COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s time for another weekly staple of Ohio State football season: The Urban Meyer call-in show.
Ohio State’s head coach is looking to follow up the Buckeyes’ big win against Nebraska with a victory at Maryland. Buckeye fans can follow along by listening to the radio show here.
Here’s what Meyer had to say:
- Meyer started off by expressing an appreciation for the Ohio State students. He said their performance in the Nebraska game was a great one. Apparently he sent an email to the student body thanking them for showing up and being loud.
- Wide receiver Parris Campbell, who was dealing with an ankle injury, put in 30 hours of work to be able to play. That kind of commitment really impressed Meyer.
- What’s the secret to the Ohio State secondary’s success? According to Meyer, it’s a mix of both talent and players who take coaching well.
- It’s time for the Tim Hortons Coffee with the Coach question. Meyer got asked about younger players getting time on the field. He said redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow ran the offense very well. He was also impressed with the play of true freshman H-back Demario McCall.
- Meyer refers to third down as the “big money down.” He attributes Ohio State’s success in that area to the game planning done by the staff.
- They’ve got Sam Hubbard working against Isaiah Prince in practice to try to improve pass protection.
- Meyer said Ohio State’s secondary is good enough to put guys on an island when the defense is dealing with dual-threat quarterbacks.
- He said he loves that D.J. Durkin has gone on to such success in his career. Durkin served as a graduate assistant for Meyer.
- It’s time for listener calls!
- Bruce in Findlay really liked the Nebraska game. He asked how Meyer dreams up his offensive formations and decides with ones to use. Meyer said, “That’s what 50-year-old guys do on Sundays.” He said they start by looking at personnel that they have. Each offensive assistant is in charge of various looks and formations. As an entire staff, they go through and look how to utilize them against each opponent.
- Armando in Columbus also has an Xs and Os question. He wants to know about Ohio State’s practice installation of run and pass packages. Meyer is very impressed with this question. He said packages have to be labeled “game ready” by Thursday to be used on Saturdays.
- Meyer said back in the day anybody could have been on the scout team. These days, it’s much tougher to be a walk-on at Ohio State. Meyer said he couldn’t have a successful team without the walk-ons he has.
- Meyer said running back Mike Weber has done a good job of fighting through injuries.
- On night games: Meyer said he loves them, and then quickly clarified. “I love home night games,” he said to laughs.
- That’s it for Meyer this week.