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By Matt McCoy
Urban Meyer says his Buckeyes aren't ready to play a game yet but 'the good news is we don't have to be.'
Ohio State Saturday had its final scrimmage before it opens the season August 31 against Buffalo.
"Our goal is the military model...power of the unit," Meyer said. "We want nine units ready when called upon and we're not there yet. I'd say there's four or five units that are getting really close and there's about four that aren't so we've got some work to do."
Here are some other headlines from Meyer's conversation with reporters August 17.
On Rod Smith--suspended for the opener for team rules violations in the winter:
"He's doing very good and he's going to be a valuable member of this team once he gets back. He's practicing at a very, very high level. It's his last call. It's the 11th hour for Rod Smith so he needs to perform."
On Bradley Roby--also suspended for the opener for his incident in Indiana:
"The assault or battery was the part that (brought about charges) but there's a video I was told (that shows) there wasn't (assault or battery.) But he'll be suspended one game because there was an issue...he shouldn't have been there. I'll make a determination (later) because I don't think it's done."
On the play of Braxton Miller at the scrimmage and at camp:
"I'm starting to see a little bit of a ceiling. You can start to see what he could become. Last year we had no idea because he was so far away. He's throwing the ball at a very efficient level right now. His leadership skills still need to improve but they have improved."
On his depth concerns at offensive line and linebacker:
"Andrew Norwell and Corey Linsley still aren't full speed but they are practicing...but (their injuries) have given us a chance to get Pat Elflein and Jacoby Boren and get some depth and they're doing OK...and also Chase (Farris) so that's one area where we had no depth. The linebacker position is one of the units I'm talking about that doesn't (have depth). We're not there yet."
To hear all of Coach Meyer's comments on the Buckeyes click HERE:
Dempster Targets A-Rod
If you didn't see Sunday night baseball and the head-hunting of Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster towards controversial Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez, you can check it out below. It's as obvious as it gets.
As background, Red Sox pitcher John Lackey has been vocal that Rodriguez, appealing his PED suspension, should not be playing. Dempster obviously agrees and took aim at Rodriguez to send a message.
Yankee manager Joe Girardi went ballistic and was tossed from the game. Hours later, after the Yankees won, and A-Rod homered, Girardi was still hot in his post-game interview. That is also posted below. Check it out.