Ohio State had some pass protection issues against Illinois, but Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer said there are no planned personnel changes.
Meyer admitted that right tackle Chase Farris struggled against the Illini but added that the fifth-year senior has had good games as well this season.
If a change had to be made in any capacity, Meyer said sophomore tackle Jamarco Jones is the offensive line’s sixth man.
Other updates from Meyer:
Tyquan Lewis, Adolphus Washington, Tommy Schutt, Michael Hill, Sam Hubbard, Joshua Perry, Darron Lee, Gareon Conley, Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell all earned champion honors vs. Illinois, and Joey Bosa, Eli Apple and Raekwon McMillan shared defensive player of the week honors.
On offense, Jalin Marshall, Michael Thomas, Curtis Samuel, Taylor Decker and Pat Elflein were champions with Ezekiel Elliott named the offensive player of the week. Samuel was the special teams player of the game.
Meyer said Elliott was in his ear at the end of the game to keep playing but Meyer obviously chose to withhold him to prevent any chance of an unnecessary injury.
“The most prepared team will win this game,” Meyer said.
When asked about the benefits of having the quarterback situation worked out, Meyer joked, “I have a lot of free time now.”
Meyer had some pretty nice words for Michigan State, saying the Spartans have the best defensive line in the country – comparable to his own – and also called Connor Cook one of the best quarterbacks in Big Ten history. Meyer later added that the thing that stands out most about the MSU D-line is its disruption, similar to the way Bosa plays.
At this point, Meyer said he’s not considering personnel changes on the offensive line. He added that sophomore tackle Jamarco Jones would be next in line, though.
When asked about what happens when you have to replace a coordinator, Meyer said he doesn’t see much difference in the Michigan State defense after Pat Narduzzi left.
Meyer spoke multiple times about the pressure of coaching at Ohio State. He said there are probably 10 places in the country with this level of expectation. He talked about watching TV and hearing that 28-3 road wins weren’t good enough. Although he said the Buckeyes can still play much better, he still took umbrage to those who said the Buckeyes “got by” Illinois.
On Senior Day against Michigan State, no non-senior players expected to leave (Bosa, Elliott, etc.) will be honored.