Meyer, Buckeyes Continue Push for Depth

By Kyle Rowland on April 2, 2014 at 2:14p
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With 10 days remaining until Ohio State’s spring game, Urban Meyer and his staff gave a State of the Program speech to a group of deep-pocketed boosters at the annual Spring Football Kick-off event. For those thinking a window closed in 2013, fear not – Meyer and Co. painted a picture filled with sunshine.

Hauling in top-tier recruiting classes has negated significant losses on both sides of the ball. The offense has reloaded with Dontre Wilson, Ezekiel Elliott, Johnnie Dixon and other playmakers, while names like Darron Lee, Gareon Conley and Tommy Schutt are replenishing depth lost on defense.

Meyer deemed his first two seasons as great with a two-game speed bump at the end of 2013. The goals remain the same. Ohio State doesn’t enter a season without lofty expectations. When the first playoff begins on New Year’s Day 2015, the Buckeyes expect to be part of the festivities.

Notes:

  • The biggest development wasn’t related to personnel matters. Instead, the spotlight was shined on Ed Warinner, who cracked a couple Michigan jokes.
  • “If you’re worried about Wolverine fans, just move to Pasadena. You'll never have to deal with them,” Warinner quipped. But then he raised the bar by bringing Brady Hoke into the story. He used Steve Spurrier’s classic coloring book joke, adding: “I heard Brady was upset because he hadn’t finished coloring them.”
  • Meyer began the show by cracking open the book of Earle Bruce jokes. At the 2006 SEC Championship Game, Meyer said he was very uptight at the team hotel, so Bruce started punching him and using the phrase “Let the mother f---er go.” Ever since that day, Meyer’s scribbled those words atop his game notes.
  • The departing offensive line was the “best group I’ve ever been around,” according to Meyer. He stated the obvious – that replacements have to be found. Meyer said you can see and feel that those four guys are gone. “We’re going through growing pains” on the offensive line, he said. But Taylor Decker and Pat Elflein are sure-fire starters and the competition is producing quality at the other positions.
  • Braxton Miller’s name hasn’t been uttered much this spring due to his shoulder surgery. When talking about the regular season, though, Meyer said Miller’s senior season could act as a re-writing of the career record books.
  • Carlos Hyde’s graduation has opened up an important role in the offense, and there’s no shortage of candidates. Meyer rattled off the names of every running back, stopping to call Ezekiel Elliott “everything you want in a tailback” and saying Rod Smith’s had a “good spring.” Meyer also talked about a 90-yard run Bri’onte Dunn had in practice and the emergence of true freshman Curtis Samuel.
  • Wondering who the captains will be this fall? Well, one of them is already known: Jeff Heuerman. “He’ll be a captain of our team and a guy who leads our team,” Meyer said.
  • Still resting an injured leg is Evan Spencer, but that didn’t stop Meyer from calling him one of the best blocking receivers he’s ever seen.
  • “He’s shown flashes of tremendous talent.” – Meyer on Johnnie Dixon
  • “I’ll be disappointed if we don’t have one of the best defensive lines in the country.” –Meyer
  • A position that’s been criticized seemingly every day since Meyer came to Ohio State is linebacker. But Wednesday may have been a turning point. For the first time, Meyer said it’s becoming a position of strength. He said Curtis Grant is having “by far” his best spring and deemed him “one of the most improved players on defense.” There was also high praise for Joshua Perry and Darron Lee.
  • A name to remember? Meyer says Gareon Conely.
  • The event raised more than $11,000 to help fight Alzheimer’s disease and $3,000 for Maria’s Message. 

 

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stevebelliseeya's picture

I am having such bad football withdrawals. Very hard to take.

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

+7 HS
Wesleyburgess1's picture

I know seems like all week i look forward to watching the interviews on Youtube. I dont know what im going to do after the spring game. I have a feeling this summer is gonna suck.

ibuck's picture

That's why God gave us baseball. About 30 OSU games and 162 MLB games.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

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

+1 HS
BroJim's picture

While good, it's still not buckeye football. 

I season my simple food with hunger

+4 HS
chirobuck's picture

baseball...........

 

 

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^ best post ever ^

+9 HS
LexingtonBuckeye's picture

The World Cup is also this summer. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

+1 HS
GoBucks713's picture

Thank God for Tecmo Super Bowl on SNES.

-The Aristocrats!

buckeyeEddie27's picture

I think if the season was 24 games long there still wouldn't be enough time to get all the potential play makers involved as much as we'd like to see.   Gonna be a heck of a year.

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

+1 HS
Him1stftballl8er's picture

I love hearing about our LBs improving especially Curtis. 

i think Ezekiel, Rod, and Brionte are going to an awesome trio out of the backfield. I predict Zeke will get 50-60% of the carries and Brionte and Rod split the rest. 

Cant wait to see what Dontre and Jalin do from the H. I think that's where Curtis ends up too. 

this offense is much faster. OLine and a power run threat are going to be key but we will put points on the board. 

tge defense sounds like it will be better and much faster both mentally and physically. I'm more stoked about this year than I was last year. 

The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the promotion of fools. 

+1 HS
osu07asu10's picture

Urban looks 10 years younger in that picture. The job sure takes its toll, it aged Tress pretty quick too. Damn...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

+3 HS
HattanBuck85's picture

10 days to THE Spring Game...10 days to THE Spring Game...10 days to The Spring Game...that's all I'm telling myself today...

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

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Hovenaut's picture

A rundown of the notes and I'm ready to run through the wall. Or at least leave work for the day.

Come on football season, I'm waiting for you.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

+1 HS
Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Spring seems like eons away up here in The Great White North - but watching the Spring Game will add a bit of warmth!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

DC-town's picture

Baseball as a way to pass the time before football season....appreciate the thought but not even close.  

Tribe time is nice, but ill just record the spring game and watch it 68 times until September-  Maybe go complete nerd and lock myself in ma's basement aka my command center and completely update the NCAA game roster with correct numbers, heights and weights...don't judge me

'Piss excellence' -RB

+4 HS
DenBuck's picture

Feel badly for Warren Ball..as true a Buckeye as you could ever want, from Columbus and never gets a mention. 

Buckeye For Life

DC-town's picture

Anyone have the link for ur entire interview, not just Meyer's 18 min intro?

'Piss excellence' -RB

Rjpfish2's picture

Any word on Nuernberger? Just curious & hadn't seen his name in the updates...

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Curtis Grant "by far" best spring?  Please say it is so!

And if you need to stop a TTUN player from masturbating, just paint his dick scarlet and gray.  He won't beat it.

Class of 2010.

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nm_buck's picture

That one got the ol' snicker of approval.

ITWASME's picture

Can't wait to see Conley in action! Hope to see him lock up the other side of the field across from Grant!

buckguyfan1's picture

Wow, after all that I am feeling more so than ever... I love being a Buckeye!   Plus I feel that it is necessary to proclaim Michigan Sucks!  Even though you already know that! 

+2 HS
D-Day0043's picture

Saying M******* sucks never gets old. As a matter of fact I told a friend of mine from M******* on Facebook the other night at least a half a dozen times they suck. Actually every time I see him I tell him they suck a half a dozen times. ;-)

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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okiebuck's picture

And Ann Arbor is, and always has been an ugly, dirty little whore!

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

+3 HS
tussey's picture

It's good to hear Meyer giving some praise to the LB core, especially the news about C. Grant.  Like Sabino's career, I hope that he has a solid senior year.  

dubjayfootball90's picture

YES!!! CURTIS GRANT!!! I know it is still spring, but I want to see this man-beast rock some people this year, put it all together and dominate. I have been pulling for him for a long time, and this is the year we get to see a Monster coming out. Curtis, "Let the Motherf---er go!!!!"

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

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Jeremypreemo81's picture

I too will be highly disappointed if we dont have the best D-line in college next year.  I also think we are going to have a pretty good O-line as well.  Thanks to some excellent recruiting, we also have depth there(O-line)-maybe not the expierence but definitely depth.  Games are won and lost in the trenches and I think were are solid on both sides.

Barnsey69's picture

Mr. Grant is having his best spring ever...thank you Mr. McMillan!

 

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

+3 HS
ChazBuckeye's picture

The Spring game is less than two weeks away;-)  However I'm with many here and having some serious Buckeye Football withdraws.  

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.

+1 HS
NuttyBuckeye's picture

Totally agree that if we don't have a top-3 defensive line, it will be unfortunate...

Nice to hear about Curtis Grant.  Kid came in highly-touted and so far, under-acheiving.  I sure hope for his sake he can do everything that was expected of him.  Would love to see him make it in the NFL...

This Curtis Samuels kid looks like the real deal... His high school highlight tape seemed too good to be true.  I hope he pushes all four for playing time.  Hate to say this, but we are so loaded at RB, I could see one or two transferring out...

I am really pulling for Rod Smith.  First look at him, he reminded me of Eddie.  I sure hope this is his year.

Looking forward to the Spring Game - I know it's going to be vanilla, but we can see the talent and get excited for another undefeated streak to start.

O-H!!

 

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

Knarcisi's picture

I like the props for Grant and Conley.