Two-Minute Drill: Notes from Meyer’s Monday Luncheon
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was riding high after his team’s 63-38 win over Nebraska on Saturday night in Ohio Stadium. Meyer wanted an inferno from the OSU fans, and he got one.
We got a chance to talk with Ohio State’s head coach, along with assistants Tim Hinton, Kerry Coombs and a number of OSU players during Meyer’s weekly press luncheon on Monday.
* Meyer said RB Jordan Hall is not right yet, but C.J. Barnett looks better. Running around yesterday.
* LB Etienne Sabino will be out approximately four weeks with a bone fracture in his right leg. Sabino had surgery and had a plate put in his leg for a broken fibula. Best-case scenario is 3 weeks.
* Meyer said the injury to Etienne Sabino is "a tremendous blow." Said Sabino is like a brother to everyone on the team.
* Meyer said they are still evaluating Jamie Wood's future. Not sure if he'll be able to play for them again.
* Zach Domicone said 9 months ago he didn’t know if he would ever play football again because of the torn ACL. Said he talked about a medical hardship but Urban Meyer and the training staff always believed he could make it back.
* Meyer said he goes through a checklist now with John Simon to make sure he's not injured when he says he's fine.
Meyer Talks Nebraska
* Meyer: "I'm very pleased with our effort. Not our execution, but our effort. These guys went really, really hard."
* Meyer said his players got caught up in the moment Saturday if they were talking AP national championship. Will have a talk with them.
* Meyer said they suspended QB Cardale Jones immediately for the game for an ignorant comment, but they've moved on. Called him "a hell of a kid.”
* Meyer said Sunday's practice was the hardest for the backups. Had a live scrimmage for them.
* Meyer hesitated to call this O-line dynamic, but said it's the best he's felt about an O-line in a long while. "The reason we're sitting here today talking about 6-0 is because of the offensive line."
* John Simon said this offensive line is the best he has ever had to go against in his Ohio State career.
* Mewhort graded 90% with 5 knockdowns, Norwell 91% with 8 knockdowns, Linsley 81% with 5 knockdowns.
* Meyer worried about the depth on the offensive line. Said it's wrong Mewhort and Norwell are forced to play on extra point and FG team.
* Meyer said they "crushed them" last week in practice talking about the need for big plays on offense.
* Meyer said he doesn't think Braxton Miller is a Heisman candidate yet, and they don't talk about it, but at some point he will be if he keeps putting up these numbers.
*Hinton said they've done a great job of exploiting what the defense is giving them. Sounds like he thinks teams are taking Stoneburner away.
* Meyer told Hinton it was an A+ for Zach Boren on the sideline with his leadership.
* Meyer said they must play better on D, but some guys played really well, including Christian Bryant.
* Meyer called John Simon "our soul" on defense. Also said Roby is grading out as defensive player of the week just about every week.
* Meyer said the reason his 5 offensive linemen have gotten better is because they have to block Hankins every Tuesday in full-go.
* Meyer said they will be in nickel D a lot this week with Shazier and Klein as the two LBs.
* Meyer said Joshua Perry is very talented, just has to learn to release and let go. Played OK against Nebraska.
* Meyer said Orhian Johnson is more talented then even he knows. Has to learn to play and let loose. "He's a really talented guy."
* Coombs tells his corners if they ever get beat on a route, the WR got lucky or he got lazy. That's it. "I don't want to coach a single corner ever who isn't cocky, who doesn't have arrogance."
* Coombs said Urban Meyer is the leader of the kick team, but Zach Domicone starting to take that role
* Meyer said coach Coombs calls the kickoff team the "piranhas" because they're not big enough to be sharks yet.
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