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Ohio State getting getting two defensive starters back for Michigan

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Starting linebacker Curtis Grant is expected back in the lineup when Ohio State plays Michigan on Saturday. (USATSI)
Starting LB Curtis Grant is expected back in the lineup when Ohio State plays Michigan. (USATSI)

Ohio State needs just one win to complete back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, and the Buckeyes will be as healthy as they have been in weeks when they hit field against Michigan on Saturday.

Urban Meyer said Monday that starting linebacker Curtis Grant and starting cornerback Doran Grant should be healthy and back in the lineup for the annual rivalry game. Curtis Grant missed the last two games with an ankle injury and back issues, while Doran Grant missed the second half against Indiana due to an unspecified injury.

"We didn't feel like he was quite ready, and we've got to get him back," Meyer said Monday. "I think Curtis Grant will be good to go, which we'll need him in this game."

According to Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises, Meyer talked extensively about how injuries have affected special teams and forced young players into action earlier than expected.

"Every team is dealing with injuries, but to see some young people are stepping up, I'm glad we recruited well, and I like the young players we have," Meyer said.

The injury to Doran Grant, specifically, forced true freshman cornerback Cam Burrows into the game against the Hoosiers because backup sophomore Armani Reeves was already out with an injury. Meyer also indicated Monday that Reeves is "going to be fine" for Saturday's game against the Wolverines.

With Baylor's loss to Oklahoma State last weekend, Ohio State is sitting alone in the on-deck circle to the BCS title game. If Alabama or Florida State stumble in the final two weeks before selection Sunday, the Buckeyes will be in position to move up if they continue their unbeaten streak under Meyer. First comes Michigan on Saturday, then Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 7.

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