Meyer Presser Recap: Miami

By Kyle Rowland on August 27, 2012 at 2:42p

Monday marks the true beginning of the season: the first game-week practice and, of course, head coach Urban Meyer's first media luncheon. The Ohio native revealed a great sense of excitement for running on to the Ohio Stadium turf and even hinted at making sure he's focused on what's going on on the field instead of the crowd around him. 

Six days until a dream comes true.

The last time Meyer ventured into the Horseshoe was for last season's opener. A lot has changed in the past year, the most important of which is quarterback Braxton Miller's maturity. Meyer highlighted that today and also revealed that Nathan Williams is expected to see game action on Saturday. 

There were no Earth-shattering revelations, with the entire starting unit healthy. However, freshman running back Warren Ball appears headed to a redshirt season after suffering a mid-foot injury that required surgery. He is out indefinitely. 

  • Meyer says he is very excited about running out of the tunnel at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. Meyer said he is honored to be the coach at Ohio State and coach in the great state of Ohio.
  • Meyer said he has a set of notes to keep him from being distracted when “Hang On Sloopy” plays. He said “I’ll be coming out of my shoes a little bit” and that it’ll be an emotional time.
  • Having coached for two seasons in the MAC, Meyer is very familiar with the Miami program. He commented on the history and tradition and said the RedHawks are a well-coached team. Meyer said Miami should be a good challenge.
  • Meyer wanted an angry team and he believes he has that. He said they have been chomping at the bit and are ready to go play.
  • Entering game week, Meyer said some areas of the team are stronger, others still need work. He said talent-wise the Buckeyes have the potential to be a really good team.
  • To be a great team, Meyer believes some positions have to step up with offensive skill being the obvious one.
  • Nathan Williams should be available Saturday. Meyer said today is a big day for his progression, but he should play on a limited basis.
  • Corey Linsley, Carlos Hyde and Philly Brown made the biggest jumps, according to Meyer.
  • Meyer said Linsley went from being a nobody to being the apex of the offense. The center position in Meyer’s spread offense has to be a “grown man,” Meyer said.
  • Meyer said there was no blame-game with Linsley. He took ownership of his problems.
  • On defense, Garrett Goebel and Travis Howard stuck out to Meyer as the most improved players.
  • Meyer raved about Howard and said Kerry Coombs’ coaching style contributed to Howard’s rise.
  • The team will practice in full pads today and tomorrow and go to shoulder pads only on Wednesday and no pads on Thursday if the team practices well. Friday is reserved for a walk-through.
  • Meyer’s Tuesday practices are known as “Bloody Tuesday.” He classified them as awful practices that work the team to the brink.
  • Fourteen freshmen are listed on Ohio State’s two-deep. Meyer said that’s normal at big schools now. They recruit guys who can play immediately.
  • There will be three true freshmen on the kick coverage unit.
  • Meyer said the things that have stuck out to him in regards to Braxton Miller are his leadership, urgency and the way he attacks preparation.
  • Braxton has come a million miles from last season, Meyer said. The goal now is to make him a quarterback who’s a good athlete.
  • Comparing him to past quarterbacks, Meyer said Miller reminds him mostly of Chris Leak based on their evolution as leaders.
  • Meyer said Miami QB Zac Dysert and WR Nick Harwell are good enough to play at any school in the country.
  • Everyone is aware of Jim Tressel’s fondness for special teams, but Meyer is similar. He said they want to be a punt-block team. The special teams philosophy will not be a drastic change, according to Meyer.
  • Asked about the Buckeye Leaf tradition, Meyer said it will continue. “Could you imagine that,” Meyer said laughing. He said he’d need security everywhere he went.
  • Meyer said he’s going to make the handing out of buckeye leaves a big deal. Players will be called out in front of the entire team. It’ll be one of the biggest sources of pride and inspiration for achievement, Meyer said.
  • Another tradition that will continue is the walk from the Blackwell to St. John Arena for Skull Session.
  • Reid Fragel and Taylor Decker were neck-and-neck, but ultimately Fragel was a smidge ahead.
  • Ed Warinner contributed Fragel’s veteran status as a big reason in why he’s the starter.
  • Decker will play Saturday. He will be the first backup tackle (right or left) into the game.
  • Warinner said Linsley has embraced the new regime and is a hard working, blue-collar guy.
  • On offense, the WRs have made great strides, Warinner said. The passing game, as well as the development of the QBs and receivers, continues to evolve.
  • Warinner said he recruited Chase Farris during his stint at Notre Dame. From that experience, Warinner was aware of the potential Farris had at O-Line, so he came up with Farris’ move from defense to offense.
  • Jacoby Boren is 100 percent.
  • Warinner said the Buckeye O-Line is the best conditioned unit he’s ever coached and possibly the best conditioned in the country.
  • Kyle Dodson is nearing redshirt territory, according to Warinner. He said he’s got great potential but is still a year away from being Big Ten ready.
  • Another player that will likely be redshirted is running back Warren Ball. He had surgery on a mid-foot injury and is out indefinitely.
  • Being at middle linebacker, Curtis Grant occupies the “quarterback” of the defense spot. Everett Withers said he’s grown comfortable into the role of calling plays.
  • Withers said the starting linebackers have all had a good camp, but that position is more about developing the young guys and producing depth. Every backup at LB is a freshman.
  • Nathan Williams’ leadership and and on-field production will provide a big lift to the team, Withers said.

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Maestro's picture

Enough talk.  Can't read anymore about the potential of this team.  Just want to see some FOOTBALL.
Thank you very much for the contribution though Kyle.

vacuuming sucks

RBuck's picture

Every backup LB is a freshman. That's somewhat scary.

Long live the southend.

Alex's picture

yes, but who else can we even put back there? We knew we were thin at LB that's why we brought in 5 newbies...Crowell? He missed all of last year and is a RS Frosh....Klein? well, you know the story on him...Stewart Smith? evolved nicely, but he was a walk-on for a reason....Oltorik? Just moved to LB from QB...everyone else who even had a remote chance to be on that depth chart is a freshman....that was our only choice

Squirrel Master's picture

well not to mention that even though they are freshmen, I assume the 3 are Camren, Perkins and Marcus, that is not a bad set of backups to have. Camren is a stud and Perkins and Marcus are animals coming off the edge. Can't complain about a backup OLB that is described as the best point A to point B guy on the team.
and if linebacker does become a concern and the freshmen aren't ready, could switch to a 3-4 and use these very talented pass rushers as OLB as well. Depth is not that concerning to me. It is more of if the starters are ready. Not concerned about Shazier but Sabino has been up and down his whole career and Grant still has to prove himself.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Good point about the starting LBs probably being a bigger concern than the backups.
In 2006, for example, the backup LBs were - who? - frosh Ross Homan, junior Curtis Terry? In 2010, they were Storm Klein, Andrew Sweat, and who else . . . Tony Jackson(?).
One day, someone might look back on 2012 and ask in utter astonishment, "The backup LBs were Williams, Perkins, and Marcus?!? . . . Who was on the third string? Lawrence Taylor?"

LadyBuck's picture

Thanks for the coverage. I'm definitely excited to see a real passing game this Saturday. Go Bucks, and O-H!!

timdogdad's picture

5 days  "bart scott"!!    only 5 days until fowler, erin and frosted tips profess their sec love.  whats the over/under for the season that frosted tips says the qb is in rhythm?   i'll stick with about 50  about 4 per game x 12 weeks, add a few more here and there.  
hopefully with the new o, the short passing game will now be as comfortable for brax as a point guard passing the ball to the other guard or forward. and getting the offense in gear. not third and long a make a run for the first down marker 12 yrds away.     

Alex's picture

Erin has actually left ESPN and moved to Fox where she will host their new CFB show with Eddie George and Joey Harrington...should be interesting

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Which one of these new Fox hosts will be prettier . . . Erin Andrews or Joey Harrington?

703Buckeye's picture

I'm sticking with Eddie.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
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cbusbuckeye's picture

Erin works for Fox now.

timdogdad's picture

ah, didnt know she left. well then whoever takes her place better be good and sure to say how awesome the sec is.   i'm sure they'll have a nice little darlin.  what would be even better is if she had a southern twang too. 

billy04's picture

Wah Wah Wah. The SEC holds the belt, man.  Until someone unseats them, find something else to cry about.  Hopefully, Urbz and #5 will do it in '13.
If you want to cry about something, cry about how Gene Smith still has a job. Last year's team should've been a sacrificial lamb to the NCAA.  Then this team would've had something to play for.

Crimson's picture

Plus, they would have until the bowl game to practice, which makes a better shot at the title in '13.  I'm still upset that Gene is around. SMH

jfunk's picture

Someone seriously asked if he was going to get rid of the Buckeye Leaves? My God, that's been going on since Woody's time. Why in the hell would anyone think Meyer would even consider getting rid of that tradition???

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

I think it was more of a confirmation that the leaf tradition will be kept around.  But yeah, who in the world would ever really think that would not be kept.   Some things like that (skull session, carmen after the game and a dozen more i cant think of) you just dont screw with.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Nick's picture

The question was mostly what criteria for getting one would be. Meyer said they would be emphasized even more under his admin and they will call the players up in front of the team when awarding them 

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture


Bucksfan's picture

Meyer said he has a set of notes to keep him from being distracted when “Hang On Sloopy” plays. He said “I’ll be coming out of my shoes a little bit” and that it’ll be an emotional time.

I still can't believe that this is the same guy who hung 41 on us in that national title game.  Is this really happening?  Are we really going to see Urban F'ing Meyer in charge of the Buckeyes this Saturday?  What parallel universe did I wander into?
Can't wait!  GO BUCKS!

Ahh Saturday's picture

The way they were moving the ball it could've been 50 easily.  Urban's inner Buckeye showed some mercy in the 4th quarter.

hodge's picture

He actually refrenced this when he was prepping UF for the title game in January '07, when he heard that song (as he was prepping his players for the atmosphere) it hit really hit home for him.  Here's a quote from his wife:

"I told Urban I'm afraid I might get up and dance when I hear Hang on Sloopy," Shelley Meyer says with a laugh. "He said, 'I don't think that would be a good idea.' "

It's a really solid article, if you can stomach what transpired immediately after its publication.

Buckeye06's picture

Ok I'm new on this but I wont be watching any pregame shows...ND and Navy start at 9am et in England?  HELLO SATURDAY MORNING PIGSKIN

slippy's picture

*Ireland.  Works perfectly because Navy is my #2 team.

jfunk's picture

Look for the one dude wearing red. That will be me. I think my wife and I are in one of the end zones.

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

LouGroza's picture

How great would it be to hear Urbans pre-game locker room speech? It will be an inspiring one without question.

BuckeyePride's picture

Is it Saturday yet?????

How Firm Thy Friendship....

bassplayer7770's picture

*looks at watch, then looks at calendar*
Nope...  :-(

slippy's picture

How 'bout now?

Squirrel Master's picture

So far I am able to quell the overriding excitement that begins this week. but I don't know if I can handle it come Thursday! I might as well take off Friday and sedate myself for 24 hours!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Rapping Bum's picture


Help is on the way.

sb97's picture

Warinner said the Buckeye O-Line is the best conditioned unit he’s ever coached and possibly the best conditioned in the country.

Wow, bold statement.  Best thing I have read about the Buckeyes in a long time.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

looks like bollman was a good coach after all (sarcasm intended)

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

headina's picture

"He said they want to be a punt-block team" About time. They have blocked what? 3 kicks since 'Nam?


RedStorm45's picture

'02 Minnesota (Donnie Nickey), '08(??) Purdue (Sabino I think), '11 Wisconsin (Shazier) to name 3.

Squirrel Master's picture

I thought they blocked a punt against UM in the shoe in 2010. It was recovered on the 1 wasn't it!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Hopping on a plane tomorrow afternoon and will be in Columbus later that night!  It is going to be AWESOME being a part of the first game of the Urban Era!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

cinserious's picture

Did i read warriner right? The most conditioned O-line he's ever coached and in the country? How is that possible so soon? If he's Anywhere near correct, that would look really bad on the walrus's so-called developmEnt of his lines.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

RedStorm45's picture

Here's going to be an interesting question going forward...there is a good possibility the remnants of Isaac will make its way into the Midwest by Saturday (similar to Ike in '08)...any chance big winds and/or rain play a factor?

Crimson's picture

Last forecast I saw said if it comes this way, it won't be until Sunday.

buckeye76BHop's picture

I wouldn't worry too much about the back up LBs being Freshmen.  They'll be leaps and bounds better than they were last year with these freshman back ups.  Not to mention...Storm is back if "really" needed.  They'll be OK at LB 

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

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