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Two-Minute Drill: Wednesday Post-Practice Updates
by Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite the temperatures embedded in the 30s on Wednesday, Urban Meyer had his Buckeyes practicing outside. Afterward, he took a few minutes to provide some updates. Here are the highlights.

Urban Meyer Updates

* Meyer said that Jordan Hall practiced today, and seemed very upbeat about his prospects.

* Asked if he was rooting against Alabama or Florida State moving forward, Meyer said that he was not. He also said that he hasn't spoken to his former assistant Dan Mullen, who is the head coach at Mississippi State, which hosts Alabama this weekend.

* Meyer said last year they used around 50% of the passing playbook. This year they are very close to 100%.

* Meyer said that Illinois' passing attack will be a litmus test for the Buckeye pass defense, which he says has improved quite a bit this year.

* Meyer said he expects Michael Bennett to close the season as well as he's started it. He's been a bit banged up over the last month or so, which has limited his play. He believes Bennett will garner All-Big Ten consideration.

Braxton Miller Updates

* Miller talked a bit about how much better he is as a player and quarterback than the last time he was at Illinois as a freshman in 2011. He said he is a completely different player who has grown in just about every way.

* Miller said he prepares better this year than last year because his level of understanding is higher, which allows him to do more in all areas.

* He said there isn't much talk about the winning streak in the locker room.

Ryan Shazier Updates

* Shazier said that Curtis Grant still has not practiced this week.

* He said he's been humbled by being a semifinalist for so many national awards this season. He said that being an All-Big Ten linebacker is definitely a goal that he set for himself this season. He said he's on track with most of his season goals, but he still doesn't have an interception, which he wants.

* Shazier said Joshua Perry is a much better player than he was at the start of the season. There are no longer any concerns about having him out there because he knows what he's doing now.

* Shazier said he's not bothered by the criticism that the linebackers have received from Urban Meyer because he knows they still have a ways to go yet, and they need to continue building depth.

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