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Lots of native Buckeyes suiting up for Spartans

Associated Press Published: September 28, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: Michigan State has 28 players from Ohio. Ohio State has two — RT Reid Fragel and DL Johnathan Hankins — from Michigan.

Annually, there's a lot of talk about the native Buckeyes who were either overlooked or unrecruited by Ohio State.

Spartans coach Mark Dantonio says it works in both directions.

"Reid Fragel and Hankins are both guys from the state of Michigan. I'm sure they'll be ready to play as well," Dantonio said. "I think it goes back the other way, as well."

Fragel, a native of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., agrees. Saturday's 3:30 p.m. start at Spartan Stadium is one of the highlights of his year.

"That's a game I've been looking forward to for a while," he said of the impending clash with the Spartans. "Obviously, it's my home state. I have some friends and family who'll be at the game. That in itself will be cool. At the same time, it's a team I kind of watched growing up. It's a game I've had circled for a while on my schedule."

Dantonio, a native of Zanesville, said the emigres just add to the rivalry.

"It makes it an even more exciting atmosphere because when you are from that state or you are from this state, then you have your entire families (involved)," he said. "There's a lot going on there in terms of a lot of people that you know, things of that nature. You sort of play for respect from those areas. I'm sure it will be exciting on both sides."

SLEEPING IN: After four noon starts to open the season, the Buckeyes must get accustomed to a 3:30 kickoff at Michigan State on Saturday.

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