COLUMBUS — Ohio State’s offense might not be the only thing with a new look in its football opener against Miami today.
OSU coach Urban Meyer confirmed there will be some small changes in the look of the Buckeyes uniforms.
“Nike met with us. I said just make sure this is O.K. with Archie Griffin and the former players. I don’t want to start breaking traditions around here,” Meyer said. “I told (athletic director) Gene Smith ‘I don’t care what we wear just so we look really good and don’t break tradition.’”
INJURY UPDATE: Defensive end Nathan Williams, who missed all but two quarters of last season because of knee surgery, could get back on the field Saturday.
OSU’s coaches have been bringing him along slowly after micro-fracture surgery but Meyer said if the medical staff gives the O.K., Williams could play against Miami.
“I’d like to get him on the field. We won’t wear him out but we hope to get him on the field,” Meyer said.
Running back Jordan Hall remains out after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his foot. “He’s jogging. He’s a couple weeks away,” Meyer said.
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett will be limited, if he plays, against Miami because of a lingering groin injury.
NO LUXURY BOX FOR HER: Like Amy Fickell last year, Shelley Meyer is a coach’s wife who likes to watch football games in the stadium, not in a box high above the stadium.
“She loves football. She loves the student body. There were times where she sat right with the students but they got too nuts,” Meyer said.
LOSING THEIR STRIPES: Sixteen Ohio State freshmen, including four walk-ons, have lost the stripe of black tape on their helmets, signifying that they are full members of the team.
Offensive tackle Taylor Decker, one of 10 true freshmen on OSU’s two-deep depth chart knew he wasn’t in high school anymore long before someone put a piece of tape on his helmet, though.
Decker, who enrolled early in March, said he realized that during his first workout.
“I came in and thought I was in pretty good shape and it was tough on me. I was like, ‘Wow, this is going to be something.’
“We did the warm-up and I was like, ‘That must have been the workout,’ but it was just the warm-up,” he said.
MIAMI INJURY: Miami probably will have to play without starting center JoJo Williams, a second-year starter, who suffered a leg injury in practice on Tuesday.
This probably means Brad Bednar will move to center from guard and Marcus Matthews will take Bednar’s place at guard.