Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer Says the Offense Will Be "Faster Than Ever"

Tyler Waddell@Tyler_WaddellCorrespondent IIApril 19, 2012

Photo Credit: PennLive.com
Photo Credit: PennLive.com

The last time Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was on the platform holding a BCS National Championship trophy was in 2008 with the Florida Gators and a Tim Tebow-led offense that spread the field at an extremely fast pace.

Florida averaged 43.6 points per game that season, while compiling nearly 450 total yards every time out.

Well, apparently that's not good enough for Meyer.

Expectations are even higher in Columbus, as the prolific coach has added a new piece to his famous spread-option offense.

According to WNFY.com, the Buckeyes will be running a no-huddle system this year—something the Gators rarely used during Meyer's tenure.

The play-calling and on-field tempo will be "faster than ever," Meyer said.

Although we may not see the exact same numbers as the 2008 Florida Gators championship team, we can expect a lot of improvement from a unit that scored just 24.5 points per contest (318.2 YPG) in 2011.

Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller has enjoyed a bit of success this spring, flourishing in the new offensive scheme and learning at a quick pace. The dual-threat QB has even taken a leadership role during the offseason, setting high expectations for himself and the players on his side of the ball.

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Like Meyer, he also wants the offense to run at a very high tempo.

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Photo Credit: Ohio.com

"It's very fast," Miller said, according to ESPN. "The defense gets really tired. They're always complaining after practice, saying we need to slow it down. I'd compare it to Oregon.

"I've never run the triple-option until this year," Miller continued. "It's neat. There are a lot of things that go into it. I can't wait to run it."

Miller also added that Meyer wants to run 80-85 plays a game this season, which is a significant difference from what the Buckeyes are used to.

"All you've got to do is look at Oregon," Meyer said. "We're committed to it. We're still going to pop a huddle once in a while, but we're committed to it."

Ohio State will hold its annual Scarlet and Gray spring game this Saturday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. (ET) inside the Horseshoe. It is expecting a crowd of more than 90,000 fans and alumni.

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