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 bounce back from the Penn State loss with a win against Northwestern. Buckeye fans can follow along by listening to the radio show here.
Here’s what Meyer had to say:
- Meyer opened by saying the best thing about coming off a loss is the chance to get back to work with guys he cares about and try to get everything fixed.
- He noted that the leaders have done a good job of getting the team focused and ready for the next game against Northwestern.
- Linebacker Dante Booker is “close to ready” per Meyer, but he said they’re not going to force him back in the lineup too early.
- Wide receiver Corey Smith has been cleared to play against Northwestern. He’ll still have a cast on his right hand but will be good to go.
- This week’s Tim Hortons Coffee With The Coach question asks about leadership within the program. Meyer said the leadership training is something they started after the 2013 season and work on every year. He said there was a leadership void in the 2013 season after guys like John Simon left for the NFL.
- Tight end Marcus Baugh has impressed Meyer, especially since he’s been playing well while slightly banged up.
- Meyer said true freshman tight end Jake Hausmann is getting closer to playing and is “on call.”
- Per Meyer, Curtis Samuel is the best player he’s had in the H-back role at Ohio State. The Ohio State coach also added that he’s good friends with Samuel’s high school coach Danny Landberg.
- Meyer believes Northwestern’s improvement has come through its quarterback play. He said the Wildcats have been good all year long defensively.
- He added that the scheme and such is the same as it was in 2013, the last time the Buckeyes faced the Wildcats.
- Seems like the listener calls might not be coming this week, because it’s been all filibuster after the 30-minute mark. Meyer carried on about his time at Bowling Green for a while, and then the hosts revisited his opposition to an early signing period in recruiting, all of which has been well documented previously.
- Now we’re talking about the 40-plus Ohio State players now playing in the NFL, but Meyer is somehow turning this into an anti-early signing period conversation as well. Apparently many of Ohio State’s NFL players were late bloomers, which seems at least somewhat dubious.
- The last half-hour of the show was essentially an exercise in running out the clock. That’s it from Meyer this week.