Created on Saturday, 02 November 2013 Written by RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller plays against Penn State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Coach Urban Meyer said after Wednesday's practice that his QBs have played well all season — but Braxton Miller is particularly on fire right now.
"The quarterback position, with Kenny (Guiton), has played well all year. It's playing exceptional right now," Meyer said. "That means getting us in the right plays, making the right reads, even in the run game. Because most of our runs, (Braxton) doesn't just turn around and hand the ball off. There's something going on (decisions before and after the snap). And those quick screens off of it, he's playing a very efficient game right now. I mean like real efficient."
MEWHORT'S WARNING: LT Jack Mewhort came to Meyer's office this week to make sure the coaching staff was aware of what the Buckeyes were in for at Purdue.
"He just talked about what it was like in that locker room after the game, and the locker room itself, that it's not the nicest locker room," Meyer recalled. "And (he said to) just be prepared for what's going to happen — it's a tough trip."
BASKETBALL NOT ON GRASS: The football team has a bye next week. So that means fans won't miss any of the gridiron action if they come out to visit Ohio State's men's basketball team before a noon tip in the opener against Morgan State on Nov. 9 at Value City Arena.
There'll be an open house of the team's new practice facility, with former Buckeye Scoonie Penn serving as host. Plus, there will be a balloon artist and fan giveaways.
Scoonie will not be making balloon animals, however — at least that's not planned.
Penn and several other ex-Buckeyes players will be available for pictures around the concourse.
Fans' game tickets get them into the other events, too.
WARM GREETING: Ohio State WR Corey Brown is planning on seeking out Purdue's head coach.
"I'm going to be happy to see him," Brown said of former Buckeyes assistant coach Darrell Hazell, now in his first year in charge of the Boilermakers. "I'm going to go give him a hug before the game and shake his hand and talk to him. Me and Coach Hazell, we got a good relationship. He recruited me all through high school, came to my house a few times and went out to dinner with my family, so me and him got a real good relationship."
Hazell helped turn around Kent State's program. It may take a while, but Brown is confident he'll work the same magic at Purdue.
"He's one of the best coaches I've ever been around," he said. "He knows his stuff and obviously what he did at Kent State was unbelievable. It'll take him a couple years — you can't turn a program around in one year — but it'll take a couple years and they'll be better."