With the Buckeyes just days away from the start of Big Ten play head coach Urban Meyer spoke with reporters Wednesday evening at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Ohio State survived the nonconference without any marks in the loss column, as did the 4-0 Hoosiers, but Meyer said that things change slightly as the Buckeyes begin league play.
“It changes big time,” the coach said of his team’s mentality. “Obviously we try to win every game we play but we are here for a reason and that’s to win championships in November.”
Here are the other major takeaways from Meyer’s press conference:
- Despite a three-game touchdown drought, Meyer said that Braxton Miller is “ahead of schedule” in the process of fully transitioning into a wide receiver. The biggest hurdle has been perimeter blocking, which is a mandate for an Ohio State wide receiver, as Miller continues to “learn the game” from the new position, Meyer said. Overall the coaching staff needs to do better at getting him the ball in a situation to be successful.
- Miller is just one of a handful of skill players that Meyer said need to get more touches going forward, a group that also includes Dontre Wilson, Ezekiel Elliott and Curtis Samuel, who Meyer called dynamic. The skills of Wilson, Miller and Samuel are unique, Meyer said, and require a good bit of rotating personnel to ensure the right guys are on the field at the right time There has been some awkwardness with those rotations, Meyer said, but he felt the best flow so far this season in that regard was against Western Michigan.
- Reports Tuesday indicated that receiver Jalin Marshall was changing his number from 17 to 7 going forward. “That’s between him and his position coach,” Meyer said. “I guess he’s wanted it for a while.” The head coach added that Marshall has had to earn that right and has been doing everything right on and off the field since he opened the season with a one-game suspension.
- On the defensive side of the ball, Meyer was surprised to learn that Joey Bosa had just 0.5 sacks on the year, but said the staff has been happy with his performance. “There’s a lot of people occupying him right now,” Meyer said.
- In preparation for Indiana the Buckeyes are getting ready to see both the 3-4 front that the Hoosiers used in their first game of the season and the 3-4 look that they’ve used since.