Two Minute Drill: Updates from Postgame Interviews
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was the movable object against the unstoppable force. The Buckeyes did all they could to stay in double-digits against Florida A&M, even when the Rattlers were trying to have a hundred hung on them.
Urban Meyer and his players spoke after the game, breaking down Saturday's happenings and trying to be as polite about it as possible.
* Freshman receiver James Clark was taken to the hospital following a leg injury in the second half of the game.
Urban Meyer Updates
* Meyer said that he was pleased with the Buckeyes' effort in this game. They played well, they played fast and they played a lot of players.
* He said that the Big Ten season started immediately after the game.
* Meyer said that he wanted to play Braxton Miller in this game, but Miller said he wasn't ready to go.
* He called Kenny Guiton a guy who was once an underachiever, but now he is anything but. “His time came. It's not by accident.”
* Meyer said they wanted to come out passing to get Guiton and his receivers some work, especially Jeff Heuerman, because they wanted to get him used to catching the ball. He finished with four receptions for 43 yards. The Buckeyes didn't throw a pass in the second half.
* Meyer said that you want to play your starters as long as possible, but in games like this you just can't.
* He said that Braxton Miller is still the #1 quarterback on this team without a doubt.
* Asked if the Buckeyes were ready for the Big Ten, Meyer answered, “I like my team.” He said he likes to think they're ready, but that will be answered around midnight next Saturday.
* He said Michael Bennett was held out due to a stinger. He could have played, but they wanted his shoulder to get a few more days rest. He will play next week.
* Meyer said that he wanted to reward Ezekiel Elliott for his hard work this season. Elliott finished with a game-high 14 carries for 162 and two touchdowns. He was the first Buckeye true freshman running back to rush for 100 yards in a game since Antonio Pittman in 2004.
* While not expecting 76 points every week, Meyer said the expectations for this offense moving forward are “really high”, even against Big Ten opponents.
* He said that Bri'onte Dunn, Michael Thomas, Corey Smith, and the freshmen who have yet to play are “on call”, but won't be put in the game for mop up duty. They will redshirt barring any injuries.
Evan Spencer Updates
* He said he couldn't believe there wasn't anybody around him on his second touchdown. He said it was awesome to catch Kenny Guiton's record-breaking sixth touchdown pass.
* Spencer said that he knew this week that he'd get a chance to get some opportunities and he said he felt he did a good job.
* He said what they got from this game is that they know how to push themselves. They need to compete against their best selves regardless of who they are playing.
* He said having too many weapons is never a bad thing. It's a good thing to have this much depth because there is confidence in everybody to make plays.
* Spencer said one reason the offense has been so effective this season is because everybody is just so much more comfortable in the offense.
Bradley Roby Updates
* Roby said that the defense's goal was to shut FAMU out, and they accomplished that. He said it is always good to leave the game giving up a goose egg.
Kato Mitchell Updates
* Kato Mitchell is a walk-on sophomore receiver from Cleveland who made his first career catch (five yards) in this game. He said he had butterflies after the catch and he knows that his family will be happy. In fact, he said he was going to be talking with them as soon as he was done with the media. He wasn't in a hurry to get away from the media, however, as he was enjoying the experience.
* He said the key to being a walk-on at Ohio State is to “just go”. The coaches want players who will go hard, and that's what they do. They follow the plan that Urban Meyer has laid out for them.
Jeff Heuerman Updates
* He said it was good to catch some passes again.
* On what Kenny Guiton has meant to the team, Heuerman said, “He's been everything, really.” He said that Braxton Miller is their best player, but Guiton isn't far behind.
* He said that they didn't have the whole offense ready to go today, so there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Corey Linsley Updates
* Linsley said the came out throwing because they wanted to slow down FAMU's blitz. It was tough, but they handled it very well. He said it was good preparation for next week.
* On Kenny Guiton, Linsley said, “He's definitely our Mariano Rivera.” He also added, “I'm gonna miss Kenny Guiton.”
* He said it was tough to come back from his own injury and play right away, and he said that he knows it will be tough for Braxton Miller as well. He added “I'm not worried at all.”
Ezekiel Elliott Updates
* He said being a running back at Ohio State is tough because of the talent in the running back room. It's hard to earn a spot and harder to keep it.
* Elliott said the game reps are making him better, and today was a good day in terms of touches. He knows that this number of carries won't always be available, but he'll still work just as hard as he has been.
* He said the running backs are a close-knit group and they are always working together. He said, “We all came to Ohio State for a reason, and that's to play.”
Kenny Guiton Updates
* On his record-setting performance, Guiton said, “It's a blessing, man.” He said the coaches wanted to come out throwing, and he was just fine with that.
* Asked if it will be difficult to go back to the bench once Braxton Miller returns, Guiton said that he's a team player and has been a team player for the last five years. He's not about to change anything now.
* He said he's a much better leader now than before, and now getting to play in the games has shown him the impact that he can have as a leader and person.
* On whether he is better off not knowing if he's going to start week to week, he said that he thinks he's better off not knowing.
* Asked if he was a Heisman candidate, Guiton said he'll let everybody else talk about that.
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