Urban Meyer teleconference updates: K.J. Hill working his tail off, J.T. Barrett’s improvement and other topics
COLUMBUS, Ohio – As he will every Tuesday throughout the football season, Urban Meyer participated in the Big Ten coaches’ conference call just moments ago.
Meyer addressed a handful of issues and discussed the Buckeyes’ preparation for Saturday’s matchup with Tulsa.
- The Buckeyes head coach said his biggest question going into the Bowling Green game was offensive skill positions, but that the new names at wide receiver and tailback both did very well. He said the offensive line remains among the biggest questions heading into Saturday.
- Meyer discussed WR K.J. Hill’s athleticism and development and suggested he “should’ve” played in 2015. He said that Hill’s biggest issue right now is consistency but that the Arkansas sophomore “works his tail off.”
- Meyer said it will not be “that hard” for a wide receiver to step up this year despite the depth, saying it’s a dog-eat-dog world and if someone doesn’t grow and improve, they won’t play.
- Malik Hooker came very close to leaving Ohio State as a freshman, Meyer reiterated. The New Castle (Pa.) safety was different than most other freshman who discuss leaving because his mother wouldn’t allow it. Young people need support and guidance in that instance.
- Hooker is “freakish,” Meyer said, and was recruited because of how he performed on the basketball court.
- Meyer addressed the idea of rotating quarterbacks, something that other schools did a lot of this weekend. He said to be successful in doing that, it’s important to be transparent and to have two players with different skill sets. He said that he thinks Charlie Strong and Texas did a very good job with it this past weekend in their 50-47 win against Notre Dame.
- Meyer “loves” having more than one quarterback and doesn’t see the problems others do and said he’d like to have three quarterbacks.
- Sean Nuernberger is “close to being healthy” and will have to beat out Tyler Durbin for the kicker’s job at Ohio State.
- RB Curtis Samuel – for a variety of reasons, Meyer said – has always had “incredible gifts” but didn’t get utilized as much in 2015 as they’d like.
- Meyer said that J.T. Barrett is doing a variety of things, including being a great leader and understanding “pressure points” on offense and getting the Buckeyes into better situations. He says Barrett is controlling and managing the game, making at least “10 adjustments” in the Bowling Green that helped the offense. He’s “very intelligent” Meyer said.