The Buckeyes will look to get back on track Saturday night at Nebraska and the offensive line will do so with added knowledge they gained after breaking down film of OSU's loss to the Spartans. The line had a tough time against MSU's blitz-heavy defensive attack. Michigan State sacked Braxton Miller and Joe Bauserman a combined nine times and spend most of the afternoon not only hassling the QBs but also any rusher who attempted to carry the football.
Senior center Mike Brewster said after the MSU game that he was eager to see film of the game to see what the line did wrong. On Tuesday, Brewster said he saw a lot of little miscues.
"There are definitely things we need to clean up," Brewster said. "I think maybe now after a game like that we'll be more ready for a team (like Michigan State). I've never been blitzed that much since I've been playing here. I think if anything we'll be more ready and expect the blitz more often."
If the Cornhuskers want to bring the house against Ohio State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, they'll do so against a reworked offensive line. Seemingly lost among the bad news that senior wide receiver DeVier Posey and fifth-year senior tailback Boom Herron will not return from NCAA suspension yet is the fact that senior left tackle Mike Adams will be back in uniform for the first time this season.
Adams was an All-Big Ten performer as a junior last fall and was listed as the starter at his old spot in the Nebraska week depth chart.
"He's ready to go," Brewster said of Adams. "He's going to be a big asset for us when we're in Nebraska.
"I'm excited to see how (getting Adams back) is going to affect things," Brewster added. "I know he's ready and he had a great year last year. I expect the same from him this year. I expect we should play well on Saturday."
The return of Adams isn't the only change on the depth chart, either. The Buckeye who manned Adams' left tackle spot, sophomore Andrew Norwell, played well enough to earn a different starting spot. He was listed as the No. 1 left guard with sophomore Jack Mewhort sliding to right guard ahead of classmates Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall, the latter of whom was recently suspended for an NCAA violation.
Brewster said Norwell "fought his butt off" during the first five games of the season and deserved a starting spot.
"Sometimes I might have to get him on the same page as me, but at the end of the day I know he's going to fire off and hit somebody," Brewster said.
Mewhort was clearly frustrated following the loss to the Spartans. He lamented the pressure the quarterbacks faced against Michigan State and said the line deserved blame for the loss.
"The game's won and lost in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and I don't think we got it done today on offense," Mewhort said. "I think that's on us."
According to Brewster, Mewhort was the one who suggested he move from left guard to right guard. The senior said Mewhort has continued to improve since becoming a starter.
"We were talking the other day and I said, ‘Man. You're just going to keep getting better.' That's what he's done," Brewster said. "If you want to keep improving during the season you want to look back at game one and think, ‘I don't even really know who that guy was.' He'll be playing on the right side now, but I know he can do it. He's athletic and he's got the knowledge."
Brewster remained the starting center and fellow senior the No. 1 right tackle on the depth chart.
"It's a big, athletic line," Brewster said. I'm the smallest guy and I'm pushing 6-5, so I think it's going to be a good group of guys."