COLUMBUS, Ohio – After holding its final two practices of the year Friday and Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the Ohio State Buckeyes departed early Sunday morning for Miami, Fla., and the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl.
Two charters filled with team members, support staff and administrators arrived at Miami/Fort Lauderdale Airport about 10:30 a.m. in overcast but warm – mid-to-high 70s – weather. The planes taxied under a water cannon salute and then media and Discover Orange Bowl representatives met the players as they exited the plane.
Head coach Urban Meyer, quarterback Braxton Miller and linebacker Ryan Shazier each spent time with the media upon arrival. Some of their thoughts:
•”It’s [the game] really big for us right now because it is a championship series bowl game. We’re going to come in here and try to do what we can do for the Big Ten and for Ohio State and try to get this W.” – Shazier
•”My main focus is really on the team right now, especially on the game plan. I’ve been watching a lot of film.” – Miller
•”It’s really cool because I know I’ll have family here. Just being back in this atmosphere really means a lot.” – Shazier; who is from Pompano Beach and is one of five Buckeyes from Florida with the others being starting RB Carlos Hyde (Naples), starting TE Jeff Heuerman (Naples), starting DE Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale) and freshman WR James Clarke (New Smyrna Beach).
GO BUCKS!! GO BUCKS!! GO BUCKS!!