Urban Meyer: The Chase is On Track

By Kyle Rowland on August 11, 2013 at 3:55p
Urban Meyer has no qualms after one week of practice.

Camp is one week old for the Ohio State Buckeyes. And the reviews are what you’d expect for a team contending for a national championship. Head coach Urban Meyer addressed many positives at the team’s annual media day on Sunday.

Not surprising, Braxton Miller, Dontre Wilson and the rest of Buckeye offense were a topic of conversation. Mechanics are still the top improvement in Miller’s game, according to Meyer. The team scrimmaged yesterday and Meyer said Miller was outstanding.

Meyer is a very honest coach with his answers. He wouldn't speak so highly of Miller's improvements if they weren't true. When talking about Tom Herman and Miller, Meyer said “they have something special going on.”

Like he did earlier this week, Meyer glowed when talking about Wilson. It’s clear he's going to be difference-maker for the offense.

The next week will go a long way in determining the 2013 team's viability, according to Meyer. Ohio State will practice at Ackerman Road fields next week, simulating an NFL training camp. It’s not an enjoyable experience for the players. Very hard work.

Meyer said an official will come in and talk to the team about the new targeting rule this week. Chris Worley had a helmet-to-helmet hit last week that was ruled an ejection in practice. OSU sent the tapes away to get a confirmation.

Zach Smith spoke highly of wide receiver Evan Spencer yesterday. Meyer did the same on Sunday.

Taylor Decker is the starting right tackle. Meyer said he solidified his spot.

"There's not a miss in that running back group," -Meyer. He went on to say the depth is huge.

Going back to the spring, Meyer has raved about the tight ends, Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett. That continued today. Meyer thinks they’ll be big-time weapons in the fall. Best group of tight ends he’s ever coached.

Donovan Munger is eligible academically. He has a health issue, though, and will not play this season.

Meyer said he's encouraged by the play of Tommy Schutt, Chris Carter, Michael Hill and Billy Price along the defensive line. Said they are really pushing the starters to play better.

On Najee Murray: Meyer said he is suspended. Did not elaborate on anything else. 

Meyer on Joey Bosa: "I'll imagine he'll play this year. We're playing with him inside and outside."

Kick returners: Jordan Hall, Dontre Wilson, Bradley Roby and James Clark. Philly Brown is the punt returner. Meyer said he'll be disappointed if the return game isn't "really good."

Jordan Hall is the top hybrid guy. He will also see some time at running back, especially in Hyde’s absence.

With no real dynamic playmaker on offense last year, Meyer said the ability to make big plays was severely lacking.

"We were not a big hit team last year." -Urban on the 2012 offense.

"We're a faster team." -Urban

To emphasize how important Ohio State’s past is, Meyer is bringing in former players to teach the current roster about traditions and great moments in program history.

Distractions are still the biggest roadblock to a potential national championship. Meyer used a personal example to convey his point. The 1987 Buckeyes were No. 2 at one point, but the season went kaput with distractions, including the ineligibility of wide receiver Cris Carter. Head coach Earle Bruce – and a young GA named Urban Meyer – was fired.

"Last year's culture was driven by leaders. If we have distractions, we'll be an average team." –Urban.


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OldColumbusTown's picture

Only two more weeks until we can say "it is game week" for the Buckeyes. Who isn't hyped for that?!?

Buckeyebrowny919's picture


To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

ATXbucknut's picture

Thank you for this write up!
Bummer to hear about Munger. He just can't catch any breaks.

Kick returners: Jordan Hall, Dontre Wilson, Bradley Roby and James Clark. Philly Brown is the punt returner. Meyer said he'll be disappointed if the return game isn't "really good."

Wow, what a lineup!  Where is Armani Reeves in all this, though? He looked so good (read: fast) in the couple of opportunities he had last year.

Tim's picture

I'm really excited for the return game too.  Even though Rod Smith had a good average last year, he never gave the impression that he was close to breaking one for a touchdown.  The guys we have this year sound like they'll be the best we've had since Ginn.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I think it would have been easier to name who wasn't returning kicks. We have weapons for days on this team.

Buckeye06's picture

I sure was laughed at when I said I was worried with Wilson and Roby being #1...they can't both be returning kicks at the same time now.
I thought it was such an easy problem to fix, and so unnecessary to have

labuck's picture

Yeah and they wont.  Roby could return punts but i doubt he returns kicks at all.

Urban Nation Army's picture

No Jalin :(

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

buckguyfan1's picture

You can tell Urbz is really wanting to unleash the 1st real Buckeye version of his twisted madness.   I have a little "Game Stomach" already... :)

hit_the_couch's picture

Get 2 more wins than last year! Can't wait til the season.
Those young men are lucky it hasn't been hot this summer.

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

stevebelliseeya's picture

Never ever gets old. Especially sweet when you're old enough to have watched Georgia Championship Wrestling.

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

BtownBuckeye's picture

I just want to see this offense. I think its going to be better than expected which is SCARY. Im thinking best in the nation.

avail31678's picture

Got chills reading this article and also when reading this comment.

BucksfanXC's picture

Meyer knows how to motivate these guys. Offense should be scary but defense still concerns me

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Volfen111's picture


i know only one thing thats certain..the power of human will
- joseph stalin


I guess no news is good news about how the LBs are playing?
Excited now. The week before the opener is usually when I get PSYCHED! Friday night Aug. 30 I wont be able to sleep!

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

Urban Nation Army's picture

Curtis Grant is #1 MLB, backed up by Mitchell

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

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Could it be the bucks have TOO many options on offense?  Man, I was a big fan of Coach Tress, but I got a feeling we won't be seeing too much Tresselball this season.  Would be cool if the bucks played offense like a WAC team and defense like a ... well ... a typical buckeye defense!

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Boomcat's picture

I have a feeling there will be quite a few times this year during open threads where I will be forced to go caps locks. (In a good way)

pjtobin's picture

I know Urban doesnt like to mince words. He does not give us any bs. I think he is a straight shooter. A honest man. I don't think he is trying to hype this team up. I think he tells it like it is. It is very early yet to start saying we will win the nc. I think we should go one team at a time. Never overlook an opponent. We are out to beat everyone. And everyone is out to beat us. I don't mind looking ahead and day dreaming about watching our favorite team holding the crystal football. But the reality is it is either going to be one of the best years to be a Buckeye, or be a very heartbroken year to be a Buckeye. Anything is possible. Ppl change, they get hurt, they lose interest. Many things could go wrong and cause a upset. I'm not trying to be negative or anything. I just don't want our Buckeyes to get overly cocky and let a lesser team on paper give us the upset. 14-0 sounds awesome to see again. We all remember the three or four games we squeaked by to win. I think with the talent we had last year and the talent we added we will be fine. Only if we go one day and game at a time. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

INTLBUCK's picture

"We're a faster team." -Urban
This alone could be the difference. I am so pumped.

stevebelliseeya's picture

So Najee Murray is suspended as opposed to dismissed? There is a huge difference....any clarification from anyone? Still not caught up with todays news so I apologize in advance if this subject is addressed in a later post.

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

BSTP DeCon's picture

I believe it's an indefinite suspension (no return). Read somewhere on 11W Murray is looking into Louisville as we speak.

RBuck's picture

According to Tim May, it's a training camp issue.

Long live the southend.

villagebuckeye's picture

This is  still going to be Urban's power spread....The power will set up the speed for huge plays both on the ground and  in the air

Go Bucks's picture

As Meyer said Najee is suspended, it would be good to take down the article "Najee Murray Dismissed from Ohio State Football Program".

Crimson's picture

UPDATE [8/11]: Urban Meyer clarified Najee Murray's situation at the team's media day, saying Murray was suspended indefinitely.

He's addressed this, including that it's not coming down.

stevebelliseeya's picture

Thank you for the information.

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

Oldschoolbuck's picture

I respect Tress for all he did. He's a fantastic coach & a great human being... HOWEVER, the difference between UFM & The Senator is night and day when it comes to addressing media. With JT it was like he was guarding national security secrets; with Urban it's straight shooting, no BS, all with an eye to challenging players to push themselves to be the very best they can be.
Of course, this isn't the only difference.
Bringing in Marotti, Herman, Coombs, Withers, even a nutritionist! The future is here NOW at tOSU!
The B1G had better change quickly or they will be eating our dust for a long, long time!

Hovenaut's picture

Congrats to Taylor Decker, the o-line is ready to go.

Good stuff all around, exactly what we should be reading/hearing about with less than three weeks to go.