COLUMBUS, Ohio — As he does every Tuesday, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer took part in the Big Ten coaches teleconference.
He is locked in on the Buckeyes’ upcoming game against Michigan State, as he demonstrated with his answers throughout the eight-minute segment.
His team could climb as high as No. 2 in the upcoming College Football Playoff rankings. However, Meyer said he won’t be watching the show Tuesday night to see where the committee slots the Buckeyes.
“I will not watch it,” he said. “We’ve got to get ready for Michigan State.”
Here’s what else Meyer had to say:
- Meyer said left tackle Jamarco Jones is playing really well in his first season as a starter. He noted that being at full health has played a big factor in Jones’ play.
- When asked about the importance of having an NFL-caliber left tackle, Meyer said it’s “about as important as it gets.” Meyer said Jones has improved from a toughness standpoint. That’s a trait he also admired in former left tackles Taylor Decker and Jack Mewhort.
- Meyer said the interior of the defensive line is playing really well. He gave shout-outs to Michael Hill and Dre’mont Jones. He also added that he likes the rotation the team is using at defensive tackle right now.
- Meyer called Michigan State freshman wide receiver Donnie Corley a great player. Ohio State recruited Corley but fell short to the Spartans. Meyer said he’s not surprised as the success Corley is having.
- Meyer does not have an opinion on the CFP committee’s refusal to factor in margin of victory. “I’m sorry, my mind’s not even on that right now,” he said.
- Walk-on kicker Tyler Durbin has really impressed Meyer. The OSU head coach called him a “wonderful guy.” He said there was a distinct boom when he first heard Durbin kicking at practice.
- Meyer said J.T. Barrett played “exceptional” in the 2014 win against Michigan State.
- Michigan State has a dynamic offense, Meyer said. “There’s not a person around here who doesn’t have incredible respect for that program,” he said.
- Meyer brushed off a question about Barrett’s NFL prospects. “We’re worried about beating Michigan State,” he said. “He has to have a great Tuesday practice.”