Two-Minute Drill: Wednesday Post-Practice Updates
by Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer met with the media for a few minutes after practice Wednesday evening. He provided an update on the injury situation at linebacker, and also confirmed that at least one junior Buckeye won't be returning next season. Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier also spoke with the media. Here are the highlights.
Urban Meyer Updates
* Meyer confirmed that Bradley Roby will be entering the NFL Draft, which was already well-known given that Roby was set to be announced with the seniors on Saturday, as well as his being involved in the senior picture prior to the season. Both Ryan Shazier and Braxton Miller were non-committal about their futures.
* Meyer talked about the growth that several of the seniors have had, mentioning Carlos Hyde and Philly Brown as two guys who have come very far to become leaders.
* Meyer said Josh Perry and Joey Bosa are good to go, and that Curtis Grant should be 80-90% on Saturday.
* Meyer said he and the team are excited for the opportunity to clinch the Leaders Division with a win over the Hoosiers on Saturday. He said that's why you come to Ohio State – to play for championships.
* Meyer said he drew on the temporary struggles during the Illinois game as motivation this week.
Braxton Miller Updates
* Miller said it's nice to be in the Ohio State history books statistically, but what matters most is how you finish out a season. He said he wants to leave a good legacy and be remembered for what he's done. He said when he comes back 10 years from he would like to be remembered for the teams he's played on. “It would be an honor and a blessing.”
* Asked if this could be his last home game at Ohio State, he said, “I ain't talking about that.”
* Miller said that on a scale of 1-10, playing for a national championship is about a 15. He said that they put that hard work in and you do it for the payoff at the end. When asked if it would be reason enough to come back if they don't reach that goal this year, he said he can't talk about that. “I haven't thought about that at all.”
* Miller said he doesn't know how defenses can better defend the Ohio State running game when he and Carlos Hyde are running like they do.
Marcus Hall Updates
* Hall said he's come a long way, but he still has a long way to go. He doesn't want to be complacent in his quest to be better.
* Hall said the offensive line is around each other all the time. He said they can look at each other and know what the other is thinking. They have a chemistry without even speaking words.
* Hall said he'd give the majority of the credit for his improvement to Coach Mickey Marotti. That began the push and it carried over to the field as well. He said his energy level has improved, as has his technique.
* Hall said the toughest season of his career was the 2011 season because of the losses, including the coaching loss.
* He said it's big that they are going to have a chance to give Urban Meyer his first 1,000-yard running back. Asked if the offensive line would get a steak dinner for paving the way for 1,000 yards, he laughed and said he hopes, but they'd have to work it out with compliance.
* Hall said it's a pleasure to blocking for Carlos Hyde. He's bigger, better and faster than a year ago, and it's fun blocking for him.
Ryan Shazier Updates
* Shazier said their focus is on sending the seniors out with a win on Saturday. He said he may go back to wearing #10 this week if Christian Bryant wants the #2 all to himself when he's being introduced on Saturday.
* Shazier said Camren Williams did a solid job for what he was asked to do. He said they all made mistakes last week.
* He said he talks to a few of the seniors and they're already reminiscing about how quickly the time goes and how big each of their “lasts” are right.
* Shazier was asked if this would be his last year, and he said that he's not thinking about that right now.
* Shazier said that Illinois caught them in some gap control issues, and they've cleaned that up in practice this week.
* He said last year's game against Indiana still sticks with him because of how many points they gave up. He said the offense is similar to what it was last year. They try to get the ball out quickly, and they're going to have to have their playmakers stop the IU playmakers.
* Shazier said the 23-game winning streak would mean a lot because their names would always be in the history books with that.
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