Photo: Urban Meyer / Courtesy: 97.1 The Fan
| BY: LORI SCHMIDT |
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has The Rivalry in his blood, so he was a little terse with reporters during his press conference Monday. After all, he’s got work to do. The topics he did discuss included…
• Despite suffering a leg injury and missing the Illinois game, Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller is probable for this week’s contest.
• Meyer does not hold anything back the rest of the year in order to surprise Michigan with a play they have not seen before. “You can’t now. We’re in the East side of the, arguably, toughest conference in America.”
• Normally at this point in the week, Meyer’s staff is just getting a handle on the upcoming opponent. When a reporter made the, not unreasonable, assumption that was the case again this week, Meyer corrected him. “We’re not just starting our film study. It’s been going on a long time.”
• Meyer relived the recruiting battle that brought quarterback JT Barrett to Columbus. “It was bizarre,” Meyer pointed out, recounting how he had only been at Ohio State a couple weeks when Mitchell Trubisky and Malik Zaire indicated any interest they’d ever had in coming to OSU was gone, and they’d be heading elsewhere. During the resulting scramble, former Buckeye assistant Tom Herman “found” Barrett.
• Especially of late, the Buckeyes have had a lot of success recruiting out-of-state players. Meyer conceded–for them–there may be a learning curve when it comes to appreciating the importance of this game. But eventually? “This rivalry is not a one-week deal. I just think it’s in your blood. It’s in your DNA.”
• Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters is in concussion protocol. Meyer isn’t sure how much impact that will have on the game plan. “They’re going to be a downhill rushing team. That’s pretty much been their M.O.”