Urban Meyer spoke with the media following Monday’s practice to provide updates on his Ohio State football team. There was a scrimmage on Saturday and other personnel news to report. Here are the highlights from the Buckeye head coach.
+ Meyer needs to see more consistency before a No. 2 quarterback is decided. This coming scrimmage on Saturday is a big one. It’s a battle between Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins.
+ At right guard it’s Malcolm Pridgeon, Branden Bowen, Demetrius Knox, and Matt Burrell still. One guy is getting more first-team reps, but Meyer didn’t want to say who.
+ Kevin Wilson’s ideas are meshing very well with the Ohio State offense and the Buckeye quarterbacks. He is very good at identifying personnel and knowing where to put guys in order to make plays.
+ They don’t want J.T. Barrett running as much, but there are times when he’s like a “Get out of jail free card.”
+ Walk-ons Elijaah Goins and Zach Turnure were put on scholarship last week. That’s always fun for Meyer. “This is my favorite decision.” Both players start on special teams.
+ The quarterbacks as a unit are playing very strong right now.
+ The seven fifth-year seniors, Meyer said you can’t put a price tag on that. It’s unusual to have that many. It’s a huge boost for the team this year because they have seen so much and they have played so much. “They’re our best players.”
+ No update on the suspension on Michael Hill.
+ Asked how they can keep signing good quarterbacks when the recruits see the guys in front of them, Meyer said it’s not a lot different than any other position. It’s an opportunity to be a part of a great program.
+ The focus this week has been about getting game ready. Last week was about just playing. Now it’s about preparing for Indiana this week.
+ Some more black stripes will be coming off tonight.
+ This is the best group of playmakers the Buckeyes have had since 2014. Meyer is still working on his list of 10, but it’s coming along.
+ Meyer has been very impressed by Tate Martell. He’s the kind of guy you can build your program around.
+ J.T. Barrett has gotten more accurate as a passer and his energy level now is incredible. He is providing energy for everybody.
+ Barrett’s improvements will also be showcased in the improvements of the pass blocking and the players around him.