COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s a big week for the Ohio State football team. With a game against Oklahoma looming, the Buckeyes are preparing for a top-15 matchup on the road.
Ohio State has looked impressive in wins against Bowling Green and Tulsa but still has plenty to work on with a quality opponent up next.
What follows are updates from Urban Meyer’s press conference on Monday:
- Marshon Lattimore was the defensive player of the game against Tulsa, Curtis Samuel was the offensive player of the game, and Parris Campbell was the special teams player of the game.
- When Meyer was asked about being concerned about the offensive line, he said: “I’m concerned about everything.”
- Later, Meyer was asked if he worried about the defensive secondary before the season: “I worry about everything.”
- Meyer noted there’s no way to simulate going on the road during the offseason, so it’s tougher to play on the road with a younger team than an older one.
- Outside linebacker Dante Booker is “probable” for Oklahoma after missing the Tulsa game.
- Meyer said he’ll get some use out of the game film from Houston’s win against Oklahoma.
- He also noted that he’s spoken to Houston head coach and former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman about Oklahoma.
- Meyer is very optimistic about the formation Ohio State has used with both Samuel and Dontre Wilson in the backfield taking direct snaps.
- Meyer chalked up a lot of the early struggles against Tulsa to the play of the offensive line.
- Meyer said he’s glad the sloppy early play happened before the Oklahoma game so the Buckeyes could address it in practices, ensuring that it doesn’t happen again.
- In response to a recruiting question, Meyer once again expressed a desire for Ohio high schools to have spring football. That’s been something he’s said quite a few times in recent years.
- The next step for the defensive backs: “Just keep getting better.”
- Meyer on the defensive backs’ preparation: “They’re junkies. They’re football guys who love it.” He said that’s what’s enabled them to have a rotation at cornerback for the first time in his tenure.