Meyer Previews Big Ten Title Game

Updates from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's Big Ten title game teleconference on Sunday

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke on the Big Ten championship teleconference today. The Buckeyes will face Wisconsin on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis and the head coach addressed that game as well as adjusting to the loss of quarterback J.T. Barrett.

  • Meyer said that Barrett's surgery to repair a fractured right ankle went well. Meyer had not yet been over to the hospital to see the quarterback, but planned to do so later today. Barrett had a plate inserted in his ankle and will be in the hospital overnight, Meyer said.
  • The recovery process for Barrett is expected to be quick. The quarterback should be able to throw in spring ball, Meyer said, though his running may still be limited at that time.
  • Cardale Jones is stepping into the starting spoke vacated by Barrett and Meyer thinks the transition will be easier on the sophomore than it was on Barrett because of the players around him. Barrett was one of nine new starters on offense at one point, but those players have plenty of game reps now. "The difference is Cardale is going to walk in to an experienced huddle on offense," Meyer said.
  • When asked about the potential that the Buckeyes would be left out of the College Football Playoff because of injury, Meyer didn't mince words. The coach said it would be wrong and unfair to do that to any team.
  • Meyer said he had not yet talked with his coaching staff about what the plan would be if Jones were to go down. They may burn Stephen Collier's redshirt if that were to happen, but he isn't sure, Meyer said.
  • Jalin Marshall will continue to take snaps in wildcat formations, a role that may increase with Barrett's injury. "Any time you're limited to just two guys at quarterback you have to have a Plan C," Meyer said, and for the Buckeyes that's Marshall, an all-state quarterback in high school.
  • The Buckeyes will face the nation's leading rusher in Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon on Saturday. Meyer said that the run defense struggles in recent weeks has been in part a result of the increased focus on the pass defense.
  • Meyer said there was no update on Kosta Karageorge, the walk-on defensive lineman who has been missing since early Wednesday morning.

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