COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Coaches are hired to recruit and to win. Sometimes, along the way, they get attached to the kids who are passing through their program.
Such is the case with Urban Meyer and the 18 seniors (plus redshirt junior Bradley Roby) who will be announced on Saturday, their final home game at Ohio Stadium.
"Not every senior class is good," Meyer said. "Some of them, it's time to go, it's time to move on, to move on with their careers. The last two (senior classes) that we've had here have been not good but great."
Of course, Meyer raved about last year's seniors, too. He said they were the backbone that helped reinforce the turnaround from 6-7 in 2011 to 12-0 last season.
So, is this crop of seniors different from last year's?
"They are different. They have their own little personality to them. They're probably led by the O-line and C.J. (Barnett) — they're kind of the ringleaders of that group," Meyer said. "And Philly Brown's turned into a guy who has earned a lot of respect around here. There wasn't a whole lot of respect in his world two years ago. Then the same with Carlos Hyde."
Another difference is that more of these seniors were once in Meyer's doghouse but now are team leaders.
"This group probably has more transitional guys that made some positive changes in their world," he said. "And here they are. It's real positive to see that."
THURSDAY TIDBITS: On his weekly coach's call-in show, Meyer said: ... "This is a pure, purpose-driven team." ... OL Jack Mewhort is "probably the best practice player I've ever been around." ... LB Ryan Shazier "is playing at a high level and still has room to get better." ... Backup QB Kenny Guiton should have a shot at making an NFL roster. ... On Carlos Hyde inching closer to being Meyer's first 1,000-yard running back of his coaching career: "We're 53 (yards) away. For me to say it's not important, it's very important." ... LB Curtis Grant has a high-ankle sprain and is having difficulty with lateral movement, but still might play against Indiana. ... On redshirt junior CB Bradley Roby participating in Senior Day activities: "He certainly is a senior, a fourth-year player." ... WR Evan Spencer is "as good as I've ever seen" at blocking downfield and on the edge on runs.
NOTE THIS: From the game notes: Indiana is the first team in Big Ten history, the only team in the FBS and the first team since 2011 (Houston) with five 1,000-yard pass-catchers playing together on the same team. They are: Cody Latimer (123 catches for 1,872 yards), Kofi Hughes (120-1,782), Shane Wynn (118-1,379) and Ted Bolser (112-1,313) have reached 100 catches and 1,000 yards, while Duwyce Wilson (81 and 1,043) has surpassed 1,000 yards.