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Indiana coach: Ohio State weaknesses are tough to find

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When Indiana coaches started looking for weaknesses in Ohio State’s game, someone beheld a Buckeyes’ punter Cameron Johnston wasn’t listed among a NCAA leaders during his position. So he contingency not be unequivocally good, right?

Turned out that Johnston hadn’t punted adequate this year to even be listed in a NCAA stats. Johnston has punted usually 11 times in 4 games, though his normal — 50.6 — is among a best in a nation.

So most for that.

“I don’t know if you’re a good punter if you’d wish to go to Ohio State, to tell we a truth, since they don’t use him,” Indiana manager Kevin Wilson quipped this week.

In other words, a weaknesses are unequivocally tough to find.

Fresh from an overtime dissapoint of Michigan State final week, Indiana (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) visits Columbus on Saturday to play No. 2 Ohio State (4-0, 1-0) whose weapons are so numerous, Wilson said, that credentials is difficult.

“They play a lot of guys and they play hard,” Wilson said. “There’s a lot of talent and a good rival suggestion on that team.”

Other things to watch for when Indiana visits Ohio State:

CONFIDENCE BOOST: Indiana receiver Mitchell Paige pronounced a team’s certainty turn was high even before a Hoosiers knocked off Michigan State in OT. If a Hoosiers can kick Michigan State, because not a Buckeyes?

“We’re starting to see we can do some things when we listen to coaching, know some-more diversion devise — there was a lot of unequivocally good film investigate final week — meaningful accurately what we were perplexing to do,” pronounced Paige, who is tied for a group lead with 18 receptions for 217 yards and got his initial TD of a deteriorate final week.

“We can build on that this week and get even a small bit better. We’ll usually be some-more assured and give ourselves a genuine possibility on Saturday,” Paige said.

Wideouts Nick Westbrook (18 receptions, 370 yards, 4 TDs) and Ricky Jones (16 receptions, 350 yards, one TD) also will be competing for quarterback Richard Lagow’s courtesy Saturday.

IT STARTS WITH JT: Ohio State manager Urban Meyer has mostly pronounced that Tim Tebow, his Heisman trophy-winning quarterback during Florida, is a bullion customary for group leaders.

Meyer pronounced this week that quarterback J.T. Barrett is “very close” to Tebow standing in terms of care qualities.

“Yeah, J.T., in his possess way, is accurately on a same turn as Tim, and those are dual chosen leaders,” Meyer said. “There are some other guys, but, yeah, J.T. is positively during that level.”

Barrett pronounced he’s respected that Meyer would speak about him and Tebow in a same conversation.

“I consider there’s something with good players, we can tell that all is so personal,” Barrett said. “And we consider when we watched (Tebow) play he was ardent and all was personal to him. Everything mattered, each small thing, too, it all mattered and was personal to him, and that’s because he was so fun to watch.”

Same with Barrett?

“I’m removing there,” he said.

LANDERS RISING: Among a many pleasing surprises for Ohio State this deteriorate is an small redshirt beginner defensive tackle named Robert Landers.

Generously listed as 6-foot-1 and 285 pounds, Landers — from long-lived state powerhouse Huber Heights Wayne — leads a group with 5 tackles for a detriment and is tied for seventh in a Big Ten with 1.25 tackles for a detriment per game.

Typically giving adult several inches and 20 pounds or some-more to descent linemen, Landers is discerning and means to use his low core of sobriety as precedence opposite incomparable men.

“I’m a small brief for my size, though it plays to my advantage,” he said, observant that defensive line manager Larry Johnson likes to impute to him as “gravity challenged.”

Said Meyer: “You can’t have a whole defensive line like that, though he creates massacre in there.”

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