Meyer Monday: Urban Updates Aug. 31

It's finally game week for No. 1 Ohio State, and head coach Urban Meyer gave updates on the team's status Monday afternoon in his weekly press conference but did not name a starting quarterback.

Urban Meyer met with the media to preview Ohio State's season opener Monday. Here are the highlights.

  • With a week still to play until next Monday's opener at Virginia Tech, Ohio State will stage a mock game Monday night to get the players into a routine.

  • On the quarterbacks, Meyer says: "We'll announce the starter when the first guy takes a snap. It's still very close. Both guys are performing well. ... There's a chance they'll both play as well." He also notes the two have similar skill sets so there's not a huge reason to have one anointed yet. "If one was way ahead, I'd probably announce it."

  • Meyer adds that Braxton Miller has "had a really good two days" and is now getting used to the running needed at the WR spot. "As of the last three days, he's, I don't want to say exceeded by expectations but he's darn near ready to go. ... He looks like an H-back now."

  • Meyer says his team has handled the trappings of success "really well." There are no academics issues, and off-field incidents have been limited to four guys. "Work ethic in the weight room and off the field, that's untouchable."

  • Meyer said two days from now he'll have an idea in his mind who the quarterback will be, as it would be Monday of a normal game week. As for the players, "they're pros" and points out both have been mature leaders throughout the process.

  • As for the injured Noah Brown, "Noah is doing fine. I thik he's still in the hospital but today or tomorrow we're hoping to get him out." Surgery was successful. As for the wideouts without Brown, "Depth is a concern for this game, talent is not." Health-wise, Johnnie Dixon should be full speed today and has had a "very good" camp.

  • Meyer admits OSU might have a psychological edge over Virginia Tech not only because the way the team lost last year "And really the way they beat us. Offensively right now, there's a lot of distaste over the way that thing happened."

  • When asked about a two quarterback system, Meyer pointed out things aren't very similar to 2006 at Florida. "A lot of it is going to be in-game, how is it going and do we need a change." Rotation could be based on game situation and be week-to-week, if possible.

  • On Barrett being a captain, Meyer says, "it's a factor but not the factor. The guy who has the best chance to lead us down the field" will mean more.

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