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thelantern www.thelantern.com upcoming Thursday Women’s Soccer v. Missouri 7pm @ Columbus

Friday Women’s Volleyball v. Dayton 11am @ Bowling Green, Ky. Women’s Volleyball v. IUPUI 5pm @ Bowling Green, Ky. Men’s Soccer v. San Diego 7:30pm @ San Diego, Calif.

Saturday Football v. Central Florida 12pm @ Columbus Women’s Volleyball v. Western Kentucky 1:30pm @ Bowling Green, Ky.

SUnday, Sept. 9 Men’s Soccer v. San Diego State 1pm @ San Diego, Calif. Field Hockey v. Miami (Ohio) 1pm @ Columbus Women’s Soccer v. Duquesne 6pm @ Columbus

Monday, Sept. 10

‘Big Hank’ ready to sink teeth into UCF Andrew Holleran Photo editor holleran.9@osu.edu Johnathan Hankins transformed his body this offseason to make himself a more versatile threat on the defensive line, but he didn’t have much of a chance to showcase his newfound flexibility last Saturday against Miami (Ohio). No one on the Buckeyes’ front four was really able to display his talents against the Redhawks, but this week’s matchup against Central Florida could be different. In OSU’s season opener, the Miami offense took the Buckeyes’ pass rush out of the game’s equation. Miami senior quarterback Zac Dysert got the ball out quickly, using a three-step drop and rolling out of the pocket on the plays when he didn’t fire a pass two seconds after receiving the snap. OSU’s defensive line wasn’t tested much in the run game either, with Miami totaling only 20 attempts on the ground for -1 yards. The Buckeyes had just two tackles for loss — a sack apiece from freshman defensive ends Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington — in Saturday afternoon’s contest. But defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said OSU’s defensive front wasn’t aggravated during the game. “I think when you get frustrated, you don’t play hard.” Vrabel said. “Our guys played hard.” You get a different answer if you ask Hankins, the 322-pound junior defensive tackle who lost about 20 pounds this offseason to become more of a threat rushing the passer and chasing down running backs. “It was pretty frustrating that they didn’t even run the ball as much as I thought,” Hankins said. “I had two tackles, and those two tackles, I made sure once I got there I would deliver a blow.” Frustrating or not, it was clear to the OSU players what Miami was trying to do Saturday. “They were getting (the ball) off pretty quick, but they schemed us very well,” said senior captain and defensive lineman John Simon. “The O-line protected them pretty well, and the quarterback had pretty good awareness getting rid of the ball whenever anyone got close.”

Men’s Golf: Marshall Invitational, Rounds 1&2 All day @ Huntington, W. Va.

OSU men’s soccer swats injury bug

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Kaily Cunningham Lantern reporter cunningham.572@osu.edu

Men’s Golf: Marshall Invitational, Round 3 All day @ Huntington, W. Va.

Top 25 College Football Poll

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Alabama (1-0) USC (1-0) LSU (1-0) Oregon (1-0) Oklahoma (1-0) Florida State (1-0) Georgia (1-0) Arkansas (0-1) South Carolina (1-0) West Virginia (1-0) Michigan State (1-0) Clemson (1-0) Wisconsin (1-0) OHIO STATE (1-0) Virginia Tech (1-0) Nebraska (1-0) Texas (1-0) Oklahoma State (1-0) Michigan (0-1) TCU (0-0) Kansas State (1-0) Notre Dame (1-0) Louisville (1-0) Florida (1-0) Stanford (1-0)

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OSU junior defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins bursts through the line of scrimmage during the Buckeyes’ Sept. 1 game against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-10. It isn’t hard to see why Miami’s offensive strategy focused on making sure the Buckeyes’ defensive line didn’t blow up too many of their plays. Of all OSU’s units, the defensive line might be the most polished and talented. Simon was a preseason All-American, and many experts project Hankins to be a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. There is hardly a drop-off in talent when considering senior nose tackle Garrett Goebel, one of the team’s five captains. The same can be said for senior defensive end Nathan Williams, who had five sacks and 12 tackles for loss in 2010. And don’t forget about Spence and Washington, two of the most heavily recruited players from the 2012 high school class. But against the Redhawks, those six players had just a combined 11 tackles. Against UCF Saturday, Hankins’ work, along with that of his teammates, could be on full display for fans to see. “I’m definitely more excited,” Hankins said of Saturday’s game against the Knights. “(The UCF)

offense showed that they like to run the ball, and (use) play action. So (their quarterback) is going to be in the pocket a bit longer, and have the ball a bit longer.” After watching tape from UCF’s first game against Akron, Vrabel said he thinks the defensive line should be more effective this week, too. “There’ll be times where we can rush the passer and play the run,” Vrabel said. “(UCF) showed at Akron the ability to run the football and wear Akron out and down. We’ll have to be prepared for that.” The Knights’ offense is the type of offense Hankins said he loves to play against: run-heavy with a quarterback that doesn’t move around too much. It’s tough to blame him for thinking that way, especially after all the calorie watching and conditioning drills he said he did over the summer. “I’m definitely going to be ready and sink my teeth into this game,” Hankins said. OSU’s game against UCF is scheduled to kick off at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

One-handed catch to rule them all OSU sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith hauls in a one-handed grab for a touchdown during the 2nd quarter of the Buckeyes’ Sept. 1 game against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-10.

The Ohio State Buckeyes men’s soccer team is on the verge of getting healthy — finally. OSU (1-2-1) has gotten contributions from players that have recently returned from injury and, with one notable exception, more players are expected to rejoin the team. Coach John Bluem, who will start working previously injured players back into the lineup, told The Lantern he is looking forward to having a healthy team back together. “We’re not completely injury free,” Bluem said. “We’re a little bit nicked up right now. Guys are returning from injuries, but it has slowed down our ability to have everybody fit and ready to contribute at times.” Bluem is especially concerned about senior defender Ben Killian, who fractured a bone in his foot. “Ben will probably red shirt this year,” Bluem said. “He broke his fifth metatarsal . That’s a tough injury to come back from. He might be able to rejoin us for practices in late October but his fitness will not be good enough to play.” Visit thelantern.com to read the rest of this story.

Andrew Holleran / Photo editor

Urban eruption: Meyer fires back at Orlando Sentinel reporter EVAN SPEYER Senior Lantern reporter speyer.10@osu.edu Things got heated between Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and one reporter Tuesday afternoon during the Big Ten coaches teleconference. Meyer, who won his debut and the Buckeyes’ season-opener against Miami (Ohio), 56-10, on Saturday, discussed the team’s performance, its next opponent, Central Florida, and when it might expect injured running back Jordan Hall to return to action.

Andrew Holleran / Photo editor

OSU football coach Urban Meyer fields questions from members of the media Sept. 3 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

It’s not always sunny in the Sunshine State The teleconference got a little tense when Mike Bianchi, a sports columnist from the Orlando Sentinel, told Meyer that some Florida fans are still upset that he left Gainesville, Fla., for Columbus, and that those fans might be rooting for UCF this Saturday. Rather than brush the comment off, Meyer said Bianchi’s information was wrong. “Your facts are, not surprisingly, incorrect,” Meyer told the reporter. After the exchange, Bianchi tweeted from his Twiiter account,

@BianchiWrites, “Just asked #UrbanMeyer on teleconference about #Gators fan rooting against him Saturday against UCF and he got a bit snippy.” Meyer coached at Florida for six seasons before leaving the program in 2010, citing health issues. He worked as a college football commentator and analyst for ESPN the following year and was hired as OSU’s coach in November 2011. Meyer said he would always be a Gator. “I love Florida,” he said. “And I will always love Florida.” Formidable Knights After moving four spots up in the latest Associated Press college football poll, the No. 14 Buckeyes are scheduled to host UCF Saturday at noon in Ohio Stadium. The Knights won their opener against Akron, 56-14, last weekend and received four votes in this week’s AP poll. Meyer said the coaching staff is having some trouble simulating UCF’s game plan, as the footage from their first game will likely be different from what OSU sees this Saturday. Visit thelantern.com to read the rest of this article.

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