Ohio State Football Notebook
COLUMBUS (AP) — What’s brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes …
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Ohio State’s players get some time off this week. The coaches, however, do not.
They’ll be as busy as ever, traveling around and recruiting while also handling coaching duties.
“They’re out recruiting. Coach (Mike) Vrabel is getting on a plane right now,” head coach Urban Meyer said after Wednesday’s practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
With all 10 coaches out recruiting at some point during the week, that leaves few behind to handle the practices. Meyer said he and four others would be in charge on Thursday.
“We called a coordinators’ practice on Thursday, which will be the two co-coordinators on offense, the two co-coordinators on defense and myself,” he said. “Everyone else is gone. Then they’re off and then they get back on Saturday and we grind again on Sunday.”
New NCAA rules permit all of the fulltime coaches to go out on the road during a bye week. Ohio State is taking full advantage.
On his radio show on Thursday, Meyer said the Buckeyes’ 10-0 start and No. 5 ranking has made recruiting a little easier.
“Right now, Ohio State is kind of hot,” Meyer said. “It’s nice to go wear that Ohio State shirt.”
They’re not only out recruiting for the next class, but also the one after that.
Meyer said Ohio State is down to a “handful” of scholarships it needs to fill the 2013 recruiting class and will be mainly looking at players for the 2014 crop this weekend.
“That’s how far we are ahead,” he said.
QUOTABLE: LT Jack Mewhort on LG Andrew Norwell: “You guys probably think Norwell is a quiet guy. You’d be surprised. He’s a crazy dude, man.”
QUOTABLE II: Meyer was asked on his radio show if he’d be satisfied if the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin but lost to Michigan to finish the year 11-1: “Don’t go there now. That’s not a good year.”
WHAT HYDE WILL SEEK: RB Carlos Hyde wishes the Buckeyes could play every weekend, just so they didn’t lose any momentum. But he also knows that in a long season it’s best to have a break every now and then, just to heal before the big games down the stretch.
Such is the case with the Buckeyes, who will be off from Thursday night or Friday morning until Sunday night due to the bye week.
“It’s good to get a break. We just went 10 weeks straight without a break, so to have a break late in the season is definitely good,” said Hyde, who has had a breakthrough season with 737 yards in just eight games. “Get some guys back from injury. It’s good.”
Hyde said he was planning on surprising his mother with a visit. He and backup QB Kenny Guiton are also considering attending a high school football playoff game in the Columbus area.
He also plans on watching flipping on the TV.
“I’m a football-head, so I’m definitely going to watch some college football,” he said with a laugh.
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