Meyer: I'm Optimistic Braxton Miller Will Play

By Kyle Rowland on September 10, 2013 at 2:15p
Urban Meyer is hoping to see Braxton Miller Saturday night at Cal.

Braxton Miller is one step closer to playing on Saturday, though head coach Urban Meyer continues to be cautious. Miller will practice Tuesday on a limited based, according to Meyer, with Wednesday possibly revealing whether he will play on Saturday.

“I’m fairly optimistic,” Meyer said Tuesday on the Big Ten Teleconference.

Ohio State’s dynamic quarterback did not practice on Monday, only receiving treatment at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Miller did throw on Tuesday morning.

Kenny Guiton will be ready to go for the Buckeyes if Miller is sidelined. Guiton actually suffered a hand injury against San Diego State that went unnoticed by fans and media. He took a hit, which left his hand “very swollen,” Meyer said. It was wrapped on Monday, but Meyer indicated Guiton would be 100 percent on Saturday.

Defensively, Meyer is anxious to see how Ohio State’s depth holds up against an offense that can be called quicker than fast-paced. True freshman quarterback Jared Goff leads the nation in passing and the Bears can run as many as 100 plays per game.

“That will be a factor in the game,” Meyer said.

Brady Hoke:

  • You can’t make this quote up from Brady Hoke prior to Tuesday’s Big Ten Teleconference: "Saturday is a glazed donut game, starts at noon. We like those games.”
  • Michigan was impressive during the first half of Saturday’s win against Notre Dame. The second half gave way to some sloppy play. Hoke said the Wolverines did enough things poorly that the team has plenty to work on.
  • Michigan is now 16-0 at home under Hoke.
  • Hoke said there is not a set number of runs for Devin Gardner. On Saturday, the Wolverines ran five called QB runs.
  • Jake Ryan is expected to return sometime in October, according to Hoke.

Gary Andersen:

  • Wisconsin is 2-0 and hasn’t given up a point yet, albeit against very weak competition. Andersen realizes it will be much tougher this week at Arizona State.
  • Andersen said the trip to Arizona is a huge opportunity in recruiting for the Badgers. Wisconsin will leave on Thursday to help acclimate with the time change.
  • “I’ve gone the other way. Don’t think it’s too much different.” Andersen previously coached at Utah State.
  • There are four Big Ten-Pac 12 games on Saturday. Andersen said it’s a big day for the Big Ten to showcase itself.

Bo Pelini:

  • On UCLA’s offense: “They create space. They create room for their playmakers. It’s all about getting you in one-on-one matchups.”
  • Pelini said the defense vs. offense matchups come down to execution. A year ago, when UCLA beat Nebraska, the Cornhuskers had a poor day tackling. The game plan is better this year, Pelini said, and he feels like the Black Shirts are better equipped to slow down the Bruins.
  • Last season, Nebraska traveled to UCLA to play in the Rose Bowl. It’s UCLA coming to Nebraska and Memorial Stadium this season. Both venues are historic. “We have great fans. It’s always loud here. This place is all about college football and college athletics.”
  • Different season, different team this year, according to Pelini. There’s respect for UCLA in the Cornhusker locker room, but the team isn’t looking to get revenge.
  • Pelini said Ameer Abdullah has the ability to run fast, make people miss and have power. “It’s fun to see him step up.”

Mark Dantonio:

  • “We need to continue find a rhythm offensively.” That said, Dantonio is very happy with the play of the defense.
  • Defensive end Shillique Calhoun was named Big Ten defensive player of the week. Dantonio said his redshirt year was big in progression.
  • Connor Cook and Damion Terry are the top 2 quarterbacks this week. Terry is a true freshman. Dantonio is worried about burning a possible redshirt year.
  • “We’re looking for somebody to seize the moment.”

Kirk Ferentz:

  • Ferentz deemed the Iowa-Iowa State series as a “great rivalry.” He said it’s great for the state and unique to have a rival be an in-state BCS school.
  • “We can’t expect to win if we don’t clean penalties up.”

Jerry Kill:

  • Minnesota is 2-0, but the Gophers have had trouble completing the football. Kill blamed a majority of that issue on wide receivers dropping the ball. Holding on to the ball has been an emphasis in practice this week.
  • Minnesota’s leading receiver has 51 yards in two games. Opponents were UNLV and New Mexico State. Not exactly stout competition.
  • Markus Jones was the Big Ten special teams player of the week after returning a punt for a touchdown. Kill said Jones is very explosive and got his speed back to where it was as a freshman. Could make major impact this season.

Tim Beckman:

  • Illinois’ win over Cincinnati Saturday was the biggest in the Beckman era. He said it was big for the team to finally see a reward and what it takes to beat a quality opponent.
  • Illinois plays Washington at Solider Field Saturday. It’ll be big in the recruiting efforts for the Illini. Beckman is excited to play a really good team and be in the atmosphere of a pro stadium.
  • Beckman said he was shocked when he heard about the allegations at Oklahoma State. He said he hasn’t been contacted by anyone. Beckman was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State prior to being hired by Toledo.
  • Nathan Scheelhaase has played great the first two weeks. Beckman said Scheelhaase’s injury last year was much more severe than people realize. Said this is evidence how efficient he can be when healthy.

Darrell Hazell:

  • Quarterback Rob Bolden has been solid, but Hazell said he must continue to get better for Purdue to be at the level Hazell wants.
  • Purdue had 18 communication miscues against Cincinnati in Week 1. It only happened four times in a close win over Indiana State.
  • Safety Landon Fletcher broke his leg. Hazell called it a big loss. Anthony Brown will take his place.
  • Hazell said Akeem hunt continues to get better as an all-purpose player. Said he’s someone Purdue needs to depend on late in games.

Bill O’Brien:

  • Penn State has struggled on third down. O’Brien said it’s a problem that needs to improve. Poor execution has held the Nittany Lions said, O’Brien said.
  • O’Brien coached under George O’Leary at Georgia Tech. Said he owes his success to O’Leary. O’Brien’s dad will be at the game Saturday just so he can say “hi” to O’Leary.
  • Defensive coordinator John Butler is quick-minded and hardworking, according to O’Brien.
  • “Any time you rush for 250 yards, it’s a good game.”

Pat Fitzgerald:

  • Northwestern had night games the first two weekends, so Fitzgerald had them practice at night. They’re finally playing early this week and with the heat wave today, Fitzgerald had an early morning practice. It was welcomed by all.
  • Fitzgerald said Cal’s offensive game plan for similar to what Sonny Dykes ran at La. Tech. Northwestern had to make some adjustments.
  • Pat Fitzgerald said he was very impressed with Cal true freshman QB Jared Goff. “He's going to be a really special player in that offense.”

Kevin Wilson:

  • Indiana's run game was inconsistent at times last season. It's opened up the passing game more this season. Wilson said running back Tevin Coleman was too hesitant and thought too much a year ago.
  • Indiana lost to Navy last week. “We came out and got punched in the mouth.”

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BuckeyeKing02's picture

“We need to continue find a rhythm offensively.” That said, Dantonio is very happy with the play of the defense.
I have the feeling he's going to be saying that a lot from week to week given his hiring of OC Jim Bollman.  

Hovenaut's picture

Stopped reading right there to scroll down to the ol' comment yard, and well BuckeyeKing is right on it.

But Sparty has a rhythm's just.not.effective.

tennbuckeye19's picture

So MSU is utilizing the rhythm method on offense? Interesting.

Earle's picture

I would think there would be a fair amount of scoring inherent in that approach, although they would have to hope that games didn't fall on certain days.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Perhaps scheduling is an issue for them. 
Of course, from Dantonio's words, scoring is a big issue. Their offense is having problems scoring but when it comes to their defense, they're not letting anyone score.

Earle's picture

Maybe Gloria Estefan was right.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

They will be fine as long as they continue to breathe through their diaphragm.
In,, out, yes, that's it.  In, out...

I like cookies.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Love Hoke's doughnut quote.

Yeti's have feelings too.

THE_JUICE's picture

I think I like Hoke as a person.  Seems to be a pretty good coach too.  I'd be okay with his team losing to Ohio State every year though.

BuckGuy003's picture

Maybe it's the pure hatred for the stupid colors he wears but, just hearing him speak makes me want it to be November to put a hurtin on his precious wolverines. Screw Blue

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BassDropper's picture

I agree. Before this season I used to 'hate' Coach Hoke, but this year I started pulling for all B1G teams...yes, even Meeeechigan (Conference Pride). This past week I realized that I may actually like Hoke as a person and coach. It could be because he was going up against that douche Brian Kelly, but idk, when he called Notre Dame a chicken I gained respect for him for not holding back his opinion. 


skid21's picture

Never. Even though his attempt at disrespect is lame I can't respect someone who was raised in Ohio being a TTUN fan. It goes against all that is sacred.

Hoke has called the Buckeyes "Ohio" since he was a 10-year-old in Dayton, Ohio. He started doing it to irk buddies, who were Buckeyes fans, he said. Even then, growing up in the heart of Ohio, he was a Michigan fan.

Buckeye-in-DC's picture

what's even weaker, as i recall, is that he "chose" to like michigan just to be different. lame.

DaiTheFlu's picture

I "chose" to like Ohio State because Joey Galloway and Bobby Hoying hooking up for three TDs Against Purdue one fine fall day caught my 9-year old attention span by the throat, reached into the depths of my soul and said "You will never love any woman even half as much as you will love the Scarlet and Gray from this day henceforth".
They were right; I'm still childless and wifeless and I couldn't be any more pleased.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

Doc's picture

The funny thing is we embrace Ohio.  We spell O H I O around the stadium.  We greet each other with OH's and IO's.  The bands most memorable thing is Script Ohio.  He thinks he is being clever and coy, when he is just being douchie.
With that said, I think Hoke is probably a very likeable person.  A douchie troll, but still likeable.

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Eye27's picture

I agree completely about Hoke as a person.  Seems like the type of guy that would be great to hang out with.  I can't stand Michigan enough to really get into an analysis of whether or not he is a good coach.  I would actually have to watch them play to do that.

ABrown07's picture

This week will be fun for the B1G, I can't wait to see how we do against the Pac-12.

I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people.

-Woody Hayes

Squirrel Master's picture

I'm confident Braxton can play this week, but will he be able to run very well. Its been back to back weeks of leg injuries and cramps and I am just waiting to see what this offense can be like with him able to run. His big run in the second half against Buffalo was awesome.

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Haybucks's picture

I'd like to see Braxton in some limited sets to see how his passing footwork is.  Even a run or two to see how his knee responds and then stay loose on the sidelines, ready to enter for extended series. Intense blocking from the o-line and multiple back sets will be needed.  I'll be glad when Hyde returns from his extended time in the dog house for 15 carries against FAM and hear the crowd cheer for Braxton. Then on to more serious business when Wiscy strolls down High and Lane and our team at 100%. 

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


ibuck's picture

Yes, I'd like to see our team at 100%:
100% Healthy, 100% focused, 100% effort for 100% of the game (no coasting).
Cal's frosh QB is calm, able to read defenses & toss the ball quickly. He's passing for over 400 yds/game.  Silver Bullets are going to need their A game.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Sure hope Braxton can return to 100%.  Love the Brady Hoke quote.  He's always thinking about food.  Did you see one of his earlier jobs in his life?  Yep, he was the Bob's Big Boy for a while.

DaiTheFlu's picture

"Illinois’ win over Cincinnati Saturday was the biggest in the Beckman era."
Um yeah, considering the fact there had been three up until that point in time...

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

ToTheHouse's picture

Is it just there some written Coach-CODE only one qb HAS to stay-in almost the WHOLE half/game ? BEFORE they can be alternated/shuttled etc. ???  Like HAYBUCKS said ? No getting tOSU, n Brax his statue isn't the MAIN thing...his health back IS ! Even if he maybe is a M.Vick Jr. Any help here Kyle, any thoughts from the 11W staff ?
IBUCK this is SO right ON..."Cal's frosh QB is calm, able to read defenses & toss the ball quickly. He's passing for over 400 yds/game.  Silver Bullets are going to need their A game."

To the NC House...Repeat gonna be Sah-weet!

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Was channel surfing earlier this evening and four knuckleheads on ESPN were discussing the OSU / Cal game and they were lavishing praise on Goff and opining that the bucks need to watch out for Cal they may be more than they can handle then when talking about Kenny G a couple of the guys were smirking over the assertion that he was a good QB.  I'd love to see Braxton go out in the first half and engineer four scores and Guiton come out in the second half and engineer five scores and the D throttle Cal, then listen to them backtrack all of their ****.  Why do I listen to them in the first place?  I know ... that was a rhetorical question.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

BeijingBucks's picture

Tempted to downvote  you for watching that ESPN trash... But your realization of your folly stayed my hand. Haha.

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pjtobin's picture

I am excited to see our play book open up. I don't want to see a close game like last year. I want Xbrax to set some records this sat. And our d shut cal down all night. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad.