Two Minute Drill: Updates from Wednesday's Post-Practice Interviews
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Oh — Urban Meyer met with the media for his weekly Wednesday personnel updates. The number one topic was obviously the health of Braxton Miller's knee. Captains Ryan Shazier and Christian Bryant also took some time to provide updates as well.
Urban Meyer Updates
* Meyer said that Braxton Miller practiced a little bit today, but also spent a lot of time getting treatment on his knee. He said he'll know more about Miller's status tomorrow, but as of right now he is optimistic that he'll be able to play. However, the decision to play him may not be made until Saturday.
* Asked if Meyer might start Kenny Guiton and then work Miller into the game that way, he indicated that he had given that scenario some serious thought, and it was a possibility.
* Meyer said that he thinks center Corey Linsley will play the entire game on Saturday.
* Defensive end Adolphus Washington hasn't practiced this week, but Meyer was hopeful that he'd be ready for Saturday. They plan to have him try to practice tomorrow.
* Meyer said that Bri'onte Dunn and Michael Thomas are possible redshirts this year because he doesn't want to waste a year with either of them, as he feels that's what happened last year. Regarding Mike Mitchell and Jalin Marshall, he said that they both need to find their way onto special teams before they'll play.
* Freshmen punter Cameron Johnston, freshman defensive end Tyquan Lewis and freshman linebacker Trey Johnson all lost their black stripes today.
Ryan Shazier Updates
* Shazier said that Braxton Miller looked fine throwing the football, but he didn't do any running in practice.
* He said that the team is excited for this week because “the Chase picks up” with the Cal game.
* Shazier said that going against Ohio State's uptempo offense has been good preparation for this week. Regarding how they would fare having to face 100 plays from Cal on Saturday, he said that good defenses don't allow 100 plays.
* He said that Cal freshman quarterback Jared Goff looks good for a freshman quarterback. He said that he is composed. He thinks that they can surprise him with some things, however.
* Shazier said Cal's big plays last year came from the defense losing leverage and missing tackles, which is something they have focused on ever since, and especially this week.
* He said that Carlos Hyde has been giving them some good looks as the scout team running back. He is preparing them well for Brendan Bigelow.
* Shazier said that as long as the defense gets the ball back to the defense, they'll be fine. “As long as we're scoring points, I don't care how long we're on the field.”
Christian Bryant Updates
* He echoed the lost leverage last year and said that it shouldn't be a problem this week. He said it was small mistakes last year that got the defense.
* He said the coaches showed them clips of last year's missed tackles.
* Bryant said they've been working on the fast pace hard all week. He credited freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett for giving the defense a good look. He also complimented Hyde, whom he said was possibly better than Bigelow.
* Bryant said that Hyde has been preparing the defense for three weeks now.
* Asked if Cal's passing game was a defensive back's dream, he answered, “I would say so.”
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