Today marked the final media availability of the opening week of the season. But it ended with a bang by getting updates from head coach Urban Meyer. Among the tidbits, a slight uniform change is in the works, Nathan Williams is on track to play Saturday and four Buckeyes had their black stripes removed.
On the uniform change, Meyer did not elaborate on whether it will be one game or the whole season. Reports indicate it is one game only, but Meyer said Nike contacted Ohio State and his leadership committee is in charge of any changes. The only stipulations, according to Meyer, are that Archie Griffin must approve them. Meyer said he does not want any traditions ruined and feels former players should approve of the uniforms.
David Perkins, Jacoby Boren, Logan Beougher and Najee Murray had their black stripes removed today. Meyer said players who do not have their stripes removed may not play Saturday.
Nathan Williams jogged to the locker room after practice and looked rather spry and energetic doing so. Meyer said Williams practiced with the defense and did contact drills. He's been medically cleared to play.
Jordan Hall is jogging and on track to return in a couple weeks.
Practice today was good, according to Meyer, but he said the Buckeyes weren't game-ready.
Florida struggled with Miami two years ago, and Meyer said this year's team is even better, with two NFL caliber players.
Asked about the possible deluge of rain Saturday, Meyer said it won't affect OSU's gameplan.
Meyer believes he has a strong special teams unit and said he’s happy with Drew Basil at kicker and Ben Buchanan at punter.
Meyer said Bradley Roby will probably move back to return kicks at some point during the season.