Roby Takes Part in Ohio State's Monday Practice

By Kyle Rowland on December 30, 2013 at 4:31p
The scene at Nova Southeastern University.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – At this rate, Ohio State might not have anyone left on defense for the Orange Bowl. Noah Spence is still at home, Bradley Roby is nursing a bone bruise in his knee and Curtis Grant’s back has flared up.

Roby and Grant were in full pads stretching and jogging along the sideline while the media was at practice Monday. But Roby did participate later, though it remains a mystery as to what his status will be Friday night. There was no update on Spence’s status.

Another level of intrigue is the food poisoning or flu bug that’s enveloped the team. Candice Lee, an anchor for NBC4 in Columbus and the mother of freshman linebacker Darron Lee, tweeted that several players were stricken with food poisoning. An Ohio State spokesman and head coach Urban Meyer later dispelled those rumors, instead saying a 24-hour was the culprit. Meyer said they’ve been quarantined from the rest of the team.

Regardless of the cause, the Buckeyes are shorthanded at an inopportune time.


  • Junior wide receiver Corey Smith has apparently changed numbers from 84 to 7. Single digits are often coveted, which could mean Smith was rewarded. A team spokesman said he didn’t know if the move was permanent. 
  • Freshman running back Dontre Wilson spent time working the wide receivers during drills.
  • Two players that have stuck out to Urban Meyer during bowl prep are Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell.
  • “I’ve always been a Vonn Bell guy.” –Meyer
  • Meyer said he has a tremendous amount of respect for defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and said he is confident Fickell will fix the defensive woes.
  • “We have to hit a home run.” –Meyer on Everett Withers’ replacement. He said the person will probably be a safeties coach/co-defensive coordinator.
  • Freshmen J.T. Barrett and Jalin Marshall are playing the part of Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins on the scout team.
  • Hydration was a major theme stressed by Meyer and junior tight end Jeff Heuerman. Meyer said they “kill” the team by preaching how important hydrating is, while Heuerman said players are losing eight to ten pounds during practices. He said the weather is getting them into shape.
  • When he coached at Florida, Meyer said getting players to come out of the locker room at Vanderbilt in 30-degree weather was a chore. Now the opposite is happening.
  • The most interesting nugget: Meyer said he never talked to Chad Morris about becoming the offensive coordinator at Ohio State. Earlier in the day, Morris all but confirmed Meyer asked him.
  • Heuerman said coaches are giving players free time to enjoy themselves. He raved about South Beach. Stunning.
  • On Thursday, Ohio State will have a team dinner at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, home of Joey Bosa and many other talented former, current and future college players.
  • Meyer said he almost took an assistant job in the NFL early in his career. He added that he has no NFL aspirations anymore. Asked about the Browns job, Meyer said he’s not looking to leave Ohio State.

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MilitaryBuckeye's picture

Is it Friday yet? I'm ready to see these Buckeyes close the BCS era with a W and complete the BCS sweep... Oh and shut "Savage Tiger's" loud mouth...

nm_buck's picture


"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Not a better way to end the BCS era than the career grand slam...
Not a better way for Roby to end his Buckeye career...with a 6 interception, 3 TD game of his life!!!

Go get em boys...

I feel like ive had some south beach snow/arrificial energy/booger sugar! Im ready to go.

Bamabucknut's picture

I hate being negative,so I won't say anything about selected coaching changes that need to be made.Maybe after the game things will be clearer for some people.

nm_buck's picture

Please get healthy.  Everyone.

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

JT's picture

What number is rod smith wearing now?

actionstanleyjackson's picture


Stay golden, Ponyboy.

Maestro's picture

You sure. J Hall has been wearing 2.

vacuuming sucks

MAVBuck's picture

Hall/Smith change their number like I change my underwear....before every game

Buckeye5000's picture

I hope the sickness problem doesn't turn into the "bad water game" against Wisconsin.

2014 Undisputed National Champions!

Hovenaut's picture

Man, what a case of the Mondays.

skid21's picture

Monday Monday can't trust that day. From Mama Cass to you.

Mr Soul's picture

When Cass was a Sophomore, planned to go to Swarthmore, but she changed her mind one day.

Keep the change, ya filthy animal!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

C'mon Bucks!  Overcome adversity!!! You can do it!
Go Buckeyes!!

Buckeye5000's picture

AMEN!....although I'm not religious :)

2014 Undisputed National Champions!

Bags5150's picture

What about Jordan Hall?  Wasn't he wearing 7?  Is he done?

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth~Mike Tyson

JozyMozy's picture

Probably just switched numbers again. He went from 7 to 2 back to 7 and now apparently to something else

Go1Bucks's picture

Hmmm, conspiracy?  Sick waiters sent to serve our players? 
... sorry, couldn't resist conspiracy theory...
Hope all get well soon.  Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Fuck - can we all stop getting injured and sick please!?!?!?!  This game is going to be tough enough to win without everybody dropping like flies before the game!
Did Flounder Hoke send some of his leftover food down... wait a minute, he'd never have leftovers... my bad!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

buckskin's picture

Extremely amped to see Bell get some quality PT.  Lots of talk, now let's see it on the field.

SoCalBuck26's picture

Dinner @ St. Thomas Aquinas HS?  Plant that flag for good!!!

swainpm's picture

Anyone else care to speculate on Withers' replacement? I don't know if Meyer has any connection with Clancy Pendergast (USC's old DC from this last season and a former NFL coach) but he would seem a good candidate at least for an interview. The guy has the resume and could help pull from CA for recruiting. Another good candidate would be Duane Akina from Mack Brown's staff. He has coached a ton of NFL dbs and UT's dbs have been solid unlike their linebacking corp lately. Not to mention Akina would bring ties to the TX recruiting landacape which will be severed whenHerman goes. Thoughts?

MAVBuck's picture

Urb not wanting to leave OSU to deal with the Browns administration. Shocker!