Junior cornerback Bradley Roby said in the spring that this would be his final season at Ohio State, so he will join the seniors who will be introduced Saturday at Ohio Stadium before a game against Indiana.
“He’s clear. We’ve talked. He’s going to move on,” coach Urban Meyer said. Roby is a fourth-year player, and “that’s all you can ask. You don’t ask for five years nowadays.”
Roby pondered leaving for the NFL after last season. He opted to stay but declared during spring practice that he would not return for a fifth year, after redshirting as a freshman. He would become the first fourth-year junior in recent memory to join the seniors for the traditional introduction before the final home game.
One reason is because Meyer does not expect Roby to change his mind.
“It’s not ‘probably,’ and there’s no secret, there’s nothing wrong with that,” Meyer said. “It was ‘Coach, here’s my plan.’ ‘Great , let’s go keep playing,’ and go. I think it’s great for him, and it’s great for Ohio State. We’ve just got to get his degree. I think we’re set to get his degree, too, in the spring.”
Quarterback Braxton Miller and linebacker Ryan Shazier, both third-year juniors, might consider leaving after the season, but after practice both deferred the question.
“I’m not talking about that,” Miller said.
Although Miller would not talk about whether he is going to leave, he did say that he has thought about how he will be remembered.
A win over Indiana would set an Ohio State record of 23 straight victories, beating a mark set from 1967 to ’69. Miller, in his third year as a starter, stands second in total offense (7,244) at Ohio State behind Art Schlichter (8,850), who started four seasons from 1978 to ’81.
“It goes down in the history books, but all that matters is what you do at the end,” Miller said. “As long as you have a good year through the whole year and finish strong, and hopefully go to the BCS national championship (game). Numbers like that (total offense mark), I don’t really pay attention to until you guys bring it up.”
But to be in the record books down the line does matter to him, he said, because one aspires “to leave a good legacy, and make sure people remember what you did for the university and the football side. … When I come back 10 years from now, people will be talking about this same team that I was on, so it will be an honor and a blessing.”
Linebacker Joshua Perry (head), linebacker Curtis Grant (ankle) and defensive end Joey Bosa (neck), who missed all or part of last week’s game against Purdue, are expected to play this week, Meyer said. Grant was the only one that Meyer labeled as still slightly questionable, but he practiced yesterday.