COLUMBUS (AP) -- What's brewing with the 2011 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Just back from his NFL-mandated, NCAA-prescribed suspension, current Oakland Raiders and former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor sat down for an interview with 97.3-FM The Fan in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Here are the highlights from the Pittsburgh native, who helped shake the Buckeyes football program to the core by getting involved in several aspects of behavior that the NCAA later investigated:
He said the Raiders are trying to work him in slowly.
"We're just trying to go get ready and practice. That's what I am looking forward to being with my teammates. I see how hard they work and I am just waiting for an opportunity to practice with them and get some reps in and that's it. Just working hard with them guys."
Pryor is NOT being tried out at WR.
"They are not going to do that. It is what it is. Right now I'm at a quarterback position and they may have some wildcat packages or whatever the case may be. I will be at quarterback and I will be a very effective one."
Is he following Ohio State football and what does he think when he watches the games?
"In a way it hurts me. I know I should be on the field helping them guys for the mistakes that I have made, but I am not perfect. No one is perfect. I never met anyone that has been perfect and I always say when I do meet that person that is perfect I am going to learn from that guy, but until that day I am learning from my mistakes and I am going to take it as a man.
"Right now it saddens me. I get sad sometimes watching the guys because I know I can be on the field helping them guys, but I can't think about that right now. I am on the next page and trying to take care of business. I hope all the success for them guys and I pray for them and hope they turn some things around."
Is there anything in his college career that he regrets?
"There's a lot of things we wish we could have back. It's just like me throwing an interception and I'm on the sidelines thinking, 'Dang I wish I got that play back!' But the play is over. You can't have the next day back, so just to answer your question I don't really think like that. I think God put me in this position to be where I am at right now.
"I can't be in a better place learning from Jason Campbell and having one of the best coaches in my opinion that I have ever had in Hue Jackson. I learned a lot from him and I just feel god put me in this position and this is where I am going to be successful at in Raiders Nation."
And, finally, had he met Al Davis and what did he think of the Raiders' owner's death last week?
"I talked to him a couple of times a week. Once a week at least. It was just talking to a legend like that. Him just passing away . it sucked."
VRABEL ON THE DEFENSE: LBs coach and former Buckeye Mike Vrabel said after Wednesday's practice that someone on the defense must make plays.
"You've got to get stops. You've got to make them punt the football. That's your job as a defensive coach and a defensive player," he said. "We're going to do that. We've addressed those issues. We've talked to the guys. We're looking forward to showing ourselves we've gotten better."
MILLER NOT HINDERED: QBs coach Nick Siciliano said after Wednesday's workout that he didn't see QB Braxton Miller hobbled or slowed at all by the ankle sprain he sustained against Nebraska.
"I don't see any limitations right now," Siciliano said.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Illinois coach Ron Zook on Ohio State: "This is a team that's very, very dangerous. It's a team that's got their backs against the wall, and I think we'll see everything that they've got." The Buckeyes play at Illinois at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday.
CRICK OUT: No. 14 Nebraska has lost defensive tackle Jared Crick for the season with a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the game against Ohio State.
Coach Bo Pelini disclosed the severity of the injury Wednesday as the Huskers (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) head into their bye week.
Crick, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound senior, Neb., was seventh on the defense with 22 tackles this season, including a sack. He ranks eighth on the Nebraska career sacks list with 20, including 9.5 in 2009 and again in 2010.
Pelini said losing Crick was a tough blow but he believes Crick has a bright future in pro football.