COLUMBUS — The Ohio State football team will follow its season-opening rout of Miami (Ohio) with a heavyweight test.
That’s the message — literally — coach Urban Meyer is giving the Buckeyes as they prepare for Saturday’s game against Central Florida. With a hulking defensive line and a power running game, the Knights should pose a far more physical test than the air-it-out RedHawks.
“Whole different animal coming in here this week,” Meyer said today of UCF, which routed Akron 56-14 in their opener last Thursday.
He added: “Jose Jose is a 340-pound defensive tackle as opposed to 270 [on Miami], so that tells you right there. We have to get no-huddle and wear them out. Miami, they were going to make their first downs throwing the ball. This team's going to run the power directly at you and get their first downs.”
Like Ohio State, the Knights are ineligible for the postseason because of NCAA sanctions.
Meyer also said today that former starting defensive end Adam Bellamy will not rejoin the Buckeyes because of a personal issue. The junior, who started 10 games for OSU last season and entered fall camp listed as a co-starter at defensive end with Nathan Williams, took a leave from the team earlier this month.
“He just lost his love of the game of football and didn't want to play anymore,” Meyer said. “A year ago, he went through a very similar situation. He's a great kid. I love his family. Good people. We wish him well.”