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Two-Minute Drill: Updates From Urban Meyer's Big Ten Teleconference
by Tony Gerdeman

Urban Meyer took place on Tuesday afternoon. Meyer updated the media on his team and their health. He also previewed the Iowa game on Saturday. Here are the highlights.

Urban Meyer Updates

* Meyer said that Andrew Norwell had his best practice of the year yesterday. He said that Norwell has come a long way and is in tremendous shape. He was one of the “infamous five” who were late to Meyer's first team meeting.

* Asked about Iowa's defensive front, Meyer said that they play very heavy techniques, which means they don't let the offensive linemen get to the linebackers. They play with leverage, hands and technique.

* He said they hope to hit the receivers on the run more moving forward, rather than all of these screens and hitches.

* Meyer said he has watched Oregon and seen Alabama highlights. He said human nature leads to him asking how the Buckeyes would match up, but he has to catch himself because it does no good helping them beat the next opponent.

* Meyer said he runs into the fact that he doesn't have a 1,000-yard running back all the time on the recruiting trail. He said he's heard several things about different areas over the years. He said he hears it a couple hundred times a year and you just have to be “armed and ready” with facts to combat that type of talk. He said he used to hear about he didn't develop offensive linemen or receivers, and then that stopped once he began putting a bunch of those players in the NFL.

* He talked about the loss of Jordan Hall and Christian Bryant and their leadership and how much that has affected the team. Hall practiced yesterday. He will be involved on special teams, third downs and will spell Carlos Hyde at times.

* Meyer said they went back and watched Iowa after their bye week last year to see if they did anything new. He said they do their homework on the history of their coordinators.

* Meyer said Adolphus Washington will be fine and ready to go, and Tommy Schutt had a great day yesterday and will play. He said Mike Vrabel is excited to have him back because it will help the rotation significantly.

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