COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State may be off this week, but Urban Meyer isn’t.
The Buckeyes coach took part in his weekly radio show on 97.1 The Fan as the Buckeyes rest up following their big win over Oklahoma.
Here’s what he’s said:
- Meyer said he’d like to play this week and keep the momentum going but obviously doesn’t make the schedule.
- The Buckeyes had hard practices on Tuesday and Wednesday and will practice without pads Thursday and Friday before coming back Monday to prepare for Rutgers.
- Meyer credited center Pat Elflein with some of J.T. Barrett’s success, saying he makes Barrett’s life a lot easier and helps the offense run smoother.
- Meyer praised the work of offensive coordinator Ed Warinner and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck for their work in the Oklahoma game.
- The weekly injury report noted that cornerback Gareon Conley will be fine and was just dealing with a stinger. He’ll be good to go against Rutgers.
- Meyer was asked how he handled the rain delay and he spoke about the health and science components of it, making sure his players are hydrated and properly eating and resting. He credited Mickey Marotti, his nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach.
- Meyer said he didn’t even realize Noah Brown had four touchdowns until he looked at the box score after the game.
- When he looks back on it, Meyer said he wished he would have kept the throttle down a little more in the second half, but his focus was on bleeding out the clock because of his respect for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
- Meyer praised punter Cameron Johnston for his performance against Oklahoma and especially loved the fact that Oklahoma had no punt return yards.
- The fourth-and-1 play that led to a Curtis Samuel touchdown was called by Ed Warinner, Meyer said.
- Meyer gave a lot of love to running back Mike Weber for a block he laid on someone during Samuel’s score.
- Meyer said there are things he’s doing differently than he would in a normal week, resting guys like Noah Brown and Dontre Wilson who still aren’t quite 100 percent and playing a lot of the young guys. He also looks at practice schedules from previous bye weeks and tinkers it as he sees fit.
- QUESTIONS ARE HERE
- Chris in New Albany asks about the leadership program and its impact on the team, especially this year with such a young team. Meyer said he thinks the time they spend on culture development is really paying off, and he said they’re implementing it in recruiting, too, to make sure they’re bringing in guys who want to be part of this culture.
- Dan in Columbus asked about the problems getting lined up in the first half. Meyer attributed it to communication issues with the noise.
- Denny in Mount Vernon gets through for the fourth week in a row, cementing his status as a living legend. He asked what Meyer would do differently if he ran the NCAA and Meyer said he thinks they mostly get things right. He did add, however, that he thinks coaches who willfully break the rules shouldn’t be allowed to coach again. “Find a different profession.”
- Meyer also added he’s very much against an early signing period and wishes they could slow down the calendar back to the days when kids used to decide on a school after their senior seasons.
- Dave in Dublin asks Meyer for his MVP thus far this season and Meyer went about praising everyone, including the defensive secondary and defensive line, J.T. Barrett and the young receivers. “It’s hard for me to single anyone out,” he said.
- Jeffrey in New Albany has concerns about the shotgun snaps being too high. He wants to know if Meyer has noticed and if it can be fixed. Meyer said he thinks Pat Elflein is really good, but he’ll look at it.
- That’s it for Meyer this week.