Two Minute Drill - Bollman, Johnson preview Wisconsin

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Two-Minute Drill: Bollman, Johnson Preview Wisconsin
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a week off, Ohio State will take the field Saturday for a primetime matchup with Wisconsin under the lights at Ohio Stadium.

OSU Offensive Coordinator Jim Bollman and cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson met with the media after practice Wednesday to preview the upcoming matchup with the Badgers.     
Passing Game

  • Bollman seemed optimistic about the passing game, saying it’s something they work on every week.
  • Bollman said he is seeing more consistency out of Braxton Miller in practice, especially in his accuracy and release.
  • Bollman said he can see and feel a tangible difference in Braxton Miller from the Michigan State game to now. 
  • Bollman acknowledged their need to vary the snap count more after the Michigan State game.
  • Bollman said the one thing they know they can count on is that if things break down, Miller won’t throw the ball up for grabs.
  • Bollman said two things that contributed to the lack of passing at Illinois were the wind and field position.
  • Senior Joe Bauserman is still taking a few snaps, but Bollman said Kenny Guiton is now the No. 2 quarterback.

Offensive Updates

  • Bollman said he tried to contact QB Russell Wilson this summer after Terrelle Pryor left, but they never connected. Wilson had just about made up his mind by then.
  • Bollman said he remembered Wilson as a recruit. He camped at OSU and they saw potential in him.
  • Bollman said the main reasons they ran the ball so well against Illinois were the offensive line controlling things up front and the return of Boom Herron.
  • Bollman said the WRs are improving, but it has been big to get Philly Brown back. He is getting close to being 100%.
  • Bollman said it’s disappointing they lost Verlon Reed when they did because he was starting to become a player.
  • Bollman said he really likes the progression Mike Adams has had during his career. The biggest thing has been his commitment to getting stronger.
  • Bollman made it sound like he was unsure about Adams commitment to being great early, but he found it and the rest is history.
  • Bollman also said Andrew Norwell had a tough challenge in his first start at LG against Nebraska, but has handled it well.
  • Bollman said most false starts don't come from not knowing the snap count. They come from being tense and trying to fire off the ball when someone makes a call at the line.

Defensive Updates

  • Taver Johnson said the defense will use multiple sets Saturday against Wisconsin. They have the personnel to match up.
  • Johnson has been impressed with how easily Russell Wilson has picked up Wisconsin’s playbook in such a short period of time.
  • Johnson said facing Wilson is similar to what they saw in Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez.
  • Johnson said Nick Toon presents a major problem for the Ohio State defense.
  • Soph. CB Dominic Clarke is back in the two-deep this week after serving his one-game suspension.
  • Johnson said he could tell Bradley Roby was going to be special during his redshirt year last year. He said the thing that makes Roby special is his confidence. Nothing bothers him or shakes him.

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