Speaking from the team meeting room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer held his weekly conference and talked about the California game this past Saturday, his defense, his offense, his special teams, Braxton Miller, Kenny Guiton and more earlier today.
First, Meyer talked about his Champions on defense against Cal:
The champions of the game on defense, only had two, Christian Bryant graded out as champion and Joey Bosa, defensive player of the game, true freshman, played almost 80 plays. Christian Bryant played 92 plays, obviously a lot of football there, and those are the champions on defense.”
…and then his Champions on offense:
On offense, I thought our guys played very well. Executed at a very, very high level. Offensive line, we had three champions, Jack Mewhort, Marcus Hall and Taylor Decker, which he’s come a long way from that first game and tight end, Jeff Heuerman, I don’t believe he had any catches, but a lot of the big runs on the edge were because of him, and Evan Spencer who I’ll get to here in a minute.
Jordan Hall graded a champion, three touchdowns, playing very well for us and we had four wide receivers, maybe the first time since we’ve been here. That’s the way it should be. Philly Brown graded out a champion, had seven catches.
Evan Spencer, called him up in front, we had a 6:00am team meeting this morning. I had Evan Spencer, I called him out, that’s one of the best efforts I’ve ever seen a wide receiver play, and I’m not talking about the ball in his hand. Tried to get it to him a few times but his blocking of the safeties was as good as I’ve ever seen.
Devin Smith, three big hits for 151 yards, he graded as champion, and Chris Fields, one touchdown, but he graded at champion as well.
Offensive player of the game was our quarterback, Kenny Guiton, did very well. So very pleased with our team win.”
Meyer later talked about his special teams:
Special teams player of the week was Pitt Brown, did very well. Jamal Marcus played very well. And there are some things that we have to continue that we are just not real dynamic in the kicking game right now and that has to improve obviously as we get into this game and then obviously the Big Ten season. So very pleased with their effort.”
Once Meyer opened the floor for questions from the media, one of the first was if junior quarterback Braxton Miller was healthy enough to play, would he, considering Ohio State is taking on FCS-member Florida A&M, in which Meyer responded “absolutely” then added the following:
Braxton, we’ve got a lot of work to do. So, no, if he’s ready, he’ll play this week.”
To me, while I find that answer interesting on various levels, I’m not surprised. Miller has only played one full game versus Buffalo in the season-opener and a few snaps against San Diego State. Sure, Ohio State is a 57-point favorite over Florida A&M and Meyer could use any one of his three quarterbacks and do fine against the Rattlers. But you want Miller to be sharp for the Big Ten part of the season that begins next week versus Wisconsin. But if he does play, though, I don’t see Miller playing any more than three to four series or the first half at most.
Meyer was then asked about senior running back Carlos Hyde:
As of right now he’s back. We’re anxious, he’s done a really good job. He’s running the scout team the entire time. Has had a very good attitude, taken care of his business in the classroom and we are anxious to get Carlos back.
After fielding a question about Hyde, Meyer was asked about Jordan Hall and whether he’ll move around and play at H-B (Hybrid Back) or elsewhere:
I don’t know. Been thinking about that. It’s a good issue to have, because Carlos did a lot for us a year ago, a lot. He’s a very talented running back and that was hard.
That was hard on everybody. It was hard on Carlos most of all, but it was hard on all of us, too, because Carlos did a lot of good things, and that whole situation I don’t know. I’ll answer that later in the week.
But Jordan Hall certainly has earned the right to touch the ball in a big way, so I’m not sure yet.”
Some other notes:
– While Meyer said that Miller is “probable” this week, he also said that sophomore defensive end Adolphus Washington is “questionable,” which means that Bosa will get another start at defensive end. Meyer also stated that sophomore defensive tackle Tommy Schutt is “out” and he’s a “mid-year guy because of the surgery on his foot.”
– Also talking about injuries, Meyer said that Miller has a grade two MCL sprain “which means those things heal. With lineman you could probably get in there quicker. Immobile quarterback, you can probably get them in there quicker.” Meyer then added that on Saturday during pregame warm-ups that his knee just wasn’t stable enough. “It can linger and that’s something that we have to be smart, and I’ll have to evaluate that as we go. The lateral movement is not the straight ahead. I think straight ahead, he can go right now. It’s the lateral. Month. The MCL is the medial collateral ligament on the inside of your leg, so you just have to watch it.”
– As for Florida A&M, Meyer didn’t seem to know much about the team and he still hasn’t seen any film on the Rattlers. “Florida A&M? I have not had enough time. We are still wrapping up this one. That’s what we do today.”