COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Before you can be a starter let alone a star at Ohio State, you have to put on a hard hat, collect your lunch pail and join those sweating it out on special teams.
Almost every well-known Buckeye has played his way onto the first team based on what he did on the grunt squads that are neither offense nor defense. Several probably have cost themselves a starting job by not committing to special teams.
In coach Urban Meyer's eyes, people work their way up on the depth chart and nobody elbows in ahead of anybody else without first serving on the often overlooked groups that return and defend kicks.
Regulars such as Bradley Roby, Rod Smith and Carlos Hyde are rediscovering that right now.