Two-Minute Drill: Meyer Talks UAB on Conference Call
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer sounded focused and ready for his team’s week-four matchup with UAB during his appearance on the Big Ten Football Teleconference Tuesday.
His Buckeyes are 3-0 with a chance to go undefeated in the nonconference schedule before their Big Ten-opener at Michigan State on Sept. 29. Here is rundown of what Meyer had to say on his conference call Tuesday.
* Meyer said the things that concern him the most this week are the plays down field. Said it could be the most deep balls they will see this year.
* It worries him that UAB is willing to take those shots because the Buckeyes have had some issues with breakdowns in the secondary that have led to big plays.
* Meyer called UAB coach Garrick McGee a ‘classy guy.’ Knows him from his days at Florida. McGee was an assistant at Arkansas.
* Meyer said McGee, like himself, is still trying to fit his personnel to his system on offense.
* Meyer said the offense McGee runs at UAB is a little different than what he ran at both Arkansas or Northwestern.
* Meyer called WR Devin Smith is one of the most improved players on the team. Completely different demeanor from the spring.
* Meyer said he was actually impressed with the catch Smith made against Cal. Took the ball away from a future NFL corner. Said the ball just stuck to Smith’s hand on the big catch against Miami, but this one was real.
* Meyer said the Big Ten needs to win its nonconference games in order to improve national reputation. Said players and coaches aren’t the problem, these teams just need to finish games.
* Meyer said his team needs to play a complete game this week: "Obviously, we'll lose a game if we don't."
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