Two-Minute Drill: Updates from Wednesday’s Practice
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and head coach Urban Meyer were among those who met with the media after practice on Wednesday.
The Buckeyes were indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center because of the weather caused by Hurricane Sandy, but we were still able to catch up with Meyer and some of his players to preview the upcoming game against Illinois.
Meyer Talks Illinois
* Urban Meyer said he has stressed to his team that Illinois is dangerous and they better take them seriously.
* Meyer said his primary concern with the Illinois’ is QB Nathan Scheelhaase. Called him a playmaker.
* Meyer said there isn’t more pressure on this team being undefeated because he doesn’t know how good they really are. Sometimes they’re really good, other times not so much.
* Meyer said he's worried about his team's tendency to play up and down to competition.
* Meyer said the holding call against PSU on punt was created by guys (Bryce Haynes) screaming down the field on coverage.
Latest on Braxton
* Braxton Miller said he needed to get his footwork right in the second half against Penn State.
* Braxton said he hasn't really worked on his sliding this week. "I don't know how you practice that."
* Rod Smith said he always likes to see Braxton slide. You want to be competitive, but they need him to stay healthy.
Norwell Knows Illinois
* Left guard Andrew Norwell was sitting in the Illinois section rooting for the Illini back in 2007. Brother was playing for Illinois.
* After a little quick math, Norwell would have been a sophomore in high school, not in 8th grade, like he claimed.
Rod Smith Gaining Momentum
* Rod Smith said his number one focus is securing the football. Number two is protecting Braxton.
* Smith said his biggest problem with ball security is that he gets excited when he sees a big play open up. Said he sees a hole and thinks touchdown, forgets about the little things.
* Smith said he's just missed breaking open a couple big runs. He can feel it coming.
* Smith said he's been splitting carries with Carlos Hyde in practice.
* Rod Smith said he's a laid back guy in general. They call him "Smooth" because of his personality, not his running style. Said don't let his laid back demeanor full you, because he can flip the switch when he puts the jersey on.
* CB Bradley Roby said simplified schemes have a lot to do with the improved defense the last two weeks.
* Freshman DE Noah Spence said he is feeling more comfortable now. Knows the plays and can "just play" without overthinking.
* Spence said he knew college was different the first day because they didn't have guys like Reid Fragel who are huge and can move.
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