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Now 'Piranhas' take their place with Buckeyes

Associated Press Published: October 8, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: So, the punt-block team is called "The Freak Show." And now the Ohio State guys who line up on defense on kickoffs are "The Piranhas."

"Coach (Kerry) Coombs calls them that because they're not big enough to be sharks," head coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

So far, the unit is doing a fine job — even though Coombs kids them about their height.

"They can't be sharks yet, because they're this tall," he said with a laugh, holding his hand about 4 feet or so off the floor. "They have to be piranhas. We like to say that when kids go after a guy with the ball, it's like sharks to blood. But with this group, they're like piranhas. Just because they're midgets."

That unit includes seven true freshmen who race down the field with wild abandon, attempting to knock down anyone who gets in their way — blockers, teammates, maybe even the ballcarrier.

"They're an awful lot of fun to coach," Coombs said.

Meyer singled out freshmen DBs Devan Bogard, Armani Reeves and Najee Murray, sophomore DB Adam Griffin and fifth-year senior DB Zach Domicone as the top players on the unit.

They do not take it personally.

"I thought Sharks was a good name," Domicone said. "But the more that he broke it down and explained why we were Piranhas instead of Sharks, I think it's fitting."

Asked if the Piranhas could become Sharks by the end of the season, Coombs laughed and said, "I don't know if they're going to get a lot bigger."

INJURY UPDATE: LB Etienne Sabino will miss at least three weeks and possibly more with a broken bone in his leg.

"It's a tremendous blow," Meyer said of the injury. "He's a very good player, but it goes farther beyond that. I made a comment a couple weeks ago that Sabino's like a son (to the coaches) and a brother to (the players). He's an incredible human being. I love that guy. He's hurting."

Meyer said Sabino has already had surgery to insert a plate to hold the broken fibula.

QUOTABLE: A TV reporter told Meyer on Monday about a Zanesville, Ohio, couple with the surname Miller who named their daughter Braxtin "to make it more girly."

Meyer was asked what that said about the devotion of fans of famous QBs.

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