COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s time for another weekly staple of football season: The Urban Meyer call-in show.
Ohio State’s head coach is looking to follow up the Northwestern win with a victory against No. 10 Nebraska. Buckeye fans can follow along by listening to the radio show here.
Here’s what Meyer had to say:
- Meyer started by saying he thought the Ohio State offensive line showed improvement against Northwestern. The Buckeyes had struggled in that area in the loss to Penn State.
- He also noted that right tackle Isaiah Prince graded a champion in the Northwestern game.
- That led to a discussion about what it means to grade out as a champion. Meyer said he started that concept when he became a head coach at Bowling Green. He wanted a standardized way to measure his players. Each position coach has say in what’s involved in being a champion at their position, but it’s generally a percentage of execution/effort.
- The Tim Hortons Coffee with the Coach question comes from Penny. She asks for Meyer’s thoughts on the throwback uniforms being worn against Nebraska. Meyer joked that he’s focused on beating Nebraska. He added that he doesn’t care either way but acknowledges that it might help with recruiting.
- Meyer added that his favorite tradition is hearing the victory bell ringing.
- J.T. Barrett’s last two drives against Northwestern really impressed Meyer. The first one led to the winning touchdown and the second one prevented the Wildcats from getting the ball back with a chance to win.
- He also praised Noah Brown for the matchup problems the sophomore wide receiver presents for opposing defenses.
- Dwayne Haskins and cornerback Eric Glover-Williams played Tommy Armstrong on scout team this week. Glover-Williams was used to mimic to the read option plays because of his speed.
- Meyer said Parris Campbell might play and was full go on Thursday morning.
- When asked about Nebraska, Meyer praised them as a top-10 team that has top-10 talent.
- Caller No. 1 asks about the importance of scout team. Meyer said Tim Hinton is very involved in the walk-on program. “The correlation between a good team and a good scout team is very high,” Meyer said.
- Chris in New Albany wants to know what Meyer works on to improve as a head coach. Meyer said he tries to emulate and learn from leaders both on and off the football field. He also noted the program’s work with leadership guru Tim Kight.
- George in Pataskala wants to know why the offensive line isn’t blocking well on the edges. Meyer said they don’t like to bring in tight ends and such to help out because it takes away a potential receiver. They prefer to work with the tackles to get issues fixed.
- The next caller asks Meyer how he rebounds from a tough loss, and Meyer joked that he’s not exactly the poster child for that. He added that he’s friends with Joe Maddon and even though he’s disappointed for Cleveland, he thinks the Cubs win was good for baseball.
- That’s it for Meyer this week.