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September 12, 2007 at 1:54 PM

On the defensive

Wednesday is the day we get to talk with defensive players and coaches, which meant our weekly meeting with defensive coordinator Kent Baer.
Here are some highlights:
— Baer said he doesn’t see the weaknesses in the Ohio State offense that others might be seeing, saying “they moved the ball on those two teams (Youngstown State and Akron) when they wanted to” and marveling over OSU’s size up front. “It’s a typical Big Ten offensive line. They’ll try to play power football with you,” he said. “They present another challenge with their size and how physical they are.”
— Ohio State is likely to play both of its QBs again — starter Todd Boeckman and backup Robby Schoenhoft. Baer said Schoenhoft appears to be a little better runner but that for the most part, things don’t change much based on which QB is in the game. “You don’t change how you play by which QB is in the game,” he said. “You can’t do that.”
— Baer downplayed the impact of Ohio State being on the road pointing out that Ohio State plays in front of huge crowds every week wherever it goes. “They’re not going to be intimidated,” he said. “They are not. …. You’d hope that it would be a six-point advantage being at home but I’m not sure that’s the case with these guys.”
— Baer was asked about what has appeared to be some improved tackling so far, and said he thinks the team is better at it because it’s more athletic. But he also said it’s far too early to really make determinations like that. “I think we’re a better tackling team but then you look at the offenses we’ve got to play down the road,” he said. “We haven’t proven anything yet about how we tackle.”
— Baer was asked about looking at tape of what Florida did to Ohio State’s offense and said “you have to take some things off of some of those games,” and pointed out that he’s good friends with Greg Mattison who is a co-defensive coordinator at Florida. “I’ve talked to him quite a bit,” Baer said. Mattison was on Tyrone Willingham’s staff at Notre Dame.
— Reviewing last week, Baer said UW played a bend-but-don’t-break style in part to ease the young players on defense into the game. “We played way too soft and tentative at times but part of it was getting their feet wet,” he said.

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