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 was very impressed with how Ohio State played against Maryland in the first half. Overall, he liked the effort and Ohio State’s success in defending screens. Said the one negative was the big pass in the second half, but also noted that it wasn’t the fault of safety Cam Burrows. “It was a miscommunication. It wasn’t a guy getting beat. It was a signal issue that we got corrected. My reaction was that Cam Burrows got beat, and that’s not what happened. It was a coverage communication issue.”

- When the first open week came around, Meyer was happy for an extra week of reps for his young team. That’s not the case this week. “I wish we were still playing. This is one of those weeks where there’s some momentum and guys are feeling good.” Did note that some guys are a little banged up and this will help with that.

- Asked about whether offenses have the edge over defenses right now, Meyer said he thinks so but also agreed that it seems cyclical. Said when he was at Utah he felt like his offense could do anything but when he was at Florida defenses had the upper hand.

- According to Meyer, fifth-year senior right tackle Darryl Baldwin is one of the most improved players on the team if not the most improved. Credited him for sticking it out this long, as he’s now in graduate school and could have left. Said Baldwin is one of the hardest-working guys he’s been around and responds really well to challenges.

- Meyer said that he and the coaching staff have a lot of confidence in sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn right now. That’s a difference from previous times. “I sometimes give too much information but I always like to be open. He was gone. He would not be renewed next year if he would not have made a jump on the field and off the field.” Said he’s now starting on three special teams phases and is in consideration for offensive snaps.

- Every year, Meyer said he has a sort of State of the Union talk with the team where they discuss the rankings and what might be attainable for the team, and then they put that talk to bed. That’ll be coming up soon, especially after so many top 10 teams lost last weekend.

- Meyer said the offensive line has done a much better job of protecting J.T. Barrett and the skill guys around him have also improved. Barrett doesn’t throw on Fridays now in order to keep him fresh for game day.

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