Two-Minute Drill: Fickell’s Thursday Updates
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Luke Fickell met with the media Thursday for the final time before his team’s week-two matchup against Toledo.
The Rockets will have a walk-through at Ohio Stadium Friday evening, but here is what Fickell had to say two days before the game.
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- Fickell said they haven't made any stipulations publicly on what they will do with the suspended players.
- All three players—Jordan Hall, Travis Howard and Corey Brown—will be available, but they aren’t going to overlook the contributions of the guys who filled in for them.
- Fickell said he wants to show confidence in those guys rather than putting them back on the bench.
- Tailbacks Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith have still done a good job this week of jumping in on scout team when needed. Fickell said he loves their attitude.
- Redshirt soph. RB Jaamal Berry will have a role this week and it might be starting out on kick return. His hamstring is supposed to be 100%, but they plan to ease him back in after all the time he missed.
- Fickell said the new system of having Stan Drayton and Dick Tressel on the field and Nick Siciliano up in the booth went smoothly the first week.
- Fickell said having phones and being able to communicate through headsets makes communication easier.
- Fickell said sometimes you don't want young QBs to have headsets because you don't want them hearing everything that's being said.
- Fickell said he hasn't looked ahead at Toledo's schedule and hasn't really looked ahead at Ohio State's either.
- He said he hopes his players don't even know who they play next week, but that young teams are less likely to look ahead.
- Ohio State has planned a number of 9/11 tributes for Saturday, which will be the 10th anniversary of the September 11th tragedy which claimed more than 3,000 lives.
- The Buckeyes will wear decals commemorating 9/11/2001 on Saturday and there will be moment of silence before game.
- Fickell said he was in his second year at Akron when 9/11 happened back in 2001. He vividly remembers where he was because his brother (Mike) was working in downtown New York City.
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