Two Minute Drill: Urban Meyer Call In Show
by Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer held his weekly one-hour gab session on the Ohio State IMG Sports Network and talked about all manners of things. He previewed the matchup with Indiana, gave an injury update, and talked about the emotions of Senior Day. Here are the highlights.
Urban Meyer Updates
* Meyer said there wasn't a lack of focus against Illinois, it was that Illinois had good players and they were able to score. He said not a lot of quarterbacks are able to do what Nathan Scheelhaase can do.
* Meyer said the chemistry between the offensive line and the running backs right now is unique and has been fun to watch.
* Meyer said the front seven has really come on this year, especially when you consider how inexperienced they were to start the season, and how young they still are. They still have to get it improved and get it to an Ohio State level.
* He said Joshua Perry will play, but Curtis Grant's lateral movement is still an issue. Joey Bosa will play.
* Meyer said the freshmen defensive players who are redshirting are getting better and better, and if injuries continue to worsen, some of them may still see the field this year.
* Meyer said that Evan Spencer is as good as he's ever seen in perimeter blocking. He called Jeff Heuerman “one of our best players”. He said there's a chance you'll see Heuerman and Nick Vannett involved more this week.
* Meyer said the Indiana offense poses problems. They score well and move the ball. “This is an issue. They are very fast, and they run a lot of plays.” They get the ball out quick, so it's hard to pressure the quarterback. He said there isn't much difference in the offense between IU's two quarterbacks. He said IU is not a big blitz team on defense, and they've had issues stopping teams.
* Meyer said Senior Day is always an emotional day. He said sometimes it's more emotional than others, however. Sometimes it's time for players to go, and other times it's like sticking a knife in your heart. The latter is how he views Christian Bryant and the offensive line. He said he loves Marcus Hall's dedication to his job right now. He said this has been as productive an offensive line as he's ever been around.
* Meyer said that Bradley Roby is set to graduate in the spring. “He's been great and we're certainly going to recognize him on Senior Day.” He said that Doran Grant is a much-improved player this year. He said both cornerbacks will have to play lights out on Saturday.
* Caller asks if he has given thought to starting Kenny Guiton and Meyer says he has not.
* Meyer said he expects Jordan Hall to play this weekend.
* Meyer said 8 of his 9 assistants are from Ohio and the 9th (Everett Withers) wishes he was.
* Meyer said it's "very important" for Carlos Hyde to get to 1,000 yards rushing this year.
* Meyer said he thinks Kenny Guiton has probably been noticed by the NFL and thinks he can make a run at it. He said he thinks people are intrigued by his leadership skills and intangibles.
* Meyer said you have to act like a pro during Senior Day, but if the emotion is real, then that's what football is about. “It's going to be an emotional day for us.”
* He called Noah Spence and Joey Bosa “difference makers” because of how well they get pressure on the quarterback.
* Meyer said he doesn't yet see enough leaders on the team for next year, but that's a similar situation to what he saw on this team last year.
* Meyer said that Jack Mewhort is probably the best practice player he's ever been around, and it's rubbing off on Taylor Decker.
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