Wednesday Practice Update: Penn State Week

By Kyle Rowland on October 23, 2013 at 7:28p
Urban Meyer urged his defense to pressure Christian Hackenberg.

It wasn’t long ago when Braxton Miller was a true freshman quarterback going through the growing pains of his first college season. Urban Meyer remembers it because he was a commentator that season and saw Miller up close and personal.

Ohio State faces a true freshman in Christian Hackenberg this week. He’s the best rookie quarterback in the Big Ten since Miller came along, and Hackenberg is playing like anything but a first-year college player.

Meyer said its imperative that the Buckeyes get pressure on the signal caller. If he gets settled in the pocket, he can pick any defense apart. Hackenberg’s arm is strong and capable of beating any opponent.

Watching from afar, Miller said he’s impressed with Hackenberg’s play because he knows just how hard the jump is from high school to college. The learning curve is immense and most true freshman don’t succeed out of the gate.


  • Meyer said he was disappointed last week in how long it took the defense to make adjustments. They weren’t able to shore up their deficiencies until halftime.
  • Ohio State talked to the Big Ten on Sunday about Bradley Roby’s targeting ejection. The Buckeyes were told it would have been very hard for the officials to overturn the call on the field because there was helmet-to-helmet contact. Meyer said he was satisfied with the explanation.
  • Tommy Schutt continues to get better health wise and his on-field play improves as he gets more healthy, according to Meyer.
  • Meyer believes Saturday’s game will be a street fight. He said Penn State will carry momentum from beating Michigan into the game.
  • Miller said he still feels some soreness on the field. But his adrenaline on the field makes him play through it.
  • The offense got a solid A grade from Miller. He said they’re operating at 92 percent.
  • Asked to describe his highlight-reel run at Penn State last season, Miller said the play was a blur. He did remember that Carlos Hyde was supposed to get the ball, though. Miller kept it instead.
  • Miller said he wants to get Jeff Heuerman involved in the offense on Saturday.
  • Ryan Shazier said he doesn’t worry about where Ohio State is in the BCS standings.  He said it always have a way or working itself out. All Ohio State needs to concentrate on is winning the next game.
  • Philly Brown said Ohio State needs to start winning more impressively.
  • Shazier’s happy about the win streak, but he said he and his teammates still just take everything game-by-game. No pressure.
  • Brown, a Pennsylvania native, said the Penn State game isn’t something he circles on his calendar.
  • Asked if he was surprised at how well Penn State has withstood its sanctions, Brown said no. It’s still Penn State, he said. Brown said no matter what Penn State isn’t going to have some horrible season.
  • A big story of the season has been Philly Brown’s blocking ability. He said he does it for several reasons: he wouldn’t be playing if he didn’t block, for the love of the team, and for Hyde. He said he and Hyde are best friends.
  • Brown said fundamentals can only take you so far. At some point, you have to get by on desire.
  • Meyer said earlier in the week that Brown gave a rousing halftime speech Saturday. Brown said it included some bad words, but also that he challenged both sides of the ball. Evidently, it worked.
  • Meyer also said last year he would go on the opposite side of the street as Brown, saying he wasn’t a high character guy or leader. Brown said he sensed that and alluded that the feeling was mutual. He said it takes time to trust someone, even if it’s Urban Meyer.

Comments Show All Comments

Hovenaut's picture

Good comments all around.

Shazier's spot on regarding the BCS and the'll work out, one at a time.

Easy to see why Philly Brown has assumed a team leader role, he's really stepped it up.

I like the plan to get Heuerman involved....think he had a season high five catches against Iowa? Happy to see him, along with checkdowns to the backs, filling out the passing game.

BME_Buckeye's picture

It should have been six had he not had that one drop pass.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


avail31678's picture

And remember Stoney's big TD last year?  Let's spread this D out and open up the middle like that again, and get our TEs the ball!  Or Dontre.  TEs or Dontre in a wide open middle.

MN Buckeye's picture

It's interesting to me how critical team chemistry is. We just had the article about the offensive line bonding and now comments here about Brown and Hyde being best friends and about trust between the coaching staff and the players.
You can have all the talent in the world, but it has to come together in the locker room and on the field. And team leaders are a critical part of that; I am glad to see Philly step up his game at all levels. I look forward to seeing it all come together this Saturday.

Kyle Rowland's picture

Yep. See: 2012 USC. And the super teams in pro sports that have fallen well short. 

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

From the sounds of things (not only this article but from other sources) this team is going to be fired up!!!! It's going to come out of the gates pissed off on both sides of the ball. Meyer and co. are challenging this group of young men and they will play inspired football come Saturday night. I'm very excited and can't wait to see the DLine dominate PSUs OLine!!! The Shoe is going to be electric!!!!  Lets go out and take care of business!!! GO BUCKS!!!!!

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

BeijingBucks's picture

This is like the MSU game last year it feels. The team has to overcome adversity and gels accordingly gaining momentum through the end of the year. 
Also so about now those underclassmen start becoming men. 
I for for one cod not think this will be as close as people think. Offense is rolling now and the defense has a point to prove!

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

balbak buck's picture

"overcome Adversity". What adversity are you talking about ?? OSU ranked #4 and PSU is unranked..If we had a good defense ,then we win the game by 4 TD.If the Defense hold, the offense will explode..

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

BLITZ!!!  That is all!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Actorjonnyb's picture

I second that


BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

I love Braxton and I think he's a Top 5 QB, but I'll take Hack as a Frosh QB over Braxton's Freshman year (also, Braxton had the Walrus as his o-coordinator, Hack has O'Brien).

Deadly Nuts's picture

I would take a good scrambling QB over a good pocket QB any day.


Poison nuts's picture

Yeah, I'm certainly somewhat biased, but for the college game & the offense in place at OSU I'll take Braxton as a freshman all day over pretty much any other freshman out there. Now that he's had a few years, he can be truly unstoppable as evidenced by his performance in that 2nd half, which was a thing of sheer beauty.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Buckeytrips's picture

Braxton was on his own when he was a freshman. He had NO coaching. Look that the qb coaches on the respected teams. Brax had a waterboy and Hack has someone that actually knows what they are doing. For what Braxton did with little coaching I would take him any day of the week over Hack.

InHartWeTrust's picture

I love how Philly is always talking some sort of classy "trash" about other teams.  It never seems like he is talking trash, but he is always brutally honest about not being impressed about any other player or team.  I love that in a WR, especially the classy way that he does it...nothing seems like a "big deal" to him.

vitaminB's picture

I knew he was in for a big year when he came to camp with that "Playmaker" T-shirt on.

pjtobin's picture

I so badly want to see our defense shut state penn down and our offense get accused of bullying them when the score is 91-0. The good guys!

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

buckeye4life050233's picture

"Ohio State talked to the Big Ten on Sunday about Bradley Roby’s targeting ejection. The Buckeyes were told it would have been very hard for the officials to overturn the call on the field because there was helmet-to-helmet contact. Meyer said he was satisfied with the explanation.
A) just becuase there was helmet to helmet contact doesn't mean the call can't be overturned....i have seen it happen in plenty other games earlier in the season with much more helmet contact than roby's hit which had little to no contact with the oppositions helmet....
B) it is a lame excuse for the official throwing the flag 5 seconds after the play where it almost seems like he thought to himself well it was a big hit i better throw my flag
C) if you think roby's hit was targeting than i refer you to later in the game on a return or a run by dontre wilson one of iowa's guys leaves his feet, head down, and puts the crown of his helmet directly into dontre's yet no call and no flag?????  that type of play is the reason the rule was introduced not roby's bs ejection......
D) until the officials are held accountable for terrible officiating we will see no progress with this rule because it is so subjective and allows to much leeway to alter a game, lucky for the buckeyes it didn't hurt us this past week.....
E) i can't wait for alabama to lose a guy or 2 for targeting in a game and then they lose and eSECpn will be up in arms for a rule change then just wait and see

CowCat's picture

100% agreed.

Ohio State and Urbz have been at the forefront of teaching safe techniques. Totally subjective BS call.

The rules should place more onus on the refs to demonstrate certainty before ejecting a player.

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

rekrul's picture

What I find irritating about the description is that there is no "gray" area.  Under that explanation if Roby's helmet where to come off or his chin strap come un-done fly up and hit the offensive player in the helmet then he could get ejected for that, "HELMET TO HELMET CONTACT"...  They are not taking anything but the "Rule" into consideration for what it is.

Out Work, Out Think, Out Play!!!

Seattle Linga's picture

Great write up Kyle - it's nice to see a lot of bullet points so closely together - all meat no fluff.

GOOMBAY's picture

Preparing for the anticipated "street fight;" crossing fingers for efficient dominance most have been waiting for. 
Given his ups and downs so far, too much to ask for Roby continuing the P(ick six)SU streak?
Would settle for a night of relentless pressure on Hackenberg. Too bad there's no real grass/dirt to dress up that bright white QB jersey...

avail31678's picture

We could stain it with just won't be Kyle Kalis' blood.

WezBuck28's picture

We need to go full bore on every play..this needs to be complete domination by our offer she, AND our defense..hackenburger(big Ben's younger brother), or whatever his name going to throw the bout we play man coverage and take that cushion away..rush his ass every damn play and take his head out of the game..I'm gonna steal a line from the one time Hoover Alabama high school football coach and say with a veiny neck and forehead, along with spit flying out of my mouth " let's beat the piss out'of'em!!!!"...this. needs to be a statement game..are may not have the strongest schedule, but we need to show those 'naysayers" its time to put it all behind them, and get on board..

ChazBuckeye's picture

Win out and let the chips fall where they may.  Heard Mel Kiper on Mike and Mike this morning say that if OSU went 13-0 last year, based on Brad Edwards predictions, OSU would have played ND over Bama.  Don't believe the ESPN hype from others who want the SEC in the big game with FSU or Oregon.  Things will work themselves out.  Just look at the BCS era in the past twelve or so years.  There's been very few times where two or more teams finished the season undefeated (most times it's been Bosie or Utah in the past that finishes unbeaten too). They'll be more teams going down soon enough.  

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

misterbulbous's picture

OSU will enter the championship discussion due to viewership.  The OSU-Northwestern game was one of the highest viewed games this season - and really wasn't a "marquee matchup" so to speak (but ESPN/ABC advertised the heck out of it).  By contrast the Georgia-Missouri game the following week was a matchup of two top-ten teams and recieved very little advertising and viewship.
Similarly, the OSU-PSU game is getting hyped up a'la the Northwestern Game.  Obviously ESPN and ABC know their bread is buttered with OSU coverage, and obviously they have the power to start influencing which teams should be in the BCS championship based on advertising dollars and viewer ratings.

osuguy2008's picture

regarding Roby- I'm not sure it's conclusive there was helmet to helmet. It may have appeared close but I don't remember the helmets actually making contact