Two-Minute Drill: Highlights from OSU Football Coaches Clinic
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Buckeyes won’t take the field at Ohio Stadium until Saturday, but Urban Meyer invited all of the Ohio high school coaches to join his team t practice Friday.
The coaches got an up-close look at the fundamental drills Meyer and his new staff are using at Ohio State. They also got to hear from Meyer and OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman at the Ohio State Football Coaches Clinic.
Elite Eight Leadership
* Meyer's main message to Ohio HS coaches Friday was about handling their roster. He said most teams having 10% elite players, 80% middle group, and 10% disinterested and how to handle each of them.
* Meyer said most coaches pay too much attention to the 10% at the top and bottom. He said to spend more time with the 80%. The 10% elite are freaks who don't need the attention, and the 10% disinterested aren't worth the attention.
* He believes the focus should be on keeping the 10% at the bottom small while expanding the 10% at the top. He said his Florida team in 2008 had 20-25% elite players.
* Meyer called John Simon a freak. Said he hasn’t been around a guy like that other than the left-handed QB he coached at Florida.
* Simon shows up at the weight room at 6 a.m. every day, but they won't let him in unless he brings a teammate with him. He has been bringing LB Ryan Shazier with him this week.
* Meyer said he almost made the mistake of having his players vote for their Leadership Committee back in January. Instead, the players will meet with the coaches next week to receive grades on athletics, academics and social skills.
* Meyer and staff will be the ones to select an Elite Eight leadership group based on these findings, which measure how committed guys are.
Offense Making Strides
* Herman said his offense didn't look like a division I offense until about practice No. 8 of the spring. Have progressed every day for the last 4-5 practices.
* Accord to Herman, the run game is on schedule, if not ahead of it, but the passing game still needs a lot of improvement.
* Meyer agreed that he is “very, very comfortable” with what he’s seen from the running game. That’s why Spring Game will be a 3-1 in favor of passing.
* Meyer also seemed excited about the prospects of Braxton Miller running his offense. “I have a dude at quarterback,” he told the coaches.
* Meyer said the offensive line has been the most improved position on the field this spring.
Tight Zone Run
* Herman explained Ohio State's tight inside zone running game and how it is power-oriented.
* Herman thinks they run the tight inside zone read plays as well or better than anyone in the country. Expect to get 4.5yds every time.
* Herman also explained how they counter what defenses do to take away their inside zone read plays.
* Meyer and Herman consider "explosive gains" to be runs of 12 yards or more and passes of 16 yards or more.
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