Notes and quotes: Bucks begin UCF week

September, 3, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There wasn't much for Urban Meyer to enjoy during his first quarter with Ohio State.

In hindsight, the new Buckeyes coach is looking back at it and smiling about the opportunity it gives him moving forward.


Eventually the offense started clicking and cruised to an easy win in Meyer's debut with the program, but as Ohio State goes back to work preparing for a tougher test on Saturday against Central Florida, he's got plenty of teachable moments to help make his point about how much work is still left to be done.

"At the end of the day, I’m pleased with what happened," Meyer said during his Monday press conference. "I’m pleased we got thrown around a little bit. We were actually losing in our home stadium in the first quarter, and I didn’t like it at the time, but now that you look back, I think everybody got hit in the face a little bit and responded well.

"I’m glad after we evaluate it now that it happened. It gives us an opportunity to coach very, very hard and get some things corrected."

Meyer and his staff wouldn't normally ease up on the Buckeyes early in the week anyway, though they do have the option of making the already infamous "Bloody Tuesday" workout even more difficult if it's necessary.

With a defense that buttoned down after an uneven start of its own to hold Miami (Ohio) to minus-1 rushing yard, a special teams unit that executed every kick as well as expected while adding a touchdown and an offense that eventually produced seven touchdowns, Meyer might not have to do that.

But the Knights do have Ohio State's attention after they opened with a lopsided rout as well last week with a 56-14 decision against Akron.

"To say that we don’t have a lot of respect for Central Florida would be nonsense," Meyer said. " ... The players see it on film, this will be a war and something we’ve got to be ready for."

Bumps and bruises: The Buckeyes might not be quite ready to welcome back an injured senior for the second week in a row.

But Jordan Hall might not be off the field much longer.

Meyer indicated the running back might return to practice this week, though he's unlikely to be available against UCF as he recovers from the foot surgery to repair a torn tendon after a freak accident in the summer.

"I’ll know more today, but he’s got that look on his face like he’s dying to get out there," Meyer said. "I think he might practice this week. I’ll let you know."

The Buckeyes are also waiting to find out more about how Nathan Williams is feeling after he capped his rehabilitation from microfracture knee surgery with a couple tackles against Miami.

According to Meyer, the senior "was very sore" on Sunday after getting a workload that was heavier than anticipated. But Ohio State has him listed on the depth chart, and he might be needed often again this week after Michael Bennett re-injured his groin in warmups on Saturday and is questionable for UCF.

J.T. Moore is currently listed as the starter at defensive end ahead of both Williams and Bennett.

"I would anticipate that the rust is officially knocked off of [Williams]," Meyer said. "He’ll be ready to go. He was in a good mindset after that game."

Bellamy won't return: A return to the program was once considered a possibility, but Meyer confirmed it isn't now for former defensive lineman Adam Bellamy.

The junior started 10 games for the Buckeyes a year ago, but he left the program early in training camp with a personal issue and officially won't be coming back.

"It was personal, nothing with Ohio State, nothing with football, nothing with academics," Meyer said. "He just lost his love of the game of football and didn’t want to play anymore. A year ago went through a very similar [situation].

"He’s a great kid. I love the kid, love his family, good people, and we wish him well. There’s no issue, nothing happened, he just didn’t want to play football anymore."

Stiff-arming the Heisman: Braxton Miller 's stats-sheet stuffing debut in the spread offense turned heads nationally, and perhaps it put the sophomore quarterback in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy.

But Meyer won't be involved in that sort of talk, and he certainly didn't seem interested in starting a publicity campaign after one game.

"There will be no discussion about that," Meyer said. "I certainly think he’s one of those freaks of nature that has great ability and great things can happen to him, but that’s not -- there won’t be any billboards posted or anything like that."

Miller did earn one award already though, picking up offensive player of the week from Meyer after rushing for 161 yards and throwing for 207 with three total touchdowns.

Other players recognized by the program in its Champions Club:

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