Urban Meyer Presser Notes: Buckeyes Took Giant Leap in 2012, But Plenty of Work Remains

By Kyle Rowland on January 11, 2013 at 11:52a

The Michigan game is months in the rearview mirror, while the 2013 season opener versus Buffalo hasn’t even come into focus yet. Still, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been on the job 24/7 since he walked off the field on Nov. 24 following the Buckeyes’ 26-21 victory over the Wolverines to complete a perfect season. 

Carlos Hyde will be back in 2013. 

Meyer happily announced Friday that running back Carlos Hyde will be in scarlet and gray next season. The bowling ball of a tailback won’t only receive carries, but he’ll also be called upon to be one of the offense’s leaders.

A big part of Meyer’s focus has centered on recruiting. Ohio State currently has the No. 3-ranked class in the country with several guys still pending until National Signing Day. Seven true freshmen have already enrolled in Columbus and will take part in spring drills beginning March 5.

Cornerbacks Eli Apple and Cam Burrows, fullbacks Devin Hill and William Houston, defensive ends Tyquan Lewis and Tracy Sprinkle and quarterback JT Barrett have all been immersed into the campus culture. Strength coach Mickey Marotti has the new Buckeye Seven partaking in a set of rigorous workouts that have become an urban legend.

One year after Meyer introduced himself to the team following the Gator Bowl, he said he’s very satisfied with where Ohio State is after a season of play.

That being said, Meyer believes fundamentally that the Buckeyes still aren’t where he wants them to be or where they need to me. “Not even close,” he said.

  • After being at the national title game, Meyer thought Alabama was on a completely different level than every team in the country in every facet of the game. He thought Ohio State had too many holes, even with a 12-0 record.
  • The mantra for Ohio State going forward is truth and fundamentals. They must be honest with each other and themselves and expand on the basics of the game.
  • Meyer said the Buckeyes are nowhere near having a conversation about being in the national championship game. He said it would be like saying they need to land on the moon. He’s more worried about who can play defensive line and linebacker.
  • As mentioned, Ohio State is in the midst of hauling in a top-notch recruiting class. Meyer said he wants to end the recruiting season with a bang. All indications point to Ohio State securing the services of at least one wide receiver. 
  • Despite zero practices after the Michigan game, Meyer said the past six weeks have been a success for Ohio State's growth as a team.
  • Meyer is no stranger to losing assistants. Four interviewed for head coaching jobs this offseason, but none left. Meyer was elated to keep the staff continuity after one season.
  • On SEC dominance: "It’s up to the Big Ten to change that." Meyer, who had an uber-successful six years at Florida, knows the combination of players and style of play it takes to reach that level.
  • Incoming freshman QB JT Barrett will throw but not run for a while due to ACL surgery. The injury is unfortunate, but Barett is viewed as a redshirt for 2013.
  • Bradley Roby's return solidifies the backend of the defense, Meyer said. Had he left, the D-line, linebackers and secondary would have all been unstable.
  • Meyer: “I love Roby. I love who he is. He has a tremendous family. He’s everything you want. Goes to school, takes care of his business.”
  • Two walls in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center have been dedicated to the 2012 team. They'll also get rings. Meyer said the 2012 team would get recognition in the same trophy case where national title teams are honored.
  • Meyer's said he's watched the Alabama-Texas A&M game "a bunch." Sounds like he's really keying in on catching Saban and the Crimson Tide.
  • The wide receivers improved throughout the season, but Meyer wants more from them. They still need someone who strikes fear in the defense.
  • Meyer said it's key for the team leaders to find time to make up for the 15 practices lost due to postseason ineligibility.

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ODEEZ330's picture

love it. Love our coach. Catch bama n saban. We r on r way

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bassplayer7770's picture

Thanks for this update, Kyle.  Love it.

ellspar's picture

Meyer is watching the Alabama - TAMU game: love it. Looks like he's planning for all of our opponents next year

CTBuckeyeFan's picture

Hearing Hyde is coming back just made my weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

buckeyedude's picture

Viva El Guapo!



Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Looking forward to seeing how Braxton and JT progress in the passing game.  I believe that will be key for us making a national title run in the future.  If we can have a balanced offense with weapons through the air and on the ground we will be tough to beat.  Urban will handle assembling a ridiculous defense.  As long as the offense can click, we will knock off Bama and the SEC .

toad1204's picture

Reading between the lines...  What have you done to beat Michigan (and Alabama) today?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

bassplayer7770's picture

If you've heard the speech from Coach Coombs, I'd almost replace scUM with Bama, although it's clear Coach Meyer wants to beat the $h!t out of TTUN...

toad1204's picture

Priorities.  Trying to keep them in order.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 


As mentioned, Ohio State is in the midst of hauling in a top-notch recruiting class. Meyer said he wants to end the recruiting season with a bang.

Mr. Bell, he's referring to you. Sign with us. (These aren't the droids you're looking for)

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Dougger's picture

when's football start?

I like football

beserkr29's picture

Not soon enough.

farmerbuck's picture

This is just so awesome!! Love Urban as our coach!! And just can't wait for the season to start.

You have to hate losing more than you love winning! GO BUCKS!!

buckeye76BHop's picture
  • Two walls in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center have been dedicated to the 2012 team. They'll also get rings. Meyer said the 2012 team would get recognition in the same trophy case where national title teams are honored.

Something tells me....they're not going to sell/trade those rings or gold pants.

  • Meyer's said he's watched the Alabama-Texas A&M game "a bunch." Sounds like he's really keying in on catching Saban and the Crimson Tide.

What a better tape to watch....Bama struggled with a mobile QB...and we happen to have one of those;-)  He's getting ready for them now....GOSH I LOVE URBAN!  He's the Man!

"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."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

USMC11917's picture

I don't always agree with your comments but that down vote was unwarranted so here is a bump.

cinserious's picture

I bet Alabama, its fans, Saban are so caught up in the 'dynasty' and the SEC dominance that they have no idea that there is a silent assasin (OSU) waiting in the weeds to jump on that ass at the end of next season. The Buckeyes have the pedigree, the talent and the coaches to come out as the hardest team in the country. I'm sure everybody is sleeping on the Bucks because they got no respect or love all of 2012. If anybody knows what it takes to stop the SEC's best its Urban Meyer.

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

timhbomb's picture

is it bad I bought season tix for Cal football so I can see my Bucks?

tennbuckeye19's picture

that depends. what are you gonna do with the rest of the cal tix?

3technique's picture

This how you win championships. You get out of bed and do verything you can, every day! Cannot wait til spring ball! C'mon Mr. Bell!

USMC11917's picture

I love our team and staff as much as the next Buckeye but let's be realistic. We need to see how our defense looks after the first thirteen games this year before talking about Bama. Our line and backers /sans Shazier are extremely young. You can lack physical development at say defensive back but you have to be a man to step up on the line and at backer.

Denny's picture

Guapo Guapo Guapo Guapo runnin' everywhere


cinserious's picture

Geno Atkins. da,da, da da da
Geno Atkins da,da,da da da
He's the ma-an!

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

T4EHill's picture

Awesome. I know recruiting rankings don't mean a lot but does anyone know what the top recruiting classes look like?

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

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

fear_the_nut70's picture

How much were those?  I am already making plans to go to that game (I live in Arizona) and am wondering what's the best way to do this.  The last west coast game I went to was the U.S.C. debacle, but I am sure that was a completely different animal.  What are you going to do with the rest of the tickets, sell them on stub hub?  Where did you buy them, directly through the school?  Any info would be appreciated.

osubuck57's picture

It's gonna take time for our d-line and backers to jell.Secondary will be our bread and butter next season. As long as the offense steps it up early part of next season,we should be alright.


Gametime's picture

I hope the staff implements a "race car" (I'd like to call it the "Sniper" package, given our D is the Silver Bullets) package ala the NY (Football) Giants, especially since this offense is going to wage WAR on it's opponents, pounding, slashing, & bombing every foe in front of them. Then on D, having a package with Spence, Washington, Pittman, & maybe one of our Hybrid guys coming off the edge, and especially if we land Bell, I could see BRoby, Apple, Bell, Burrows shutting it down with the Abusement Park setting pretty in the middle - nothing but snipers on the field!
Man next season can't start soon enough!

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Every time Urban speaks about Ohio State football - I want to run through a wall and/or tackle one of my coworkers.  Urban is building a monster team, Mariotti is making them massively strong, and then they get them so fucking angry they refuse to lose!  How can you NOT get excited about Buckeye footbal!!!

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Brutus' Left Nut's picture

You have to be carfeul about tackling co-workers.  You don't want to end up in one of these awkward situations:

okiebuck's picture

Agree that it's going to take a little time for the D to jell, but so long as they keep running, lifting and working hard under Coach Mick this offseason, they will be ready and come fall, they will hear the Buckeye Nation thunder as they turn into Silver Bullets.... can't wait.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

abrahajc's picture

I'm interested to see how touches get spread around on offense this year. Let's say we pencil in Hyde for 20 carries a game, we should try to get hall about 5 touches, and brax will run 10 to 20 times (not all by design) in a given game.  So my questions are: how much are we going to throw? Will rod smith or any other rb get significant touches? Are we going to use Jain Marshall much this year?
Any ideas?

abrahajc's picture

Hall 5 touches minimum *

Silverbuck8's picture

Remember heading into 2012 the goal was to run 80 plays per game, so with your math that still leaves 35-45 plays to be run.  

TheHannimal's picture

I really really really hope its us who ends this SEC streak.  And does so emphatically.  I know its been discussed here before but man the stars are aligning (mean that both ways).  We started it, we finish it.
I love where Urban's head is at.  To be the man, you have to beat the man...and Texas A&M did that this year...and Urban is going to learn how/why that happened.  Urbz pressers get me pumped and optimistic EVERY time.
Also, sounds like Roby is this years Johnny Simons - in terms of Urbans crush/coach on the field.

buckeyepastor's picture

I think Meyer is assembling the pieces for a title run, but I agree that they have a long ways to go in showing that they are legit contenders.   An undefeated 2013 that doesn't include ugly showings against opponents like Indiana and Purdue would be a start.   Given the level of play in the B1G, for us belong with Bama means we should not only win all of our games but shred most of our opponents.   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

Yea, he is looking at how a dual threat QB caused Bama trouble in that A&M game.

iball's picture

Love this article. Love how even with the returning starters Coach Meyer is honest in saying we are no where close to talking NC. Real talk. We are a long way off from playing with the Alabama's of the world.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Toilrt Paper's picture

We all know that football is won in the trenches, regardless of what offensive or defensive scheme is used. Right now we don't have both lines on the same schedule. Last year we had a Senior laden front seven and an unknown offensive line. Next year the O-line will be experienced and one of the best in the country. The defensive front will be young and inexperienced. To beat Bama, you have to roll in Juniors just as good as the seniors that left.

timhbomb's picture

for those who are asking, I bought (4) season tix for a total of $1,200.00 dollars.  I live about 11 miles from Cal's campus so I will be attending a few games.  Cal opens up against Northwestern, so I will go to that one.  They also play USC, Arizona and Oregon State at home, I will be selling those tix.  They have a direct link to stubhub.
I got my tix here:
My contact is:
David Kao, dkao@berkeley.edu
Also have a parking pass in the works for a huge talegate.

buckeyedude's picture

When we meet Alabama, it will be like Clubber Lang(OSU) taking on the reigning champ(Bama) in the first meeting with Rocky. They aint going to know what hit them. Urban knows how to get them ready.



Doc's picture

That pressed was boner inducing. Urban knows that our goals need to be higher than beating AACC. He knows it is important, but not the ultimate goal. Can't wait for foozball to start!

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