If Corey Brown is seen this week bearing a smile, don't presume it's because he's California dreamin'. The senior receiver says that Ohio State's game at California this week is an all-business trip as far as he's concerned.
If Corey Brown is seen this week bearing a smile, don't presume it's because he's California dreamin'.
The senior receiver says that Ohio State's game at California this week is an all-business trip as far as he's concerned. He said yesterday he has no interest in seeing any of the famous sights of the Bay Area, such as the Golden Gate Bridge.
He was asked whether it would be a challenge to stay focused for the 30 hours or so he and his teammates are there - they are going to stay in downtown Oakland - before taking on Cal in Berkeley on Saturday night.
"Not at all, because I don't think there's anything there anyway," Brown said, adding a little later, "California is not a special state."
He's not shy with his opinions. He was also asked yesterday whether there's concern about the Buckeyes dropping from second to third in the coaches poll, and from third to fourth in the Associated Press poll this week.
"We're not worried about the polls," Brown said. "We know if we keep winning, I mean, they only can drop us so far. How far down can you drop an undefeated team?"Another commitment
Noah Brown, a four-star receiver prospect from Sparta, N.J., committed to the Buckeyes last night after returning from an official visit to OSU that actually was more "to reassure my decision," he said. He was impressed by conversations he had with coach Urban Meyer, position coach Zach Smith, and the OSU players, he said.
He picked OSU over Rutgers, which enters the Big Ten next season.
Brown is the 18th member of the 2014 class. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder with 4.43-second speed in the 40 could prove to be one of its more versatile.
"I tend to think I am a very versatile player, an all-around type of receiver," Brown said. "I can run by somebody, I can go over the top, I think I run good routes. I can create a mismatch both outside and inside, and also in the backfield.
"I definitely think I will be comfortable playing such a versatile role."Strong comeback
Junior cornerback Bradley Roby returned strong from his one-game suspension, according to the defense's grading system. After entering the San Diego State game on the third play, he went on to earn a score of 99 percent, Meyer said.
"Very high," Meyer said. "He had 12 opportunities and made a play on 11 of them."
Senior safety C.J. Barnett, also getting his first start of the year after missing the opener because of a sprained ankle, also graded out a champion, Meyer said.High noon for FAMU
After Saturday's prime-time kickoff at California, the Buckeyes will slide back to a noon start on Sept. 21 against Football Championship Subdivision member Florida A&M. That was announced by an OSU spokesman yesterday.
After that, three of the Buckeyes' first four Big Ten games will be in prime time with 8 p.m. kickoffs -Sept. 28 at home vs. Wisconsin, Oct. 5 at Northwestern and Oct. 26 at home vs. Penn State. After an off week following the game at Northwestern, OSU will play host to Iowa at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 19.