Meyer Monday: Sept. 1

The Buckeyes return to Columbus for the home opener vs. Virgina Tech this week, which means it's time for Urban Meyer's weekly press conference. BSB wraps up what the head coach had to say as the team gets ready to take on the Hokies.

Bullet points from head coach Urban Meyer's weekly press conference Monday afternoon at Ohio State heading into this week's contest vs. Virginia Tech.

Urban begins by thanking Buckeye Nation for taking over another stadium. "It was a home game for us and we appreciate that." Also reiterates his "tremendous respect" for the way Navy played.

"J.T. did OK. He was 12 of 15, he had a drop, a pick and a throwaway." Calls the INT "ill-advised."

Meyer says the offense was "very poor" in the first half. "You can't do that in that game" because of the limited possessions. "Second half was much better."

"The chemistry in our team is very good." Big props for the defense the way it responded to quick-change situations and how it responded after the missed fourth down. If Navy scored there, they could have been up eight with not many possessions left. "That was a very important series again."

The defense gave up "far too many yards" and Urban didn't like their second TD drive (4 plays, 80-some yards). "Other than that our defense hung in there real well."

Darron Lee, Tyvis Powell and Doran Grant are named defensive champions. Grant graded out 100 percent. On offense, champions are Devin Smith (88 percent), Evan Spencer (one of the top two or three blcokers they've ever had at WR), Dontre Wilson, Jeff Heuerman, Nick Vannett and Taylor Decker and Darryl Baldwin. Ezekiel Elliott was player of the game.

Meyer calls Virginia Tech one of the top five defenses in America and says VT's QB threw the ball very well in the first game.

Marcus Baugh is suspended for two games. Why? "Stuff."

Reiterates the offensive line played much better in the second half. Reminds everyone that the entire right side of the line was new. "I thought in the second half that they played very well."

"I think we're ranked pretty high in pass defense," Meyer deadpans. "I'm real curious to see it (vs. VT). We have to shift gears."

"I was not surprised at all by J.T. I thought he handled himself well for his first start. You take away the interception, I thought he did very well."

A lot of "big smiles" on the DL now that they don't have to face Navy again. Meyer says Joey Bosa came here to rush the passer, not have guys diving at his ankles.

"Concern No. 1 is the offensive line" vs. VT. Says they will face one of the two best DLs they'll play all year vs. VT. They didn't play like an Ohio State offensive line against Navy.

"I have so much respect for him" Meyer says of Frank Beamer. When he was first at ND he visited Beamer to pick up how to coach special teams from "Beamerball."

On the playbook with Barrett: "We're expanding it." They got very vanilla vs. Navy to win the game and with J.T. on the road.

Looking for an RB to separate, like Hyde? They don't have a guy to slam into the line 20 times. "We're going to see." Credits Rod Smith for holding a block on a punt return for 11 seconds. "One of the greatest efforts I've ever seen." That will earn him touches.

Meyer said they sent in the Elliott fumble on the third down as a missed call.

Meyer says Devin Smith is one of the best deep ball players he's ever had. Adjusts to the ball really well. His 41.7-yard average per touchdown is "unique."

Meyer says Barrett was pretty good and he can't think of many mistakes, but they'd like him to try to be more dynamic.

Regarding the true freshmen, they have to get Raekwon McMillan in more, of the guys who didn't play, Dante Booker is close but had a foot injury, Sam Hubbard and Johnnie Dixon are also close.


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