Urban Meyer: Ohio State Hoping To Get Miller Double-Digit Touches

Updates from Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's post-practice press conference on Wednesday.

As Braxton Miller continues to progress as a wide receiver, it will be up to the coaching staff to figure out how and at what frequency to employ him. 

Thus far, that's still a work in progress. After rushing the ball five times with three catches against Virginia Tech, Miller had eight carries and two catches against Hawaii. Meyer said Ohio State generally has an idea of how many times they want to give Miller the ball during any given game and monitor that during the game. 

"Oh yeah, it's right in front of me. We kind of check it off as we go." 

What might that number be?

"It's a double-digit number," Meyer said. "You can tell when a guy is hot... that's how we determine that." 

Other updates from Meyer are as follows: 

  • Meyer did not appear particularly pleased with either of the true freshmen tight ends when asked who would come in if something happened to either Nick Vannett or Marcus Baugh. In a pinch, if neither were available, Meyer said he would turn to offensive tackle Jamarco Jones to play tight end. "If we lose two tight ends, we've got a problem." 
  • Baugh earned some praise from Meyer, who said he was "playing the best he's played" and noted that Baugh had been used in all the two tight end sets Ohio State ran against Virginia Tech and Hawaii. 
  • With Jim Tressel going into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend, Meyer noted that Tressel "ran the premier program -- if not the premier one of the premier programs -- in the country" while he was at Ohio State. He said he admired it all the way back when he was coaching at Bowling Green and came down to Columbus to study him. 
  • Meyer said that Miller is throwing and can be used on passing plays in a game, but the program is being cautious with that for now.
  • Meyer said the Hawaii linebackers clapping to disrupt the snap cadence shouldn't be used as an excuse for the offensive line play. "The reason we were (false starting) is because we weren't playing very well."
  • Mike Weber won't play against Northern Illinois but is probable for Western Michigan. 
  • Meyer on effort: "The guy who doesn't go hard disappears."
  • Meyer said Northern Illinois is a Big Ten-caliber team. He's impressed with their quarterback Drew Hare. 
  • Meyer said OSU needs to do better when defenses sell out to stop the run. 
  • Adding that he usually doesn't say this, Meyer praised his team for a good last two days of practice. 

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