Two-Minute Drill: Meyer with Another Loaded Call-in Show
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — How good is Urban Meyer’s weekly call-in show? Our friend Beau Bishop over 97.1 The Fan and WBNS-10TV has started calling it Urban’s “Power Hour.”
Meyer brought the juice again Thursday, with a big assist from Buckeye Nation, who called in with some interesting, and well-informed questions this week after a rough go last time out.
Here is a jam-packed rundown of what Meyer had to say during Thursday’s show, as the Buckeyes get ready for the Cal Golden Bears (noon ET, ABC) on Saturday.
* RB Carlos Hyde won't play this week and probably not next week. Hoping to get him back for Michigan State.
* Meyer said it was not a good feeling when "my man Carlos went out." Said the other backs had to earn the trust of carrying the ball.
* They plan to run Jordan Hall on Friday as well. Injury to Hyde has accelerated Hall's return, but have to do right by him.
* Meyer said injury to DL Michael Bennett "is real." Said it left them one pass rusher short. Trying to develop Noah Spence.
* CB Travis Howard has been held out of contact all week with stingers, but he's practiced.
* Meyer said WR Verlon Reed has not returned to the form they expect in all phases. Close to full speed. Has to earn it in practice. Reed has his best practice on Tuesday, but wasn't as good on Wednesday.
Looking at Cal
* Meyer called WR Keenan Allen the best receiver his team will face all year.
* Meyer said he's never seen a defense quite like Cal as far as their style. Very aggressive.
* Meyer said Cal’s defensive tackles are two of the best they will face. Very active and aggressive at jumping the snap count.
* Meyer said there are no group hugs. Only way for Rod Smith to overcome fumble is have a good day on 'Bloody Tuesday.'
* Meyer said Braxton Miller has been 'average' with his reads so far this year. Gets anxious wanting to make a play.
* Meyer said his expectation level is for Ohio State to have the best offense in the country. "They were OK, which to us is lousy."
* Meyer said the offensive line is the heart of the team and they didn't play as well last week as they did vs. Miami.
* Meyer said they won't do as much motioning and shifting before the snap when they're running no-huddle.
* Meyer said Oregon best in history of college football at wearing defense out. "We're not there yet, but we're trying to get there."
* Meyer: "I really like our offensive coordinator Tom Herman. I like the way he manages the game."
* Meyer said, without question, the No. 3/4 WRs are Jake Stoneburner and Evan Spencer.
* Meyer said Tyrone Williams has a lot of talent, but he has to earn the right. Hasn't done real well, but he's getting closer. In the spring, he didn't think Williams would still be with them at this point. Had his best two weeks of practice this month.
* Meyer said he thought Michael Thomas would be a starter or jumping in, but he got beat out. "He's only a true freshman."
* Meyer said they are playing very good rush defense, but giving up too many passing yards. Lack of a pass rush and coverage calls.
* Meyer said they need to be more disciplined on back end of D, but it starts with pressure up front.
* They like to vary rushing 3 guys and rushing 5 guys to create confusion. Rushing 4, it's easy to pick that apart.
* Meyer said when you blitz, you leave your corners on an island. Said they're going to have to do it more this game.
* Meyer said he thinks they need one more set of eyes in the press box for defense. Maybe a graduate assistant.
* Meyer called Orhian Johnson a "very talented guy." Said he still has more in the tank they need to maximize. He only has 10 games left and that could be it. If they're 10 great games, it won't be it.
* Meyer called kickoff team "the shining star" right now. Said they get treated better than everyone else. Get to eat first, coldest Gatorade after practice.
* Meyer said he wants to be around guys who are going to supply energy. Guys like De’van Bogard and Armani Reeves.
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