Notes and quotes: Meyer kicks off game week

August, 27, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Quick hitters from Ohio State coach Urban Meyer after his first game-week press conference with the program on Monday morning.

Progress report: The final decision isn't in yet for Nathan Williams.

But the Buckeyes should have a pretty good idea of whether or not the senior defensive lineman will be available in some capacity against Miami (Ohio) this weekend after practice on Monday evening.

For now, that still leaves Meyer with his fingers crossed.

"Today is a big day for Nate," Meyer said. "He's been up and down, trying his heart out. Tough injury, and I would hope to have him for a limited basis in the first game. Today's a big day for him.

"We work, rest, work, rest, work, rest. Now we're in a game week and we have to find out what we can do."

Spread vs. spread: The RedHawks are likely going to air it out and lean on their high-octane passing attack.

The Buckeyes are intent on establishing a powerful presence on the ground.

Both offenses fall in the spread category, but the first week of the season should provide a clear example of what makes Meyer's different than the pass-happy version.

"It's completely different than our spread," Meyer said. "They're a spread that throws it. We're a spread that probably at the end of the day, we might be 50-50 or 60-40 run (to) pass. We're a line up and come rocking off the ball type of spread offense.

"They're more of a dropback pass. The quarterback (Zac Dysert), tremendous player. And that receiver (Nick Harwell) is really good. Those two kids can play anywhere in America.

On the line: The battle is over for now, and Reid Fragel will be on the field for the first snap at right tackle.

But at some point, Taylor Decker is still likely going to see some action. And the Buckeyes aren't done evaluating the two players just because training camp is over.

"We think both can be really good players for us," offensive line coach Ed Warinner said. "Reid is just a little bit ahead, so he'll get the nod for this Saturday as the starter. Anticipate Taylor being in the game, playing, contributing -- he would be the first guy in the game at either right tackle or left tackle. He works both sides, so he's our swing guy and our third tackle right now.

"Still a very close race there. There isn't a lot of separation there, it's just Reid is older and a little more veteran, little more ready to go."

Bumps and bruises: Freshman running back Warren Ball had surgery to repair a mid-foot strain and is out for an indefinite period of time, according to a school spokesman.

That leaves the Buckeyes with a pair of rushers currently on the shelf with foot injuries, with starter Jordan Hall expected to miss the first two games following his own offseason procedure.

Carlos Hyde has taken over the starting role to open the year, with Bri'onte Dunn claiming the backup job.

Austin Ward | email

Ohio State/Big Ten reporter

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