Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 Written by RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: It's hard to argue with the results: Six wins in six games, a 2-0 record in Big Ten play, back-to-back victories on national TV against ranked opponents.
Behind the scenes, it seems, the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes must be pretty solid as well.
Coach Urban Meyer has extolled the leadership qualities of last year's team which went 12-0. He was asked this week how the leadership was on his current squad.
"I was panicky going into the season because I thought it was poor," he said. "It was certainly poor in the spring, and obviously when you have issues like we had in the summer, then that questions the leadership of the team."
He was referring to the legal problems which enveloped RB Carlos Hyde and CB Bradley Roby, along with a problem from earlier in the year for RB Rod Smith that resulted in all three sitting out games at the start of the season.
Thankfully, things have changed, Meyer said.
"I'm not saying it's great yet because they are still only halfway home, but through the first half the season, they have done a very nice job," he said. "There's good chemistry, good alignment and good leadership right now."
CHANGING GEARS: In the 40-30 victory over Northwestern 10 days ago, the Buckeyes' defense adapted to the Wildcats' two quarterbacks, fast wide receivers and a lethal short passing attack.
Thinking on your feet is a big deal for a team. The opponents make changes, so do you.
Co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers was impressed that the Buckeyes were able to go to more of a press or man-to-man coverage to pressure Northwestern's offense at other spots.
"You'd like to be able to say you can press guys the whole game," he said. "If I had my druthers, we'd walk up and press every snap. But you can't. That's not realistic. And some of the coverages don't allow you to do that anyway."
Doran Grant's fourth-quarter interception in press coverage helped turn the tide.
"That was a game-changing play because we were in press and they weren't expecting us to be in press and threw the ball out there," he said.
INJURY UPDATE: On the Big Ten coaches' teleconference on Tuesday, Meyer had good news about a couple of injured players, DL Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt.
"Adolphus has a little bit of a tweak of an ankle, but he's fine. He's ready to go. He'll be close to 100 percent," Meyer said. "Tommy Schutt had a great day yesterday so I put him as game-ready."
Schutt had surgery to secure a broken foot and has yet to play this season.
BRAXTON AND ... TERRELLE? Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz was asked to compare two very different looking and different styles of athlete during his weekly news conference.
So, what's Braxton Miller like compared to former Ohio State and current Oakland Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor?
"They're both really good. I'm not good at comparisons," Ferentz said. "Now you find a guy (like Pryor) that's a little different style in terms of size, all that type of thing. But he's fast. He can throw the ball. This guy (Miller) is fast, throws the ball extremely well. He can get it down the field, far down the field, and it gets there fast and it's pretty accurate. They just put a lot of pressure on you from the defensive standpoint."