Football is a physical, sometimes painful game, but nobody expects that jeopardy to carry over to the safe confines of the locker room.
But it did for Ohio State defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones last week when he suffered a laceration on his left leg after it snagged on something around his locker.
“Everybody in there was just in shock, ‘Wow, can’t believe that happened,’ " fellow defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle recalled this week.
Like new safety measures at a racetrack after a crash, it appears the Ohio State support staff made quick alterations.
“I think they made some adjustments with the locker so something like that will never happen again,” Sprinkle said. The culprit was “a little corner piece in the locker, and our facility guys fixed it so everything’s cool now.”
Jones, meanwhile, with a long wrap covering his stitched cut, will sit out his second straight game Saturday when Ohio State meets Maryland at Ohio Stadium. Coach Urban Meyer said the hope is to have him back for the game at Nebraska next week.
Progress on the line
Blowout wins the past three weeks have allowed the offensive line to develop depth, line coach Greg Studrawa said.
Trusted backups now include Brady Taylor (center), Matt Burrell (guard) and especially freshman Thayer Munford (tackle).
“(Munford’s) ability to go in there and play tackle as a freshman; my gosh, that’s been unbelievable to me,” Studrawa said. “I try to get him in as much as I can.”
Price kept his cool
Billy Price moved on quickly from the romp at Rutgers, focusing on Maryland.
But when he met with the media Wednesday he still was asked about that moment in the third quarter when a Rutgers defensive lineman teed off on him before a snap, knocking him over.
Price’s thoughts, he said, after making them suitable for public consumption, were, “Just get after it the next play, curb your enthusiasm. You’re playing a game of emotion, and there’s a lot of highs and lows to it. You’ve just got to make sure you contain your emotions, then find that right moment and go tee off on that guy, or whoever the case might be.”
Except that the Rutgers player in question “was substituted out the next play, so the poor soul, whoever comes in next, that’s who you’ve just got to tee off on,” Price said.