COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s game week in Columbus and that means Urban Meyer’s weekly press conference from the team room inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
On Monday morning, Meyer spoke with the media about what to expect from the Buckeyes as they kick off their 2016 football season Saturday against Bowling Green.
Here are the key takeaways from the first game-week press conference. The full conference is embedded below.
- Meyer began the press conference by talking about the newest Ohio State captains, Joe Burger, Billy Price, Tyquan Lewis and Gareon Conley.
- Meyer spoke about his years as the head coach at Bowling Green, saying “I love that school … Lot of great respect for them. Loved my time there.” Bowling Green was his first head coaching position.
- What about Tim Tebow as a baseball player? According to Meyer his former quarterback is “an incredible baseball player.”
- Meyer talked about Raekwon McMillan’s impact on recruiting in the South, saying it “was big” for the Buckeyes. He said that Ohio State had some presence in the South, but McMillan and former Buckeyes player Vonn Bell changed things.
- Meyer wants balance on offense and said he wants things to be “50/50” between run and pass. Ideally, he wants 250 yards in each category.
- He said this year’s team is similar to 2014 in that it is young but this team is potentially more talented.
- Walk-on kicker Tyler Durbin will play for Sean Nuernberger this weekend while the Buckeyes junior sits out with a leg injury.
- Meyer addressed the Torrance Gibson suspension, albeit briefly, saying he “disagrees” with the university’s findings.
- It sure seems like freshman Michael Jordan will be the Buckeyes’ fifth starting offensive lineman.
If you find yourself unable to hear the video below, you can click on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for the official Ohio State feed.