Urban Updates: We're Not Very Good Right Now

Urban Meyer spoke with the media after Ohio State's sixth practice of the spring, commenting that the Buckeyes aren't very good right now, but that's OK.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke with the media Tuesday following the team's sixth spring practice. Every time he has spoke about spring practice, the coach has acknowledged that there are plenty of mistakes to be made and Tuesday was no different.

"We're not very good right now," Meyer said. "That's alright, in the spring you don't have to be good."

Meyer went on to elaborate on why the Buckeyes aren't very good right now, what the team is working on and some areas of strength for Ohio State.

  • For the second week in a row Meyer talked about the current limitations of the offensive line, a key reason that the team isn't practicing at as high a level as they otherwise could. Taylor Decker and Pat Elflein are missing time as the team closely monitors their reps while Jacoby Boren, Kyle Trout and Demetrius Knox are missing reps with injuries of varying severity. Combine the inactivity of those players with the recruits who will not be on campus until the fall and there are nine or 10 linemen who will be added by fall camp, Meyer said.

    "You want to have a bad practice, have a bad offensive line," he said. "That's kind of what is going on right now."

  • Meyer seemed pleased with what he is seeing from the defensive line, however. Tyquan Lewis is working with the first team at one defensive end position while "Tommy Schutt's had a very good offseason" and Joel Hale is "really going to help us," Meyer said.

  • Curtis Samuel has been working with the wide receivers and H-backs this spring. That's because the coaching staff has identified him as a "Top 5 playmaker" for the Buckeyes. The staff needs to get him on the field, Meyer said, adding that he needs to play 40 or more snaps a game rather than the 10 or so he saw last season.

  • In that vein, Meyer spoke about the characteristics he looks for in a playmaker. The coach looks for competitors who are tough and go hard, he said. Noah Brown has fit the bill in that regard. After a strong practice Tuesday, Meyer said that Brown has moved up on the list of guys who will touch the ball.

  • With Samuel working at other spots and Ezekiel Elliott out after wrist surgery, Bri'onte Dunn and Warren Ball have been getting the reps at running back. Dunn has momentum right now, Meyer said, as he builds off the strong special teams performances he had late last season.

  • Meyer was reticent to comment on Braxton Miller's situation with Advocare, for more on that check out this story.

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