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Good news, bad news

October 6, 2010
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

COLUMBUS (AP) - What's brewing with the 2010 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: On the injury front, there was good news and awful news.

Yes, QB Terrelle Pryor should be good to go on Saturday when the Buckeyes host Indiana (noon, ESPN).

But DB Tyler Moeller suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will undergo season-ending surgery. Coach Jim Tressel detailed the situations for both during his weekly news conference on Tuesday.

''Sunday we did a little bit of drills and weight lifting and all that, so we didn't really test it, per se,'' he said of Pryor's strained left thigh muscle. ''(Monday) was our day off and he was in doing his film study and his rehab and all. I would expect every day he'll get closer to 100 percent. I don't know who's 100 percent after five games that has as much wear and tear as a guy that has his hands on the ball, but I think he'll be fine.''

Tressel said he handled the final quarter of the Illinois game, a 24-13 victory, much as he did a year ago when Pryor had an injured knee that limited his ability to run.

''You always have to have in your bag of tricks ... things for a quarterback that's not as mobile,'' he said. ''We kind of went through that last year. Those last three games, we didn't have the mobility at that position, but we always say that that position first and foremost has to make good decisions, which he won't be hampered at, he's got to keep us from turnovers and he has to make big plays. Now, maybe some of those big plays won't be done as much with the feet, but we can still do them with the arm. So we'll go in with the whole gamut like we always do.''

Moeller missed last year after a head injury. Tressel said Ohio State would immediately pursue a sixth year due to medical hardship from the NCAA.

''It's really disappointing because he had a similar injury sometime before his head injury,'' Tressel said. ''He was giving us 30 plays a game and just caught a guy the wrong way and that not-all-the-way-rehabbed injury just couldn't handle that. You just feel terrible about it. You just feel sick for him because you saw the pain he was in last year not being able to help his teammates and now he was having fun. So, yeah, it's very disappointing and obviously it hurts us.''

Tressel also said that TE Jake Stoneburner, who did not travel with the team last week because of a high ankle sprain, would be evaluated later this week.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Tressel, on finding enough carries for his many talented TBs: ''I wish we had more balls.'' After a hesitation and some nervous laughter, he added, ''That sounds terrible. Man, I am getting old. But you know what I'm saying.''

WEEKLY WHIZZES: The coaching staff selects the top players from each week's games. Here are the latest honorees:

LB Brian Rolle, with 10 tackles, a pass breakup and two QB hurries, was the defensive player of the week. TB Dan Herron, with 95 yards rushing and the game-clinching TD, took the offensive award. Punter Ben Buchanan, who battled blustery conditions, was the player of the week on the special units.

FB Zach Boren was chosen as the top lineman of the week, Tressel said, because he spent so much of the day blocking up front. Cameron Heyward was the top attacker on defense.

The scout team players of the week were OL Chris Malone, DB Zach Domicone and WR Chris Roark.