Urban Meyer joined the Big Ten Teleconference today to update the media on the Buckeyes as well as preview the Florida A&M Rattlers.
Here are the highlights.
* Meyer said the team is relatively healthy and in good spirits right now and ready for Saturday.
* He said the next step for his offense is consistency and balance. They're not quite where they want to be, but they're getting closer. They want to be 50/50 run/pass and they're not there yet.
* Meyer said that Braxton Miller will try to practice today. He saw him in the weight room today and he was doing much better. He said it's a 7-8 day recovery and Miller is on schedule.
* He said that Carlos Hyde is back and has handled his business “the right way”, and he will play. Where he is on the depth chart will be determined this week in practice.
* Asked about the Cal fake punt, he said he heard over the headsets that it was the quarterback on the field and not the punter. He said that he's not a fan of tricking people with duplicate numbers and said he would be in favor of a rule against this type of thing in the future.
* He said FAMU has two receivers with excellent speed and they have an all-conference quarterback. The defense blitzes every down, so they spent a lot of time on protecting the quarterback.
* Meyer said Carlos Hyde never moped or complained or whined and has handled this punishment in a very unselfish manner. He never complained or asked why he was being punished when he was never charged.
* He said they're still trying to figure out how to utilize both quarterbacks once Braxton Miller is ready to go. Does one get a few series per game or do they put them both on the field together?
* Meyer said there's no excuse for the big plays given up last week. The short, underneath stuff you know is going to happen. He mentioned Indiana as a team that you know you'll give up some yards to.
* He said the defensive line has been very good this season, especially when you consider the injuries to Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt. He credited Mike Vrabel for developing the depth and talent.
* Regarding the Bo Pelini “venting” incident, Meyer was asked if there is any place that he can vent anymore and he said that he didn't think there was.
* Meyer said that when he talks about consistency, he wants it for all four quarters. He likes the way the team is coming out in the first and third quarters, but they need it for all four quarters.