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Last updated: 09/07/2011 8:04 PM

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Football
Two-Minute Drill: Toledo Experts
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State assistant coaches Dick Tressel and Taver Johnson met with the media Wednesday after practice.

Both coaches had key starters suspended for last week’s season-opener against Akron, but what will their status be in week two?

Running Backs

  • Junior tailback Jordan Hall is available for this week’s game and Tressel said he is going to play against Toledo.
  • Tressel said he expects Hall will "play well" coming off his one-game suspension, but sophomore Carlos Hyde will make his second straight start.
  • With the way Hyde has prepared and played, Tressel said it's hard not to put him out there and say, “Go do it again.”
  • The Buckeyes will also have Jaamal Berry back this week after he missed the opener with a hamstring injury.
  • Berry was available as an emergency only against Akron in the season-opener.
  • Dick Tressel said Berry is practicing this week and his hamstring is “100%.”
  • The biggest challenge with Berry will be getting him “game ready” after how much time he has missed.

Cornerbacks

  • Cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson said he is at 75% health following off-season Achilles surgery. He is out of the boot but still wearing a brace.
  • Travis Howard will definitely play Saturday, but they haven't made a decision on who their two starting corners will be this week against Toledo.
  • Johnson said Howard has had a great attitude throughout the whole process. Said, “He was a starter and he is a starter.”
  • Johnson said Bradley Roby just barely edged out Dominic Clarke for the other starting spot at the end of camp.
  • Clarke wasn't really considered a "backup" even though he was the No. 3 corner.

Special Teams

  • Dick Tressel said that Toledo kick returner Eric Page has a great feel for space and does a great job setting up his blocks.
  • Tressel said Page is also tough. He breaks tackles and usually has 2-3 guys falling beside him.
  • Taver Johnson said Page is a much more confidant player than he was when they faced him two years ago as a freshman.

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