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Buckeye Football Notebook: 'If it's going to happen, it's going to happen now'
By Tony Gerdeman

Before Kevin Wilson was a head coach at Indiana, he spent some time as an offensive line coach at both Miami (Ohio) and Oklahoma. He continues to put that experience to use as a coordinator, just as Ed Warinner did a year ago while coaching tight ends, and the players are better off because of it.

"He actually has an offensive line background, which I didn’t know," said Buckeye center Billy Price. "So when the tight ends are doing special teams or doing passing stuff he’s working with us directly. Today he was on my case a little bit about something. He is an offensive coordinator so he is responsible for us as a head, and he’s doing a really good job with us. He’s helping Isaiah (Prince), he’s helping Jamarco (Jones), myself. You’ve got to take a great player to be an elite player. It’s having that support system and the role models around you and he’s doing a fantastic job of bringing values here."

The Buckeyes have to replace strong safety Malik Hooker this season, and that process has been going on for about a year now. Ohio State currently has six scholarship safeties in Damon Webb, Erick Smith, Jordan Fuller, Jahsen Wint, Wayne Davis, and Isaiah Pryor, and five of them are vying to replace somebody who might very well be irreplaceable.

The two best safeties are going to play, with Webb expected to be one of those two. That leaves five guys vying for one starting spot.

"He’s going a good job," defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said of Erick Smith. "He’s right in the middle of that competition. It is a competition.

Being a senior, Erick Smith is the favorite, but he has to get moving.

"This is it," Shiano said of Smith. "It’s not his fault, but he’s had some unfortunate injury history, but if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen now."

And if it doesn't happen, there is always Jordan Fuller.

"Oh, big time," Schiano said when asked if Fuller was in the mix. "Again, there’s no rule that if they all three play at a high level or somebody else does, that you can’t play more than two."

When people found out that Chris Worley had moved to middle linebacker, the question that everyone asked -- including Urban Meyer -- was whether or not he his body would be able to handle the physical pounding given that he's not the biggest guy.

Worley, who was listed at 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds last year has now bulked up to 230 pounds according to the spring roster. That spring roster -- it turns out -- is a couple of Bahama Mamas short.

"Last year, honestly, the stat book where they had my weight was kind of wrong," Worley said. "They had me at 228. I was about 235, 236 last year playing. I’m trying to stay around that weight. I don’t want to get too heavy or too light. Coach Mick tried to keep me around there, but sometimes I go a little heavier and I’ve got to bring it back down. Right now with spring ball here I’m trying to feel what I’m comfortable at. Today I was about 240 and I feel good, but we’ll see as the year goes by."

And if you were curious, Raekwon McMillan played last year at 6-foot-2 and 243 pounds, so maybe you can relax a little bit now if you want.

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