Urban In Indy: Meyer Updates

No. 5 Ohio State will face No. 13 Wisconsin tomorrow night in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer addressed the media Friday afternoon.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke with the media in the bowels of Lucas Oil Stadium Friday afternoon. The coach spoke about the challenge that the Buckeyes will face against No. 13 Wisconsin tomorrow night in the Big Ten championship game.

  • Meyer said that Cardale Jones showed great improvement as the week went on.

    “He’s a very good passer," Meyer said. "A lot of QB play is so much more intangible ... that’s where he was a little bit behind J.T. I feel like he is much more prepared in that area.”

  • Meyer spoke about his relationship with Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen. The two coached together at Utah during the 2004 season.

    "I love Gary," Meyer said. "Obviously one of the best in the business at what he does.”

  • The coach addressed the emotional week that the Buckeyes had. On Sunday walk-on Kosta Karageorge was found dead and the team attended the funeral Wednesday morning. Meyer said that the energy in practice has been good since then.

  • When asked if he had faced a running back near the caliber of Melvin Gordon, Meyer mentioned Alabama's Mark Ingram, who he faced when coaching Florida, and Carlos Hyde. Also brought up the rest of the Big Ten this season.

    “We faced several this year," Meyer said. "This is the deepest league as far as NFL running backs that I can ever remember.”

  • Tomorrow night will go a long way towards defining the careers of the Buckeyes seniors, Meyer said.

    "When you decide to play athletics you are measured by championships and I agree with that.”

  • Both J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller are with the team, Meyer said, and both injured quarterbacks will be assisting Jones on Saturday. Meyer said he was unsure if Barrett would be up in the coaches box as there is a desire to keep him out of harm's way.

  • On Barrett, Meyer reiterated his thoughts that the redshirt freshman is a Heisman candidate.

    “The one moment, the one that I’ll never forget, and maybe it wasn’t the most glamorous one, but it was the first overtime at Penn State,” Meyer said when asked to reflect on a Heisman moment.

  • Meyer admitted that he thought about last year's Big Ten Championship Game when walking into the facility today.

  • Meyer said that the defense has improved as the season has gone on but still isn't where it needs to be, specifically the lack of rotation along the defensive line.

  • The coach said that Jones is entering a much better situation than Barrett entered in week one.

    “That was a terrible offense that took the field against Navy," Meyer said. "Terrible not talent wise but execution.”

  • Jones play is not the No. 1 concern tomorrow night, Meyer said. The top priority is tackling Melvin Gordon while the second priority is protecting Jones against Wisconsin blitzers.

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