After missing the Iowa game with a head injury, Ohio State receiver/kickoff returner Parris Campbell is expected back for Saturday’s game against Michigan State.

“He’s been cleared,” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said on the Big Ten coaches conference call Tuesday afternoon.

Campbell is averaging 36.6 yards per kickoff return, which would rank third nationally if he had enough returns to qualify. He is second on the team in receptions (29) and receiving yards (410) with two touchdowns.

Asked how big a factor not having him against Iowa was, Meyer replied, “Oh it’s big. Obviously, he’s one of the top kick returners in America. He’s such a tough guy and good kid. Any time he’s not out there, it hurts, like with any player.”

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Meyer was also asked whether his team had leadership problems in light of the two lopsided defeats this season and the Buckeyes’ continuing issues with penalties and other mistakes.

“Oh, I don’t think so,” Meyer said. “I think this is one of the better groups I’ve had. It’s perplexing at times because I know they care so much.”

Meyer was blunt about the play of Buckeyes linebackers against Iowa.

“This past week was not good at all,” he said. “Up to this point, they’ve been playing very solid, and sometimes very good. The week before (against Penn State), they played very, very well. This week we did not.”

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