Meyer Monday: Oct. 20

Ohio State is on a roll at 5-1 with four straight wins. See what head coach Urban Meyer had to say about his squad at his weekly press briefing Monday morning.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer briefed the media at his weekly press conference Monday morning on the heels of his team's win vs. Rutgers. Bullet-point updates follow.

Meyer praises Evan Spencer, who turned in a champion effort on Saturday, and calls him one of the team MVPs. Reiterates they tried to get him a TD on Saturday to reward him.

Other champions included Jalin Marshall, Jeff Heuerman, Taylor Decker, Pat Elflein and Jacoby Boren. Player of the game was Ezekiel Elliott.

On defense, Meyer was annoyed with the hits Rutgers had on the zone play, saying there's "no excuse." Champions included Michael Bennett, Joey Bosa, Tyvis Powell, Joshua Perry and player of the game Doran Grant, who graded at 98 percent and had his best game as a Buckeye.

On injuries, there's still no word on Devan Bogard, while Jacoby Boren should be fine after rolling an ankle. Dontre Wilson is fine as well after being dinged vs. Rutgers.

Meyer says Barrett could have played better. When asked why, he points to some leadership issues as far as getting the offense set (they had some illegal procedure penalties), and he misfired on a couple of balls, including a potential TD to Dontre Wilson. "But that happens."

On taking Barrett to Happy Valley: "More comfortable now than a couple of weeks ago." Meyer said 2012 was one of the top five atmospheres he's ever played in at Penn State.

Meyer on Barrett's decision making: the 33-yard scramble on blown up screen indicative of his abilities. "Thats an impressive play"

Meyer's asked about the differences between Larry Johnson and Mike Vrabel and says they're very similar guys, actually. They just have some differences in style, but both have the same values.

The one area of concern with depth is defensive line, and some players weren't performing to expectations earlier this year. He's happy with depth at RB, WR, TE, places like that. On DL, they played 10 guys to try to find more depth, and one guy who stood out was Michael Hill.

"We have to play better on the offensive line than we did Saturday," Meyer says as OSU gets ready to play Penn State's staunch front.

Meyer again praises his assistant coaches and how they've been able to motivate the team to its fast starts the past couple of weeks. Coaches are supposed to make in-game adjustments, but the psychology part is where he gets impressed.

When asked about how the offense has diversified of late, Meyer says the play calls are 70 percent greater than for Navy. The growth a mix of the QB, skill players and offensive line depth. They have "good checkers" right now, comparing it to a board game, haha.

On last year's game: "I think we played really well and it started going downhill on them."

When asked about potentially looking ahead to MSU, Meyer says, "Going on the road in front of 110,000 people knowing that we didn't play great on Saturday, we expect to play great."


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