COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s Thursday afternoon, it’s football season and that means the best hour of the work week is here: Urban Meyer’s call-in radio show.
Meyer talks the Buckeyes upcoming opponent, occasionally dishes on things unrelated to football and then, the last half-hour or so, 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.
Here’s what the fifth-year Buckeyes head coach had to say this week as Ohio State readies for Kevin Wilson and the Indiana Hoosiers.
- Meyer starts by saying the best thing about being 4-0 is the chance to go 5-0. Indeed.
- He also added some praise for Rutgers, which he said basically had Iowa beat before losing 14-7.
- Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs got a lot of love from Meyer for his development of Denzel Ward, Marshon Lattimore and Damon Arnette, all of whom have emerged at cornerback this year for the Buckeyes.
- It was mentioned to Meyer that the Buckeyes didn’t allow a completion to Rutgers after the first quarter, and he seemed rightly pleased by that.
- Meyer just answered a question about J.T. Barrett by praising Jungle Jack Hanna, the beloved wildlife expert of Columbus, who is apparently on set at the show. Hanna once wrangled a raccoon that was loose at Meyer’s house, maybe? It’s been a weird week.
- Getting back to Barrett, Meyer noted that the junior quarterback doesn’t force things. He said the interception against Rutgers was a bad throw, not an example of Barrett trying to force a pass into a window that wasn’t there.
- Meyer said Parris Campbell is one of his favorite players on the team and also gave some love to Terry McLaurin.
- On the insiders access segment, Meyer says Indiana has the best defense Ohio State will have faced to this point, including Oklahoma. Big turnaround for the Hoosiers on that side of the ball.
- He also said that this is Indiana’s best team during his time here, echoing those comments he made Monday.
- LISTENER CALLS ARE HERE
- Kyle in Columbus wants to know what Meyer thinks about the defense, which he believes is very good. Meyer is appreciative of Kyle’s enthusiasm but tries to pump the brakes on the “best defense ever” talk. He does agree they are a very good unit, though.
- Armando in Columbus asks about any game-altering halftime adjustments Meyer has made, and he says he rarely makes wide, sweeping changes during the break.
- He said the nightmare scenario is Virginia Tech in 2014, when the staff hadn’t prepared the offense to face the Bear defensive front and Barrett was in his second game at Ohio State.
- Meyer said you’re more likely to see changes coming off a bye week or during bowl games, etc.
- Dylan in Columbus wants to know about the possibility of Curtis Samuel returning kicks. Meyer noted that Samuel returned kickoffs last year.
- Samuel isn’t returning kickoffs this year because he’s already doing a lot on offense. Removing him gives him a chance to rest and also spreads around touches to other players.
- Meyer said he likes to talk to coaches he doesn’t play again about tendencies they may have seen. For example, he wouldn’t be able to talk to Bob Stoops because OSU plays Oklahoma next year but he could talk to Mike Jinks because OSU doesn’t have Bowling Green on the schedule going forward.
- Meyer said he’s a big Indians fan and called Cleveland the City of Champions. Wished the Indians luck in their playoff opener today.
- That’s it for Meyer this week.