News and notes from Ohio State's weekly press luncheon:
BELLAMY QUITS: Former starting defensive end Adam Bellamy will not rejoin the Buckeyes because of a personal issue. The junior, who started 10 games for OSU last season and entered fall camp listed as a co-starter at defensive end with Nathan Williams, took a leave from the team last month.
Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel recently said he hoped Bellamy would return. But Meyer said today that door is closed.
“He just lost his love of the game of football and didn't want to play anymore,” Meyer said. “A year ago, he went through a very similar situation. He's a great kid. I love his family. Good people. We wish him well.”
WILLIAMS VEERS OFF COURSE: After Nathan Williams allowed Miami quarterback Zac Dysert to slip out of his grasp early Saturday, he vowed it would not happen again.
So did Vrabel — but for a different reason.
Turns out, the OSU senior defensive end was perhaps a bit too anxious in his first action since suffering a major knee injury in last year’s opener. Assigned to cover the running back on the play in question, he instead took the opportunity to pursue Dysert.
“No, he didn’t see the opportunity,” Vrabel said, laughing. “He did not do what he’s supposed to do. There was no opportunity. That’s one of those classic double-minuses. You get a minus for not doing your job and a minus for missing the sack.”
Does Williams have the flexibility to make an executive decision?
“To not cover the back?” Vrabel said. “No. God love him, he can tell you whatever he wants. But he knows he’s supposed to cover the back.”
In all, however, it was a successful return for Williams, who played about 30 snaps Saturday. Look for him to return to his old starting role by Week 3 against California.
“He was very sore yesterday,” Meyer said. “I'll see them today, but I would anticipate that the rust is officially knocked off him and we'll be ready to go. He was in a good mindset after that game.”
BENNETT QUESTIONABLE: Williams was officially listed as a backup behind sophomore J.T. Moore on the latest depth chart. Michael Bennett is third-string as he battles a nagging groin strain. Bennett was set to start Saturday but aggravated the injury during warm-ups and was unavailable. His status for Saturday against Central Florida remains unclear.
MEWHORT EARNS 'A': Meyer singled out left tackle and St. John's Jesuit graduate Jack Mewhort among the handful of players who graded as "champions" Saturday. "Three knockdowns, very physical, played very good," Meyer said.