Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/15/11

Often times, “bulletin board” material comes back to bite the behind of the person who says it.

This is not one of those times. Earlier this week, Ohio State redshirt freshman Bradley Roby described Illinois senior wideout A.J. Jenkins as “not that special.”

Roby, a freshman who was an afterthought recruit (he’s from the same high school as former Buckeyes star DL Cameron Heyward, and lacked a ton of offers from major schools) talked smack about Jenkins, the nation’s leader in receiving yards and a Biletnikoff Award front-runner.

Chutzpah to say the least!

Apparently Roby said it in a more casual manner; he wasn’t attempting braggadocio. And he took some flak for it.

“I caught grief, cuz you got to stay positive when talking to the media because ya’all sping out of the way I meant it, but it’s okay. It’s all in fun,” Roby said after Ohio State won 17-7.

Jenkins had a decent day, 8 catches for 80 yards. But it was way below his average (136 yards per game, third most in the nation) and Jenkins’ fumble set up an OSU touchdown. Roby recorded his first career fumble recovery on that play when Tyler Moeller forced the fumble from Jenkins hands.

Bradley Roby also intercepted his third pass of the season in the third quarter, setting up Ohio State’s first touchdown. In other words, he backed up his trash talk. Ohio State forced Illinois to punt on all five possessions in the first half; a dominant defensive performance.

“That’s their best offensive weapon, and when he doesn’t get in the end zone, I think that’s a good job,”
Roby said of Jenkins.

Luke Fickell, said he didn’t know about the comment. He also talked about winning despite gaining just 228 yards of total offense, and completing one pass.

“It didn’t really matter to me. The game plan was the win. And however we had to do it, we were ready to do it.”

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