Isaiah Prince was sometimes criticized for lackluster play this season, his first as the starting right tackle for Ohio State, and the sophomore apparently wants to do something about it.

Isaiah Prince was sometimes criticized for lackluster play this season, his first as the starting right tackle for Ohio State, and the sophomore apparently wants to do something about it.

"I've never seen a guy work harder in two weeks since that last game," coach Urban Meyer said Thursday. "I mean, ridiculous. Even on days off, he's coming here and getting extra work."

His next challenge comes Dec. 31 in the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson and its aggressive, physical defensive front. Prince wasn't available for interviews as many of the team's upperclassmen met with the media, but junior left tackle Jamarco Jones, also a first-year starter, said reports of Prince's extra work are accurate.

"We're just making sure that when stuff goes wrong, we keep him up and stuff like that," Jones said. "He's a great player, and I'm not worried about him at all."

Meyer said the coaches have schemed ways to give Prince help on the edge, much like they did in using fellow offensive lineman Branden Bowen as an unofficial tight end at times.

"It's not as easy as it sounds because it really limits your other options," Meyer said. "But those are daily conversations and we're going to try to do the best we can to help him. … An offensive lineman has got to go block that defensive end, too."

Pridgeon back at practice

Malcolm Pridgeon was expected to provide immediate depth to the offensive line after transferring from a junior college in New York.

That plan was derailed when he suffered a knee injury that needed surgery before the season. Meyer said Pridgeon is back on the practice field working on the side, but "he's not prepared to play."

"He's a guy that we all love the death," Meyer said. "He's gone above and beyond what we've asked of him. ... He has two years left, though, so he'll play for us."

Gibson status

Though receiver Torrance Gibson - suspended from school for fall semester because of a violation of the student code of conduct - apparently signed a transfer letter of intent with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College this week, Meyer indicated his plans aren't clear.

"He came to see me. I love Torrance. It's very unfortunate, the whole situation," said Meyer, who was openly critical of the school's decision to suspend Gibson in August. "I don't think there has been anything finalized. I can assure you, as we always do, we'll do what's in the best interest of the student-athlete."

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