COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thursday afternoons mean one thing: The Urban Meyer weekly call-in show.
After a big win at Wisconsin, the Ohio State head coach is preparing for another big test against Penn State.
Here’s what he said during his hour-long broadcast:
- Meyer opened the radio show by talking about the halftime scene at Wisconsin, in which he wanted to come into the locker room raising hell but saw everyone was already in their position groups getting to work on fixing the problems.
- He added that he was thankful for the adversity the Buckeyes faced and thought the defense did a great job.
- No big news on the injury report. Corey Smith still questionable, but it looks like the Buckeyes will be getting back Dante Booker this week.
- The show had some technical difficulties, so not sure what Meyer said in response to the Coffee With The Coach question about high school players specializing in one sport.
Just lost my internet connection to Meyer call-in show. I have mixed feelings about this.
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- Aaaaand we’re back!
- Meyer said that in overtime they had a play ready for Marcus Baugh if it went to second overtime because they noticed something Wisconsin was doing defensively. Ended up not needing it, however.
- When asked about Penn State, Meyer noted that quarterback Trace McSorley is really athletic and running back Saquon Barkley is a “top-5 running back” in his opinion. He also praised the play of the wide receivers, which makes sense given that DaeSean Hamilton caught 14 balls in 2014.
- James in California wants to know when Meyer is going to start using some misdirection. He said the defenses they face sometimes prevent that.
- Caller No. 2 asks Meyer what’s up with the slow starts on his team. Meyer said it was a number of things, including the fact that last week it was at a tough road venue. He said the biggest problems come when the offense yields sacks that put the team in low-percentage down-and-distance scenarios.
- The next caller describes Ohio State’s passing game as “all or nothing” and wants to know why they don’t throw more intermediate routes. Meyer quickly noted that the intermediate-type routes were what Ohio State did best against Wisconsin. He even brought out an example, citing the 15-20 yard pass to Noah Brown early on.
- Jeff in Columbus asks Meyer for his favorite road venue, which he responds with, “Hate ’em all.” So that’s that. He added that Penn State’s Beaver Stadium is a formidable one and also said he saw plenty of tough ones during his time in the SEC.
- Meyer repeated his line from Wednesday night that people are either from Cleveland or wish they were from Cleveland.
- With the Cavs in Columbus for a preseason game, the team visited Ohio State practice for an hour and Cleveland coach Ty Lue took half an hour of questions from the Ohio State football team.
- Meyer said he spoke with Lue after Game 7 of the NBA Finals about how it went over when Kyrie Irving took the winning shot instead of LeBron James. Lue told him that all LeBron cared about was winning the game, and Meyer had him tell that story to the Buckeyes when he visited.
- Speaking of James, Meyer again revisited his recruitment of him (back when he coached wide receivers at Notre Dame). He thought he had a real shot at him after visiting when James was a high school sophomore, and the St. Vincent-St. Mary coach had to explain to him that James was the next Michael Jordan.
- Meyer was very complimentary of the Cleveland Indians and all their postseason success, although he said he’s been too busy to watch their playoff run. When asked if he thought pitchers were the key to playoff success, he again joked that he hasn’t seen much baseball but added that he thought it might be similar to the way the Buckeyes want the ball in J.T. Barrett’s hands in a big game.
- That’s it for this week.