ve got a big challenge coming up: Ohio State. So you know what that means to all you Buckeyes out there. I hope you board (up) your doors, board (up) your windows because you’ve got an all-day long, pack your lunch, sweater-vest stomping (expletive)-kicking, Hurricane style.” After flashing a broad smile he adds, “If you don’t understand what I’m saying, don’t try to understand. Because it’s a ’Cane thing. You simply wouldn’t understand it. Go ’Canes!” He closes by making a “U” with both hands.
NO GIMMES: Ohio State AD Gene Smith doesn’t take credit for scheduling games against the likes of Miami, USC and Texas, or the matchups in the next decade against Cal, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
“We’ve kind of always been that way,” he said of the school’s willingness to take on all comers. “When I came here in ’05, I looked at the future schedules and I just wanted to continue on with the philosophy I inherited. Jim (Tressel) and I talked about it a long time. He and (former AD) Andy (Geiger) were on that same page. I think it’s important to do. We just kept scheduling (like that) out to ’19. It’s always been a philosophy of ours.”
Here’s a brief look at the marquee games on upcoming Ohio State schedules: 2012 (Cal, Cincinnati), 2013 (at Cal), 2014 (Virginia Tech), 2015 (at Virginia Tech), 2016 (at Oklahoma), 2017 (Oklahoma), 2018 (at Tennessee) and 2019 (Tennessee).