Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke with the media after practice Wednesday night to provide updates on his Buckeyes and to look ahead to Saturday night’s matchup in Lincoln, Nebraska.
+ TV contracts rule, but student-athletes shouldn’t have to play four night games on the road. It’s no fun getting home at 4 in the morning. He has brought it up with Gene Smith and will bring it up with the Big Ten commissioner. He believes the maximum should be two. You can’t get those hours back and it’s hard on the student-athletes. Coaches were never involved in these conversations about so many night games.
+ Regarding the Oklahoma game: “We had a really bad game against a really good team.”
+ Marcus Baugh is coming on and is a really good player right now.
+ Meyer has a good idea about right guard and who it will be. It will be good to have Michael Hill and Dre’Mont Jones back this week. Hill has really handled himself “right” recently. Jones looked great today.
+ Meyer wants to see consistency from the right guard.
+ Odd man fronts are no longer unique. They are more comfortable facing them now because it’s almost all they see. Nebraska is a pure two-game, drop eight 3-4 defense. There won’t be many deep shots because they keep everything in front of them.
+ Trevon Grimes is back home right now dealing with a family issue, but out of respect for him he doesn’t want to speak more on it. He is still on the team.
+ You have to offer the big name kids early on to get in the game, but it is tough when they aren’t good as seniors.
+ There has been conversation about moving Billy Price to right guard and putting Brady Taylor at center, but it is important to have a leader at center.
+ Meyer wants J.K. Dobbins to get more carries. “I want to wear him out.” There is no freshman wall for him. “He’s got to take care of the darn ball.” “I’m anxious to wear them both out.”
+ Meyer has solved the kickoff issue. It was on the coaches.
+ Today was a great practice. Players are embracing the pressure to be nine strong.
+ Tom Herman probably brought in more new stuff to Urban Meyer’s offense than any other offensive coordinator. Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson are very comfortable now.
+ In blowouts, he wants the defense to be smart. He trusts Greg Schiano when to pull guys.
+ Sheffield and Ward will start and Jeff Okudah is in the mix.