COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer wants an offense that can do a lot of things.
So far, he doesn’t have one.
Heading into Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game at No. 20 Michigan State, the 14th-ranked Buckeyes gain yardage either on scrambles by QB Braxton Miller or the occasional completion.
Asked if the attack is getting close to being as diversified as he wants, Meyer said, “Oh, I don’t think it’s very close yet. At times we show glimpses, but we’ve got to have more confidence to spread the ball around a little bit.”
The Buckeyes have been without one of their top two backs all season. On Saturday, both might return. Jordan Hall, who missed preseason camp (cut foot tendon) has gained 87 and 105 yards in the last two games. Carlos Hyde, who missed those two games (sprained knee ligament) ran for 82 and 27 yards in the first two games before he was hurt.
Meyer considers Hyde the Buckeyes’ “inside man” — running between the tackles. Miller is still the top threat outside containment. Hall does a little bit of both.
“We’ve still got a ways to go,” Meyer said.
NOTE THIS: Over the last four years, Michigan State and Ohio State have won more Big Ten games (24) than any other conference teams (although the Buckeyes vacated seven victories in the 2010 season due to NCAA violations).
WINROW MEMORIAL: A memorial service for former Ohio State OL Jason Winrow, who died suddenly on Sunday night at his home in Westerville, will be held on Thursday on campus at the Fawcett Center. The service will start at 4 p.m.
Winrow, who was 41, graduated in March of this year with his degree in economics. He came back to school through the Ohio State athletic department’s Degree Completion Program.
A fund has been set up to help Winrow’s widow, Nancy, and three children. Those wishing to donate to the Jason Winrow Memorial Fund can do so at any Chase Bank branch location or by mailing to: Jason Winrow Memorial Fund, c/o Raymont Harris, Ohio State Department of Athletics, Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
NO TAUNTING: Everybody is questioning football officials these days. Why not defensive co-coordinator Everett Withers?
After S Christian Bryant was flagged for a taunting penalty against UAB. Withers didn’t see it.
“I looked at the tape and I don’t see the penalty, so it’s hard for me,” Withers said. “I asked to him, ‘Did you say something?’ He said, ‘I can’t remember.’ The guy who threw the flag was back behind him, so I don’t know how he heard it.”
Withers sits in the pressbox during games and acts as Ohio State’s eye in the sky on defensive questions.
He was asked about the four chop-block penalties called against UAB, particularly since a fan can go an entire season without seeing a single one called.
“It showed up a lot in the game and a lot on Sunday when we were watching the tape,” Withers said. Joking, he added, “Maybe Conference USA allows that, I don’t know.”
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