COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Buckeyes are back after a week off, but Urban Meyer’s radio show never left.
The Ohio State head coach spent another hour on the airwaves previewing the Buckeyes’ game against Rutgers.
Here’s what he said:
- It’s 12:12 and still no Urban
- And he’s here! Meyer starts out by praising Chris Ash for Rutgers’ performance in a 14-7 loss to Iowa. He said Rutgers outplayed Iowa in many phases of the game.
- Meyer called the pass defense “borderline awful” when Ash arrived, said he changed it so much for the better.
- Ohio State and Meyer used to focus more on stopping the run because the thought was that teams have a tougher time passing the ball but Ash got the Buckeyes to become a defense that focuses on stopping the pass first.
- The injury report notes that linebacker Justin Hilliard tore his bicep and will be out for the year and K.J. Hill will be out for around a month. Nothing new there.
- Rob in Columbus asks the Tim Horton’s Coffee with the Coach question and wants to know if Meyer would be in favor of a running clock in college football. The answer is no, mainly because Meyer wants the young players to have the opportunity to play in blowouts.
- Meyer said he’s really impressed by Binjimen Victor. “Damn I want to play him.” Sounds a lot like the comments he used to make about Sam Hubbard and K.J. Hill when they were true freshmen and neither ended up playing.
- Meyer really likes what the rushing defense has done thus far.
- Still have to manage those expectations, though: “To a man in this facility, we still have a long way to go.”
- Meyer said he can’t stand when players get hurt, feels awful for Rutgers star Janarion Grant who sustained a season-ending injury last week against Iowa following a 76-yard run.
- CALLS ARE HERE
- Armando in Columbus is first up but wasn’t there when called upon.
- Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Meyer wants to get the tight ends involved.
- Meyer noted that Noah Brown almost became a tight end after his freshman year but lost 20 pounds and became a wide receiver instead
- Daniel in Pickerington asks how Ohio State keeps the secondary disciplined and stops them from biting on double moves, etc. Meyer said they stop them from jumping routes in practice when they know what’s coming and try to get them to focus on fundamentals.
- Meyer said signal changes are permanent and actually occurred in summer and not this week in response to playing Chris Ash.
- Chris in an Undisclosed Location wants to know how Meyer’s coaching has helped him become a better leader for his kids. Meyer says sometimes takes home things he’s learned from his players. He said he learns a lot from his players and staff about leaders and culture and tries to use it in his life.
- Dylan in Columbus asks Meyer for his favorite memory in Ohio State and also when he wants to leave. Meyer goes with the national title as his favorite memory along with the Sugar Bowl win. In reaction to the second part, Meyer said “Do you guys know something I don’t know?” Said he doesn’t know where retirement questions keep coming from.
- Meyer gave a lot of love to Earle Bruce, who will be dotting the ‘i’ this weekend before the Rutgers game.
- That’s it for Meyer this week.