Two-Minute Drill: Meyer Amped for Start of Spring Practice
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With the NCAA Tournament tipping off this week in Dayton, and other sites around the country, basketball season is in full swing.
It won’t be long, however, before Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes hit the practice field for the first time since he took over the program back in November.
Meyer has not gotten a chance to see his guys doing much football stuff this off-season, but he loves the competition he has seen from his group during winter workouts.
Meyer Pleased with Off-Season Workouts
- Meyer feels the Buckeyes have had an excellent off-season. "New weight staff has done phenomenal job."
- The team looks a lot different to him than when Meyer got to OSU, especially on the offensive line. He was not pleased with the bodies of some of the linemen when he got to OSU. Guys look a lot different now.
- Meyer thinks his team is where he thought they would be. "A lot of good, tough kids." Also said he has had zero resistance from players or the holdover coaches about all the changes.
- Meyer watches drills to see how guys respond to losing. Doesn't care about much else.
- Meyer hopes the off-season attrition is done. If a kid makes it through winter conditioning, now they get to go play football.
- The Buckeyes had their last team meeting before spring practice this morning at 6 a.m. Meyer said his team needs this break after long off-season.
Looking Ahead to Spring Football
- Meyer said the tempo of practice will be a shock to the players. "We're going to have a lot of contact. A lot."
- Meyer confirmed that freshmen Taylor Decker, Luke Roberts and Se'Von Pittman are coming to OSU in March.
- There will be a winner and loser every day in practice when they leave the field. Rewards for winners. Gatorades for winners after practice. Losers get hose water and running, including coaches.
- Zach Boren said there is no on/off switch. Everyone will be going full-go every play in the spring.
Looking at Position Groups
- Meyer said Kenny Guiton has had a great off-season. Meyer said he wasn't a fan of Guiton when he first got to OSU. Meyer said that Guiton is finally starting to act like a quarterback.
- Meyer said the most impressive group to him right now is the TE. Three really good looking TE's.
- Reid Fragel is “tinkering” with 300 pounds and Meyer said he looks great right now in his transition to offensive tackle.
- Meyer said Fragel used to be lazy in the classroom. Expects him to have his best academic quarter.
- Meyer and Luke Fickell felt Darryl Baldwin's best place to get on the field was on the o-line.
Finding Skill Guys on Offense
- Meyer’s biggest concern is that he still doesn't know who is going to catch a pass. "There's no track record."
- According to Meyer, Corey "Philly" Brown might have had the best off-season. He also mentioned Jake Stoneburner and Devin Smith.
- Meyer said Jordan Hall had a "borderline great" off-season. Also said Hyde and Rod Smith have come light years.
- Meyer thinks they will move Jordan Hall around on offense in the spring.
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