Urban Updates: Spring Practice Day 3

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke with the media following the Buckeyes third spring practice adn first since returning from spring break, an effort he said "wasn't a great day."

After a week off for spring break the Buckeyes were back at practice Tuesday, their third practice fo the spring session.

Ohio State head Coach Urban Meyer addressed the media following the practice, one that the coach said “wasn’t a great day.”

Some other notes from Meyer’s comments:

  • Meyer said part of the reason for the lackluster practice was that members of the “2,000 rep club” watched much of practice. Players that have participated in 2,000 competitive reps in their time at Ohio State receive more rest as a precaution.

    Those players include linemen Taylor Decker and Pat Elflein on offense while tight end Nick Vannett is nearing 2,000 reps as well. Defensively, safety Tyvis Powell, linebacker Joshua Perry and defensive end Joey Bosa all qualify as members of that club, Meyer said.

  • Meyer was asked about concussions and the state of football in the context of NFL linebacker Chris Borland retiring at the age of 24 and the concussions that defensive back Armani Reeves dealt with last year. Meyer said he has spoken with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the issue, someone the Ohio State coach called a good friend.

    On a personal level, Meyer said that he has paid close attention to the coaching that his son has gotten and made sure that proper tackling has been taught at every level.

    “I am proud to say at Ohio State I can’t imagine a school doing more” to combat concussions, Meyer said.

  • New offensive coordinator Ed Warinner will remain on the sideline this fall rather than moving to the booth where Tom Herman coached last season. Giving Warinner the opportunity to speak directly with the offensive lineman is simply too valuable, Meyer said.

  • Asked about the development of Raekwon McMillan, Meyer said “today wasn’t necessarily his best day.” The coach added that the sophomore linebacker has big shoes to fill because while Curtis Grant may not have had a great career, he had a great senior year.

  • In respect to Michigan’s recent hiring of Lakewood St. Edward’s coach Rick Finotti Meyer said “They hired a quality guy, really good football coach.”

    Does that hire indicate that the Wolverines and new coach Jim Harbaugh have thrown down the gauntlet?

    “The gauntlet was thrown down in the 1800s,” Meyer said.

  • It wouldn’t be spring practice without a question about the quarterback battle between Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett. Meyer said that the situation is all positives and that he loves the way that the three are interacting in practice. The only negative is that two of them are going to have to be on the sidelines when the season starts. That fact is “Starting to eat away at me a little bit,” Meyer said.

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