Wednesday Practice Update: Bye Week

By Kyle Rowland on October 9, 2013 at 8:00p
Urban is still stewing over the loss of Christian Bryant.

Urban Meyer has made the color blue completely off limits at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. So much so that he’s made NFL scouts change clothes. But on Wednesday night, it was Meyer who got caught red-handed. Or blue-handed.

When he approached a cadre of reporters, Meyer was clutching a blue Gatorade. It did not go unnoticed. When a writer pointed it out, Meyer responded with a stunned expression and simply said, “Ew.”

With the jokes aside, Meyer laid out his relaxing week. Coaches will be on the road recruiting, he’ll get to take in a couple Florida Gulf Coast volleyball games and a small practice focusing on Iowa will be held.

The No. 1 item to improve during the bye week is pass defense.


  • Meyer termed Joey Bosa’s future at Ohio State “silly.” That’s a good term for those wondering. Luke Fickell added that Bosa is mature beyond his means. Said physically and mentally he’s better than the average freshman. Bosa’s dad and uncle played in the NFL. He’s definitely a football lifer.
  • Dontre Wilson is still a novelty, Meyer said. That’s why he didn’t get into the game on Saturday. Meyer said he needs to learn to play multiple positions and block, among other things. Tom Herman echoed those thoughts. Herman said teams know exactly what Wilson is going to do right now and really key on it.
  • The bye week is coming at a perfect time, Meyer said. The coaches and players need some time off to regroup. Great that it’s coming at the midway point of the season. Meyer wants his players to get away from football this week.
  • Philly Brown said he hopes guys stay out of trouble. He said it’d be devastating if someone did something to mess with Ohio State’s season. If it did happen, he said something would really have to be wrong with that person.
  • The loss of Christian Bryant is still affecting Meyer. He said Bryant is a juice guy, along with Jordan Hall. Meyer said Hall’s knee injury is a joint issue, though he added that Hall practiced in a limited role on Wednesday.
  • Meyer thought Pittsburgh Brown played well, but he still wants Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell to become more involved with the defensive gameplan.
  • The pass defense has struggled some the past two weeks, according to Meyer, because the No. 1 plan was to stop the run. That allowed Wisconsin and Northwestern to take advantage of one-on-one coverage.
  • Herman is not surprised of the O-line play this season. He knew what they were capable of after last year.
  • The relationship between Herman and Braxton Miler is a constant work in progress, according to Herman. He said all relationships are that way. Said he and Braxton are good with each other, have solid relationship.
  • When Braxton struggled Saturday, Herman said his demeanor remained good and upbeat. He said he was always confident on the headset and showed good body language on the sideline.
  • Brown said inserting Kenny Guiton would have energized the team, before adding he was fine with Meyer’s decision.
  • Herman said this week will involve a lot of self-scouting. He wants to improve the quarterbacks getting the ball to the wide receivers on the run more. Said there’s a chance for game-breaking plays.
  • There’s no panic in the defensive meeting room, Fickell said. He knows they have to get better. But the end goal is to win. That’s the most important part of the process.
  • Fickell said the biggest concern with the pass defense is teams scoring when Ohio State drops eight guys in coverage.
  • Curtis Grant is a guy who Fickell continues to be impressed with. Said Grant is still growing and doing a good job.  In the past, Grant struggled mentally with his confidence.
  • Adolphus Washington’s ankle was injured at Northwestern. He should be fine for Iowa. Fickell also said Tommy Schutt should play next week.
  • Bosa said his last-play touchdown was icing on the cake Saturday. He said he entered the season with no expectations and just goes to practice each day ready to work.
  • The weeks are flying by, but Bosa said he’s starting to get used to all the different techniques.
  • He’s productive – and a freshman. So upperclassmen are still picking on Bosa.
  • Doran Grant said the missed tackles are something to work on, but everyone is still running to the ball. Converging is good.
  • He’s replacing Travis Howard, an all-conference player from a year ago. Grant said he’s been OK so far. He wants to improve on taking better angles to the ball.
  • When Kain Colter dropped back in the fourth quarter, Grant said he knew he was going to intercept the pass. It was a play he saw on film during the week.
  • Grant went to St. Vincent-St. Mary. Said he’s a huge LeBron fan. He raved about all the good things LeBron has done for the city of Akron. Said he’s an inspiration and proof that you can make it if you’re from Akron. Grant said the statistics say otherwise.
  • Brown pleaded ignorance when the winning streak was brought up. “How long is it?” he asked. Brown said Urban has them so focused on one game at a time that he forgot it’s 18.
  • Wide receivers, tight ends, running backs, quarterbacks – Brown said it’s difficult for defenses to gameplan.


ziplock007's picture

"Wide receivers, tight ends, running backs, quarterbacks – Brown said it’s difficult for defenses to gameplan."

Umm... Good defenses plan for it.
Am I missing something here?

Nkohl13's picture

Yes you are.
He's talking about all of our playmakers and the ways that we use them being difficult for other teams to gameplan for. He didn't say they don't gameplan, he just said it's difficult.


Our offense cannot move the ball. Ever.

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

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Said he’s a huge LeBron fan.

Nobodies perfect.

Gotta love sensitive LeBron fans.

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

JLP36's picture

Bosa is going to put on 25 or 30 pounds of explosiveness.  He might be pretty hard to block...


OurHonorDefend09's picture

JJ Watt is listed at 6'5" 295lb and I believe that is the closest comparison in frame to Bosa that comes to mind. Joey is at 6'6" 275lb on the Ohio State official roster, so I'd say you're pretty damn close.

I can't wait to see him (and the rest of the D-line) grow over the next few years. Should be a lot of fun. 

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

JLP36's picture

Wonder if he is really 275?  He sure looks like he could carry plenty more without problem.  No matter how you cut it he is playing some ball for an 18 or 19 year old.  He is going to be a great one...


OurHonorDefend09's picture

I was wondering that too. ESPN has him listed at 6'5" 270lb, for what it's worth.

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


Remember, Bosa didn't have an offseason with Mickey Marotti. Can you imagine what he's going to look like as a sophomore? Wow.

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

Hovenaut's picture

Hoping to see the secondary settle in down the home stretch, but just impressed with the level of play of the guys up front - both sides of the ball.

Glad Diesel and Schutt are a go for Iowa, and eager to see the entire line dominate from here. Strength in numbers.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

BuckGuy003's picture

So what changes even Schutt returns?

TheBadOwl's picture

Farris back to the o-line, as a start. And with how well he played on the d-line a few weeks ago, I'm expecting huge things from Farris next year.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

GV9's picture

Schutt will get double billing if he wears a Schutt helmet.

MN Buckeye's picture

I have been a big fan of Bosa from the beginning. He never wavered in his commitment, there was no drama, no need for attention from other schools. He was the first one to fax in his letter of intent. He is clearly not only athletically gifted but incredibly mature as a freshman.

buckeyepastor's picture

It is kind of exciting to think about the fact that we haven't had a fully healthy d-line all year.   
As for what was said about getting torched through the air because they wanted to stop the run, that may well be true, but I hope that someday when we face a balanced attack it's not a matter of picking whether they'll beat us up on the ground or through the air, but an expectation that we'll defend against both well, at the same time.   What I hear in that is that we are still not where we should be at LB, or safety.    

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

NitroBuck's picture

"I hope that someday when we face a balanced attack it's not a matter of picking whether they'll beat us up on the ground or through the air, but an expectation that we'll defend against both well, at the same time."
I would up-vote that comment if I could.

Ferio.  Tego.

ibuck's picture

Herman said teams know exactly what Wilson is going to do right now and really key on it.

Then send him in as a decoy.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

BTBuckeye's picture

D. Wilson as the'd have to rename the position to "the toothpick" in Dontre lines up as the toothpick.

Seattle Linga's picture

WITH SO MUCH TALENT it has to be tough to find touches and field time to keep everyone happy. I am sure there are a few that are taking one for the team.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Really excited about how good the bucks could become after the bye week and over the next few games.  Kinda surprised Dontre Wilson is not getting a tad more playing time, he seems to be the kind of player who would get better the more reps he gets (guess that's true with any player) and he always looks on the verge of breaking loose for a big gain.  Man, the next few opponents I would think would be a good time to play him.  Maybe the bucks will get some big leads and in the 4th quarter Wilson, Elliot and Guiton can go bananas and do their thing.

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

avail31678's picture

Dontre has had a SLIGHT issue with ball security.  Like against Wisconsin, I'm guessing the staff is certainly trying to limit turnovers (I'm just speculating here).  It also didn't help against NW that El Guapo went straight apeshit.

albinomosquito's picture

hopefully we can set the cruise control for the next weeks and get some of these guys more playing time..  everything up to this point has been preparing for Wisky and NW, and because those 2 games were never really out of reach, we fell back to our old reliable plays (run hyde, run braxton)..  I would expect to see some diversity once there's not so much at stake..

45has2's picture

Blue is verboten in the WHAC except for Buckeye bloggers.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes