Speaking in a post-practice press conference on Wednesday, the fourth-year Ohio State coach said he knows who's starting against Hawaii but declined to say who it would be. Although Cardale Jones picked up the win thanks to a solid starting performance, J.T. Barrett also looked good in the limited opportunities he received.
"J.T. had one rush for 40 yards and one pass for a touchdown. He was engaged and leading the team," Meyer said "They both have to be on call and ready to go. I’ve never been in a situation like that. They’re both pulling for each other, and it’s the damnedest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s really cool to see."
Other updates from Meyer are as follows:
- Meyer opened by praising the atmosphere at Virginia Tech, calling it a "great college environment." He also noted the great job that Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster has done in his time there.
- Game champions included Chase Farris, Taylor Decker, Ezekiel Elliott, Curtis Samuel and Braxton Miller (player of the game) on offense; Adolphus Washington, Tyquan Lewis, Raekwon McMillan, Gareon Conley and Tyvis Powell (player of the game) on defense; and Dante Booker, Curtis Samuel, Gareon Conley, Joshua Perry and Parris Campbell (player of the game) on special teams.
When asked about how he plans to deal with the fact that many believe Ohio State will go unchallenged until November, Meyer said, "We guard against everything, man... I guess you have guards to guard the guards. We've got nine strong."
Meyer said he hadn't previously realized that this could be Cardale Jones' first game as a starter in Ohio Stadium.
Meyer contradicted Jones' statement that he didn't know he'd be starting until the first series. "I have to speak clearer, I guess," Meyer said. Jones was told two or three days before the game.
In regards to the short week the Buckeyes have after playing on Monday night, Meyer called it "awful." He also noted that the team chose not to combat that by preparing for Hawaii prior to this week because all focus needed to be on Virginia Tech.
Ohio State asked the NCAA to be able to meet with the team on Tuesday but it was denied.
- Meyer said the starting kicker for the Hawaii game will be determined by who kicks better in Thursday's practice.
- Braxton Miller is "real close" to returning punts. Jalin Marshall and Miller are the top two options with Dontre Wilson and Marshon Lattimore also in the conversation.