Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t wrong in his comments criticizing the play calling against Michigan State, Urban Meyer said, although the fourth-year OSU coach wishes Elliott would have chosen a different time and place to express those sentiments.
“I couldn't disagree with him, his comments, that he should have got the ball a little bit more,” Meyer said. “But that's not the place to do it. He knows that.”
Speaking in the his only press conference before Ohio State takes on Michigan, Meyer said the matter was taken care of on Sunday both between Meyer and Elliott and as a team.
“We had a very long discussion – he's great – and he apologized and he said, you know, they didn't have the whole interview in there,” Meyer said. “Regardless, I'm not going listen to the whole interview and that doesn't mean a whole lot to me. It does mean a lot that it's causing attention.
“So, we squashed it as a team. We squashed it as Zeke. But there's – I just want to make clear, there's never been… Zeke has been a good student student, very loyal, incredible football player. Most selfless player – one of the most selfless players I've ever coached and been around. So, I imagine we'll get hit with that a little big. So we’ve got to move forward and get ready to play a very good team.”
Elliott carried the ball 12 times for 33 yards in the 17-14 loss, an average of 2.8 yards per carry. He had eight carries on the 10-play touchdown drive put Ohio State on the board first but he got just three carries from that point on, including just two in the second half.
“(When) the ball was given to him there was a lot of people right there,” Meyer said. “And that was all I kept thinking about. It was rather obvious. You're hoping to get the wind at your back and be able to get out of your – we were backed up and wind on your back, and they were keying on the best player on the field, Zeke Elliott. But hindsight, feed him. He has a way of making yards.”
When asked if he would take a more hands-on role in the play calling after the loss to the Spartans, Meyer’s answer was simple – “Yeah.”