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Urban Meyer spent Monday's first full team practice at Ohio State not watching what players did so much as looking at their faces.
Meyer, hired to take over the NCAA-sanctioned program last November, said by looking inside his players' facemasks he could tell who was really working hard - and who was just trying to get by.
Average, he said, won't be tolerated on this year's Buckeyes. It'll be up to him and his staff to motivate those who just settle for average into reaching for something more.
The Buckeyes need to be a lot better than last year's 6-7 record. They return eight starters on defense and seven on offense and, with an NCAA bowl ban, have only 12 games to turn the program around.
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The first day of full-squad training camp Monday allowed Urban Meyer his first chance to have the whole 2012 Ohio State football team together. For Meyer, it wasn't just about his own return or his shiny new toys and their shiny silver helmets. It was about what his toy collection might look like a Christmas -- er, Signing Day -- or two from now.
2011 Record: (6-7, 3-5 in Big Ten)
Head Coach: Urban Meyer (First year at Ohio State, 104-23 All-Time)
Last Bowl Game: 2011 season Gator Bowl: lost to Florida 24-17
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Must Win: 9/1 vs Miami (OH), 9/8 vs UCF, 9/22 vs UAB, 10/13 at Indiana
Revenge: 9/29 at Mich St, 10/6 vs Nebraska, 10/20 vs Purdue, 10/27...
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