Urban Meyer’s radio show: Coach not sure what to expect from Bowling Green
Football is officially back, and it’s time for the most glorious hour of the week.
Lunchtime on Thursdays mean an hour dedicated to Urban Meyer’s call-in radio show, the last half-hour or so of which is dedicated to taking calls from Ohio State fans. Each week we’ll keep a live blog of the proceedings, so you can refresh the page or check back throughout the show.
This week’s show is now over, so here’s all of what Meyer had to say prior to the Bowling Green game:
- About 10 minutes in, Urban Meyer is here. He was 30 minutes early for Wednesday’s press conference, though, so it all evens out in the end, I suppose.
- Meyer says Earle Bruce and Lou Holtz suggested the Bowling Green job to him. He didn’t think he’d get it but the interview went well. A couple days later he got offered the job but wasn’t sure he wanted it and actually intended to decline it. Bruce and Holtz talked him out of saying no, and the rest is history.
- Meyer said he went to talk to student organizations every day for three months, no matter how many people were there.
- It’s time for the injury report, and there’s nothing new to add. Sean Nuernberger won’t be kicking this week because of an injury, and offensive tackle Malcolm Pridgeon and defensive end Darius Slade are out for the season. This went unsaid in the show, but safety Cam Burrows also appears to be out for the season.
- Meyer said it’s been somewhat difficult to figure out what Bowling Green is going to do — especially on defense — with a new coaching staff. He said the Buckeyes will stay in their base offense early and see where everything goes from there. He also added that it’s much easier to deal with such situations with a veteran quarterback like J.T. Barrett.
- Center Pat Elflein has received plenty of praise throughout his career, and Meyer referred to him as the best center in college football.
- The Bear front was used by Virginia Tech to trip up the Buckeyes in 2014, but Meyer said they have packages to deal with it now for any opponent that tries that look.
- Starters Urban Meyer mentioned: Mike Weber at running back, Parris Campbell and Noah Brown at wide receiver, Curtis Samuel in a hybrid role, Marcus Baugh at tight end
- Meyer once again recounted his early days at Bowling Green, when he had to beg Adidas for gear because players were working out in Budweiser shirts and the like. He said they were grateful for anything they got, no entitlement, etc.
- Meyer said 18 kids quit his first week at Bowling Green, but the theme of the first season was trust. He made it so hard because the goal was to “melt off the impurities.”
- IT’S CALL IN TIME
- First call is a question about the video of Tony Alford calling the parents of Mike Weber to tell them he’s the starting running back at Ohio State. Meyer called it a great moment, said they decided to start doing that a few years ago.
- Question No. 2 comes from Tennessee Jeff, who called in under a pseudonym. The call was suspiciously dropped 35 seconds into his question.
- Meyer said all that matters when it comes to play-calling is whatever it takes to make the victory bell ring at the end of the game. Said if it doesn’t work in practice, they won’t use it in the game. So 50-50 run/pass balance is ideal, but execution comes first.
- Question No. 4 asked Meyer about the 2003 Bowling Green team that played Ohio State close in a 24-17 win for the Buckeyes, but Meyer was quick to note that he’d moved on to Utah by then. Meyer said it’s important to make sure the team takes non-Power 5 teams seriously, adding that the one thing that really separates big schools from smaller ones is the depth or lack thereof.
- Calls are done for now. Meyer praises linebacker Joe Burger, who was voted a captain this season. He said the impact Burger has in games is critical.
- Meyer said the defensive line will be a legitimate rotation this year, adding that they didn’t necessarily trust the backups in previous years. Dre’mont Jones and DaVon Hamilton will back up Tracy Sprinkle and Michael Hill at defensive tackle.
- Damon Arnette is the starting nickelback.
- Urban Meyer’s review of starting kicker Tyler Durbin: “I don’t know anything about him.”
- Fast people who will chase down punt returners in the gunner role: Gareon Conley, Denzel Ward, Parris Campbell, James Clark, Terry McLaurin
- Meyer said Conley is close to becoming as good as former wide receiver/gunner Devin Smith
- That’s all from Meyer today.
- Quarterbacks coach Tim Beck trots in from the bullpen to close out the last 10 minutes
- He said Barrett’s biggest improvement has come in consistency and making sure his timing is on point.
- Beck said Barrett’s running ability helps to set up Ohio State’s rushing attack
- Both backup quarterbacks are continuing to develop. Beck said camp was “all about J.T.” and getting him ready more than giving volume reps to redshirt freshman Joe Burrow and true freshman Dwayne Haskins
- When asked about which wide receivers might step up, Beck first spoke about how great it is to get back injured guys like Dontre Wilson, Noah Brown and Corey Smith. He named just about the entire wide receiver room when listing out guys he was excited to see play.
- Beck said cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs and safeties coach Greg Schiano have done a great job with the defensive secondary
- Beck said the biggest thing when facing a new coaching staff is worrying about yourself because you can’t control what the opponent does.
- Year 2 has been easier thus far for Beck now that he’s settled in
- That wraps up the show. See y’all next week.