Two-Minute Drill: Herman Talks OSU Offense
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It hasn’t always looked pretty, but Ohio State’s offense is averaging over 35 points per game through the first three games of the 2012 season.
They have seen a lot of different looks from opposing defenses, and coordinators game plan to stop Braxton Miller’s dynamic play-making ability. We caught up with OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman on Monday to talk about the game against Cal over the weekend. and the matchup with UAB this week.
Facing Something New
* Herman said they prepared for one thing all week and Cal played something totally different than they have on film at any point.
* Herman: "I've seen defenses in the last 3 weeks I've never dreamed of in my mind to stop Braxton as a runner."
* Urban Meyer thinks his offense will have to take shots down the field because defenses are selling out to stop Braxton.
* Meyer also said not one snap of defense for Cal was what they showed on film last year or in first two games. They switched to something different in the second half, which also was not what they had showed on film.
* Herman said he's happy with the effort the guys have played with, especially up front. Also pleased with growth of WRs.
* Herman: "When we're good, we're pretty dang good. We just have to be good more often, be more consistent."
* Herman said he ran the "jump pass" a lot at Rice with James Casey, the TE who is now with the Texans. Was never really designed for the QB to jump. Tim Tebow added that for effect at Florida.
Going for the Win
* We asked Herman about having trust in Braxton to go for the win on that final drive. "I probably wouldn't be sitting here if I didn't."
* Herman said Urban Meyer's mentality is always to go for the first down and go for the win. Has no interest in playing safe and playing for overtime
* Meyer said he could see in Braxton's eyes that he wanted the ball after throwing that pick on the previous possession.
* Herman said he has to memorize the game plan every week because there is no time to look at his sheet when they are in Jet (hurry-up).
* Herman said he gets the final game plan Thursday and spends all night Thursday and Friday studying it. He starts to play the game out mentally in his head to see how it might progress.
* Herman said they use hand-signals and code words for getting the plays into the offensive players. It’s Braxton’s job to make sure the O-line gets it.
* TE Jeff Heuerman said everyone knows the signals pretty well now, but it was a mess in the spring. If they ever get confused, important thing is to give 4-6 seconds of relentless effort and “go knock someone out.”
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