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Two-Minute Drill: Fickell Preps for Miami
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Buckeyes are 2-0 heading to Miami (Fla.) for a high-profile showdown with the Hurricanes.

Both teams are batting through some adversity right now. Ohio State Head Coach Luke Fickell spoke about his team Tuesday during the weekly press luncheon.

Quarterbacks

  • Fickell said he doesn't have any regrets about not playing Miller against Toledo because he was dinged up during the week and missed practice time.
  • Fickell then said Miller did practice Thursday and the injury was not the reason he didn’t get in the game.
  • Fickell said they still had a plan to get Braxton Miller in the game Saturday, but the important thing was to communicate with him.
  • Fickell said Miller doesn't have a headset on because they want to "give him the play" instead of him hearing all the other mumbo jumbo.
  • They want Miller to be a visual learner. They want him paying attention to what's going on out there and learn from watching.

Suspended Players

  • Fickell doesn't know if Jordan Hall, Travis Howard and Corey Brown will be available this week. They haven't been told yet and won't make a guess.
  • Fickell said he was informed last week that the suspended players would be available. Then found out Friday they wouldn't.
  • The players said they didn’t find out until Friday evening.
  • Fickell admitted that when you get that kind of news late, it can be harder on you.
  • Fickell said guard Corey Linsley is back this week from his two-game suspension and will provide depth on the offensive line.

Injury Update

  • Fickell said he isn't sure if Nate Williams will be available for this week, but the players think he will be out there.
  • Fickell said he's not positive on Philly Brown’s yet, but said, “I'm not sure he looks great right now.”

Special Teams

  • Fickell said he would be more concerned about field goals if Drew Basil wasn't handling it the right way.
  • He said they need to put Basil in a situation to get one and get his confidence up. He’s making them in practice.
  • Fickell said special teams comes down to the fundamentals. They want to see improvement from week to week.

Miami

  • Center Michael Brewster and DB Tyler Moeller will serve as Ohio State’s game captains.
  • Fickell said going to Miami going to be an emotional thing for the OSU players from Florida.
  • He also said Miami has a big, physical offense line that might be a strength of their team.
  • Tyler Moeller said Jacory Harris is a great QB, but Ohio State did a great job of getting pressure on him last year.
  • Moeller said that running back Lamar Miller caught his eye during the opener against Maryland.
  • Moeller said being a captain for this game "means everything" to him. He's happy to be here and happy to be healthy.

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