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 a lengthy opening statement before fielding questions from the media.
First, Meyer talks about senior backup quarterback Kenny Guiton:
Offensively to have our quarterback go down early in the game on that first drive was a blow, but our team responded. It’s an incredible case study of arguably one of the greatest that I’ve been around as far as your backup quarterback is elected captain.”
Meyer then talks about his offensive line:
We protected the quarterback much better in this game against a team that blitzed from they got off the bus blitzing. It’s one of those kind of defenses. We did a little more six and seven man protection. Just means we kept the extra guys in there because of that, and it worked. And I thought overall, on offense, we did a fairly good job.”
Later, Meyer talked about his defense:
On defense, I watched it I didn’t have time yesterday, I watched it this morning, and we are getting close to the kind of defense that I have a dream of seeing, and that’s aggressive.”
Further along, Meyer elaborated on the “D”:
So I was very impressed with our defense. Just the energy, once again, there’s a lot of things we can fix. We are too soft on zone coverage. At times, I thought we were too soft in man coverage, but I liked the philosophy that we pressure. I had that written down on the other paper, but we pressured more than we had the previous week.”
Meyer then gave an injury report:
Braxton Miller will be a day-to-day decision. I just met with him today. He’s feeling much better. Was a little stiff, which is our trainer and I and him, just met ten minutes ago and he’s feeling the first 48 hours after that injury is very tough. It’s a sprained MCL is what it is. And then Adolphus Washington has a groin injury, that will be day-to-day, also. Neither one of them has been disqualified for this game but neither one of them has been cleared to play yet, so I’ll keep you posted.”
Meyer was later asked about Braxton Miller’s durability:
No, the obvious, that quarterbacks at times get hit, especially Braxton is a fearless player. That was a pass that he ran on third down and I think two. That was a pass all the way, and then he saw an open seam, because the guy was actually open and he decided to get the first down. I like quarterbacks who think that way, get the first down. So I just think we have to have always have Plan B ready. Now when Plan B is in the game, that means Plan C is not too far off, and that’s one that we are working on, as well, right now.”
Of course, Meyer was asked about “Plan C” and if that meant “Cardale Jones,” a redshirt freshman quarterback from Glenville (also, Plan D is true freshman QB J.T. Barrett):
Plan C and Plan D are real close to each other right now. We practiced them both yesterday. I just made preliminary travel plans of them both going, so we are going to see. As of right now, Cardale is the first one in.”