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Meyer says Miller displays good attitude

September 7, 2012
By BETTY POKAS - Buckeye Blitz ( , Times Leader

OHIO STATE quarterback Braxton Miller's actions in breaking and tying quarterback records last Saturday are only part of the story.

More important as the season progresses are the leadership qualities and positive attitude that he displayed.

He'll have another chance to continue that positive attitude Saturday when the Buckeyes face the unbeaten University of Central Florida Knights at the 'Shoe.

It'll be the first match-up for the two teams.

OSU head football coach Urban Meyer, while telling of his respect for the Knights, said there's a "whole different animal coming in here this week."

The Knights zipped the Akron Zips last week with a 56-14 score. The Florida team has no players from Ohio, but its first two games of the season are in the Buckeye State.

After last week's game with the Miami RedHawks, Meyer commented on Miller, noting that the objective had been to make him from an athlete playing quarterback to a QB that manages. He explained the quarterback position "is a unique position in all sports, where he's got to manage so much. He's got to manage basically the entire offense. He's got to stay positive ... He has to be a leader."

Meyer said Miller displayed that attitude and quality in the first game of the season.

Miller himself said that football is not a game of anger, adding, "Go out there, have fun, enjoy your teammates and make sure you're doing all the right things positive ways; if you're doing anything in the negative way, there's nothing that's going to get done at that point."

In the Miami game, Miller set an OSU quarterback's record with 161 rushing yards and at the same time tied the OSU QB record with his fourth career 100-yard game. Cornelius Green also had four 100-yard games and held the previous single game record of 146 yards in 1974.

Miller in the three quarters that he played last week finished with a career-high 368 yards of total offense against Miami, and that figure topped OSU's total offense totals in 11 of 13 games last year.

Speaking about the upcoming game, Meyer said, "I know this team, I know this coach, I know this coaching staff, and we have great respect for everything they've done. They've led the defense in their conference the last three years. They have very good players."

He went on to say the Knights have "300-pound plus defensive tackles, two athletic defensive ends, it's what you'd imagine out of Central Florida."

As to how physical he expects the Knights to be, Meyer replied that one player "is a 340-pound, Jose Jose, I believe his name is, a 340-pound defensive tackle as opposed to 270, so that tells you right there. So we have to get no huddle and wear them out. but this is a whole different animal that we're facing."

Meyer and UCF head football coach George O'Leary were on opposite sides of the field during the 1999 Gator Bowl, which was won by Georgia Tech, 35-28. O'Leary coached the 9-2 Georgia Tech team, and Meyer was an assistant for Bob Davie's 9-2 Notre Dame team.

O'Leary when commenting on the win over Akron said, "The players played with great effort, made some plays and we got some turnovers. That was important. Overall, it was a good effort. A lot of people played..., which was what we wanted to do. We were very productive in a lot of areas."

The Knights have a 13-14 all-time record in games with Ohio teams.

UCF is facing the same problem as the Buckeyes in regard to bowl games unless its appeal is effective. The NCAA's Committee on Infractions banned UCF from postseason play for one season in football and men's basketball because of major rule violations in both sports. In addition to being fined $50,000, being placed on five years' probation and other penalties, it was cited for a lack of institutional control.

The punishments resulted from a 2011 investigation that found the programs were involved with runners for sports agents and making cash payments to recruits.

UCF announced plans to appeal the football postseason ban, and the university president said none of the players illegally recruited actually played football at the school.


ON MORE cheerful matters, a Belmont County connection for the upcoming game is former Bellaire High School standout Joey Galloway, who became a Buckeye and NFL wide receiver great, and he will provide the color commentary when Saturday's game is aired by ESPN2. Galloway was coached by John Magistro during his high school career...

MAGISTRO, who now coaches at Westerville Central High School, has another connection with OSU. He coached OSU red-shirt freshman tight end Nick Vannett at Westerville Central. Six different Buckeyes had multiple receptions Saturday, including the first two receptions for Vannett...

FOURTEEN true OSU freshmen played in the Miami game, including former Steubenville Big Red player Najee Murray, who had a pair of tackles...

MILLER and quarterback Kenny Guiton found seven different receivers a total of 19 times against Miami, and among them was sophomore wide receiver Evan Spencer, who had a career-best three-for 54 yards. His father, Tim, a St. Clairsville High School and OSU graduate, was running backs coach at OSU before being named running backs coach for the Chicago Bears...

SATURDAY'S game on ESPN2 will begin at noon.



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