As if he was trying to beat everyone to the punch, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Monday that quarterback Braxton Miller is in "the best shape of his life" and he has no concerns about limiting his workload with star tailback Carlos Hyde now playing for the 49ers.
"He's fine" Meyer said at Big Ten media day.
No doubt, much of the Buckeyes' success this season hinges on the health of Miller, who has had trouble staying unscathed. Miller had shoulder surgery in February.
To that end, Meyer has not liked what he has seen from his offensive line so far this offseason.
"We didn’t see the progress that we wanted to see," Meyer said of the unit that allowed 22 sacks last season.
Other topics Meyer touched upon:
*Meyer was asked about the impact the arrest and suspension of defensive end Tracy Sprinkle had on his team. Sprinkle was arrested on charges of cocaine possession, rioting and failure to disperse earlier this month.
"He is no longer a part of our program," Meyer said.
*Meyer on the grind that is the East division this season: "The East Division is very strong. You start looking at that schedule and we have a lot of tough games.”
*Meyer on his linebacker corps: “The last two years, they weren’t what we expect. … But it’s the best the group has been right now."