Armani Reeves is going to start in place of suspended junior Bradley Roby in Ohio State's season opener on Aug.?31 against Buffalo, and the sophomore cornerback wasn't strutting around yesterday as if it were no big deal.
Armani Reeves is going to start in place of suspended junior Bradley Roby in Ohio State's season opener on Aug. 31 against Buffalo, and the sophomore cornerback wasn't strutting around yesterday as if it were no big deal.
"I'll probably be nervous," Reeves said. "It's my first game starting; who wouldn't be nervous?
"But first play, first hit, I'll be cool. Just go play, man. It's a great experience, and I can't wait for it."
Coach Urban Meyer revealed on Saturday that he had suspended Roby, all-Big Ten a year ago, for the opener because of his arrest after an altercation at a bar in Bloomington, Ind., in July. Charges against Roby were reduced from misdemeanor battery to disorderly conduct on Friday.
So the question for cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs after practice yesterday was, who will be his two starters against Buffalo?
"Armani Reeves and Doran Grant," Coombs said.
Grant already had been penciled into the lineup as he takes the place of 2012 senior Travis Howard. Reeves stepped up through preseason camp in place of Roby, staying ahead of talented freshmen Eli Apple, Cam Burrows and Gareon Conley.
"Incredible offseason, great spring, works really hard, understands the game, very committed, very focused," Coombs said of Reeves, then added a caveat: "He still has to play. We still have to find out on the 31st.
"But … I'm excited to see him play, to be honest with you."
Reeves, out of West Roxbury, Mass., said he is excited, too.
"I can't wait for all my family and friends to see me on the field," said Reeves, who played in six games, primarily on special teams, as a freshman before suffering a knee injury. "It will be fun."Heuerman's Heisman pose
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller set the school record for total offense last season (3,310 yards), and according to him, his coaches and fellow players, he was just scratching the surface in terms of his capability. Thus, tight end Jeff Heuerman was asked what that means in terms of Miller's potential in this, his third year as the starter.
Heuerman smiled, backed up and struck the Heisman Trophy pose, his left arm tucked underneath like he was clutching a football, his right extended in the classic stiff-arm.
"I think he'll have a real big year," Heuerman said.Back to school
The football players will join the other students for the opening of fall semester classes on Wednesday. The team has fallen back into the regular one-a-day practice schedule after practicing nine times in six days during the height of preseason camp last week.