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Meyer says NCAA needs to 'relook' at targeting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: Urban Meyer, expanding on his postgame remarks, said the NCAA must "relook" at the targeting rule.

Ohio State CB Bradley Roby was ejected from Saturday's 34-24 victory over Iowa late in the first quarter when he hit tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz high on a pass completion over the middle. The crowd booed as Roby left the field and was escorted to the locker room.

After the game, Meyer said he wanted to look at the video replay but thought that Roby's hit was below the shoulder pads.

"The NCAA and everybody is going to want to relook at that rule. We at Ohio State are very concerned about player safety. We have gone to the Nth degree with adjusting practice. Any rule for the safety of players, no question we support it," Meyer said. "However, that was a game-changer. To take one of your better players out of the game, that impacted that game."

Roby was prevented from playing the final three quarters. He is eligible to play from the beginning of Saturday's 8 p.m. start against Penn State.

Ohio State had an official speak to the team during the summer about the new targeting rule, put in place to protect defenseless players from those who take shots at the head or neck area.

Meyer said he believed Roby did not target the receiver, that the shoulder pad slid up at the point of contact and made it look as if Roby was going for a high hit to the neck or head.

"We teach and work hard at it that you play the game with the shoulder pads and play below the head," he said. "I agree a hundred percent. To have a guy ejected who played like that, obviously I'm concerned."

With Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith sitting at the back of the room during Meyer's weekly news conference, Meyer said he did not want to risk a fine for being too critical of the rule. He also praised Big Ten officials.

"I just think on a national level that's something that needs to continue to be evaluated," he said of the rule. "Make sure we're doing the right thing for player safety, but understand the devastating impact on that game when you're out. I'm interested to see what's going to happen down the road."

QUOTABLE: WR Devin Smith was asked what the feeling is like in the huddle when the offense is really rolling: "We don't huddle much."

INJURY REPORT: In his first action of the season after surgery to repair a broken foot, DE Tommy Schutt played 10 or 12 plays against Iowa.

"He actually did pretty good," Meyer said. "I think you'll see more of him in the game."

He also disclosed that DT Michael Hill suffered a shoulder injury that could result in a redshirt for him.

DT Michael Bennett left the field briefly with an undisclosed injury but returned and played.

PRAISE FOR PSU COACH: Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and line coach Ed Warinner was asked what kind of job Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien and his staff have done — particularly in terms of recruiting — under the NCAA restrictions applied in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal in State College, Pa.

"He's doing a good job overall, considering all the circumstances that have been presented to him," Warinner said. "He's done a good job of preparing his team. He's doing a good job of recruiting and selling his vision for his program. He's a good person — and obviously he wouldn't have gotten that job if he wasn't a good person — and a good football mind. So people can relate to him, I'm sure, and people probably like him. They have a football tradition there, too."

Ohio State's defensive line coach, Mike Vrabel, played for the New England Patriots when O'Brien was an assistant there under Bill Belichick.

"Bill O'Brien was a good friend," Vrabel said. "He's a good football coach. He's going to do everything he can to keep that program where it's been for the last 50 or 60 years. I don't see that changing."

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