Urban Meyer met with the media Wednesday for the first time since declaring J.T. Barrett the starter for Saturday’s game at Rutgers. The Ohio State head coach spoke about the change at quarterback position, how involved Cardale Jones will still be in the Buckeye offense and other major story lines heading in to the game against Rutgers.
Defensive line coach Larry Johnson, tight ends Nick Vannett and Marcus Baugh, cornerbacks Eli Apple and Gareon Conley, center Jacoby Boren and linebacker Dante Booker all also spoke after practice Wednesday.
Johnson spoke about Adolphus Washington and the excellent season the defensive tackle is having as well as the development of some of the younger defensive linemen.
Dante Booker stepped in for the injured Joshua Perry against Penn State and played most of the game. While Perry may be back this week, Booker said he is taking reps with the ones and spoke about his extended playing time against the Nittany Lions.
First-year starting cornerback Gareon Conley apoek about the state of the defense, the difficulty in defending Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo and the mounting injuries facing the Buckeyes.
For fellow cornerback Eli Apple the Rutgers game marks a return to his home state of New Jersey. Apple spoke about the Rutgers games he went to as a recruit and the pride he has for the level of football in New Jersey.
Center Jacoby Boren addressed the play of the offensive line, why the Buckeyes struggled early and why his unit has improved through seven games.
Tight end Marcus Baugh spoke about the underappreciated role the tight ends play in the offense and his individual improvement.
Fellow tight end Nick Vannett also spoke about his improved blocking and what the coaches want from him in that regard.