Coach Meyer Call-In Show Recap
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has immersed himself in preparations for the Wisconsin game. 97.1 The Fan, however, did manage to pry him away for an hour to get him to preview that battle with the Badgers.
He started out talking about the bye-week and the typical rest/rust debate that comes after some time off. Meyer admitted he had concerns, but “I like where we’re at.”
He especially likes that the break allowed Etienne Sabino to get healthy. The linebacker will start Saturday. Meyer imagines he’ll play quite a bit, too.
On the other hand, Bri’onte Dunn is still dealing with a sprain of his MCL, and he’s out this weekend. Meyer confirmed that with Dunn sidelined, they’ve given some practice snaps to Adam Homan, but they would only use him as an emergency third string tailback. “That’s not where we want to go,” said Meyer.
Meyer would, without a doubt, prefer to ride Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith and quarterback Braxton Miller, and Miller won’t be the only signal caller who figures prominently in the Buckeye run game.
In an interesting discussion of Ohio State recruiting, Meyer said he would not pursue a quarterback who didn’t move well. Part of the reason for this is it takes a mobile quarterback to run Meyer’s offense. The other reason, and it’s not insignificant, is that defenses are so multiple these days.
That’s an aside, though. Again the focus is on Wisconsin. Regarding the Badgers, Meyer made it clear: “There’s one rivalry game, and that’s next week. This is a huge game because Wisconsin is really good.”
He singled out for praise linebacker Chris Borland and running backs James White and Montee Ball.
He also had kind words for the Badgers head coach. “When Barry Alvarez went there, that whole program changed,” Meyer said of UW’s current athletics director. “Coach Bielema has done a great job continuing that and making it even better.”
Ohio State and Wisconsin play this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and--like the call-in show--you can hear it here on 97.1 The Fan.