Urban Meyer Presser Recap: Purdue

By Kyle Rowland on October 28, 2013 at 12:06p
Yes, he remembers what losing feels like.

Rarely has Ohio State displayed so much weaponry. But on Saturday night Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Devin Smith, Philly Brown, Dontre Wilson and an assortment of other Buckeyes overwhelmed Penn State in the third-best offensive output in school history.

Neither Miller’s arm nor legs could be contained, Hyde bull-rushed his way up and down the field and the receiving corps proved too much for a depleted Nittany Lion secondary.

And the Buckeye defense had the horses to match. Noah Spence and Co. harassed Christian Hackenberg for two-plus quarters before the beating became too much. An injured shoulder sidelined the freshman quarterback in the third quarter.

Last week, Urban Meyer told his team they’re in the thick of title hunt and to embrace what lie ahead. Consider the message delivered and received.

Next on the docket is an already overmatched Purdue Boilermaker team. Still, it gives Ohio State yet another opportunity to light up the scoreboard and make itself stand out to voters.  

“I like where we’re at right now,” Meyer said. “I like where we’re at as a team.”

Urban Meyer

  • Champions vs. Penn State: Offense: Marcus Hall, Corey Linsley, Jeff Heuerman, Nick Vannett, Devin Smith, Chris Fields, Philly Brown. Carlos Hyde and Jack Mewhort co-offensive players of the game.
  • Ryan Shazier, Doran Grant, CJ Barnett. Bradley Roby and Noah Spence co-defensive players of the game
  • Special Teams: Jordan Hall, Craig Cataline, Dontre Wilson, Cameron Johnston.
  • Meyer said he was very impressed with first half against Penn State. Said he worried about physicality of Iowa game hampering OSU.
  • Meyer reiterated his thoughts after game Saturday, that the offensive line is as good as he's ever seen.
  • “I’d take this offensive line over any that I’ve seen. Tremendous players, work ethic, cohesiveness.”
  • Any issues Meyer inherited could be fixed, he thought. He’s not surprised they’ve had a quick turnaround. “I had so much respect for Ohio State and previous coaching staff,” Meyer said.
  • Meyer confirmed Devan Bogard tore his ACL Saturday. Same knee as last year. Meyer called it a “crushing blow.” Bogard will have surgery this week.
  • “We want to be a disruptive defense, and we will be a disruptive defense.” Meyer said the defensive continues to get better.
  • Meyer said he saw energy and pulse on defense Saturday that wasn’t evidence the previous couple weeks. Part of that was the loss of Christian Bryant. Meyer said the team is starting to overcome the loss of his energy.
  • “Ryan Shazier is one of the best blitzers in the nation.”
  • “If that doesn’t happen, it’s a different ball game.” –Meyer on Pittsburgh Brown’s interception.
  • Dontre Wilson touched the ball more and had a fairly big stat day against Penn State. Meyer pointed out that it coincided with doing more than just carrying/catching the football. Wilson was blocking on several plays. Meyer said Wilson has already gained 15 pounds. He said he'll be even bigger next season. Called him a great practice player.
  • Meyer believes Braxton Miller is improved fundamentally and has a much better understanding of the offense as compared to last season.
  • “I anticipated he’d be better, but he’s a little better than better.” -Meyer on Braxton Miller
  • Meyer said they have plenty of people in the football facility that keep players motivated during 20-game win streak. He said they coach hard.
  • On Bloody Tuesday, Meyer said they treat the offense like it’s the worst in the country.
  • Meyer, a psychology major, said it’s not a coincidence that Miller has played better since backup Kenny Guiton started warming up at Northwester.
  • Meyer says most every position on the field has played at a high level in recent weeks. But he still wants “Ohio State level” linebackers. Meyer said the 2008 Florida team was the only one he’s coached that was great across the board. Saturday was that way for the Buckeyes, he said.

Luke Fickell

  • Fickell said working with the linebackers is a “daily grind.”
  • Tyvis Powell, Vonn Bell and Trey Johnson were young guys that got extensive playing time and looked good under lights, according to Fickell.
  • Fickell said he tried to talk former OSU linebacker Marcus Freeman out of coaching. Freeman is Purdue’s LB coach.
  • “Football is a game about momentum. When you have it, you want to keep it.” –Fickell on Brown’s interception. Fickell said it wasn’t only big for Brown’s confidence but also the entire defense.
  • Meyer goes around to each meeting room to be a sounding board for each position group. Fickell said it brings a lot to the defense because of Meyer’s offensive prowess. The conversation always elicits new ideas and ways to improve.
  • Ohio State hasn’t lost in two year (Fickell’s final game as head coach). He said a majority of the reason why is leadership. He said there is no substitute for it. Said players have bought in 100 percent.
  • Shazier has distinguished himself as one of the top blitzers in the country. Fickell said it’s all instincts and timing. Shazier understands the blocking schemes and is able to get everything down pat. Fickell said it’s a talent that comes naturally.
  • Ohio State gave up a great number of explosive plays last season on defense. Fickell said the team learned its lesson. “It’s a leverage issue and guys going fast to the football.”
  • Fickell said an injury like Bogard’s is tough because you’re in this business to shape kids. For team purposes, Fickell said someone will step up.

Tim Hinton

  • Asked about Bloody Tuesday practices, Hinton explained that players would be shaking their heads explaining how rough they are if they were in the room. He said it’s by design to challenge them for the upcoming game.
  • Hinton said Heuerman told him last the week the team is full of “really good dudes.” He’s completely unselfish and doesn’t worry about his stats. For instance, the Penn State game called for passes to the tight ends, but the Nittany Lions gameplanned them out of the game.
  • Heuerman’s football intelligence is something that makes him standout, according to Hinton. He added that Heuerman is strong and gifted physically.
  • “His day is coming at Ohio State.” –Hinton on Nick Vannett.


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canadabuck84's picture

Any update on Spencer's injury?


Kyle Rowland's picture

"Dinged up." In other words, doesn't sound serious. 

niblick's picture

ya, Meyer even said he'd be ready to play Saturday

CC's picture

That's great.  I think Spencer is often under-appreciated by the fans because some of the big name guys grab the headlines, but our depth at WR is actually a strength now.  Brown, Smith, Spencer, Fields and Wilson is one hell of a receiving corp.

pjtobin's picture

I think Guiton should have been graded a champion. IMO!

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

BenW's picture

Heartbreaking about Bogard. Wish him the best. 

chirobuck's picture

yeah man no kidding, that was really hard to hear......all kinds of talent and potential


^ best post ever ^

TheShookster's picture

Braxton didn't grade out as a champion? Dayummn. 

He ain't even stretch doe!!

dan_isaacs's picture

It's a given if you are the offensive player of the game, you were a champion.  It's like a touchdown is technically a first down, too, but nobody bothers calling it that.

Dan Isaacs

tae1986's picture

Champions vs. Penn State: Offense: Marcus Hall, Corey Linsley, Jeff Heuerman, Nick Vannett, Devin Smith, Chris Fields, Philly Brown. Carlos Hyde and Jack Mewhort co-offensive players of the game.

I'm not trying to argue... but I don't see Braxton name in here...Your comment implies Braxton is the offensive player of the game so just wondering. I am surprise to find out Braxton isn't in that list either.... With that said, does anyone know what it takes to be a champion for QBs? I feel like Braxton played nearly a perfect game.

Remind yourself, Nobody built like you, You designed yourself.

Rjpfish2's picture

I'm also wondering why Mewhort was Co-Off. POTG when Hall and Linsley graded Champion and he did not. I will admit that I am totally oblivious to the metrics the coaches use to determine these grades.

OSUStu's picture

Dan, Braxton didn't grade out as the offensive player of the game...
Also, I believe that in college football touchdowns from inside the 10 aren't counted as first downs (like they do in the NFL).

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

ibuck's picture

Only if the TD goes for 10 yards or more.

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.

cinserious's picture

With FSU and Oregon flip flopping from week to week based on how badly they beat opponents, those two teams will be trying to run up scores every week now. The pressure is on them and one or both will crack. OSU just needs to keep winning and with the opposition coming up, we will win big without over-trying like some other teams leaving starters in way late in a blowout (recipe for disaster in a title hunt).

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Kyle Rowland's picture

It was based on Oregon beating then-No. 12 UCLA, but I do agree with what you're saying. Teams are going to try to win impressively from here on out. 

KLF Buckeye's picture

Did we just have our "Michigan State Moment" for the 2013 season?

GH_Lindsey's picture

This feels more like last year's Nebraska win (except with better defense)

OSUStu's picture

A second ACL tear for Bogard?  That absolutely sucks.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

BTwrestle04's picture

Kid just cannot catch a break, unfortunately. 

dan_isaacs's picture

Sadly, he's good at tearing things.

Dan Isaacs

ChazBuckeye's picture

Dude....I didn't like your first comment, but this one is just shitty.  Wish mods and staff would block your stupid ass comment (joke or not...it's a bad one).
Even if it's another teams player, I don't make jokes about injuries.  Especially an OSU player and one who may have to hang up his cleats if his knee is injured badly enough.  I hope for the best and that he gets another chance to be on the field.  

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

yrro's picture

The second one is a nastier recovery, too, because they've got to cut into both of your legs to do it :( First one they can take the replacement tissue from the same leg they're putting it back into.
As someone who is still recovering from an ACL tear, I am hugely sympathetic :(

Timmah's picture

They can take a tendon from a donor called an allograft.  Essentially it is the Achilles tendon from a cadaver that they take and use to replace the busted ACL.  Recovery time was faster for me because of the issues I had with the harvest site after the surgery on my ACL.


Go Bucks!

GrayDay's picture

If the D-line can keep getting into the backfield like they did Saturday night it be the most important adjustment of the season.  QBs miss a lot when they are worried about getting hit.  Even just a few more 3 and outs mean more opportunities and points for this offense.  
And is there even a good rushing team left on our schedule?

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Marcus Hall earned a champion grade for this alone:

rkylet83's picture

I actually thought Hall might have killed him on that play...

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

I actually held my breath for a moment thinking that a flag might fly for targeting.
Not that I thought he deserved it of course, but because it was so deliciously brutal that the refs might flag him out of obligation.
It got me wondering if an offensive player can even be called for targeting. The only thing I could find during my admittedly brief online search was a situation where a DII player got called for targeting, but it was after a turnover and he was the tackler on the play:
Does anyone know if a blocker can be flagged for targeting?

Kaceybrown's picture

My gut says no but it's a great question

Buckeye-in-DC's picture

FWIW, I think the answer is (technically) yes, and here's why.
The rule, based on the limited research I've been able to do at work :-), uses the word "player," not "defensive player."
For example, rule 9-1-3 says "no player shall target" using the crown of the helmet, and rule 9-1-4 says "no player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent..."  (this per the american football coaches association, whatever that is; see http://www.afca.com/article/article.php?id=2342)
Assuming that website correctly quotes the rules (which I'm still trying to track down), and they do indeed say "no player" may target (and reference "a defenseless opponent" as opposed to "defensive offensive player" or something similar), then I believe the answer is anyone can be flagged for this foul...

Timmah's picture

A pursuing player isn't defenseless.  Unaware maybe but that's his fault.


Go Bucks!

Knarcisi's picture

I was at the game.  Hall did a little dance toward the sideline after this.  A little high step like he was dotting the "i", maybe in the direction of where his family was sitting.  It was awesome seeing this emotion.  He obviously was feeling it ... he was a beast blocking all night. 

cinserious's picture

Marcus Hall channeled his inner KRS-1 and told that poor bastard to 'Step Into a World'.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

buckguyfan1's picture

I'm thinking it might be a nice gester to send Purdue's Defense Coordinator some flowers ahead of time.  Black roses might be a nice touch. 
Had we known we could have done the same for O'Brien...
Live and learn.

cinserious's picture

Don't worry, O'Brien will "remember" some things.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.


Breaks my heart to read that about Bogard. I'm sick to my stomach. I really hope he can come back from that.

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

Hovenaut's picture

Best wishes to Devin Bogard for a speedy recovery.

Raised an eyebrow over Fickell stating he tried to talk Marcus Freeman out of coaching.

Like, at Purdue?

cbusbuckeye's picture

He left his position at OSU to coach with Hazell as Purdue, guessing Fick meant he tried to convince him to stay on staff at Ohio State. 

kalabuckzoo's picture

Anyone know what play Bogard got hurt on?  I remember someone getting hurt on kickoff coverage but can't remember who it was.  I recall thinking that with a decent lead isn't it kind of risky (injury wise) to be kicking short still?  

CC's picture

Kick coverage.  They didn't mention him by name and went to commercial I believe.

rkylet83's picture

Didn't Brax grade out a champion?

DaiTheFlu's picture

I wondered this as well. I know QBs are held to a very high standard under Urban, but id say Braxton was a champion the last two weeks. Probably his two best overall performances, actually.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

d5k's picture

He was a player of the game last week I believe.  He must've missed a few opportunities but I agree it seems harsh.  He would've put up 500 yards of offense if we REALLY ran up the score as opposed to the backups getting a couple TD's.

misterbulbous's picture

regarding the TE position, I noticed a few plays where nearly the entire PSU defense followed Wilson on his pre-snap motion across the field.  That left the TE completely uncovered a few times - streaking down the field without a PSU guy within 10 yards. 

Seattle Linga's picture

Completely looking forward to this road game and dismantling another B10 fo.

45has2's picture

High praise, indeed, for the O line considering Urb has had 2 NC teams.

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

Toilrt Paper's picture

According to Urban, the reason for Braxton not rating high enough to grade "champion" was that a few times he "cowboyed" instead of reading. Not knowing who and where his check down receiver was when the play broke down. Remember, Meyer's Master Degree is in Psychology. My recollection from when I played, the better you played, the bigger the margin of victory, the more you were chewed on the next week in practice.

TraptnMI's picture

I would just like to say that Marcus 34 is a fucking dynamic BEAST of a mans man stud baller! Impressive bullrush POWER! Surprised he wasn't mentioned.

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "