Wednesday Practice Update: Purdue Week

By Kyle Rowland on October 30, 2013 at 7:00p
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Urban Meyer had a visitor in his office Tuesday afternoon. It wasn’t a dignitary or celebrity. Instead, one of his players entered the palatial space inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Jack Mewhort needed to clear his mind, wanted to let Meyer know about past demons. In 2011, Ohio State went to Purdue controlling its own destiny in the division. The Buckeyes came home losers and didn’t win another the rest of the season.

On Tuesday, Mewhort assured Meyer it wouldn’t happen against. The offensive lineman let his head coach know the locker room is small and dingy and that the team’s focus is not one step ahead, but on the current opponent.

In his final meeting with reporters this week, Meyer said overlooking the Boilermakers is a non-issue. Bradley Roby echoed his coach’s thoughts, saying Ohio State has more to lose than Purdue, so a letdown isn’t even spoken of. Philly Brown said leadership is how you avoid potholes.

Notes:

  • Meyer said the run game begins with the offensive line. “No disrespect to Carlos,” Meyer said, “but I could run through some of those holes.”
  • Braxton Miller was gimpy a little on his bad knee last week. Meyer said that’s all gone. Miller is 100 percent.
  • Meyer said Miller is making the correct reads this year and running the offense with efficiency. That’s why the unit has been so prolific, according to Meyer.
  • Evan Spencer will play Saturday, Meyer said. But he’s been very limited in practice this week.
  • Roby said he put too much pressure on himself early in the season, which led to his struggles. He said he’s refocused in recent weeks and got back to the basics, instead of trying to live up to the hype.
  • One issue was attempting to do too much on the field, whether it was covering up for others mistakes or trying to make big plays.
  • Ryan Shazier said one issue he has on the field is being too fast as a linebacker. It’s led to him overrunning plays at times. Shazier said it’s not a bad problem to have, though. It allows him to cheat on some plays and beat offensive players off and around blocks.
  • Two players Shazier named as model linebackers were Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman.
  • Brown said he’ll be happy to se Darrell Hazell, the coach that recruited him to Ohio State. Brown said they have a great relationship and will share a hug. He called Hazell one of the best coaches he’s ever been around.
  • “He can throw us over his shoulder and carry us to victory.” -Brown on Hyde
  • Purdue is second in the nation in net punting. Brown said the Buckeyes will get creative.
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Seattle Linga's picture

K-Row..... Thanks for the write up as always. Getting Quibs and Quotes from coach always completes the day for me as I am not within earshot of my daily fill of Buckeye sports talk.

sivaDavis's picture

Appreciate the update Kyle.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

dlb72osu's picture

I liked Tress very much, but how incredibly cool is it to have this type of open forum where we don't get the vanilla coach-speak. How refreshing to hear about an O-lineman approaching the HC with some heart felt words from the entire group! There is some really great stuff happening at tOSU. And UFM is willing to open it all up to us.
As always, good write up, Kyle.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
- Invictus

Hovenaut's picture

That's exactly what I thought of while reading UFM's comments on Mewhort - we would have never heard that from Tressel.

I'll always appreciate what The Vest accomplished on the field, but love how the current staff and players are so open and direct.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Meyer said the run game begins with the offensive line. “No disrespect to Carlos,” Meyer said, “but I could run through some of those holes.”

THIS!!!!!
Not enough can be said about Ed Warriner and Urban Meyer when it comes to this group.  Amzing what they have done with this group of young men.  And the young men in the trenches deserve tons of credit too.  They unit as a whole is just awesome to watch.  One of the most dominant offensive lines in college football, and for sure in tOSU history...

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Toilrt Paper's picture

The ONLY way you could improve on this O-line is to fit Orlando Pace in it some how. I can remember 100's of running plays from the past where I would sit in front of the TV and groan, mumble and sputter at the piss poor blocking. I can't remember one this year and very few last year where I felt like that. Hyde must be given some credit here also. At times the best of O-linemen get beat or the D-line has a good stunt that causes a scrum where the hole was supposed to be. Hyde's incredibly quick feet for such a big man and his quick and accurate decision making gets him to where an opening is for a gain.
It wouldn't surprise me if none of out O-linemen would make All-American Teams. The obvious key to this O-line is there ability to communicate, make adjustment and work as a unit. 
It is a pleasure to watch their work. IMO the most important coach in this group outside of Urban is Ed Warinner.

NCBuckeye2011's picture

Braxton Miller was gimpy a little on his bad knee last week. Meyer said that’s all gone. Miller is 100 percent.

 
If Braxton wasn't quite at full Xbrax360-strength last week against PSU I'm a little afraid of what he'll do against Purdue!

bigbill992001's picture

While he wont win the Heisman, he's running like the old Brax and his passing/reads are miles ahead.

millertime2011's picture

With how he looked against PSU, he should be XBrax One.

MassiveAttack's picture

I see what you did there.  ;^)

dubjayfootball90's picture

“He can throw us over his shoulder and carry us to victory.” -Brown on Hyde
 
such a true statement, haha.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

buckz4evr's picture

I know our offense starts with Braxton, but with that O-line and Hyde in the backfield, how can Braxton make a mistake in his reads?  Give it to Hyde and watch them go to work!  Or keep the ball and follow him to pay dirt.  When all else fails, toss it to Wilson and laugh as he leaves all defenders grasping at air as he flies by.  Man, I love this offense.

mcollier's picture

4th team in a row to get 2 weeks to prepare for the Buckeyes!
Did seem to help Northwestern and Iowa keep the games closer than expected.
Conspiracy??

pjtobin's picture

They're all out to get us. All of em. 
Now I must adjust my tinfoil hat. 

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

Poison nuts's picture

These updates are highlights of the week for me...let's me know a game is coming soon!

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

cinserious's picture

4th team in a row to get 2 weeks to prepare for the Buckeyes!

It's the B1G's best chance at fair competition against the Buckeyes!

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

RBuck's picture

Purdue is second in the nation in net punting. Brown said the Buckeyes will get creative.

 
Translation: We're going after the punter.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Buckeye1004's picture

Could also be some weird runback setup.  Throwing across the field, pitches?  However, I'd like to see them take one of the punters foot and take it for six