Ohio State tight end: We'll 'welcome' Maryland to Big Ten football

Thursday October 2nd, 2014

Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman said Wednesday the Buckeyes will show Maryland what Big Ten football is during Saturday's game.

Maryland, which joined the conference this year from the ACC, will play its first Big Ten home game after opening conference play on the road against Indiana.

Heuerman said Ohio State will "welcome" Maryland to the conference.

"We're going to go there and we're going to welcome them to the Big Ten," Heuerman said after practice on Wednesday. "We're going to go on the road and it's going to be a big game and we're going to show them what Big Ten football is and hopefully it'll come out in our favor."

Heuerman's welcome sounded maybe 65 percent neighborly, 35 percent like a warning. Told he sounded like someone offering a warm greeting, Heuerman laughed.

"We'll show you what's up," he said with a smile.

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Heuerman has three receptions for 38 yards this season.

The No. 20 Buckeyes are 3-1 this season after a Week 2 loss to Virginia Tech. They defeated Cincinnati 50-28 last week behind quarterback J.T. Barrett's 330 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Maryland enters the game at 4-1 after last week's 37-15 road win against Indiana. Starting quarterback C.J. Brown will be a game-day decision after he injured his left wrist against Indiana.

Saturday's game will be Maryland's first sellout at Byrd Stadium since 2008. The Buckeyes and Terrapins kick off at noon.

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