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By Matt McCoy
Other than the series two weeks ago against San Diego State when he suffered a strained MCL, Ohio State starting quarterback Braxton Miller hasn't had any game action since the opener against Buffalo. With the Big Ten opener against Wisconsin looming, it's clear coach Urban Meyer would like to give Miller some time Saturday against Florida A&M...if Miller is healthy enough.
"It's concerning," Meyer said of Miller's lack of game reps. "I know he's experienced but it's certainly not a finished product yet so I think as many reps as we can get (are important.) The good thing is, there's confidence in number 13."
Number 13 is Kenny Guiton who has starred in Miller's absence. Even if Guiton does not start the Florida A&M game, Meyer has said he would play and maybe significantly. Meyer indicating Wednesday night that if Miller is a go against the Rattlers it could be a "somewhat limited role."
Keep It Coming
Through three games, Ohio State is averaging almost 23 points in the first quarter. Meyer said Wednesday it's a trend he's continuing to emphasize this week as Ohio State prepares for FAMU.
"I want to come out of the chute fast. That would be four games in a row," Meyer said. "How you come out of the locker room after each half is an indication of the kids if they like to play or not...not just talent but if they like to play and our guys have come out (fast) in three in a row so I'm pushing that again real hard."
Florida A&M is an FCS school and is only 1-2. Ohio State is favored by more than 50 points but Meyer sees this game as important...not so much because of the opponent, but rather because of where it falls on the calendar. It's the final tune-up before the kickoff of the Big Ten season.
"We show up at work every day to compete for the Big Ten conference (championship)," Meyer said. "Look around here. That's why this building is here, that's why we compete...to compete for championships in November and that's still our goal and target. The number one objective is to win this game, number two is to make sure everything is ready to go as we enter Big Ten play."
To listen to all of Meyer's Wednesday comments click HERE:
FAMU, The Future & More
Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith joined 610 WTVN's Joel Riley Thursday morning, discussing Ohio State's scheduling. The Florida A&M game was a late add back in 2011 when conference realignment forced Cincinnati, Ohio State's original opponent for this week, to reschedule.
"I started with Grambling to be honest but Grambling couldn't work it out," Smith told Joel. Smith said he then focused on Florida A&M, who is best know for its high energy, up tempo band. "Frankly, that's why we scheduled them...We were looking forward to the Marching 100 and obviously they had tragedy and they're trying to get back going and we understand it."
The Florida A&M band was reinstated by the school only months ago. It had been suspended for nearly two years after a hazing incident resulted in the death of a drum major.
Smith also talked with Joel about future Buckeye schedules, Urban Meyer and more. To listen to the conversation click HERE:
Browns Hero & FAMU Coach Earl Holmes
The one and only time the Cleveland Browns have made the playoffs since returning to the NFL linebacker Earl Holmes was the hero. In the 2002 season finale, Holmes tackled Atlanta's Warrick Dunn on a fourth down, as the Browns made a goal line stand to secure a post-season clinching victory.
Holmes is back in Ohio Saturday, as the head coach of Florida A&M against the Buckeyes. He is in his first year and he joined 610 WTVN's Joel Riley Wednesday morning.
"There's a reason Ohio State is the number three or number four team in the country...they have it all," Holmes said to Joel. "My thing is, I just want to make sure our guys play the way they're supposed to play and play the game with some passion, be physical and play for 60 minutes. We can't worry about the 100,000 (fans), we can't worry about the 56 point spread, numbers don't play the game, fans don't play the game, it's out best 11 versus their best 11."
Holmes also relived his big play for the Browns...a moment fans may need to hear in light of the Trent Richardson trade. To listen to Coach Holmes and Joel Riley click HERE: