Wednesday Practice Updates: Nebraska

By Kyle Rowland on October 3, 2012 at 8:00p

There are several storylines for Saturday’s Ohio State-Nebraska game. The talking point for many is the mobile quarterbacks. The Buckeyes’ Braxton Miller and Cornhuskers' Taylor Martinez are two of the top dual-threat signal-callers in the country. 

Hall is officially a no-go for Saturday.

Martinez is coming off a Big Ten player of the week performance in which he led his team back from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat Wisconsin. Miller also had a head-turning day. Aside from throwing the game-winning 63-yard touchdown pass, he accumulated 315 total yards.

But he also took several hard shots to his body. After a sore Sunday, Miller said he was feeling fine today in practice. Head coach Urban Meyer went a step further and said his quarterback was “very good.”

After suffering a game-altering injury at Nebraska last season, Miller and the Buckeyes will be looking for a revenge victory Saturday night in Ohio Stadium.


  • CJ Barnett is a maybe.
  • Jordan Hall is out.
  • Michael Bennett is “fine,” in Meyer’s words, and will play.
  • Miller is 100 percent.
  • Meyer said Miller had a slower recovery than usual this week due to the physicality of last Saturday’s game.
  • It won’t be much different Saturday, according to Meyer. He said Nebraska is a physical football team that will try and punch Ohio State in the mouth.
  • The wide receivers have made a big turnaround and one of the guys leading that 180 is Devin Smith. Meyer said if someone would have told him that in April, he would have looked at them like they had seven heads.
  • Smith has gained the edge with hard work. Meyer said he didn’t see that work ethic in the spring.
  • Meyer said he has zero reservations with throwing the ball deep.
  • The past two weeks there have been murmurs in the locker room about revenge. Last week, Meyer said it was mostly the offense talking because of their performance against Michigan State last season.
  • Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith have not talked about scheduling since June.
  • A plan for Saturday (the day, not game) is being finalized. Meyer and strength coach Mickey Marotti will decide what course of action to take. Meyer said they have an idea since Florida played in so many night games.
  • Nebraska’s run game is so good because of the players, not necessarily the scheme, according to Meyer. He raved about Martinez and Rex Burkhead and also lauded the offensive line.
  • Nathan Williams was practicing one day a week, if any, at the outset of the season. Now he participates in almost every drill during practice.
  • Miller said the trainers told him to hold still while William Gholston was down on the field. He said he was happy Gholston was able to get up.
  • Miller and Smith have obviously developed a rapport with the deep ball. Completing deep passes is all about practice, Miller said.
  • Looking back at last season’s Nebraska game, Miller said he was mad at himself because he felt like he let his team down by being injured and not returning.
  • Miller said he doesn’t feel like he’s been overused this season by running so many times.
  • It will be Miller’s second career night game at the Horseshoe, and he said it should be “crazy.”
  • Devin Smith played up the revenge factor, saying Ohio State “owes” Nebraska a loss.
  • Smith said he was a deep threat in high school, too, but that that’s not the only thing he can do on the field. He said he’s also good at making defenders miss.
  • Beautiful. That’s how Smith described Ohio Stadium under the lights. He also said it’s much louder at night.
  • Ryan Shazier said it sucks flying home after a loss. He said last season’s flight home from Nebraska was silent.
  • Flying home from East Lansing was a big celebration.
  • Shazier said you have to get a body on Burkhead to bring him down.
  • Going against Miller and Ohio State’s running backs in practice makes it easier to prepare, though, according to Shazier.
  • Cardale Jones is playing the role of Martinez on the scout team.
  • Bradley Roby said going against Martinez – throwing and passing – will be a tough test.
  • To describe Martinez in one word, Roby said: fast. 
  • Roby is still battling a shoulder injury. He said there’s no way he’s sitting out. The only reason he missed the Alabama-Birmingham game was because the defensive coaches felt they could win without him.
  • For night games, Roby said he sits around most of the day and tries to temper his emotions.
  • Once the game starts, it’s the same. Roby said you can’t let yourself get too hyped up.
  • Roby said Nebraska is a team that thrives on momentum and once things are going well, the offense runs at a quicker pace. The goal on Saturday is to slow them down.
  • Roby has eight pass breakups but zero interceptions on the season. He said he gets grief from all of his teammates, but he thinks he’s due for one. He said it has to happen Saturday.

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German Buckeye's picture

Would be nice to see both sides of the ball play to their potential.   Corners up on the short stuff, LB's making stops, D line getting lots of presure.  Offense running the ball, crossing routes hit, deep threat, etc.  I feel this is the game it all comes togther.  OSU 34, Neb 9

kevinfrenchfry's picture

and consistent offensive play for a complete game hopfully

cbusbuckeye's picture

I am feeling confident about this game, if Wisconsin can put up 27 on them then we certainly should be able to as well. Stopping Martinez could be a challenge, though. I'm hoping for press coverage and blitzing. 

Buckeyejason's picture

8 pass breakups in 5 game? Damn that's sick. Poor Jordan Hall can't catch a break! Hard not to feel sorry for the guy..seems to be a great Buckeye. Hopefully we air it out to Devin and Corey this Saturday a little more..they will probably be stacking the box to stop Braxton. If we contain Martinez and Burkead we win..easy as that.


kevinfrenchfry's picture

I don't know about you or anyone else but I am still waiting with Philly to make that big TD grab for once, or making a couple of guys miss

partisan's picture

8 pass breakups in 4 games, he sat out UAB

ellspar's picture

Man, I am amped up! Can't wait for Saturday!

BeijingBucks's picture

Not to be stickler but since this is a Buckeye blog not a UM one I noticed a couple typos in passing
Braxton 'felling' good in practice (we want him to stop felling!) 
Shazier needs to get his arms around as well as a body on burkhead!
Roby full quote on Martinez should have been 'fast, but not as fast as B Racks... Y'all betta recognize!'
i used to feel like this was a game I wasn't worried about losing as I preferred Neb over the other options for the Rose Bowl... But now I say screw em all! 12-0!!

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MediBuck's picture

Looking back at last season’s Nebraska game, Miller said he was mad at himself because he felt like he let his team down by being injured and not returning.

What a team player. If my ankle tendons were hanging onto my tibia by a shredded fiber, the least of my concerns would be letting my team down. The guy's a leader all right.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

Max Power's picture

I hope the d is ready to play saturday night. Its crucial that our d line gets into the backfield and that our linebackers make plays in the open field. Martinez will probably have a shadow in the form of Ryan Shazier or Etienne Sabino most of the night. The shoe will be rockin' and the defense should feed off it. Everyone lucky enough to be there in person better be loud. Let's not forget how many recruits will be at this game. Gotta show them what kind of environment they can play in weekly in Ohio Stadium!

highwire's picture

Braxton impresses more with each passing week. Great to hear Williams is getting better, he is a difference maker that had a very unfortunate and untimely setback. Here's to the future of this team and these great players!

drumsontheside's picture

Feel terrible for J Hall, hopefully he has a speedy recovery. I think this team is going to do work this weekend. Nebraska is awaiting an unpleasant evening on Saturday.


southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Gonna be a great one. Sad that this games marks the halfway point already! Craaaap! It's just now coming together!

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One Bad Buckeye's picture

I thought about this earlier today, pretty soon it's going to be the dead of winter and we're going to be talking b-ball and arguing with eachother about '14-'15 recruits. 
I just try and savor each and every saturday as much as possible.  

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CowCat's picture

If the running backs and Stoneburner step up this week, it's goodnight, Nebraska.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

SLVRBLLTS's picture

I'd like to think Stoneburner has done more than we give him credit for. If you watch highlights of Braxton's TD or first down runs, Stoney has his guy absolutely locked up. Being in the slot, he's asked to block linebackers and safeties, the two hardest assignments on the field. His numbers aren't that good but he's basically playing tight end/H-Back from the slot, and he's doing it really well.  

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HSBDAWG's picture

With the way taylor runs and throws the ball they will have the DEF. in zone alot this game. They will not bump the wides on there release it is going to be a long game. This is where they need to play a press zone coverage so that the DB do not have there backs to Taylor and the short passing game will not beat them up to bad.

AllDay028's picture

This looks to be our biggest defensive test all year, or at least until Michigan. Lets hope these guys can continue the better play from last week. But i'm still worried about our ability to stop the spread offense.

Dougger's picture

im calling a pick six for roby. even with staylor mar-tinn-ezz (as lou holtz would say) having that new throwing motion, hopefully we can rattle him and he loses some technique and throws one of these:

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Dougger's picture

and a buckeye w

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Squirrel Master's picture

Braxton will give up the ball a couple of times on the option and OSU wins big against Neb!
OSU 35 - Neb 17

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BucksfanXC's picture

I think I have to make it my goal to be in Columbus for all of Braxton's home night games as it appears I already have a pattern.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

WiliestBuckeye's picture

Our linebackers played suprisingly well at Michigan St., and they need to continue to improve in order to contain Martinez. I think we have a great opportunity to come away from this one with a W.

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

osubuckeye4life's picture

"The wide receivers have made a big turnaround and one of the guys leading that 180 is Devin Smith. Meyer said if someone would have told him that in April, he would have looked at them like they had seven heads".
Hahaha! UFM is awesome!