Two Minute Drill: Fickell Press Luncheon

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Two-Minute Drill: Fickell’s Toledo Press Luncheon
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Luke Fickell held his second press luncheon as the head football coach at Ohio State Tuesday.

The Buckeyes are coming off a 42-0 win over Akron in the season-opener and their head coach had plenty of updates heading into a week-two matchup against Toledo.

Back In Action

  • The three suspended for the opener - RB Jordan Hall, CB Travis Howard and DB Corey Brown - will be available this week.
  • Backup LB Jordan Whiting will also be available after serving his one-game suspension for receiving free tattoos.
  • All four players will have to earn back their spots in the field, including Hall and Howard, who were expected to start the opener last week.
  • Redshirt soph. RB Jaamal Berry is also expected back this week after missing the opener with a hamstring injury.
  • Fickell wasn’t yet sure of the status of freshman tackle Antonio Underwood, who left the opener with a lower leg injury.

Quarterbacks Played Well

  • Joe Bauserman doesn’t know what his exact grade was for the Akron game, but Fickell thought both QBs performed well.
  • Fickell liked how both QBs handled themselves and the emotions Saturday. Specifically mentioned that he liked how Braxton Miller handled the adversity of his first drive.
  • Bauserman said he likes new setup with Nic Siciliano being up in the booth. Allows him to see the whole defense. QBs come off the field and get on the phone with Siciliano. Also talk to Stan Drayton on the sideline.

Post-Game Handshake

  • Fickell wouldn’t comment directly on his exchange with Akron coach Rob Ianello after the game. He said, “I think he may have said something like good luck.”
  • Fickell did say he tells his players to play like the scoreboard is turned off. He didn’t want them playing like it was 42-0, and Ianello may have taken exception to that.

Toledo A Step Up

  • Fickell said he has not spoken much to Toledo coach Tim Beckman, who spent two years (2005-06) as the CBs coach at Ohio State.
  • Fickell did say that Beckman was in Columbus over the summer with his staff to attend some camps.
  • Fickell said Toledo has playmakers you might not normally see in the MAC.
  • He also talked about the importance of covering kickoffs against Toledo’s “All-American” kick returner.
  • He said that they are good up front and their offensive line is what really sets them apart from other teams in their conference.

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