Meyer Presser Recap: Wisconsin

By Kyle Rowland on November 12, 2012 at 1:00p

It has only been nine days since Ohio State last played a football game, but it seems like nine months ago. During the off week, the basketball Buckeyes managed to have a game canceled and actually play one. 

A friend of Bret Bielema's.

Now the football team returns to its playing field. Two games remain in a season that could go down as one of the most talked about in Ohio State’s 123 years of playing the sport.

When the NCAA handed down Ohio State’s punishment in December, which included a postseason ban for the 2012 season, many people glanced at the schedule and thought the Buckeyes could “stick it to the establishment” by going undefeated.

The punishment was unjust, legions of Buckeye fans screamed. They already lost a head coach that was worshipped each Saturday and a quarterback that was gearing up for a potential national championship season in 2011.

Instead, Ohio State languished for months on end and stumbled to a 6-7 record, the most losses in school history. But interim head coach Luke Fickell held the team together enough to offer high hopes for the year to come. Quarterback Braxton Miller’s potential was on display much of the season, a young receiving corps was raw with a promising future and underclassmen Ryan Shazier, Johnathan Hankins and Bradley Roby looked to offer hope for the future of the Silver Bullets.

The 2012 offseason was a near 180 from the year before. Urban Meyer was hired as head coach and good recruiting news paled in comparison to the negative onslaught of TatGate.

Ohio State heads to Madison full of confidence. The offense is clicking, the defense has steadily improved the past month and special teams is solid.

  • To review Illinois, the champions were as follows:
  • Defense: John Simon (player of the week), Travis Howard, Bradley Roby and CJ Barnett
  • Offense: Carlos Hyde (player of the week), Corey Linsley, Marcus Hall, Reid Fragel, Corey Brown, Braxton Miller and Evan Spencer
  • There were no special teams champions.
  • Wisconsin struggled a lot at the beginning of the season, but Meyer said Wisconsin is much improved since then. Probably playing its best football all season.
  • Linebacker Etienne Sabino will start Saturday, according to Meyer. Sabino broke his right leg six weeks ago.
  • Fellow linebacker Storm Klein will play Saturday. He had been battling a bulging disc in his back. Sabino, Ryan Shazier and Zach Boren are the starting linebackers.
  • Due to inclement weather, the Buckeyes moved up their Monday practice. Meyer said it was an “excellent” performance.
  • Linsley, Ohio State’s center, had issues snapping the ball in the spring. But he has been fine since the season started. Meyer said Linsley takes his job very serious and tries to perfect it.
  • The bowl ban hasn’t been brought up to Ohio State much this season because, according to Meyer, it hasn’t been needed. The AP poll is not a topic of conversation.
  • Not playing in a bowl has crossed Meyer’s mind – both the experience and losing so many practices.
  • Meyer said Boren has developed into a great leader throughout the season. His presence on defense has been stabilizing.
  • Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs was lauded by Meyer for his work with the secondary. Meyer also praised Bradley Roby and Travis Howard for turning it into the strongest unit on team.
  • The Meyer-Bret Bielema issue was covered again. Meyer said it was a situation that was blown out of proportion. 
  • Meyer said the team will be made aware that Saturday's game will win the Leaders Division.
  • Average or below average (C or C-) is how Urban Meyer grades Ohio State's offensive playmaking.
  • Bri'onte Dunn sprained his MCL. He won't play Saturday and is questionable for Michigan.
  • Armani Reeves will return to special teams Saturday.
  • Linsley and Orhian Johnson have each battled injuries but will play Saturday.

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Alhan's picture

I love the picture caption:

A friend of Bret Bielema's.

Kyle be trollin'!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

southbymidwest's picture

I thought that it was Fragel that was battling an injury and did not practice earlier in the week?  So I guess that means that he is ready to go on Saturday, which is good news.

bassplayer7770's picture

Sounds like Linsley was more dinged up than I realized, and the news about Dunn makes me realize how quickly RB depth can fade away.  Let's hope Hyde and Smith stay healthy.
It's also great to hear Reeves will be back.  I think the Special Teams could use his speed out on the field.

Earle's picture

John Simon, defensive POW...I don't think I'm ready for another Squirrel/Brewster smackdown....

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Alhan's picture

Does anyone have the criteria for what it takes to be a defensive or offensive champion?  I'm sure this has been discussed in the past, but I must have missed it at the time.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Ahh Saturday's picture

Surprised Shazier didn't grade out a champion against Illinois.  Just watched it once, but Shazier seemed to be everywhere.

Doc's picture

Shazier had 14 tackles and didn't grade as a Champion?  Wow!  That is surprising.

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yrro's picture

You can really see how the Champion grades are based on following assignments and responsibilities, not results.

BuckeyeInNYC's picture

Interesting that there was no update on Jordan Hall.  Must be a foregone conclusion at this point in time that he will seek a medical redshirt.  Hopefully Hyde/Smith will suffice as we finish out the year. 

otrain2416's picture

great to hear the guys had an excellent practice. When did Dunn get hurt I don't remember him going down during the last game  

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

albinomosquito's picture

Ohio State heads to Madison full of confidence. The offense is clicking, the defense has steadily improved the past month and special teams is solid.

i'm not so sure "solid" is an appropriate adjective to describe our special teams... sure injuries play a role in some of the problems, but buchanan makes me nervous every time he takes the field.. not to mention those long kick returns we gave up to illinois..

bedheadjc's picture

Agreed, Albino. Any team giving up this many blocked kicks and a pretty high return yard average is not quite "solid". Certainly not in relation to Meyer's standards.

thatlillefty's picture

so after all the hoopla between us and Wisky... whatever happened with Kyle Dodson?

cbusbuckeye's picture

I think he redshirted

Ill_Buckeye's picture

Would this be Brax's first game grading out as a champion?

Earle's picture

I think so.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Wow. Brionte Dunn is hurt. That leaves us with 2 RBs the rest of the year. Yikes. 

The South will NOT rise again!

bucknut3011's picture

Don't worry... Boren can play both ways. :)
Seriously, though, I got all the respect in the world for him.  Selfless and will do whatever his team needs.

Earle's picture

Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised to see him get some offensive snaps against UM, especially if Brionte can't go and/or someone else gets dinged.  Don't see it happening this week, though, except in a doomsday scenario (Hyde gets hurt and Rod puts ball on ground, or something along those lines).

Snarkies gonna snark. 

MediBuck's picture

And don't forget Philly Brown motioning out of the backfield. He showed good wiggle on that TD burst against Illinois and Meyer may reward him with more touches.

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O-H Kee Pa's picture

Pretty sure Brandon Castel said that Dunn would be back for Michigan.

Buckeye06's picture

People were just complaining last week about how RBs are gonna transfer b/c we have too many.  That is a position where you need 5-6 honestly.  Meyer plays 2 at a time often, and 1 is often a power back while the other is a scat. 
Excited for this game cause I'll be at Manny's in the UES as i visit NYC...good to get back with the old crew

RedQueenRace's picture

Also, despite the understandable excitement about Marshall and Elliott they are unlikely to see much playing time as a running back other than late in a lopsided game.  There is more to being in the backfield than just carrying the ball and a 1st year player will most likely heavily limit the playbook.

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Nice! I go to Manny's almost every week. Gonna be in D.C. this week, though. Enjoy your time in NYC. 

The South will NOT rise again!

Cleats8's picture

Manny's is FANTASTIC.  Great wings.  wish I still lived on the UES.  Just moved around 56 st midtown east if anyone knows of any spots/deals.  

SilverBulletNYC's picture

You're close to the 4/5. Just take it up to 86th and walk up to Manny's! In my opinion, there is not a better spot in NYC to watch a Buckeye game.
I know there is a new spot that just opened up near MSG but I forget the name of it. Blondies in the UWS is ok, as is Tonic.

The South will NOT rise again!

BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

All I know is that I'm happy we have a game on Saturday....last weeks Honey-to-do list was insane. No list this week...hahahahaha

On a lighter note.....Go Buckeyes.

Earle's picture

Look for some more carries for Philly Brown from the slot this week.  If nothing else it gives Michigan something more to think about.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

doodah_man's picture

Anybody got the straight skinny on what the rules are on post season practice (under a bowl ban)? It seems the conversation has gone from the monolithic statement  "bowl ban" (and the assumption we are all aware of the consequences) to angst over not having those extra practices because of the bowl ban. 
I know that practices are limited to only during certain times of the year; so, is it safe to assume that no post season play means no post season practice, period? Is there anything they can do between the TTUN game and spring practice (other than personal conditioning)?

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johnblairgobucks's picture

I heard on a recent "Urban Meyer Call In Show" when Paul Keels asked Urban about what effects not going to a Bowl game would have on the Buckeye team, Urban said "We're really going to miss those 15 practices."
So it seems that besides the 2 extra game reps (Bowl game and Big 10 Champ game) and 15 practices for Bowl game and 4 practices for Big 10 Champ game is what we'll miss.  Which is alot, but other than that OSU will be like any other team.  More time to get Bigger, Faster, Stronger and better prepared in the class room.

poop's picture

On the plus side, Urban can hit the recruiting trail 100% while the other coaches that are going to a bowl are occupied. I see a few flipping in our favor.

doodah_man's picture

Yea, there is at least some benefit. Thanks.

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Dougger's picture

"The Meyer-Bret Bielema issue was covered again. Meyer said it was a situation that was blown out of proportion."
and by that i hope he means that in turn he is going to blow the sh.t out of that team in their stadium saturday, because that would be so epic. 
happy to hear armani reeves is back, he'll definitely help!

I like football

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I don't think there is one person on this planet that doesn't believe Urban is going to go out of his way to humiliate baby Bret on Saturday!  I see him up by a bunch in the 4th quarter and putting in Kenny G so he can continue to run the offense at full throttle!  Going to be a freakin blast to watch that handshake at the end of the game!

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RBuck's picture

The Meyer-Bret Bielema issue was covered again. Meyer said it was a situation that was blown out of proportion.

Translation: "I really want to lay 70 on that POS."

Long live the southend.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Translation: "I really want to lay 70 on that POS."

By "Lay 70", I hope it really means "Win by 70" ;)

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timdogdad's picture

sorry, don't agree with wisky being favored by 2 pts.  they aren't playing the starting qb for one. i mean, we went to happy valley and at one point were up by 19 pts. and if we get a block on that punt block, it would be 28-3. is wisky better than psu?  maybe.  but good, lets be the underdog in a hostile environment.  lets make them one dimensional and  they have like 50 rushing yards at halftime. meanwhile braxton does his thing running and has success throwing.  a win at the so called un winnable camp randall would be another piece to the season. 

SuperBuckFan08's picture

You mean negative 50 rushing yards right? I don't want Ball getting the record against us. 

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Ann Arbor Buckeye's picture

If WIsky is favored it is only because they are playing at home.  I still don't see this game being close.  They are way too one dimentional and slow.  It should be a big win for the Buckeyes.

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Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

I would love for Kerry Coombs to jump up and down as high as he can with a huge smile on his face like the guy is on crack during the "jump around" between 3rd and 4th quarters Saturday night. .........And along with that, it'd be awesome if the whole damn team was jumping up and down. Even Meyer, but I doubt that happens.

MediBuck's picture

Coach Coombs' Red Bull-inspired leaping would negate the shaking from the home crowd--the ground will be still in Camp Randall during the fourth quarter this year :)

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

osubuckeye4life's picture

The last road show of the first campaign of Urban Assault concludes on Saturday.
Get your popcorn ready!