San Diego State quarterbacks coach Brian Sipe is an Ohio legend from his days as the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns' “Kardiac Kids” in the early 1980s, but it was a Michigan man who gave him his current job.
The Buckeyes will host San Diego State today. The game starts at 3:30 p.m.
Sipe, in his fifth year at his alma mater as an assistant coach, was hired by Michigan head coach Brady Hoke when he was the Aztecs’ head coach.
“It’s been a steep learning curve,” Sipe said on a teleconference earlier this week. “I had been away from this level of offensive planning and coordinating for a long time. The first couple of years were rough, but I’m comfortable now.”
Sipe was known for his late-game heroics when he was with the Browns from 1974-1983.
•Shazier still improving: Linebacker Ryan Shazier, who had a sports hernia repaired last spring, is still not back to 100 percent, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said on his weekly radio call-in show.
“Shazier is still not quite where he was at the end of last year, but he’s getting better,” Meyer said.
•Freshmen who impressed: Meyer said defensive lineman Joey Bosa was “probably the best of the freshmen” in the opener against Buffalo.
“He and (running back/receiver) Dontre Wilson are the two guys who just went and performed,” he said. “Dontre had a major error when he put the ball on the ground.”
•Alternate uniforms: Meyer confirmed that Ohio State will wear alternate uniforms against Michigan, or as he put it, “in our rivalry.”
•Sacking the quarterback: Ohio State had only one sack against Buffalo, a number Meyer would like to go up this week.
“I would anticipate getting a little more pressure this week. I think we need more sacks, and I think we have the personnel to do it,” he said.
By Jim Naveau - The Lima News, Ohio (MCT)
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