Behind enemy lines

Behind enemy lines

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Behind enemy lines

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla — On New Year’s Day, Ohio State got their first taste of South Florida’s fickle weather, experiencing off and on torrential downpour during the last 40 minutes of practice. But by the time the Buckeyes ended their fourth bowl-game practice, the sun was high in the sky. Head coach Urban Meyer and selected players spoke briefly after Wednesday’s practice.

Coach Meyer:

On defensive end Noah Spence’s absence:

“I really wasn’t [planning to play without him]. I was just disappointed that the appeal didn’t go through. Noah is one of my favorite players, great family, great person. Moving forward.”

“He is one of my favorite guys. Sometimes things happen in life that you’ve got to move on. And football teaches you that. A lot of things teach you that. I love that guy though, that’s a great kid.”

On Jamal Marcus getting the start in place of Spence:

“He’s had a great week. Him and Steve Miller rotate in. Steve Miller’s been here a long time. Jamal has shown signs of a real quick twitch, this is his kind of game. I’m excited to see him go.”

On his confidence with his defense:

“Yes, that’s tough. We recruited a lot of them. We’ve coached a lot of them. And I’ve got a lot of respect for players. I’m anxious to see Tyvis Powell and Von Bell with the safety positions. We’ll primarily be a nickel a team that day. Josh Perry is one of the most improved players on our team. We’ve got Shazier. We’ve got some pretty good players.”

On the rain:

“It was a monsoon!”

Joey Bosa – DL – Freshman

On being a starter at the other defensive end spot

“I honestly never thought I would be starting, freshman year behind Adulfus,, but the way things worked out, he got hurt, I got my chance, and I’m really happy to see him move down to three so he can be there with me. But I really did have this high of expectations.”

On how many ticket requests he has received to come to the game:

“I have a lot of people coming to the game. My buddy has season tickets so he gets 20 tickets to the game. So, a bunch of family, friends.”

On Noah Spence’s absence:

“Well I don’t really know what’s going on with Roby right now, but with Noah being out, Jamal has really stepped up and he’s been having a great week of practice, the best week he’s had all season. And we’re beginning to feel really comfortable and we’re excited to see what he could do.”

“It is competitive excellence. You have to be ready when your name is called.”

Braxton Miller – QB – Junior

On his week thus far and how he has prepared:

“It’s been a cool experience, coming from Ohio where it’s all cold, coming down to warm and taking advantage of my surroundings. Just getting better with my craft.”

On his brief flu:

“I’m good now, 100 percent.”

“You’ve just got to sanitize your hands every time you eat. I don’t know what’s going on, but I caught it when we left the little restaurant.”

On if he is prepared without Bradley or Noah:

“Of course, definitely, that’s what we came here for. Score a lot of points, show your talents, you know have to be prepared too. You’ve got to be focused while you do it.”

On him and Tajh headlining the only show in town on Friday:

“Oh, it’s going to be fun to watch. It’s going to be a lot of competition out on the field, and its going to be competitive. It’s a night game too, so it’s going to be fun.”

On playing in the rain today:

It’s kind of weird trying to slip the ball and it slips out your hand. It looks kind of funny coming out. And all of the guys are trying to focus and trying to lock it in, but we probably have to work on it. You don’t get a rain like this and it stops. Every fifteen minutes it starts up again. It’s kind of weird.”

On losing Spence and maybe Roby:

“You’ve got to pray to God to… Everyone’s on scholarship. They came in for a reason, so next guy behind has to be prepared and be focused and be ready to step in the big game.”

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