Big Ten Teleconference Updates (Meyer)

Updates from Urban Meyer's portion of the Big Ten teleconference on Tuesday.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spent 10 minutes on the Big Ten coaches' teleconference on Tuesday. Here's what the third-year Buckeyes' coach had to say.

- Meyer noted that Cincinnati's strength (passing) coincides with the fact that Ohio State's passing defense was a weakness last season. Said that they'll have to get after it in practice.

- Meyer said that Tuesday practices, which are already known as "Bloody Tuesday" became even more intense starting last week because the younger players badly need game-type reps. "We have to get them as many reps as we can. It'll be a little different than what we've done in the past." Meyer said it's ok to rest a veteran team that has experience, but that's obviously not the case with this group.

- When asked if he takes time away from football during an open week: "Oh, no. Not during the season. No. Our staff, I gave them last Sunday off but we're back at it full swing." Players will have Saturday off, but that's it.

- When it comes to measuring loyalty to seniors against the need to play a promising freshman, Meyer said the following: "You have an obligation as the head coach to win the game and represent Ohio State, but if the (senior) does everything right as far as academics, behavior on and off the field and work ethic then you give them every opportunity. There comes a point where if the younger player is better, you have to go with the younger player."

- Pass defense and offensive line play remain Meyer's biggest concerns about his team.

- Meyer says he has a lot of respect for Cincinnati. Said the Bearcats looked great in their season opener. Mentions that Tommy Tuberville said this group of receivers is the best he had, which Meyer said is impressive because of his coaching past at Ole Miss and Auburn.

- Meyer said there are only four or five spots left in the 2015 class. Trying to close strong but also focusing on getting a good start with the 2016 class now. They'll be on the road this weekend.

- Meyer says he's yet to see Curtis Samuel's ceiling. Goes hard in practice, can catch the ball well. "He's got an incredible future."

- Meyer notes that Steve Miller has done "pretty good" but is obviously not at the All-Big Ten level of Noah Spence. Jalyn Holmes is starting to make a push at that position, but Miller is still the starter.


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