Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer spoke with the media following practice Wednesday. He provided some health updates on his Buckeyes and looked forward to Saturday’s matchup against UNLV. Here are the highlights.
+ Erick Smith is a matured player now. He has really grown up.
+ Chris Worley is still questionable. Dante Booker is full go. Matt Burrell is questionable with a foot. It’s not a structural issue.
+ They worked both on UNLV and improving the team and fixing issues with pass defense and tempo on offense.
+ It’s good to have quarterbacks with different skill sets like they do now. Joe Burrow is still 90%, but has been cleared to play. When Dwayne Haskins goes in, that changes their play calling a little bit compared to the plays they call for J.T. Barrett.
+ They have been working hard and extra on kick coverage. There will be some new guys involved there getting opportunities.
+ They are always looking for future leaders while recruiting and then while watching them early on at Ohio State. They want energy providers, not takers. There is nothing worse than a player who takes energy from coaches. They need to move on. Meyer doesn’t want them at Ohio State. Baron Browning and Jordan Fuller are two future leaders. “We can see it.”
+ Meyer loves special teams. Back when he was at Notre Dame he was made special teams coordinator because it was either that or get fired. So he went to a lot of places on his own dime talking to coaches about special teams. It’s a difference maker for great teams.
+ J.K. Dobbins is one of those players who provide energy. When watching his junior highlights, Meyer thought at the time that Dobbins was an elite player.
+ Meyer wants Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins to be in the backfield together. He’s never had two guys like that together. They’ve begun talking about how to use them both when Weber is ready.
+ UNLV is struggling a bit defensively. They have big guys inside. Offensively, they can put up points.