Two-Minute Drill: Updates From Monday's OSU Press Luncheon
by Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer met with the media early Monday afternoon to talk about his team, as well as reflect back on the Penn State game a bit more. Also speaking were defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and tight ends coach Tim Hinton. A handful of players also spoke to the media, including Jeff Heuerman, Doran Grant, Drew Basil, Curtis Grant.... Here are the highlights.
Urban Meyer Updates
* Meyer said he was very impressed with the way the Buckeyes started the game against Penn State. He admitted that he was a bit worried going into the game because of how physical Iowa was the week before, and the week off that Penn State had. He made an effort to have the Buckeyes rested as much as they could be because Penn State was also rested.
* The offensive champions were Marcus Hall, Corey Linsley, Jeff Heuerman, Nick Vannett, Chris Fields, Devin Smith, Philly Brown, and Carlos Hyde and Jack Mewhort were the co-offensive players of the game. Defensively, the champions were Ryan Shazier, Doran Grant, C.J. Barnett, and the defensive players of the game were Bradley Roby and Noah Spence. The special teams player of the week was Jordan Hall. Meyer gave special mention to Craig Cataline, Dontre Wilson and Cameron Johnston for their contributions on special teams as well.
* Meyer said Braxton Miller was a little sore after getting hit on the knee, but he's okay. They'll have him full speed tomorrow.
* Meyer said he had a conversation with the defensive coaches about blitzing Ryan Shazier more. He said he's one of the best blitzers in the country, but doesn't blitz enough. They knew they couldn't just let Christian Hackenberg just sit back there. “We want to be a disruptive defense, and we will be a disruptive defense.”
* Meyer said Devan Bogard has torn his ACL again, and it's the same knee as last time.
*He said that after Corey Brown's interception, the confidence was way up on the defensive sideline.
* Meyer said Dontre Wilson is now blocking, so “he'll be more and more involved.” He added, “He did a lot of things well.” He said wait until you see Wilson next year. He's already up 15 pounds from when he arrived.
* Meyer was asked if it was a coincidence that Braxton Miller has really taken off after Kenny Guiton took a few warm-up snaps against Northwestern, and he said no. He said he loves Braxton Miller like a son, but “he knows that I have a job to do.” Meyer also said that Miller has to know Guiton is breathing down his neck because “the fricking stadium is calling his [Guiton's] name.”
* Meyer said Miller is playing better than he thought his “better” would be this year, but can still get much better. He said he still panics too much in the pocket.
* Meyer said the linebackers are still not solidified yet, and mentioned that that is probably the only area that isn't solidified.
*Meyer said Curtis Grant has a sore neck, but he's fine.
* He said Purdue changed from a 4-3 to a 3-4 in mid-season, so they don't really know what they'll see from them this week.
Luke Fickell Updates
* Fickell said a defense can be more aggressive and risk a mistake or two when you know your offense can score.
* Fickell said of the linebackers, “It's a daily grind.” He cited the youth and the players without much experience as one reason why.
* He said Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell both played well against Penn State, as did Trey Johnson in limited minutes.
* Fickell said blitzing is about timing and Shazier has the knack. It's tough to teach it.
* Fickell said Meyer brings a lot to the defense because it's coming from a different mindset. “Sometimes it's tough, but in reality it makes us better.”
* Fickell said the lack of long runs is about keeping leverage. He said you can still give up yards, but with leverage you don't give up the big runs.
Tim Hinton Updates
* Hinton said they have to be ready for everything and anything from Purdue's defense. They changed everything the last time they had a bye week, and they're expecting anything right now.
* Asked if Jeff Heuerman ever gets frustrated by the lack of touches, and Hinton told him today, “Coach, we just have a lot of good dudes on this team.”
* Hinton said if they ever did have a player who complained about a lack of touches, then they would probably never see the field.
* As Hinton was talking about Jeff Heuerman, Heuerman was poking his head into the meeting room eavesdropping. Upon Hinton crediting Heuerman's success solely to excellent coaching, Heuerman disrupted the interview session to disagree.
Jeff Heuerman Updates
* Heuerman said there's a bunch of guys on this offense that could start anywhere in the country, so it's always going to be tough to get as many touches as you want. Heuerman said he's happy doing his job. “We're 20-0.”
* Heuerman said a lot of players remember the loss at Purdue in 2011. He said they still remember the 2011 season as a whole. “No one wants that. That's not Ohio State football.”
Doran Grant Updates
* Grant cited pursuit angles in stopping the long runs this year. They started working on it early in training camp.
* Grant said Purdue freshman quarterback Danny Etling is young, but he's not afraid to throw the ball. He has confidence in his arm. He said pressure will be key again this week.
* On losing three of four in West Lafayette, Grant said that it hasn't been mentioned, “but we all know it.”
Drew Basil Updates
* Basil said his window for kickoffs is between the five-yard line and the goal line, and the sideline and the numbers. He said it's the biggest thing he still needs to work on.
Curtis Grant Updates
* Grant said he thought they played very well against Penn State, and are playing better each week.
* Grant said he hurt his neck because he led with his head, but he's fine now.
* Grant said he's been blessed by the support from the fans and his football team, which has helped him get through the passing of his father. He said he stays busy through the week, but Saturdays are tough for him.
* He said the key to stopping the long runs has been knowing their gaps and where the help is. He said the leverage the defense has is the main key.
* On losing three of four in West Lafayette, Grant said, “That sticks in my mind a lot.”
* On finding out about Devan Bogard's torn ACL, Grant said, “I know he'll fight back.” He said Bogard loves to prove people wrong, and this will be no different.
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