Preparing for Ohio
State: New coach, no film
I showed up at Wednesday's football practice wondering how
Miami was preparing to play a team with a new coach with no film of those
players playing in that coach's system.
The RedHawks, who play first-year Ohio State coach Urban
Meyer Saturday in Columbus at noon, use video of the Buckeyes' spring game and
also film of Meyer's teams at Florida.
"They probably didn't show much in the spring game," Miami senior
quarterback Zac Dysert said about Ohio State. "They showed a little bit of
stuff, but I think the coaches have a good game plan for us and they have a
pretty good idea of what they are going to do. We have to be ready for a lot of
stuff. We have to make adjustments
as the game goes on too, so that's a big part of it."
Miami junior wide receiver Nick Harwell said they then use
that film and try to "imitate and remake what we see on film on the (practice)
Harwell added that he expects Ohio State to use three down
lineman while adding an extra linebacker or defensive back to try to slow down the
RedHawks' passing attack.
Dysert and Harwell both had outstanding seasons in 2011.
Dysert threw for 3,513 yards with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while
Harwell had 97 receptions for 1,425 yards and nine touchdowns. But both
admitted they would like to see more of a balanced attack this year.
"(We need to) run the ball," Harwell said about the one
thing he would like to see Miami do well this Saturday. "If we can run the
ball, then we'll definitely be able to throw the ball."
Miami will lean on trio of running backs in senior Justin
Semmes, junior Robert Williams III and freshman Jamire Westbrook.
Semmes ran for 293 yards on 170 carries in 2011, while
Williams III red-shirted.