Meyer: Everyone Has To Go A Little Bit Harder

By Tim Shoemaker on August 26, 2014 at 2:51p

With Braxton Miller out for the season after tearing his labrum, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had one message to his offensive line during Tuesday's practice:

"Everyone has to go a little bit harder," Meyer said during the Big Ten coaches teleconference. "Braxton made a lot of bad plays right with his athleticism."

With that said, the fifth-ranked Buckeyes have a meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. tonight about how they can't control events, but can control their response to those events.

Stepping in for Miller will be redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who Meyer said he saw great improvement over the last two weeks.

"All of the positives are coming out right now," he said. "I saw it before the injury, but I'm really seeing it now."

Miller had surgery on his shoulder this morning in Florida. The operation was performed by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews and Meyer said all reports out of the surgery indicated there were "no surprises."

Buckeyes fans can also expect to see an expanded role for sophomore speedster Dontre Wilson, who Meyer said has gained 20 pounds since last season.

"He was a one-dimensional player last year," Meyer said of Wilson. "We expect a ton out of him and he’s had a very good camp."

Ohio State is also expected to release its depth chart later today.


All 14 Big Ten teams will open play this weekend with Minnesota and Rutgers kicking things off Thursday night. Michigan State opens its 2014 season Friday and the remaining 11 teams all take the field for their respective season-openers Saturday.

On Tuesday, the Big Ten coaches held their first weekly teleconference of the season. Below is a summary of what each coach had to say leading up to Week 1.

Brady Hoke (Michigan):

  • "We’ve had a very good camp. There's very good leadership throughout our football team.”
  • Hoke said he couldn't remember exactly where he was when Michigan lost its opener to Appalachian State in 2007, but said "Those things can happen and that was an awfully good football team."
  • On starting a true freshman left tackle Mason Cole: "The one thing with Mason is that you don't notice him — so he's not making those mistakes."

Gary Andersen (Wisconsin):

  • The Badgers open up against LSU on Saturday in Houston. "LSU is a tremendous team. There’s a lot to play for and it’s a tremendous opportunity for our kids."
  • Andersen said one pro of playing a nationally televised game is that it helps from a recruiting standpoint, especially playing against an SEC team like LSU.
  • The Badgers will have to replace wide receiver Jared Abbrederis this fall: "We’re gonna be receiver by committee and not receiver by Jared Abbrederis this year and our tight ends are gonna have to help us," Andersen said.
  • Andersen also noted he has high expectations for Melvin Gordon this season and he's excited for an expanded workload. "Melvin won't carry the ball 35 times a game this year, but he'll be more involved as an every down back," Andersen said.

Bo Pelini (Nebraska):

  • Pelini said he doesn't concern himself with where his team is ranked at the beginning of the season and how it affects Nebraska's chances to make the College Foootball Playoff: "I don’t even know what we’re ranked, I could care less. The last thing I’m worried about right now is where we’re at in the end.”
  • Pelini also expects big this from running back Ameer Abdullah this season, saying, "He’s gotta fine-tune his game and there’s always things you can get better at, but he works hard every single day. There is more out there for him, he’s still a young guy.”

Mark Dantonio (Michigan State):

  • The Spartans are coming off a victory in the Rose Bowl and their biggest challenge is complacency, but Dantonio likes how his team has responded thus far: "I think it's the senior leadership and the culture you develop within your group. We're gonna find out how well we handle the ultimate success of going 13-1 and going to the Rose Bowl last year."
  • Dantonio said freshman Malik McDowell has had a very good camp and he expects him to play right away on the defensive line.

Kirk Ferentz (Iowa):

  • Ferentz on Hawkeyes' starting quarterback Jake Rudock: "He’s an extremely hard worker, very critical of his own performance. He was doing that in preparation of his first year playing and he’s a better player than what he was a year ago. The biggest difference is he’s more capable of helping lead the football team."
  • Ferentz was also asked how difficult it would be for an unranked team to make the College Football Playoff and said, "It's hard no matter where you're ranked. If you play in a tough competitive conference it’s tough to get through those schedules successfully. "

Jerry Kill (Minnesota):

  • "Each season is a different team. Last year is a different team than this year," Kill said. "Any time you’re in that first game you don't know what’s gonna happen and a lot of times it comes down to special teams. We do have a little bit more maturity than a year ago because we do have some guys coming back."
  • The Gophers open with Eastern Illinois, which has yet to name a starting quarterback: "You have to prepare for both of them and you never know because they may put both of them on the field," Kill said.

Kyle Flood (Rutgers):

  • Justin Goodwin has moved from running back to cornerback for the Scarlet Knights because of depth issues and has had a good camp.
  • Rutgers opens with Washington State at the home of the Seattle Seahawks, but Flood doesn't view it as a neutral-site game: "They wanted to play the game in Seattle. I wouldn't look at it as a neutral-site game, but it was their decision." Also noted that the matchup between the two schools in 2015 will be played in Piscataway, N.J.

Tim Beckman (Illinois):

  • Beckman said this year's team is "as tight-knit group as I've ever been around."
  • Wes Lunt will be the starting quarterback this year for Illinois and Beckman said he expects him to be "calm and collected" in his first start for the Illini.

Randy Edsall (Maryland):

  • Terrapins open against James Madison, which is coached by former Ohio State assistant Everett Withers.
  • Edsall said there's "a bit of mystery" opening against an opponent with a new coaching staff.
  • Since joining the Big Ten, Edsall said Maryland has expanded its recruiting a little bit more: "We’re into the Midwest more, down into Texas. We’re gonna go wherever really there’s a player who fits what we’re looking for as a student-athlete."

Darrell Hazell (Purdue):

  • The Boilermakers open with Western Michigan, which is coached by P.J. Fleck, who was a graduate assistant at Ohio State with Hazell during the 2006 season: "It'll be fun seeing him on Saturday because I haven't seen him very much."

James Franklin (Penn State):

  • The Nittany Lions open with Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland and Franklin said after today's practice the team will leave for Ireland.
  • Franklin said some freshmen will play at wide receiver this season: "With lack of depth, we need that. "Whenever you’re the furthest from the ball, you have the best chance to get on the field early."
  • Franklin did not want to discuss Penn State players having last names on the backs of their jerseys, but said "it's all over social media." Went on to say he would be willing to discuss it after Saturday's game.

Kevin Wilson (Indiana):

  • Wilson said quarterback Nate Sudfeld can be one of the better quarterbacks in the league from statistical standpoint, but doesn't want to put too much pressure on him.

Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern):

  • On Northwestern's bevy of injuries, Fitzgerald said: "Any time you lose a player, it's another man's opportunity."
  • Fitzgerald was also asked what he most wants to see out of his team on Saturday against California and he said, "We want to win."

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TheShookster's picture

THOSE THINGS CAN HAPPEN. Yes it seems like every season a top 5 team gets upset by a D1-AA team.

Ahh, forgot the sarcasm font...but come onnnn you guys know I would never write anything serious!

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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BuckeyeSouth's picture

The other tidbit coming from Hoke that I found interesting is that they won't name captains until the regular season is over.  He said that the seniors would rotate for the coin toss.  I'd rather have consistent leadership throughout the year so I'll guess we'll see how that works out for them.  Maybe that's how "Michigan Men" do it.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

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BucksfanXC's picture

We did that in 2011. It didn't work out too well there either.

...oh yeah, right. Fire Fickell

“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

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TUNBUCK89's picture

As much as Meyer is stressing the importance of leadership to the success of a team going as far as setting up special training even for coaches, Hoke doesn't see the importance. What a contrast !!!  But if you want to know who's right, just look at their respective records & accomplishments. Not even close!

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awlinBrutus's picture

good point, hope it helps.


2002osubuck's picture

To me, that means they don't actually have good senior leadership. It's like our team in 2011 and we didn't do very well. The leadership on our team this year is going to be a major factor in being successful, especially with Braxton out. Im glad we have incredible captains, it will show on the field. 

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CTBuckeyeFan's picture

Hoke said he couldn't remember exactly where he was when Michigan lost its opener to Appalachian State in 2007

I'd put good money on Old Country Buffet.

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BucksLover0214's picture

These jokes never get old.  I hope TTUN makes the mistake of keeping this guy around for a few more seasons.

They hate us cuz they aint us!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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whiskeyjuice's picture

He was on the Big Ten Network the other day but they had to keep running his takes over n over. He had a chicken leg stuck to between his cheek and on of his chins and couldn't get it off.

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

stevebelliseeya's picture

So Penn State is having names on their jerseys this year? How did I miss this?

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

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grantmeaname's picture

Dumb question - is it an old tradition that they don't?

BTBuckeye's picture

BTN was showing footage of Rutgers practicing last night and I really did think it was a High School team for a few plays. I wish I was joking.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Yeah, their facilities are very deficient. Heck, even Purdont and Indiana have much better practice fields & facilities. 

I wonder when they'll get a waterfall in their locker room?!

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

Lol.  I'm guessing the only waterfall they will have is a leaky faucet.

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tOSUperiour's picture

"Don't go chasin' waterfalls..."

We don't give a Da*n for the whole state of *ichigan cause we're from OHIO!

Barnsey69's picture

Our boys seem confident that they can make a statement this year...I'll follow their lead.


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- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Appalachian State was a pretty good team - for a 1AA (FCS) school! C'mon Brady, admit it - that had to be the most embarrassing loss in scUM history, nothing else even close!

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CTBuckeyeFan's picture

Not just scUM history, thats the most embarassing loss in CFB history.  They were a Top 5 team that lost to an FCS at home, it doesn't get lower than that.

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chemicalwaste's picture

I don't know. Florida wasn't ranked as highly, but losing to Georgia Southern and having your guys blocking your own guys is pretty bad, especially when you have SEC speed and an SEC defense. Though that SEC defense didn't allow 1 competed pass, they did allow 429 rushing yards. Pretty embarrassing. At least Appalachian state was a national title contender that year for FCS. Michigan was just flat out overrated in a preseason poll. Both pretty bad though.

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robobuck's picture

Not sure but i think he was referring to the UM team being good. They finished the year spanking the gators. It was the bitter cream filling of urban's championship Oreo at UF.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

JohnnyKozmo's picture

I'm sorry, but coach speak only goes so far.  "Those things happen?"  Really?  You coach at the all time winningest school (or 2nd depending on NDs issues).  I understand not wanting to disrespect App St or any other D-2 school, but he could have said something like,

"With all due respect to App St and D-2, there are some very good football teams in that division, but it is not acceptable at Michigan, or any other Power Conference to lose to one of them, especially at home, when we have exponentially more resources."

Pain don't hurt-Dalton

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

"...exponentially more resources."

Johnny, thinking about the "golden orator" trying to spit out that phrase had me laughing so hard I think I pulled something in my side!

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

UFM is still breaking in the colts, still pushing. He says he likes what he sees. And he wants them to go harder. Gotta like that.

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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Homey1970's picture

...and they're "FAST!"  Giddy-up!

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HattanBuck85's picture

Pat Fitzgerald is over-rated.

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

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tussey's picture

I disagree, I think he is a good coach.  That said, I don't think they have a great year this year because they have lost too much talent.  

(I was not one of your DVs)

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bucks4nuts's picture

Where is App st ranked in 1AA to start the year? 

"To The House"

Humbuck's picture

They started the move to FBS last year.  They aren't eligible for the FCS playoffs/rankings this year and will be FBS bowl eligible in 2015. 

Last year wasn't a great year for them and this year is probably more of the same. 

Not the FCS juggernaut they were last time UM played them.  RSFR QB making his first start, lots of question marks.  If UM even struggles a little bit in this game it is really bad for them. 

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Poison nuts's picture

Nothing wrong with a RSFR QB!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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Homey1970's picture
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AndyVance's picture

"Any time you’re in that first game you don't know what’s gonna happen and a lot of times it comes down to special teams."

Coach Tressel, is that you?

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buckeye phi's picture

Love the Brady Hoke jokes.  There's a great ine from Animal House:  "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life."

Not sure if Hoke's a drinker - but hey - two outta three aint bad.

Hope they keep that guy for a long, long time.

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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NitroBuck's picture

Who knew Flounder would go on to coach the Skunkweasels!?!

Ferio.  Tego.

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Burnsy's picture

I remember where I was. I got arrested that day. It was early migratory bird season and we killed quite a few doves, sitting in the back of a truck cleaning said doves and drinking our favorite brew of choice listening to scUM getting curb stomped by App State only to get surrounded by cop cars the middle of a 130 acre field. Likely the most bush league experience of my life. 

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robobuck's picture

What did the cops want?

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

Burnsy's picture

Well, it turns out you can possess beer OR you can possess a gun, but not simultaneously. 

avail31678's picture

1) Bo Pelini: "I could care less about our ranking..."  - you moron it's I COULDN'T care less, as in you care so little now that you couldn't possibly care any less.

2) Franklin: "Whenever you're the furthest from the ball, you have the best chance of getting on the field early." - Ummm what?  What am I missing here?  Maybe it's the beer in me, but I don't get it.

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Buckeye419er's picture

2) Franklin: "Whenever you're the furthest from the ball, you have the best chance of getting on the field early." - Ummm what?  What am I missing here?  Maybe it's the beer in me, but I don't get it.

He's saying that the WR group has the fastest chance at getting early playing time as a freshman and each position as you move closer to the ball has less of a chance. Or at least that's how I read it.  

There can be only one

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Tim Shoemaker's picture

To elaborate, he went on to say it's more difficult for guys on the line to play early because of the size/strength component and for a quarterback because of the mental leap they need to take. Thus, units furthest from the ball (WRs on offense and safeties, corners on defense) have the best shot at playing early for teams.

Hope that clears it up. Sorry for any confusion.

Homey1970's picture

Don't blame Pelini.  Blame his educa....ah, forget about it.

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rosenbuck's picture

Regarding the second point, it's easier for skill position guys (who start the play furthest from the ball/center) to jump right in and have an impact for several reasons.  For lineman, the jump in physicality/speed from the high school to FBS is typically a major hindrance.  For QB's and linebackers, it's typically about the speed of the game and the lack of knowledge/system experience at the college level that make it difficult to jump right in and start.  But young recievers, running backs, and DBs are typically fast/athletic enough to jump right in, even with limited knowledge/experience.

This definitely applies to OSU this year, as the ones who will be making the most impact early on seem to be Samuel, Apple, Conley, Worley, Dixon, etc.  However you'll notice the freshman lineman and LBs (outside of the Chef) scarcely get mentions in regards to the two-deep.  And, of course, the only reason Barrett will be out there is because of Braxton's injury.

bigbluebuckeye's picture

Michigan is starting a Freshman Left Tackle????  Woohooo, go get him Bosa and Spence!  

Our honor defend we will fight to the end for OHIO!

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chemicalwaste's picture

Devin Gardner might as well fake an injury the week before, that way he survives.

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bigbluebuckeye's picture

A lot more of this in store for Gardner...

Our honor defend we will fight to the end for OHIO!

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Homey1970's picture

This tells me something about how bad that scUM team really is entering the season.  Unless Choke has the second coming of Orlando Pace in this freshman, I would hit the panic button if I was a fan of the corn and blue (THANK GOD I'M NOT!). Gardner's blind side to an 18/19 year old.  Wow!  

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it'salways2002inmyhead's picture

Gardner is not even close to being a good qb, but we are so quick to forget what he did to us last year. That's as embarrassing as it gets.


buckeyedude's picture

Live college football Thursday?! Holy crap, I'll get the popcorn started! U know I'm desperate for football if I'm excited to watch Rutgers and Minnesota.



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Homey1970's picture

Oh the depravity that a void of 6+ months will create.  Rutgers/'s like admitting to some kind of illicit addiction. 

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Poison nuts's picture


"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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Osurrt's picture

Love Wisconsin's Anderson's comments about opening with LSU..."Its a great recruiting tool to open with a quality opponent". Yes if you don't get beat by 30-40 it is!

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it'salways2002inmyhead's picture

How would we fare opening up with LSU this year?


Osurrt's picture

Have not followed LSU this preseason, but with Braxton out and inexperience everyone on the o side of the ball.....not well