Now 'Piranhas' take their place with Buckeyes


COLUMBUS (AP) -- What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: So, the punt-block team is called "The Freak Show." And now the Ohio State guys who line up on defense on kickoffs are "The Piranhas."

"Coach (Kerry) Coombs calls them that because they're not big enough to be sharks," head coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

So far, the unit is doing a fine job -- even though Coombs kids them about their height.

"They can't be sharks yet, because they're this tall," he said with a laugh, holding his hand about 4 feet or so off the floor. "They have to be piranhas. We like to say that when kids go after a guy with the ball, it's like sharks to blood. But with this group, they're like piranhas. Just because they're midgets."

That unit includes seven true freshmen who race down the field with wild abandon, attempting to knock down anyone who gets in their way -- blockers, teammates, maybe even the ballcarrier.

"They're an awful lot of fun to coach," Coombs said.

Meyer singled out freshmen DBs Devan Bogard, Armani Reeves and Najee Murray, sophomore DB Adam Griffin and fifth-year senior DB Zach Domicone as the top players on the unit.

They do not take it personally.

"I thought Sharks was a good name," Domicone said. "But the more that he broke it down and explained why we were Piranhas instead of Sharks, I think it's fitting."

Asked if the Piranhas could become Sharks by the end of the season, Coombs laughed and said, "I don't know if they're going to get a lot bigger."

INJURY UPDATE: LB Etienne Sabino will miss at least three weeks and possibly more with a broken bone in his leg.

"It's a tremendous blow," Meyer said of the injury. "He's a very good player, but it goes farther beyond that. I made a comment a couple weeks ago that Sabino's like a son (to the coaches) and a brother to (the players). He's an incredible human being. I love that guy. He's hurting."

Meyer said Sabino has already had surgery to insert a plate to hold the broken fibula.

QUOTABLE: A TV reporter told Meyer on Monday about a Zanesville, Ohio, couple with the surname Miller who named their daughter Braxtin "to make it more girly."

Meyer was asked what that said about the devotion of fans of famous QBs.

"(There are) a lot of young Tebows running around this world too, I imagine," Meyer cracked.

Then the coach was asked if there were any little Urbans anywhere.

"Careful how you ask that. No, I hope not," he said, laughing.

Then he shook his head and, with a wide smile, said, "You guys are something."

CONFERENCE HONORS: The Big Ten players of the week included two Buckeyes.

RB Carlos Hyde, who ran for a career-high 140 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries, shared the offensive honors with Michigan's Denard Robinson, who became the conference's all-time leader in rushing yards by a QB with 3,905 after gaining 235 in a victory over Purdue.

The defensive player of the week was Penn State LB Gerald Hodges (11 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss) in a win against Northwestern.

Corey "Philly" Brown of Ohio State was the special teams honoree after returning a third-quarter punt 76 yards for a TD.

STILL WAITING: The kickoff time for the Purdue game on Oct. 20 at Ohio Stadium will not be announced by TV until next Monday.

NOTE THIS: Ohio State is one of only 16 major-college unbeatens left. ... The Buckeyes play at Indiana on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ... Two Buckeyes are from the Hoosier state: RB Rod Smith (Fort Wayne) and DL Joel Hale (Greenwood). ... Indiana is 2-3 overall and 0-2 in Big Ten play.

SITTING OUT: reported on Friday that Ohio State QB Cardale Jones said on his Twitter account, "Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS."

Multiple media outlets picked up the tweet before it, and Jones' entire account, were deleted.

Meyer was asked about Jones on Monday.

"We're getting ready to play a big-time game in a great stadium and I get a bunch of text messages and phone calls about (it)," Meyer said. "So we suspended him immediately for the game. Very ignorant comment, but that's a 19-year-old making an ignorant comment."

Meyer said he and Jones had talked and the freshman was very apologetic.

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