Meyer Happy After Best Spring Practice

New Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer was a happy man following the Buckeyes' Wednesday practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Read on to find out what pleased Meyer as well as some news and notes from practice.

Progress has been slow for the Ohio State football team this spring, but after Wednesday's practice on the indoor field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center new head coach Urban Meyer was a very happy man.

Now of course, Meyer said he could see film from practice and change his mind, but he called his team's workout a big step forward.

"That was our best practice of the spring, one of the best spring practices that I've seen," Meyer said. "The intensity level was an 'A.' Competitiveness was an 'A.' Coaching was an 'A' by our assistant coaches.

"Execution's obviously not an 'A,' but it doesn't have to be right now. I feel very good walking off the Woody Hayes Center practice field. ... If you want to see a ball practice, that was a ball practice."

Not only was it a big day for Meyer, it was a good one for his offense as well. The offense finally bested the defense on a winner/loser day, thanks in large part to its success in a late practice scrimmage. The units battled in several third-and-5 situations, with the offense converting at a rate of "70 or 80 percent," according to Meyer.

The practice was held indoors because of wind, which appeared to help the offensive passing attack. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller had a good practice, highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Hyde on a play in which Miller made things happen with his feet. It was a broken play in which Miller kept the play alive and found Hyde, who had broken down field.

Meyer made it a point to praise Hyde as a player buying into the new OSU staff's program.

"He had an excellent practice," Meyer said. "He's drinking the Kool Aid."

More From Practice/Meyer:
• The practice was the first for Chris Carter on defense. The lineman switched sides for the first time Wednesday. Meyer said defensive line coach Mike Vrabel and defensive coordinator Luke Fickell have wanted Carter on defense for some time.

"We just had some serious depth issues on the offensive line, so we didn't have the luxury to move him over. But he wasn't progressing, (so) maybe give him a shot on defense. We were planning on doing that at some point, so we went half way through (spring) and said let's give it a shot now."

• Meyer also addressed the absence of freshman Jacoby Boren from the practice field. The Pickerington Central product had shoulder surgery on his labrum and is out for the rest of the spring. Meyer hopes to have Boren back by the end of fall training camp.

"He's our backup center," said Meyer, confirming Boren's place in the two-deep. "What a tough nut that guy is."

• Boren was not the only player dealing with an injury. Junior starting safety C.J. Barnett limped off the field during practice and did not return. Meyer said he was not sure what the injury was. Sophomore wide receiver Evan Spencer and senior linebacker Storm Klein also did not participate in practice.

• Meyer said freshman Brionte Dunn will likely not redshirt this fall, suggesting that the five-star prospect will at least play special teams.

• Finally, Meyer said he was looking forward to Saturday's scrimmage, which will be not only open to media, but also to Ohio State students and faculty.

"They want ownership and access," Meyer said. "We're going to give it to them on Saturday."

• Read more from BSB staffers who were in attendance at today's practice on the Ask The Insiders message board.

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