Presser Bullets: Meyer Talks Virginia Tech, Offensive Line, J.T. Barrett, Defense

By Patrick Maks on September 1, 2014 at 11:48a
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With a nighttime bout against Virginia Tech looming this weekend, Urban Meyer met with the media Monday to talk the Hokies, Saturday's game against Navy, quarterback J.T. Barrett, the offensive line and more. 

  • Meyer said Ohio State was “very poor in the first half” offensively. The Buckeyes entered intermission with a pair of field goals before exploding for 28 points in the second half.
  • Meyer said redshirt freshman tight end Marcus Baugh is suspended for two games. Baugh did not make the trip to play Navy and will miss Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech. The grounds for suspension? Meyer said “stuff.”
  • Meyer continued to lament the offensive line, which struggled mightily in the first half. “Concern No.1 is offensive line ... our offensive line did not play like an Ohio State offensive line." Meyer said he gained more confidence in the unit after a “pretty good” second half. Added Meyer: “But "pretty good is not what we expect. Pretty good won't win that game" against Virginia Tech.
  • Meyer said redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett was “OK.” Barrett was 12-of-15 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He was named the Big Ten co-freshman Player of the Week Monday morning. Added Meyer: “You take away the interception, and I think he did very well."
  • Meyer said Darron Lee, Doran Grant, Tyvis Powell were defensive champions while Devin Smith, Evan Spencer, Dontre Wilson, Jeff Heuerman, Nick Vannett, Darryl Baldwin and Taylor Decker were offensive champions.
  • Meyer said senior wide receiver Devin Smith is “one of the best deep ball players we've ever had." Smith hauled in an 80-yard bomb from Barrett to break open the game against Navy.
  • Meyer said he expected redshirt freshman linebacker Darron Lee to have a breakout performance Saturday. "I was not surprised, he's been practicing like that since spring ball." Lee came to Ohio State as a safety and a quarterback in high school.
  • Meyer said he was happy with how his defense played, particularly in the first half. “When you look at the score at halftime, 7-6, I thought our defense played outstanding."
  • Meyer on Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer: “I have so much respect for him." Said "Beamer Ball" rounded out appreciation for special teams.
  • Meyer said senior running back Rod Smith earned himself carries Saturday after an 11-second block on a punt return. Meyer called it “one of the greatest plays" he's ever seen on special teams.
  • Meyer said Ohio State needs to get freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan into the game, said he will play against the Hokies.
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tOSUperiour's picture

Best quote from Urban during the press conference?  On Virginia Tech: "We're gonna have to shit gears. SHIFT gears." *laughter* "SHIFT gears."

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

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Springslips's picture

Hey, if you have a football team that shit gears than you have one hell of a tough football team!

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GOOMBAY's picture

"Rocket surgeon" and "shit gears" are making for a nice batch of catchphrases for this squad. Let's keep it going...

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703Buckeye's picture

I find it absolutely astounding that Baugh continues to screw up. I have a feeling this is the last time he gets a chance with the team.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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bucks15's picture

My thoughts as well, certainly not a textbook start to his career here.  UFM has given him every opportunity to shape up, and I think this is the last one.  

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TUNBUCK89's picture

I think the lack of recruiting at the TE position is playing in his favor, but for how long? If this suspension is due to a new infraction, then he is really testing Urban's patience.

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swainpm's picture

I hope this is not the case. If he is getting an extra long rope just bc the team is thin at TE then the coaching staff needs to reevaluate. My hope is the "stuff" Urbs referred to is personal/grades/class attendance and not breaking of team rules. Either way this young man cannot have too much rope left to play with.

SOF_Buckeye's picture

Understood; but I wonder if this is similar to last season when we found out Rod Smith was suspended for the first game just prior to it being played, which stemmed from an incident during previous Jan/Feb timeframe. This 'may' not be something that just happened, but a suspension that was known to MB since before Spring ball. Again, speculation on my part.

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

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steveoz49's picture

I am a bit surprised that he's still a member of the team. 

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buckeyedexter's picture

I wonder if it involved alcohol.  I think he might have a problem.

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Maybe it was a pot possession like the QB from Auburn, but Meyer giving twice the punishment than what the SEC would give.... (italics not needed, I would think)  ;)

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

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

irishfury's picture

I still think its from last year.  With the way he has screwed up before I don't see any screw up would be a 2 games.  

kareemabduljacobb's picture

I was surprised not to see Kwon out there at all.  Glad he'll get some PT vs Va Tech.  Want to see what the big fella can do!

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nikolajz1's picture

I thought Kwon was gonna get a ton of time against Navy. Running a 4-4 and sitting a safety would have been the best way to combat the option imo. 

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garyb's picture

Genuis! We didn't need 4 dbs. Especially since you had 2 walkout linebackers that have some cover skills.  Why didn't the guys being paid $millions come up with that idea or adjust to that during the game.  That would have made a huge difference in stopping the run and getting Kwon on the field. 

Just Grin and Barrett!

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Pulling that tired line of " coaches know best" damn right they get their say/way, but in an Ohio State Football forum, we fans are entitled to our opinions.

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sb97's picture

Perhaps Raekwon wasn't ready to face the triple option.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Ohio State gave up 370 yards rushing at 5.9 yards/ carry........... Take away Lee, and I'm not sure that any of the linebackers that played were ready for it.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Grant graded out at 100%. McMillan isn't going to play due to Grant not doing his job. 

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J.Mo's picture

Where did we see Curtis Grant graded out 100%? Doran Grant was named defensive champion.

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TobyMagic's picture

Curtis Grant got pulled at some point vs navy..

southbuc's picture

He wasn't pulled. They wanted their fastest linebackers in at points so no true Mike playing. Curtis owns mlb for the year. 

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mrspray's picture

Kwon definitely got some special teams time, but yeah, I'd love to see him get some time out there on defense...

sb97's picture

Grant and Perry split time at MLB.  It was planned that way. 

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osu407's picture

Given how weird the Navy offense is, I wouldn't be surprised if it was the plan all along to give Raekwon basically a one game redshirt so he could focus on only learning the real defensive responsibilities.  With Perry back on the outside, but Grant being a captain, I think he'll be in the game about thirty percent of the time we are on defense which will give him a chance to prove why he deserves even more time going forward.

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Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

This was my thought exactly. Navy is not the type of offense for a green freshman to try to contribute, IMO. 

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OSU_Football_is_Life's picture

Need big things from the D against VT.  Hope the O-line got the kinks out against Navy and starts strong.

A win over TTUN is one of the most important annual milestones I can think of!

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tOSUperiour's picture

Yep. I agree that we need big things from the D on Saturday. But I think we need bigger things against that VaTech D.  They are always pretty sound.  Beamer Ball can sucker punch you if you're not ready.

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

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kmp10's picture

Marcus Baugh, wtf are you thinking? Good Lord, some people are just… arrrgghhhhhh!!! This guy must be the second coming of Jimmy Graham to be worth this much BS trouble. Unfathomable that he could be this much of a knucklehead...

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TheBadOwl's picture

Last year we didn't find out about Rod Smith's 1-game suspension until right before the opener, and that was for almost quitting the team way back in January or something. It's possible that it's for something from a while ago. Or for missing class. Who knows?

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.

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CGroverL's picture

I have cried for 38 hours now about Rod Smith not getting the ball being the only true power rusher on the team. It is funny how an 11 second block on special teams gets you carries next game when you totally missed a block early in the second half which allowed the RB to get a minimal gain (in Smith's defense...if the play had gone where it was supposed to go, the player that was missed would not have caught the RB... the play was going outside and Smith blocked outside but the RB didn't go outside). I'll now stop crying to Buckeye Nation about Smith being the best RB and not getting the ball. He started out in the doghouse after having 3 fumbles in his first 50 carries (or was it 4 fumbles?), but his averages over his career have been outstanding when it comes to ypc. He is 238 pounds and has run in the low 4.3's when the Bucks do timed 40's (which makes him the biggest and fastest true RB on the squad). If he gets carries, he will be a difference maker.

When you have a back that is the exact same size as Eddie George, plus he is faster than Eddie ever was, you give him the ball.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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My buck's picture

What really worried me about that first game, is that the coaches didn't utilize our biggest strength... Our size and strength!  Why wasn't Rod Smith and even Dunn, in there pounding it up the gut!?  I understand that we have great speed, and we'll need that speed against VT. But against Army, we should have flexed our muscles a lot more than we did(we didn't).  I agree about Smith. You could tell he was hungry and came to play.  I think he's gonna play hungry this year. 

OSU_1992_UFM's picture

Methinks you mean Navy...not Army

UFM_Renewal

904buckeye's picture

Congrats to Rod Smith for putting in the dirty work and getting recognized for it

GO BUCKS. BEAT MISSAGAIN

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CGroverL's picture

I have been preaching that Rod Smith needs to be playing. My helmet stickers have dropped by around 50 H.S. for my comments. You congratulate him for doing dirty work and get +10 (right now). Strange crowd as the person that foresees things is always called dumb, while the person that notices things after the fact gets rewarded. I love Buckeye Nation and downvote no one, but this is a tough crowd obviously. If Smith takes over the starting RB job, I'll probably be thrown off of the site for saying from day one that he was the biggest, fastest, and best true RB on the squad. Oh well... I said the same of Carlos Hyde in his sophomore year and was called stupid, too. Everyone ate their words after his junior and senior seasons, though. You still get an upvote from me. Go Buckeyes!

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

CGrover - I just up-voted you for your comments.  I also think we need to see more Smith but at the same time, I hope he has the ball security issues resolved.  This young man reminded me of Eddie George when I first laid eyes on him, but he has yet to live up to the hype.  For his sake, I hope he can have a break-through season.

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

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

Buckeye1996's picture

11 second block by Rod? Holy cow.!....that's crazy. lol.

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

I missed it. I want to see it now.

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

Good to hear. He straight missed on a few near the line of scrimmage leading to at least two tackles for losses by Navy.

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CGroverL's picture

I'm watching the game for the third time now. I saw a miss on a play where there was a gain, but Smith chose to block the safety instead thinking a big play was coming. I also saw him run straight through the line on a receiving route when Barrett took a sack (2 RB's were back with Barrett and Smith ran his route). I still haven't seen Smith miss that led to a loss, but I am looking. My guess is that you really are just big on Ezekiel Elliott and you want him to get the bulk of the carries, right? If anyone needs to have blame thrown at them it is the OL which constantly let defenders in the backfield. I don't throw blame...and normally don't downvote...until now.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

You know which back I am big on? The answer is which ever one gets the job done. Not sure why you would threaten to down vote me for saying Rod missed a few blocks. He clearly did, as did many other players. But the point was Urban's comments on Rod's special teams block so I was in context and not casting stones.

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MassiveAttack's picture

I think the offending block is one of the first series or two of the second half.  Dontre is carrying out wide and Rod runs around a pair players engaged in a block, then slips and falls when he realizes he ran right by a guy who could be blocked. 

On another missed block he and I think EzE are in the backfield and both run passing routes.  Rod's runs right through the line and a Navy defender (linebacker?) runs right through the same hole for the sack.

No DV from me.

steveoz49's picture

Can anyone think of another team in the country that is deeper  at the RB position than the Buckeyes? 

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BuckeyeTrappedInSouth's picture

Georgia?

In Urban We Trust

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clogan1032's picture

I second this, Georgia has some straight nasty running backs. 

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steveoz49's picture

I will give you Gurley is a beast and probably the top back in the country.  If he were to go down, Marshall and Douglas do not impose the same threat as Gurley does.  Maybe I'm alone in thinking that between, Eze, Dontre, Jalin, Curtis, Brionte, and Smith..... we're very fortunate to have such depth that if any one of the prior mentioned were to get hurt, the slack would be able to be picked up.

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Adam21's picture

This is like saying last year that if Hyde went down, Elliott and Smith do not impose the same threat that Hyde does. That is common sense when talking about one of, if not the best RB in the country. You can't forget Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, two 5* true freshmen RB's.

BucksLoverInPGH's picture

And when Braxton is back next year along with Damien Harris and an improved offensive line....just imagine the rushing game!!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

clogan1032's picture

Gurley is a man among boys this year and I wouldn't sleep on Chubb. I like our backs even though they are unproven and believe they develop to be good. But Georgia's backfield is better. 

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Until these young pups show consistentcy I am withholding opinion. Zeke disappointed me but seemed to play more aggressively in the second half.

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sb97's picture

I think the OL had something to do with that.

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cdub4's picture

Bama? Yeldon and Henry are pretty good.

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clogan1032's picture

Fact and I think Henry is the better of the two. 

buckeyedude's picture

~~Meyer said senior running back Rod Smith earned himself carries Saturday after an 11-second block on a punt return.

Can someone explain this one to me? Did I miss something? I only had about 6 beerz.

 

 

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Qujo's picture

This is a sad statement... Only 6 beers during an 11 second block? I am disappointed in you sir! :)

"Tough times don't last, tough people do" - Gregory Peck

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AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

Yes I want to see this 11 second play by Rod Smith. 

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Bleeding-Scarlet-Grey's picture

Man if Devin Smith could run all his routes as good as he blocks and runs the deep route he would be unstoppable, hopefully we will all see the hard work pay off this season! Rooting for him hard

Without lies there would be no truth!

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GoBucksToledo's picture

...and catch the easy passes.

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Mortc15's picture

earned himself carries Saturday after an 11-second block on a punt return

There's a note to every young player out there about how to earn starting time. More and more coaches are letting special teams separate position battles and who gets PT because I think some players underestimate the importance of special teams. Incentives like this bring back the importance in more than one way.

Buck-I4Life

Poison nuts's picture

I could have sworn I saw Raekwon on Special Teams for at least one return. Am I wrong on this? Anyone know?

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

rosenbuck's picture

You're right, I think everyone above is lamenting him not making it to the field on D.  He definitely had a bunch of snaps on ST though.

Poison nuts's picture

Ok - I thought so. I wanted to see him in the game too but I knew I'd seen him on ST.

Thanks!

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

dubjayfootball90's picture

Real pumped for McMillan to get in. Oh man, this week is going to be brutal, trying to get through it. At least today feels like Sunday with no classes. Wake up tomorrow and it is "Oh, Hello Tuesday. Where was Monday?" Me likey short weeks!

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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HYDEYOKIDS's picture

I'm surprised Samuel didn't grade out as a champion.

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CGroverL's picture

The best RB on the team is Rod Smith. You all should want him to have more carries. He got 2, was stalled behind the line both times and turned both carries into gains. After he jumped over both an offensive and defensive lineman on 1st down, Ezekiel Elliott got the next 3 carries...the result? The ball was turned over on downs to Navy after Navy crammed the ball up Elliott's ass on 4th down. I don't think ANY of you really watched the game. Elliott was a bit more than a non-factor except for his TD run when he wasn't touched by anyone. You guys are all mad because possibly the best player on the offense is going to get more involved finally. With Elliott as the #1 back, this team loses 4 games. We need Rod Smith and his 238 pound frame to throw at defensive lines. Elliott is not Hyde...Maybe Smith isn't either, but when it comes to size and speed they are close to mirrors (well, Hyde is 6' and Smith is 6'3"). All of you haters are lost.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

You're annoying.... you know that right? You have to get a sense of that.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

Here you go again. You must have been Rod's full back in High School ball or something. I think Urban can judge talent and needs. Rod is third in line as a senior. Wish Rod success and hope he makes the most of his carries moving forward.

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socalbuck2014's picture

Rod Smith is the best back on Ohio state thats clear to see. He dominated fall practice. Urban is still trying to find a way to use him. That was what I liked about tress he would always use what he had to shape the offense not try and fit guys into a system.

Pay it forward

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ITWASME's picture

Zero people care.

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Katzfan's picture

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ (CGROVERL) Troll - Don't feed him....

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v65animal's picture

I've tried searching for a video of the Rod Smith 11 second block, no luck. Anyone have a link to a clip of it?

Go Bucks!

Stoicpaisano's picture

Don't have a clip, but it is at the 10:34 mark of the second quarter, the return where Apple gets a block-in-the-back penalty.

Smith takes his man (#59) to the ground at the snap and knocks him down again just before the whistle. You only see the first and two last seconds due to the camera following the play, but the second hit is on the extreme left side of the screen.

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braneli's picture

Oh dear, haha.

"You are confined only by the walls you build yourself."

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

I dont care who runs the damn ball as long as they get the job done, it could be Rod Smith, EE, or a walk on that has zero scholarship as long as they churn out yards.

Michigan Sucks!

Dmac3212's picture

Va techs d is fierce. They were definitely a top3 defense last year. GO watch the Alabama tape. They absolutely dominated bamas o-line, which doesn't happen often. They stuffed the run, and pressured the AJ mCCaron. There Dline was in the backfield all day. They are very aggressive with their blittz packages, lots of zone blitzes. This could be nightmarish for tOSU offensive line, if they are not coached up. 

johnblairgobucks's picture

Yeah, I expect a heavy dose of blitzes from Va Tech, with their Safeties playing shallow waiting for quick throws from the young Buckeye QB.  If OSU' lines can hold up early in the game, IMO, some BIG plays will be there.