As is his custom, Parris Campbell accompanied Johnnie Dixon, his close friend and fellow Ohio State receiver, to interviews yesterday, but Campbell quickly became the object of the questions.

That’s because the hybrid back had to miss last week’s trip to Iowa and the blowout loss due to a “head injury” — as he put it — suffered early in the win over Penn State the week before. He has been cleared to return to action Saturday at Ohio Stadium against Michigan State.

“It’s a really helpless feeling, because I was here in Columbus, Ohio, forced to watch the game in my apartment,” Campbell said. “It was just a helpless feeling, knowing my guys were going through that.”

Campbell said he is back 100 percent as OSU prepares to take on the Spartans for the Big Ten East lead. Being one of the nine team captains, he also has gauged the demeanor of the group.

“I can see it, we’re just a pissed-off, hungry team right now,” Campbell said. “Coming off that loss, it was just a shocking feeling for everybody. And I think the mentality right now is ‘win out’ and worry about this week. We’ve just got to beat Michigan State; that’s the goal.”

Make that all three

When coach Urban Meyer’s son, Nate, signed a national letter intent Wednesday to play baseball at Cincinnati, that gave Meyer and his wife, Shelley, a family hat trick. Their two daughters signed letters of intent years ago to play college volleyball: Nicole at Georgia Tech and Gigi at Florida Gulf Coast.

Urban Meyer called it a “good morning,” and his pride started late Tuesday when he got home and saw Nate’s report card from Watterson showing “straight A’s again, too.”

As a father, he said he considers himself “very lucky.” But he added that when it comes to credit for the academic and athletic success of his children, “that’s our third one. Nate’s mom did a really good job.”

Grimes still with family

Meyer said freshman receiver Trevon Grimes, who took a leave of absence from the team more than a month ago to return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to be with his family as an unspecified member deals with a health issue, is still there. Meyer said Grimes is keeping up with his classes online.

Asked whether Grimes, a five-star member of the 2017 recruiting class, intends to return, Meyer said: “I think so.”

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