Presser Bullets: Urban Meyer Reviews Ohio State's Win over Michigan State, Looks Ahead to This Week's Game at Maryland

By Dan Hope on November 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Fresh off a 26-6 win at Michigan State and with another week of preparation ahead for the 11th game of the regular season at Maryland, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer met with the media on Monday morning to discuss the win over the Spartans and the upcoming trip to College Park.

A bullet-point recap of what Meyer had to say:

  • Ohio State's players of the game at Michigan State were Mike Weber and Terry McLaurin on offense, Dre'Mont Jones on defense and McLaurin and Drue Chrisman on special teams. Isaiah Prince, Demetrius Knox, Thayer Munford, J.K. Dobbins, Luke Farrell, Dwayne Haskins and Parris Campbell were also champions on offense, while Jonathon Cooper, Robert Landers, Tuf Borland, Malik Harrison, Pete Werner, Damon Arnette, Shaun Wade, Jordan Fuller and Brendon White were also champions on defense.
  • Meyer said Weber had "probably his best game" against Michigan State on Saturday.
  • On McLaurin: "I told Terry, if I have another child, I'm going to name him Terry. I don't imagine that's going to happen."
  • On whether he could see there being a shakeup on the offensive line: "Probably not right now."
  • On using the pistol formation more against Nebraska than Michigan State: "That's all play-specific. There's really not that much difference."
  • On Haskins: "I think his development's been very good to this point. We'd like to see him catch fire again."
  • Meyer said he is still concerned about Michael Jordan's issues snapping the ball from the center position, but says he is still working really hard on improving in that area. Said Jordan was out on the field working on snapping on Sunday.
  • On how Ohio State finished the game at Michigan State: "No one's done that to them. No one."
  • "We're not playing great at times ... we're not where I'd like us to be."
  • Meyer doesn't think his team will have any issues looking past Maryland with Michigan next on the schedule. "I think (Maryland) is one of the more talented teams in the Big Ten. Our guys know what's in store. I can assure you the focus is there."
  • Baron Browning is probable to play this week after missing last week's game due to injury.
  • On whether his players "act surprised" when he encourages them to have fun: "Believe it or not, I'm a halfway fun guy."
  • On the offensive line: "Are they where we need to be? No." But says they grind and work as hard as anyone.
  • Meyer says Maryland runs an "odd 4i defense that negates double teams."
  • Says Maryland's offense will present a bigger challenge than Michigan State's offense from a skill standpoint: "This team we're playing is outstanding."
  • On Tate Martell: "He's worked his you-know-what off."
  • Meyer says Brendon White is "playing well" and is pleased with his tackling. "Opportunity arises, and he answered the bell ... Brendon's had two very good games."
  • Asked about whether he had any thoughts on Zach Smith's tweets from Sunday night or whether he wanted to move on, Meyer responded only with "move on" and did not elaborate.
  • Meyer said he is "very close" with D.J. Durkin (his former assistant coach at Florida and Bowling Green) and his family but did not want to elaborate on his ouster at Maryland.
  • To be a great punt gunner like McLaurin, Meyer says you have to be "unselfish, tough and have the God-given skill."
  • Meyer on whether or not he's ever had a punter affect a game like Chrisman did on Saturday: "When I read those stats, I don't believe I have."

Stay tuned with Eleven Warriors for additional coverage from Meyer's press conference.

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