Notes from the Big Ten Spring Teleconference

April 11, 2013 at 2:13p    by Kyle Rowland    
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Thursday marked the Big Ten Leaders Division teleconference. Representing Ohio State was head coach Urban Meyer and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort. Each took part in a 10-minute question and answer session with media, covering myriad topics related to spring practice.


Highlights from Urban:

  • "Front seven has shown tremendous improvement, but I want to see them do it in a game-like situation."
  • "I want the mentality to be in spring ball you're trying to win a spot. During the fall, we're trying to win games."
  • On Saturday: "We're going to throw a lot – get some pressure on the quarterbacks."
  • On the play of Tyvis Powell: "I don't want to say he's shocked me. But I'm very glad he's a Buckeye."
  • On multi-year scholarship policy: "I think that's all semantics. … We don't cut people."
  • "The only way you can lose a scholarship is through a disciplinary issue or failing out of school. We've always given 4-yr ships."
  • On the RB pecking order: "Carlos Hyde, followed by Rod Smith and then the other two, just depends on what day it is with Bri'onte and Ball."
  • On Noah Spence: "He and Mike Vrabel have a really good thing going right now. Hoping he'll be an All-B1G candidate."

Mewhort:

  • On a 50-point per game offense: "I sure hope so. It's based on our execution and it's something we're working on now."
  • On right tackle: "I'm glad to see two young guys going out and working like that. It's been fun to see."
  • On right tackle: "I'm glad to see two young guys going out and working like that. It's been fun to see."

Notes:

  • The spring has been a success, according to Meyer. He said there’s a stark difference between Year 1 and Year 2. He’s happy with the progress.
  • Wide receiver remains the position of need. Meyer said he wants 10 reliable receivers and right now the Buckeyes only have six. Unacceptable.
  • Rod Smith likely will not play on Saturday due to a concussion. But Meyer said he’s one of the top 5 most improved players on offense.
  • Mewhort lauded Braxton for his growth as a leader. At one point this spring, Braxton grabbed an offensive player by the collar to snap him out of a funk.

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BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Wide receiver remains the position of need. Meyer said he wants 10 reliable receivers and right now the Buckeyes only have six. Unacceptable.

Hopefully Kitt heard this from Meyer on his visit, I'm sure he did.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Hopefully Clark, and Smith add to the depth.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Awesome, thanks for the updates!!!

d1145fresh's picture

6 of 10 wide receivers--- Let me introduce you to: Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, James Clark and Corey Smith. Also I don't know if Ohio State has used 10 different receivers in 10 years let alone a single season. Slightly excited would be an understatement. 

smith5568's picture

Disappointed we won't get to see Rod Smith. I am following him closely and pulling for him a lot. 

tussey's picture

Same here, although it is nice to hear that he has solidified that number two spot behind "El Guapo"

lljjgg's picture

My thought as well. Would have been nice for him to get some game-action reps, as hopefully he continues on his journey of getting over the fumbling issues. I'm sure he gets enough reps in practice, though.

Matt20Buckeye's picture

I bet the concussion is from the collision with Curtis Grant at practice last Saturday. Rod picked him up on a blitz and it was one hell of a hit.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

No Rod Smith? That means I have to wait until August? BOOOOOOOOO!

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

dan_isaacs's picture

It means more Warren Ball.  So yay!

Dan Isaacs

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I wanted to see both.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

The rest of the B1G has to be crapping their pants. We went 12-0 last year and they see how much stronger we are. Going to be fun watching us own them all.

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

dan_isaacs's picture

I doubt it.  Coaches, maybe.  But the players are just getting more excited to try and knock us off the top.

Dan Isaacs