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By Matt McCoy
After a practice Thursday afternoon, Urban Meyer will send his Buckeyes home to enjoy three days off during Ohio State's bye weekend. It's a break that Meyer said comes "at the right time" provided his players use it the right way.
"Some people see a bye week and they go act like a jerk over the weekend," Meyer said following the Buckeye practice Wednesday. "Football is a tough, violent, contact sport so your joints and your shoulders and everything need a break. That's what (the bye) is for. But to come back eight pounds underweight or eight pounds overweight and not at least watching football that'd be a disgrace and I'd have a real problem with that. There's a weigh in Monday morning and they'd better be right on the dot."
The Buckeyes are off to a 6-0 start and are currently No. 4 in the latest AP poll and No. 3 in the coaches rankings. Ohio State's overall win streak is up to 18 games. Senior receiver Corey "Philly" Brown said it's good time to take a deep breath and relax but it's no time to party yourself into trouble.
"It would be devestating if we had one of our key players do something stupid that will cause them to miss some time," Brown said. "Especially right now when we have this streak going. If everybody stays out of the wrong environments and just goes to spend time with their family and do what they've got to do, we'll be straight."
Wilson Needs To Be More Than A Hood Ornament
There's been a lot of hype surrounding freshman running back/receiver Dontre Wilson and there have been glimpses of his game breaking speed. But last Saturday at Northwestern, Wilson disappeared from the game plan. Meyer said Wilson still figures in Ohio State's plans this year but needs to become more of a complete player.
"He's got to become a football player, right now he's a novelty," Meyer said. "He's got to go out there and block. You can't (get him the ball) every time he's in the game, so we're working really hard over the bye week in making him a football player and not just a hood ornament that shows up out there all the time."
The importance of Wilson's development is increased as senior running back Jordan Hall recovers from a knee injury.
"There's a joint issue in his knee and they're working through it," Meyer said. "He actually did some stuff (Wednesday) so I'm hoping we get him back soon."
It's been a roller coaster couple of weeks for defensive back Bradley Roby. On the positive side, he had a pass interception that set up a Buckeye touchdown against Wisconsin and blocked a punt for a TD at Northwestern. In fact Roby was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. But Roby's play at cornerback has been shaky.
Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis had 10 catches for 207 yards in a one-on-one battle with Roby. Last Saturday at Northwestern, Roby missed on a few tackles, one of which resulted in a 67 yard reception that led to a Wildcats fourth quarter touchdown.
Roby, an all-Big Ten performer, nearly left school early for the NFL following last season but chose to return for his junior year. Meyer said he has talked with Roby "a lot" in recent weeks, hoping to get the DB's game and focus back on track.
"There have been a lot of distractions in his world," Meyer said. "I've coached guys (who considered the NFL) before and it's relentless the people out there who are in his ear. The best thing he can do is become a great practice player. The great practice player usually plays great and he's improved his practice habits."
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