Urban Updates: Position Battles Clearing Up

Urban Meyer spoke with the media just five days before the Buckeyes spring game.

Twelve down, two to go.

Such is the state of Ohio State spring football. Head coach Urban Meyer spoke with the media following the team's twelfth practice of the spring, addressing everything from position battles, what he expects in the upcoming spring game and the Jamel Dean situation.

Here are the major takeaways from Meyer's comments:

  • Meyer spoke about the fact that Dean, a three-star cornerback out of Florida who enrolled early this winter, was not medically cleared to participate by the Ohio State medical staff.

    "Ohio State was absolutely forthright in everything it did," Meyer said.

    Unprompted by the media, Meyer dismissed the notion that the lack of medical clearance could be linked to the Buckeyes' need to get to the 85 scholarship limit. The coach said that type of thing wouldn't be handled in early January as the Dean situation was.

  • It wouldn't be spring practice at Ohio State without some conversation about the quarterbacks. Meyer said that while Cardale Jones did not have a great day Monday, he has had a good spring overall. J.T. Barrett has gotten more reps than the coach anticipated and Braxton Miller remains on track with his rehab.

    Meyer said he speaks with Miller about how he is doing nearly every day, though there is not a specific date set for him to be 100 percent.

  • Some of the positions that were open entering spring camp are beginning to close, according to the coach. If things continue as they have Chase Farris will be the starting right tackle while Tyquan Lewis and Tommy Schutt are the leaders at the open defensive end and tackle spots, respectively. Noah Brown has begun to separate himself at wide receiver.

    Joel Hale is right there with Schutt, Meyer said, but will miss four or five weeks with a calf injury. Lewis will also miss time with a minor shoulder issue.

  • Meyer said he is anxious for the spring game so he can see players like Terry McLaurin, Paris Campbell, Nick Conner and others who he hasn't had a chance to see in front of a crowd.

  • About 45,000 tickets have been sold for the spring game so far, according to an Ohio State spokesman.

  • Meyer asked about the idea of hosting recruiting camps outside of Columbus as such satellite models have caught on at Michigan and Penn State. The coach said he is considering doing something like that, but that overall he isn't a fan of them. Meyer said he would like the NCAA to outlaw it, but if it is legal it will be something the Buckeyes consider.

  • The coach closed by saying he couldn't imagine a coach and player being closer than Joey Bosa is with defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

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