Presser Bullets: Brady Taylor and Branden Bowen Ready to Play If Needed On Offensive Line, Jeffrey Okudah Returning to Cornerback Rotation

By Dan Hope on November 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm

In front of a sparser crowd than usual with the Ohio State men's basketball team playing at Cincinnati, Urban Meyer met with the media on Wednesday evening to answer a few questions ahead of the Buckeyes' trip to play Michigan State at Spartan Stadium this Saturday (Noon, FOX). 

A quick recap of what he had to say:

  • Luke Farrell is "really going to be a fine player here" and has performed "very well" this season, Meyer said. 
  • Meyer says Keandre Jones has done very well in the kicking game and that his blocked punt on Saturday are the type of plays he needs to make to earn more playing time on defense, but deferred to the defensive position coaches on why he has not gotten more playing time at linebacker.
  • Michael Jordan has "been pretty consistent throughout the year" with his snaps, but says he is continuing to work on it after a few errant snaps last week.
  • Brady Taylor and Branden Bowen are back and ready to help the Buckeyes if needed as backup offensive linemen, but are not push for spots in the starting lineup yet.
  • "We have three corners ready to go" this week, indicating that Jeffrey Okudah is ready to play again this week after missing last week's game with an injury. 
  • Reiterating what he said on Tuesday's Big Ten teleconference, "Tate Martell wants to play, so he's frustrated, but in a positive way."
  • The decision on whether Brendon White or Shaun Wade will start at safety on Saturday will be made Thursday morning.

Stay tuned with Eleven Warriors for additional coverage from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as defensive linemen Chase Young and Dre'Mont Jones, linebackers Keandre Jones and Pete Werner and offensive linemen Michael Jordan and Demetrius Knox are also scheduled to meet with the media on Wednesday evening.

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