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Special Teams Hardly Special So Far

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel was praising his defense following Saturday's win against Miami (Fla.) because it allowed the Buckeyes to emerge victorious despite allowing two touchdowns in special teams. This week, the Buckeyes are working to improve an area of their game that has been troubling in the early going this season.

Ohio State is so serious about improving its play on special teams that a starting running back could find new work as a gunner on the coverage teams. That was the message from linebackers coach Luke Fickell, who also oversees the team's punt coverage team. Junior running back Dan Herron, who goes by "Boom," could have a more expanded role this weekend as the Buckeyes try to shore up their...

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