COLUMBUS, Ohio — As he will every Tuesday throughout the football season, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer participated in the Big Ten coaches teleconference call just moments ago.
Meyer addressed a handful of issues and discussed the Buckeyes’ preparation for their top-10 matchup Saturday with Nebraska. Among the topics discussed:
- Meyer opened up the teleconference talking about the balance in passing game and how Ohio State isn’t forcing big plays when they’re not there. He said Northwestern played soft coverage last Saturday and that’s why the Buckeyes didn’t go deep as much as they did earlier in the season against teams like Oklahoma.
- On LB Chris Worley, Meyer said he’s “one of the heart and souls” of the football team and that he’s playing great.
- Meyer was asked about Ezekiel Elliott’s success in the NFL thus far, but said has not had much of a chance to watch. He did, however, add that he knows Elliott is “killing it” and that he’s “very happy for him.”
- LB Raekwon McMillan is “one of the most mature people” Meyer has ever seen at a college football program. He gives the Buckeyes everything he’s got.
- LB Dante Booker (knee injury) isn’t 100 percent yet, though he is medically cleared to participate.
- On Ohio State’s alternate uniforms for this coming weekend, Meyer said Nike does a “great job” on the uniforms but that he doesn’t get too involved. “Fans love it, recruits love it.”
- More on McMillan: He’s either “1, 1A or 1B” on big signings Ohio State has had, Meyer said, citing the importance of going to Georgia and getting such a major prospect.
- On play-calling, Meyer says it has not been “limited” because of inexperience but says the Buckeyes just aren’t executing the big hits.
- Nebraska brings great players and a great return game that Meyer calls “dynamic.” The Cornhuskers are “a top-10 team for a reason.”
- Meyer talked about the balance of recruiting and hosting big recruits for a big game. “What a better way to showcase your program” he said about this weekend’s game. But, he added, there’s risk in hosting so many recruits for a big game, and that it’s tough to keep a good face if the Buckeyes lose.
- On true freshman WR Binjimen Victor, Meyer said he wants to play him more. He’s “one of the more talented guys I’ve seen at his age. He’s got an incredible future.” Victor needs consistency to play more, saying that he needs to get better at blocking and other parts of the game.