Urban Meyer Presser Recap: Florida A&M

By Kyle Rowland on September 16, 2013 at 12:00p
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For the past week, Urban Meyer has provided updates on Braxton Miller’s status every time he’s stood in front of the media. That cycle continued on Monday when Meyer revealed Miller will be probable against Florida A&M on Saturday.

It’s come to a point, though, where Kenny Guiton has proven he’s the top backup in college football. The offense has fired on all cylinders at full speed the past two weeks under the affable Texan; Ohio State has piled up 94 points and 1,053 yards. 

Regardless of who is taking snaps this week, the Buckeyes are expected to role and continue their first-quarter domination. Ohio State has outscored opponents 68-14 in the opening stanza. Florida A&M offers little in the way of resistance.

Offensive Champions from the Cal game: Kenny Guiton, Jack Mewhort, Jordan Hall, Taylor Decker, Philly Brown, Evan Spencer, Devin Smith and Chris Fields.
Defensive Champions from the Cal game: Christian Bryant and Joey Bosa.
Special Teams Champions from the Cal game: Corey Brown and Jamal Marcus.
Players of the Game: Guiton (offense), Bosa (defense) and Brown (special teams).

Updates from Meyer's presser:

  • Meyer thought the Cal game was a "great atmosphere." He raved about Cal quarterback Jared Goff, and said the Bears had skill players that could play anywhere in America.
  • Evan Spencer played huge. Meyer said it was one of the best efforts out of a wide receiver he's ever seen.
  • Hasn't studied FAMU well enough yet, but they have some athletes and said Ohio State can't look past the Rattlers.
  • Braxton, if he's ready to go, will play. Meyer said they had a lot of work to do.
  • Carlos Hyde is back. On Hall and splitting carries: "Carlos did a lot for us last year. It's a good problem to have. I don't know." And: "Jordan Hall has certainly earned the right to touch the ball in a big way."
  • On the tackling problems at Cal: "Ryan Shazier had, I think, four or five missed tackles." Meyer said he looks at effort and thought effort was good. Pointed out the team had 16 missed tackles, which is a concern, because they want to be in the single digits on missed tackles. Meyer also discussed "triggering" on screens and getting better at that.
  • Asked about coaching in games when his team is a big favorite like Saturday's match with Florida A&M, Meyer quipped: "I've coached in a few games where I'm a 21-point underdog and those aren't really fun either." Meyer went on to mention that it's a good opportunity for players to get touches, carries, throws, etc. and that is based on how they practice.
  • Meyer repeatedly mentioned how tough the trip to Cal was, getting home at 6 a.m. on Sunday.
  • On the competition at certain positions, Meyer said it's every coach's dream. But he mentioned that there are positions with no competition, like linebacker and he wants to see more of that.
  • At quarterback, Meyer said he "Kenny Guiton has earned some time," and that he's "absolutely" surprised at what's happened at quarterback this year.
  • Asked if there are things that Kenny does better than Braxton, Meyer said: "Probably certain things. Kenny is a natural option quarterback, pitching the ball. That's probably something he excels at. When you say the word 'distributor,' he's a distributor."
  • How close is this offense in terms of weapons and pace: "Cal was the first time I saw what you guys saw." Meyer said they're approaching the tempo they want to have and that's why he gave so much credit to Cal because they put that in quickly and Ohio State wasn't able to do so in Meyer's first year.
  • Meyer said Braxton fought him to play at Cal. When asked if it was possible he's sit again, "I don't think so. He's working out today. He's probable for Saturday."
  • On Braxton's injury, "It can linger. It's something we have to watch – it's the lateral movement we have to watch. Straight ahead, he could go right now."
  • Meyer on whether both quarterbacks can be on the field at the same time: "We didn't have that luxury a year ago, but it's something we're thinking about." Meyer stressed getting the best 11 on the field.
  • Meyer on Guiton: "It's arguably one of the best case studies, I've had as a coach. If you want to buy stock, buy stock in Kenny Guiton, because what he's going to do after football some day is going to be great."
  • Meyer raved about Evan Spencer, saying it was a shame he didn't get a touchdown in the game because his work blocking on the safeties was "incredible."
  • On Joey Bosa: "Adolphus Washington is one of our best players, but a true freshman jumped in there and played 79 plays, earning defensive player of the game. That's good coaching, good recruiting."
  • Meyer said Washington is questionable for this weekend's game.

 

Updates from tight ends/fullbacks coach Tim Hinton:

  • Despite the tight ends not getting the ball, Hinton said the tight ends have played great. Said the defense just didn't cooperate, though the "calls were there."
  • The explosive play factor seems to be greater this year. Said if you win the turnover battle and explosive play battle, you win 85-90% of your games and thought the team did a great job of getting explosive plays in the first three games. Hinton also pointed out that the team did a good job of getting drives that didn't rely on explosive plays Saturday in Berkeley.
  • Hinton said the staff in its second season together is about things like continuity. He said he sits next to Herman in the press box and knows what he wants to hear this year, where they weren't to that level last season.
  • On playing an FCS team, Hinton said, "This week is about us ... How do we improve our fundamentals and our technique."
  • Hinton: "Jeff Heuerman blocked the permiter like a champion." Raved about the blocking of the tight ends and wide receivers, frustrating Cal's ends and linebackers on the perimeter.
  • Hinton on Herman: "If you look at his numbers in the weight room and they're off the charts. He leads the team in vertical jump and bench press and I don't think you see tight ends that can do that." Hinton also said Heuerman is taking the game more seriously in the classroom with film study and things like that. Said he's growing into a complete player. "There's nobody on the football team that does a better job of taking care of his body than Jeff Heuerman."
  • Hinton said freshman Marcus Baugh needs to work on his blocking, but wouldn't clarify whether he was headed for a redshirt.
  • On the road experience: "Three-quarters of the stadium was Ohio State fans. How cool was that?"
  • When asked about using Guiton and Miller together, Hinton said there's a constant battle between not fixing what's not broken and trying to fix what didn't work.

 

Updates from defensive line coach Mike Vrabel:

  • Asked whether there was a concern about Washington's lingering groin injury, Vrabel said there was not and that it was just training stuff and he'll be back when he's ready.
  • On Joey Bosa, Vrabel said his development has come much faster than poeople thought, and he's played better as a freshman than Vrabel imagined he would. Vrabel said they thought Bosa could compete physically, but he's mentally ahead of where they thought he'd be.
  • Vrabel said the line needs to work on pass rush technique, run game fundamentals, effort, toughness, etc. and said they focus on these things every week.
  • Asked whether there was a concern about missed tackles, Vrabel said, "Every missed tackle is a missed chance for a big play."
  • Chris Carter got his weight under control, took class seriously, started listening to coaches and got better in every practice. For that, he was rewarded with snaps in games and he's getting better every week. Vrabel mentioned that they need to continue to "get him there," saying he was a big athlete that can really help the team.
  • Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."
  • Is Michael Hill available this week? Vrabel said it's a coach's decision and they're working to get him ready.
  • Vrabel pointed out Carter and Chase Farris as having made the biggest improvements since spring ball. He also praised Joel Hale for playing consistently and Michael Bennett for practicing hard.
  • Asked whether Farris to DL was a permanent move, Vrabel pointed out the unit is already pretty thin and that Farris will be there "for the short-term at least."
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dmurder's picture

I love Urban Meyer so Candid

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brylee's picture

Meyer on Guiton: "It's arguably one of the best case studies, I've had as a coach. If you want to buy stock, buy stock in Kenny Guiton, because what he's going to do after football some day is going to be great."

Nice job Coach!

cinserious's picture

I'd like to purchase some option stock in Guiton now before the price gets too high.

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biggy84's picture

Wow, 16 missed tackles is a stat that will definitely be improved upon. The Bucks make half of those, Cal is more like Buffalo game. Excited to have Hyde join an already formidable running attack. Things are coming together! Go Bucks!

osubuck57's picture

Wow, 16 missed tackles?? Bosa played lights out for his first start and him being a freshman. Was kind of nervous before the game about that. Not really a drop off, so if A-Dub needs an extra week off to heal and get ready for BIG season, no worries. Would love to see Brax and Kenny on the field at the same time. Defenses would crap themselves, and would add so many wrinkles to an already awesome offense.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Great semi-colon usage at the end of the second paragraph. Dynamite stuff.

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ATXbucknut's picture

Meyer raved about Chris Fields, saying it was a shame he didn't get a touchdown in the game because his work blocking on the safeties was "incredible."

Fields did catch a 1-yard TD pass from Guiton against Cal to put OSU up 21-0.

gwalther's picture

*Spencer

Class of 2008

Dean's picture

Hinton on Herman: "If you look at his numbers in the weight room and they're off the charts. He leads the team in vertical jump and bench press and I don't think you see tight ends that can do that."

Good to know that Tom Herman is a leader in the weight room, as well.
 

dan_isaacs's picture

Hehe.  Yeah, I did double take on that, too.  

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Seattle Linga's picture

Great read Kyle - the Buckeyes will climb the mountain one step at a time. No one will take a day, an hour or a practice off in preparation of bigger goals this year. Regardless of the opponent!

DJ Byrnes's picture

Tim Hinton's swagger is about ten hundred thousand.

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SaltyD0gg's picture

For the "best TE tandem" Meyer's ever had, I'm shocked at how little they get the ball. Unless Meyer was praising their ability to block...

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bodast67's picture

Unless Meyer was praising their ability to block...

Don't forget who was sealing the D-ends on all those Dontre Wilson runs SALTY.

 

 

 

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SaltyD0gg's picture

Their blocking is sublime. Silly of me to assume he also meant they would be catching passed this year.
On an unrelated note, anyone else expecting to see the jump pass vs. Cal when we had it on the goal line? I thought for sure it was coming.

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vtbuckeye's picture

Don't be confused by all of our talk about the use of the TEi the passing game.  Here at The Ohio State University a TE is a right right tackle or a left left tackle who is eligble to catch passes on occasion.  When a TE goes out in the pattern to catch a pass what we are really trying to do is get them to block downfield for the WR and H-back.  If they actually catch a pass something went dreadfully wrong (but don't tell them that). 
 

bodast67's picture

Meyer on whether both quarterbacks can be on the field at the same time: "We didn't have that luxury a year ago, but it's something we're thinking about." Meyer stressed getting the best 11 on the field.

 
Um...YES !

 

 

 

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FROMTHE18's picture

I thought Fields had a TD catch in the 1st quarter

Jason Priestas's picture

Typo. Should have been Spencer.

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

What happened with Mike Hill? Also, I saw Michael Bennett go down in the Cal game. Will he be 100% come Saturday?

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."

Love that :)

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irishfury's picture

I did as well it made me chuckle. 

ChazBuckeye's picture

"Pointed out the team had 16 missed tackles, which is a concern, because they want to be in the single digits on missed tackles. Meyer also discussed "triggering" on screens and getting better at that."

Hmmm^^^^

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droessl's picture

Holy hell, the only lines I'm seeing right now are OSU -57!  I don't care who you're playing, 57 points is a hell of a spread.

buckeyenut10's picture

This is what happens when you have an up tempo offense and you play an FCS team.
Essentially, no one wins. Ugh. I can't stand looking at that number.

cinserious's picture

tackling still hasn't been fixed but one thing that didn't cross my mind until now is all the stupid little penalties. I don't recall any in the Cal game. Looks like that problem got nipped in the bud.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

The Ryan Shazier late hit/out of bounds play was pretty stupid.

gobucks96's picture

Agreed. He's gotta pull off that and be a leader..

bodast67's picture

I stated on a previous post that the CaL. sideline looks weird because it is a double sideline with about 3 yards of grass in between the lines...possibly didn't know where he was... 

 

 

 

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RedQueenRace's picture

Offside that nullified an interception.
Not necessarily stupid, but costly.  They went on to score a TD, IIRC.

Buckeye06's picture

I've enjoyed the play of the Steve Miller band this year too. He's played well from what I've seen when he's gotten snaps 

TheBadOwl's picture

I'm giddy about this d-line, once everyone gets healthy. Spence, Washington, Bennett, Bosa, Hale, Carter, Schutt, Miller, and Marcus have all been really good in flashes this year. By the end of the year, this will be one of the deepest and most talented units in the entire country. 

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Squirrel Master's picture

The way Bosa is going, I can't wait to see a blitz package with Spence, Bennett, Bosa and Washington. All are stellar pass rushers and Bosa with Washington on the same side should be able to dominate. I mean, that is almost 600 lbs of pure bull rush right there. I don't see how they don't get sacks going forward.
I always knew Bosa would be in the mix right off the bat but I am finding it odd that some of the other early contributors are just not there yet. Mitchell, Apple, Burrows and most notably Marshall. I know he had a concussion but that was training camp which is easily a month ago. Was it really that bad?

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Citrus's picture

Could end up seeing Diesel inside for passing plays. I don't see Bosa's pt diminishing. 

Carter has been a nice surprise. The D-line is gaining depth. 

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

I don't really know much about the concussion, but I think it was the missed practice time that really set Jalin back. It's hard for any true freshman to break into the lineup, then when you factor in the Buckeyes depth at the WR/H-Back/Playmaker spots, and the fact that these were his first practices as WR, it makes me think the staff is hoping for a redshirt. If he proves so good that he has to be on the field to help the team win their games, then obviously they'd burn the redshirt, but I think that concussion was more of an issue than it seemed because of a number of other factors.

sfgoody's picture

+1 on the difference the WR depth is making. NO ONE thought Chris Fields, as an example, would be contributing like he has so far. Philly's been good. Smith has been stellar and we see how Urb feels about Spencer. IMO with marshall having to learn a new position, there's no need to rush him. I'd be fine redshirting him. Corey Smith and Michael Thomas can't get on the field yet either, which rather than a cause for concern just shows how far this unit has come.

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okaycody's picture

Joey Boss-uh (reaching)

45has2's picture

Viper DOES sound cooler, ask Goose.

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okiebuck's picture

The defense as whole is still not worthy of being called the "Silver Bullets" but Joey Bosa is killing it; a star in the making!!

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BuckeyeOfTheTiger's picture

it worries me just a little that vrabel thinks the DLine needs to work on their effort and toughness...  that being said i thought they looked pretty solid on saturday

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

As weird as it sounds, I'm actually excited to see what it looks like when we play against teams who think (somewhat) that they can beat us and play a more smashmouth style. The SDSU game had us adjusting to a QB replacement and Cal threw the ball 50+ times. I think B1G play will see a more traditional approach from our opponents and I think we'll thrive.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Looks like Ryan Shazier is in the dog house, pressing a bit too much due to a lack of depth at that position and maybe trying too hard to impress the scouts, but he's a great athlete and I bet he will respond and end up being one the the top linebackers around as the season winds down.  Florida A&M ... strange situation with their offensive coordinator and also one of their former players, who apparently was involved in an automobile accident and when trying to get help was gunned down (killed) by a police officer (the former player was unarmed).  This team is facing some adversity, remember how cocky TTUN fans were about Akron.  Don't think Urban will allow a letdown to happen, but if the spread is ridiculous and Miller comes back in rusty, might not be a good idea to bet to make the spread I'm speculating.

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