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Urban Meyer Hopes To Protect Buckeyes' QB Braxton Miller

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been carrying the ball a lot to start the season. He's also been taking a lot of hits. Miller has carried the ball 44 times in the first two games of the Buckeyes' season, and he's currently leading the Big Ten in rushing. Urban Meyer wants his team to be aware of the amount of hits he's taking, though, and do what it can to protect the sophomore quarterback. Via The Columbus Dispatch:

We have got to be smart, and he got tattooed a little bit, but we’ve all got to take care of him," Meyer said. "That’s kind of the message I’m giving in the team meeting to the offense here (today), take care of him. Now, he’s made some mistakes, too … but it’s a hell of a football player behind center. It’s a good problem to have.

Meyer is also hoping that Nathan Williams will be able to take part for the defense, as the Ohio State pass rush could use some help. Williams started Week 1, but was not able to take part in the Buckeyes' second game of the season. He did not have an answer as to whether or not the defensive end would be able to play against Cal, and indicated that this might be the norm for Williams this season.

The two sides are scheduled to kick off at noon ET Saturday in Columbus. The game can be seen on ABC.

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