Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke with the media Wednesday evening following practice to provide updates on the Buckeyes as they head into Saturday night’s matchup at Rutgers. Here are the highlights.
+ Tyquan Lewis has been fun to watch grow. He dominated at camp as a high schooler and Mike Vrabel called Meyer over to take a look at him. He fell in love with him and he’s been a great player from the outset.
+ Chase Young is a good dude who takes care of his business.
+ Chris Ash is a very good special teams coach, so they’ll have to be prepared for what Rutgers has in store.
+ Meyer was asked if there could be something similar in college football to what is happening in college basketball. He used to worry about that. He gets upset with the NCAA at times, but they have their hands tied behind their backs with everything going on.
+ Parris Campbell is a great returner and Meyer trusts him to take a kickoff out of the end zone. “I don’t overcoach him.” Meyer is okay with him taking a run at it.
+ Meyer would like to see a few receivers step up and take larger roles and more snaps.
+ Jeff Okudah isn’t yet in the rotation, but people should buy stock in him because he is going to be a good one.
+ Marcus Baugh has yet to achieve what he can be. Meyer is seeing signs of it, however. “He’s getting very close now.” Trying to find more ways to get him the ball now.
+ Meyer loves Elijaah Goins. He’s almost a 23mph guy running down the field. He was dominant on kickoff coverage last week. “I love those kind of guys.” When OSU offered him a scholarship that was a great investment.
+ When an OSU commit is injured, Ohio State’s medical team can speak with the high school’s medical team and create a dialogue.
+ History shows that Rutgers is a great place that has historically struggled. Greg Schiano turned the program around. Meyer used to worry about him when he was struggling at Rutgers. “Everybody knows how I feel about Greg.”
+ In a word, how good is J.T. Barrett? “He’s elite at what he does.” Everyone wishes he would have played better in certain games. Meyer wishes he would have coached better in those games too. It’s gonna be a sad day when he leaves.