Urban, Perry Talk Spring Game

With about 48 hours separating the Buckeyes from their 2015 spring game, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and linebacker Joshua Perry participated in the Big Ten Teleconference Thursday.

As Ohio State's 2015 spring game draws near Buckeye fans are anxious to see the defending champs perform in Ohio Stadium Saturday, ready to see new stars emerge. They're not alone as head coach Urban Meyer and linebacker Joshua Perry expressed similar desires when they appeared on the Big Ten teleconference Thursday afternoon.

Here are some of the highlights from Meyer's time on the call.

  • While Meyer has been focusing on getting his veteran players rest this spring, members of the 2,000-rep club will see the field Saturday. Players like Joey Bosa, Taylor Decker and Adolphus Washington will play in the first two series, Meyer said, because the fans deserve to see the stars perform. During those series, however, the team will not be tackling all the way to the ground.

  • Meyer is most excited to see his young players get a chance to perform in front of a crowd in Ohio Stadium for the first time. "I've had great guys in practice that can't play in games," Meyer said.

    Meyer specifically mentioned his excitement to see young guys like Noah Brown and Gareon Conley, who are penciled in as starters, perform.

  • According to the head coach, Ohio State's strengths are at quarterback, where he remains impressed with the dynamic of that group despite the unique circumstances, and at the offensive skill positions. Aside form the obvious guys, Meyer mentioned Noah Brown, Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Parris Campbell as offensive skill guys he likes.

  • When asked about what was done last season to elevate the standing of the Big ten as a conference, Meyer mentioned Michigan State and Wisconsin as teams helping to elevate the conference, but it's a one-year cycle so it must be maintained. "There's a lot of pressure in the Big Ten to keep it going," Meyer said.

    Meyer added that the Big Ten East compares favorably to the SEC East when he coached at Florida.

  • Meyer was unsurprisingly brief when asked about the verdict in the murder trial of his former player Aaron Hernandez. "I saw it," Meyer said. "My immediate thoughts go to the families involved. It was a sad day."

  • The bigger challenge this spring has been working to replace departed starters rather than guarding against complacency, Meyer said. He is very pleased that's the case.

  • Meyer said he hopes to have a quarterback decision made by the middle of training camp.

Perry, who seems to be a sure-fired pick as a 2015 team captain, followed Meyer on the teleconference. Here are the linebackers highlights:

  • Perry said the strength of the defense is the aggression and speed with which they play. The team has playmakers at every level of the defense, he said.

  • When asked about offensive guys who have stood out, Perry mentioned Noah Brown, Curtis Samuel and Bri'onte Dunn. The linebacker said Brown has transformed his body and is running crisp routes, Samuel looks good at the "H" and that Dunn "runs the ball with reckless abandon."

  • Raekwon McMillan has continued to improve, Perry said, and should fit perfectly as an every down linebacker for the Buckeyes this season.

  • On the quarterback situation, Perry said that "whoever wins the job, we know that we're going to be in a great place and we're excited to see them perform out there."

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