Two Minute Drill: Meyer, Beckman provide updates

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Two-Minute Drill:
Meyer, Beckman Provide Updates on B1G Teleconference
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Illinois coach Tim Beckman, Meyer’s former defensive coordinator at Bowling Green, appeared on the Big Ten Football Teleconference Tuesday to preview Saturday’s matchup.

Here’s a complete rundown of what both coaches had to say as they prepare for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff between the Buckeyes and Fighting Illini in Columbus this week.

Injury Updates

* Meyer said LB Etienne Sabino is DOUBTFUL for the Illinois game.

* Meyer said every blocked punt has been because of a missed assignment. Part of that due to injuries.

* DB Zach Domicone won't practice today, but is expected to play Saturday.

Latest on Braxton

* Meyer said there is no ceiling for how good Braxton Miller can be as a passer. He has all the tools.

* Meyer said he's actually disappointed in Miller's passing because he should be a lot better. Fundamentals get tied up in knots during games.

* Meyer said Braxton has only scratched the surface with his release and arm strength. They have to coach his fundamentals better.

Talking Illinois

* Meyer said Illinois trying to find an identity on offense. Running a lot of front side read plays with QB Nathan Scheelhaase.

* Meyer said Tim Beckman is one of the bright young coaches in the game. Said "they'll get that thing going."

Meyer on Shazier

* Meyer said Shazier played his best game against Purdue, but also played well against PSU.

* Meyer said Shazier was an athlete running around, kind of like a big safety. Said Luke Fickell has done a good job settling him down.

* Meyer said Shazier was a culprit of allowing cutbacks for big plays early in the year. Much better last three weeks.

Miscellaneous Meyer

* Meyer was asked a question about his 2006 Florida team. "That seems like a hundred years ago."

* Meyer did say leadership is the most undervalued attribute of a good football team.

* Meyer said the best way to restore college football's integrity is very clear rules with firm and swift punishment.

Beckman Talks Buckeyes

* Aside from Braxton Miller, Beckman mentioned Jake Stoneburner as a guy who's hard to defend. Also said the OSU offensive line stands out in his mind.

* Beckman blames some of his team's offensive struggles on inexperience on the O-line, depth at WR.

* Beckman said Scheelhaase is critical for their success on offense, but he hasn't been as healthy as they need.

* Beckman said he sees a little bit more aggressiveness from the OSU defense and some new blitz packages. Also sees a defense that is starting to play together.

* Beckman said he's been around football his whole life. Understands criticism when you're not successful.

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