Marshall, Collier On Call

Updates from Urban Meyer's post-practice press conference.

It’s hard to imagine a team being unlucky enough to lose a third quarterback to injury, but if the need arises Ohio State has a pair of players ready to go.

Speaking after practice on Wednesday, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer said true freshman quarterback Stephen Collier and redshirt freshman “H” Jalin Marshall are both being prepped for potential duty.

“Stephen’s on call, and you have Jalin Marshall,” Meyer said.

Meyer bristled at the notion that Collier would be a last resort, calling that description too harsh. He noted that Marshall has gotten a few more reps in practice than he otherwise might.

“He’s always on call, too,” Meyer said of Marshall. He provides an interesting skill set.”

Other updates from Meyer are as follows:

Meyer said sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones had a good day of practice.

The third-year head coach maintained his assertion that Jones will be helped in large part because the players around him are so good. “I’ve been saying it since Day 1. They’re a product of those around them a lot of times. Sometimes it’s not, but 95 percent of every quarterback… the good quarterback has a common denominator. It’s good players around him. We have a veteran offensive line and some good players around him.”

It didn’t surprise Meyer that Barrett found his way into the stands to watch the fourth quarter of the Michigan game.

Meyer was asked about the Michigan’s dismissal of Brady Hoke: “I’m a coach’s coach. Any time you hear that… I’ve known Brady a long time and wish him the best. He’s a fine coach.”

Practice has been more physical this week, Meyer said.

Meyer had some kind words for Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen, whom he hired as Utah’s defensive line coach for the 2004 season. He said Andersen is a big-picture guy who cares a lot about his players.

Other than the obvious absence of Dontre Wilson, there are no major injuries to report.

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