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Two-Minute Drill: Inside Ohio State’s Spring Game Locker Room
By Brandon Castel

CINCINNATI, Ohio — It was a beautiful sunny day in windy Cincinnati on Saturday, as Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes descended on the banks of the Ohio River.

More than 37,000 fans turned out at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Bengals, for Ohio State’s annual Scarlet and Gray Spring game.

Quarterback Braxton Miller threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another as Scarlet defeated Gray by a final score of 31-14. Here’s a look at what Meyer and a number of OSU football players had to say outside the locker room after the game.

Talking Braxton Miller

* Meyer said Braxton Miller’s mechanics are excellent until things breakdown. That’s when he would resort to running the ball, but he’s improving in that area.

* WR Corey “Philly” Brown said Braxton Miller is a completely different player now than he was last year. Has a better understanding of everything.

* Brown: "We know with Braxton being the worker he is and the competitor he is, that’s a no-brainer that’s going to happen."

* Brown said Miller would have scored on a few of his opportunities to run if he wasn’t in a black jersey Saturday.

Meyer Talks Offense

* Meyer said if they can figure out the passing game, he would be disappointed if they're not the best offense in the B1G.

* Meyer said Chris Fields earned a starting spot this spring. Michael Thomas not there yet because he needs to be more consistent.

* Meyer: "Philly Brown is turning into a legitimate All-Big Ten candidate at wide receiver for us, which we need."

* Meyer reiterating today that he has serious concerns about the right tackle spot and who their fifth offensive lineman is going to be.

Curtis Grant Making Plays

* Meyer also said Curtis Grant solidified his spot as the starting Middle Linebacker today. Had a spring game-high 10 tackles.

* Meyer on Grant solidifying starting spot: "He's a fully-engaged player right now, which, I take my hat off to him. He was not a year ago."

* Grant said the biggest difference for him now is he knows the scheme. He's being vocal and calling out the defense for everyone.

* Grant said he feels more natural and feels like he's an important part of the defense now.

Defensive Line Dominance

* Noah Spence finished with three sacks in the spring game and Adolphus Washington had four.

* Washington said they raise their hand after a sack on defense to signal ringing the bell when they get to the QB.

* Jack Mewhort said Spence has always had a quick first step, but now he has confidence and swagger. He knows people can't block him.

* Washington said he and Spence are dorm-mates. They talk all the time about dominating opposing offensive lines together.

* Mewhort gets upset with himself when he gets beat by Spence in practice. Then he realizes everyone is going to have that problem.

* Meyer on Adolphus Washington: “He’s a legitimate player as a starter at Ohio State. We saw him today just have his way with the offensive line.”

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