11W Community Interviews: B1G Media Days

By Jason Priestas on July 23, 2013 at 9:13a
Urban Meyer will be on the hot mic at Big Ten media days in Chicago.

Big Ten media days kick off tomorrow in Chicago and Eleven Warriors will be there to bring the event to you at home. The Ohio State contingent consists of Urban Meyer, Braxton Miller, Jack Mewhort and Christian Bryant and while we have plenty of questions to ask the Buckeyes, we do enjoy hearing from you.

So, here's your chance: Do you have a question you would like us to ask Meyer, Miller, Mewhort or Bryant? Or maybe you have a question you'd like us to ask conference commissioner Jim Delany? Or one of the other attendees (full list here)?

As is the case with the other community interviews we conduct, post your question as a comment and we'll take the highest-rated questions – based on upvotes – to the Chicago Hilton tomorrow.

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jeremytwoface's picture

Ask Urban how it feels to be so damn cool.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

To Bryant:

Who talks the most trash on defense?

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

TheShookster's picture

everyone is going to be curious about how Braxton is improving as a passer, but I'm curious to find out how he is improving his scrambling. How can he be so good on designed runs but awful at scrambling? maybe miller or meyer could shed more light on that.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

ODEEZ330's picture

What does it mean to be the current torch bearer of the long line of tarblooder to buckeye db's? And is there pressure wearing #2 as a db a # with a great history with dbs at osu.

stark county football

Denny's picture

How many tacos can Jack Mewhort eat in one sitting


Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

Ask Urban what unit he think will be the most improved/biggest surprise this fall compared to last year

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

AngryWoody's picture

Urban: What's it like being a murderer who destroys young men's lives with your evil "win at all costs attitude"?
Every young man you come in contact with devolves into a brainless murderous drug addict, why is that?
How do you sleep at night being such a horrible person?
Do you think it would be better if your heart gave out so you don't have to plague the world with your wickedness?
EDIT: Nevermind, ESPN is already planning on asking these.

Our Honor Defend!

Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

Any/All of the players: How are they handling/coping with the high expectations everyone else has been putting on them for this upcoming year? 

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

DJRoss926's picture

For Bryant: What's the largest number of Red Bulls you've seen Coombs consume in one day?

rkylet83's picture

Coach Coombs blood is Red Bull, so he's burning it and consuming it constantly.

Buckeye06's picture

I would like to ask them all how they are planning on keeping in touch and supporting Carlos Hyde.  He is one of their teammates and they have been brothers for years and I fully hope they are supporting him through a tough time no matter who is at fault
And on a lighter note for whomever, what are some of the cooler nicknames the guys on the team have gotten from others? 

BME_Buckeye's picture

Chris Borland:
As a Wisconsin Badger, you're an Ohio native and product of Kettering, OH. Come Sep 29th, your Badgers will be playing at Ohio Stadium as it will be a welcome home for you to play against the Buckeyes. How excited are you about the opportunity to go out your senior year and play in front of your friends and family against Ohio State?
Taylor Lewan:
What made you come back for your senior year at Michigan over entering the 2013 NFL draft? In what ways has your decision to return to Michigan effected the chemistry and leadership of the offensive line at Michigan? The team overall? Lastly, what do you want to get out of this season and accomplish?
Braxton Miller: 
Finish this sentence. In order for this year to be a success I need to _______________.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Poison nuts's picture

Good stuff.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Yes, yes, and yes!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

tennbuckeye19's picture

For Urban: 1.) Historically teams have thrived in the 2nd year under you as head coach. What do you attribute that to? Is it reaching a certain comfort level between coaches and players, experience in your system, players stepping up, or some other factor? 
2.) You have coached in several conferences over your career and obviously had the most success in the SEC @ Florida. With winning 7 national titles in a row the SEC is looked at as the best and most dominant conference in college football. As a coach in the Big Ten, what do you see as the biggest differences between the Big Ten and the SEC?

jedkat's picture

This is for Meyer, Miller, Mewhort and Bryant:
Would you rather be able to run 100mph OR fly 10mph? Why?

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

Scott's picture

For years, we at Eleven Warriors have a tradition listening to "Ohio" by The Black Keys following victories. My question is, do the staff and players know of the song and is it possible that we'll break away from Seven Nation Army and start using this homegrown treasure for kickoffs?

Class of 2008

hit_the_couch's picture

Seven nationa army is garbage and way overused. Many other teams use it as well. Definitely need something else.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I agree. The first time I remember ever hearing that sung by crowd in a stadium was Penn State.  It needs to go away. It's almost at outplayed as alternate black uniforms. smh

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

smith5568's picture

Penn State doesn't sing Seven Nation Army, they sing Zombie Nation. 

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

smith5568's picture

Perhaps I stand corrected. Never been to one of their home games and I had never heard it on a telecast. I have always heard this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6hIQiDkz6s

DJRoss926's picture

Love using the song "Ohio."
Right after the 'Red Wedding' aired, Beau Bishop suggested using 'The Rains of Castemere' in some way for an entrance, which I completely agree with.
(It's just the song, no spoilers here)


gwalther's picture


Class of 2008

BME_Buckeye's picture

Offtopic: Are we allowed to post questions that we want to ask other opposing coaches as well? 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


jbenz's picture

For Meyer: Before his arrest, Roby was being projected as the first cornerback off the board, probably within the top twelve picks of the draft. I'm curious, does anyone on the staff ever sit down with the players and explain the math to them? If you are a top ten pick, you are going to earn $X million. If you slide to pick 30, you have essentially lost $Y million. Especially after the fact? Does anyone explicitly say "Striking that bouncer probably cost you $Z million"?
I'd also be interested if you can then compare starting salaries to his fellow students. That guy over there in your dorm? He is studying graphic design and if he works hard he might start earning $30 - $40,000 right out of school. If a professional athlete can save $10 million and invest it to earn a 3% annual rate, you can afford to take a $300,000 salary every year and spend it all, without ever dipping into the original $10 million. 
Of course, life is not that simple. And I'm not saying Roby will slide that far in the draft. But this is something to think about.

hit_the_couch's picture

It depends on the player and if it's a one time thing. I've seen many fuck up 1 time and still get taken in the 1st round.
Percy Harvin failed a drug test about the time of the combine and still went as a top pick.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Oyster's picture

For Miller:  Coach Meyer said last year that the offense is very fast paced but once you get used to it, it actually slows down.  Is it still running at a fast pace or has it slowed down, as Coach Meyer indicated it would?

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

hit_the_couch's picture

Will you guys ask Jim Delaney and Gene Smith to relieve themselves of their jobs?

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Poison nuts's picture

For Urban Meyer: There have been some very obvious distractions recently. Do you worry about this effecting the team negatively, or do think you can use what's happened as additional motivation?
For Braxton: You worked a lot in the off season with the receivers. Which receiver do you feel improved most during that time?

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

OSUs12-OH's picture

Poison Nuts question is exactly what I was thinking for UFM....I'll make a motion to use this, it's perfectly fitting and not too over the top.  I think he'll answer it if asked.  Thanks bro...good questions.

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Poison nuts's picture

Thank you.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Stinson's picture

For Mewhort and/or Braxton:
Where is this team in comparison to where it was at this time last year? Do you expect more continuity in the offense as opposed to last season's team? Please support your position with examples from practice.

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

GoBucksToledo's picture

For Urban:  You have an amazing incoming freshman class with tremendous potential.  Which of these recruits: 1) will have their black stripe removed first and 2) see the field in their first year?

rkylet83's picture

To Coach Meyer,
What is the intensity level at this year as compared to last season?  What are you and the staff doing to prevent the complacency and entitlement that often comes after great seasons?

OurHonorDefend09's picture

To Mewhort: (gotta get my fellow O-lineman some love)
You guys (the o-line) were the most consistent part of the team last year. Even with the loss of Fragel, expectations are high for this unit again. Do you have any goals this unit would like to achieve this year to be considered successful? (X rushing yards a game, X sacks, etc.)

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

rdubs's picture

To Christian Bryant:  "As a guy known for big hits, how will the new rule on targeting leading to ejections changed your approach to tackling this season?"

Earle's picture

Good question.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

What are Urban's thoughts on the upcoming seasons schedule re: time of game? Does he hope to have more night games next year?

yrro's picture

For the players: In just the last fifteen years, we've seen new traditions in OSU sports. Singing carmen ohio after games, the walk from skull session, quick cals, Seven Nation Army. If you could add one tradition this year what would it be?

Idaho Helga's picture

Meyer: Last year the defense gave up a lot of points in early games but was significantly better by November. But now you're replacing seven starters and have a situation with Roby.  How comfortable are you with your defense and is there room for any changes (other than Roby) prior to the first game?

buckguyfan1's picture

Christian Bryant:  Do you and the other DB's feel added pressure to play tight to assist in run support, or do you feel good about the ability and depth of the guys in front of you playing both linebacker and on the defensive line to stop the run.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Meyer:  Everyone is thinking about a National Championship while you are no doubt just thinking about Buffalo.  What concerns you most about this team going into game one this season? 
Meyer: Who is stepping into the leadership roles left vacant by the departures of Simon and Boren? 

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

Urban Nation Army's picture

Meyer: Do you see playing the rival game at night as something that would be advantageous enough to move away from when it is traditionally played?

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Miller: You have shown improvements on each of your first 2 seasons under center and now as a junior, many view you as one of the favorites for the Heisman. With all the attention you are receiving nationally and the expectations from your fan base, how hard is it to remain focused on the day to day tasks of being a student athlete?

BuckeyeinExile's picture

All: John Simon and Zach Boren obviously meant a great deal to the team last year from not just their on field play, but from the way they carried themselves off the field, and perhaps mostly as Leaders - both emotionally and by example. Those are certainly hard shoes to fill but what players do you see filling that void this year?
* Sorry, didn't see BUCKEYEDDIE27's post!

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Christian: what freshman DB have you taken under your wing?

BUCKI06's picture

Urban:  Which incoming freshman do you see making a big impact on the field this year?

"As long as we're keeping score, we're gonna try to win this thing." - UFM

dubjayfootball90's picture

Based on the incoming crop, I feel this one would be a good one to get some insight. Especially who Marotti has been praising as well!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Ask them all "Would you rather die of hunger or root for M*chigan?"


Crimson's picture

Do you already have a "freshman symposium" similar to that in the NFL?  What do you do during the first summer to help keep kids out of trouble?

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Urban: between Clay Travis, Matt Hayes and Mike Bianchi, who is your favorite sports writer?

dubjayfootball90's picture

hahahaha, beautiful.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Nkohl13's picture

Gary Andersen: How long did it take you to get the smell of Axe body spray and moldy pizza out of your new office?

J.Mo's picture

Since you've probably gone against both of them several times: who'll get more sacks this season - Noah Spence or Adolphus Washington?

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Meyer:  can you formally rename the "Percy Harvin Position" to something more tolerable for all of us Buckeye fans?

Yeti's have feelings too.

Crimson's picture

Meyer: "I'll consider it if one of them earns it."

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Urban: what's your relationship like with Florida Head Coach Muschump and AD Jeremy Foley?

2002osubuck's picture

Could be asked for anyone of them: 
How has the leadership on this team evolved from last year? What specific players stood out as leaders during summer workouts? Who of the incoming freshman made an impact this summer? Keep working hard go bucks!

buckguyfan1's picture

Coach Meyer: 
It's too early to tell, but does your gut tell you that some of incoming freshmen will make an immediate impact this year?  If so, where might we see this on both the offense and on the defense?

IBleedSandG's picture

For Braxton: Are there any statistical goals you have for this upcoming season? 2,500 yards? 65% completions?
For Bryant: Who would you say is the biggest hitter on the defense? (If he says himself, ask him, "besides you?")
For Urban: Favorite play call(s) from last season?


BierStube's picture

Meyer: There was a mandatory team meeting yesterday.  Can you elaborate on the items discussed in that meeting and how do you feel that message was received by the team?

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

Riggins's picture

To Coach Meyer:
Are blood transfusions from Coach Coombs on the banned substance list due to their performance enhancing effects?

45OH4IO's picture

Mewhort: who do you think wins the right tackle battle? Who's the nastiest lineman for tOSU on both sides of the ball?
Braxton: Can you sign a contract promising to ban any golden mohawks or other lame haircuts in the future?

Idaho Helga's picture

What is your name?
What is your quest?
What is the average airspeed of a coconut laiden swallow?
(I'm an internet troll!)

umbyosu's picture

African or European Swallow?

Idaho Helga's picture


Earle's picture

Maybe she died while typing...

Snarkies gonna snark. 

USMC11917's picture

What steps have been taken to become more efficient in the first quarter? Many games last year, it was painful and probably worth waiting till the second quarter to turn the game on. (Not that any of us would do that)

WhySoSerious's picture

Braxton, with the dismissal of Carlos Hyde what running back do you see stepping up and making a name for him self this year? 
Touchy subject but i would to here what the quarterback as to say. 


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

Sin City Buckeye's picture

Meyer: What incoming Freshmen do you see getting any significant playing time this season?

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

Buck Commander's picture

 Coach Meyer have you ever called Bret Bielema a pussy face And Braxton do you plan on watching Brady Hoke star on an episode of  The Sopranos?

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

KBonay's picture

Urban- Which player was the toughest recruiting battle you have faced.
Urban- With a couple years under the belt, can you compare recruiting for Ohio State in the B1G against recruiting for Florida, in the SEC.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Braxton: Looking back, what is your favorite college football highlight of yourself so far?
Braxton: What formations are you most comfortable with?
Braxton: We know you've worked hard during the off season.  Of all the efforts you made to improve this offseason, what do you think was the most effective?
Urban Meyer: Assuming the Buckeyes make it to the National Championship Game, who do you predict your foe will be? 
Urban Meyer: How will the revised BCS playoff system change your approach to preparing a team for a season and your approach to recruiting in general? 
Urban Meyer: Do you feel the media, in general, elects to show a biased against Ohio State? If so, why?  
Urban Meyer: If a cocktail were named after you would you prefer it be named "Bourbon Meyer, or Urban Bourbon?"  - JK, don't ask this one.  
Any Player/Coach: Do you have an Eleven Warriors account? If so, what's your username?  If not, what are you waiting for?

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

rdubs's picture

Cool idea....