Earlier today, Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer held his weekly press conference at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
This week, Meyer offers up an opening statement detailing last Saturday’s game against Buffalo, his top performers of that game and how they graded out before answering questions from the media.
Very pleased with our win. Very pleased with our fast start. That was something that was real important that we made a big emphasis in our program. Not very pleased when we had the lull in the second quarter when we had those four bad drives, but I’ll give you a quick rundown of our personnel and how they played.
First of all, offensive champions were Jordan Hall, great to see him, 159 yards and graded out 81 percent. I guess those are career highs for him and I thought he played very well.
Chris Fields had two touchdowns, three out of three opportunities, made all three. Philly Brown, grade out champion.
Offensive Player of the Week was Jordan Hall, obviously not near what we expect on offense; we have to get a lot better but those kids did play well.
On defense, you had Noah Spence, I believe that was his first start. Graded out 80 percent and had a sack, graded champion.
Doran Grant, graded out 96 percent, out of 21 opportunities, made the play 18, which was high, and a lot of opportunities, made his plays.
And Christian Bryant was Defensive Player of the Game and graded out at 94 percent.
So we have got to do a little better. The good thing is we have a chance to get better. A lot of new players on defense, when Shazier cramped up, we were down there, Christian Bryant was basically our only veteran player out there. I’m anxious to see a lot of improvement. Looks very positive for C.J. Barnett to be back. Bradley Roby will be back.
We are going to get more play out of Corey Linsley on offense, and so that’s a positive, we are starting to get our roster back intact. As of now, Rod Smith will be back if he has a good week of practice and does it all right. So that helps us; where I really notice that is special teams.
Positive in our kicking game was our kickoff, it was fantastic. I want to say that they were held inside the 20 every time, I believe they were, except for once on the 20 or 22, and special teams Player of the Week was Ron Tanner and honorable mention went to Vonn Bell. He had three tackles on kickoff and Ron Tanner just really played well, kickoff and a variety of other spots on special teams. It was good to see our Australian get in there and punt the ball a little bit, kind of negotiated not a snap and I expect him to get a lot better when he’s moving forward.”
Meyer on Ohio State’s next opponent, San Diego State:
They are arguably the best tailback we’ll face all year was injured, I believe in the first quarter. This Eastern Illinois team played outstanding and scored some big plays against man coverage.
Other than that, I see a defense, it’s an odd stacked 3 3 5 defense that they blitz, high percentage of pressures, their movement, they are a chaos defense that play really hard with some good players and offense, I think that they kind of stepped out of their comfort zone a little bit. They threw, I want to say 63 times or something like that.
I coached against Rocky Long before, excellent football coach, tough, guys play real hard. And they won, I believe nine games last year, which is not surprising for his coached teams.”
Meyer on whether Bradley Roby starts on Saturday:
He’s competing for a spot. He will not be named starter. Will be, probably I don’t know when we do the starter thing when do we do that? We’ll probably see Armani or Roby will start, depends on how they practice.”
Meyer on the two-point conversions:
We have been working on that since last February. It worked pretty good. So I don’t know how often we’ll do that, I don’t know that. We usually decide that on Wednesday. But it’s in the package.”
Meyer on how his offensive line performed against Buffalo on Saturday:
Well, we get beat a couple times and it gets exposed. For the most part we played okay. You just can’t get exposed.
The player they had, his stock in the draft just went up a little bit after playing against us. He did a very good job. He manhandled some guys and did a good job. So whenever that happens, what do you do, you go back to your fundamentals and keep working and keep grinding. I have the utmost confident in our offensive line and their position coach, what he did with them a year ago and what he is doing with them now; that they will play much better, and they have to.
But give credit where credit is due. There was issues, and the biggest issue is a fantastic football player that I mean, he could play anywhere at any school in America, that kid for Buffalo.”
Meyer on his disappointment of only scoring 40 points against Buffalo and the exceptions of the offense:
Very high expectations. I want to score every time we touch the ball. I’m disappointed if we don’t score. That’s, once again, high expectations.
However, we have some talented guys. Our coaching staff has been together and we should have been better. We came out of the gate the way I kind of envisioned, and we finished the game kind of like I imagined we would, too.
We had two long drives, one 10 play drive and one 14 play drive, and not one time did we call quarterback run in any of the times other than the one quarterback draw, and then one coming out of sweep. So that’s two for the entire course of the game.
Now we scramble when you play man coverage teams or man under teams like he did on a 3rd and 10, that’s whether you’re John Elway or Braxton Miller, that’s how you defeat man under coverage. And same thing with drop eight, they did a lot of three man, drop eight into coverage, and he kind of got out of there and scrambled. So that’s part of quarterback play. That was not designed runs for him.
So I have high expectations for our offense, very high, and I think we grade it very average for this game without taking any disrespect on our opponent, because they did a good job.”
Meyer on the play if his freshman last Saturday:
Dontre was good, other than I think he laid on the ground, that was terrible, and he won’t play much if that happens again. I did think he showed some of the explosiveness that he has. We would like to get No. 15 a couple more carries.
On offense, had I think that might have been it the. James Clark just got in there for a few place. On defense, Joey Bosa has played very well. He’s earning a lot of time in the rotation. I’m really impressed with him.
Mike Hill continues to get better and tray Johnson played extensively. We didn’t really expect that to happen but Ryan went down with cramps early and hard time getting back. I believe that was it. Oh, Vonn Bell did very well and Cam Burrows did very well. That’s a great place to start to make a name here.”