Ohio State coach Urban Meyer postseason updates

Head coach Urban Meyer addressed the media Thursday to discuss the Fiesta Bowl win, NFL exodus and returning players as the Buckeyes turn to 2016.

Urban Meyer addressed the media just six days after defeating Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. He raved about the effort the Buckeyes gave on special teams against the Fighting Irish before taking questions from the media. Below are a few notes from his presser. 

Meyer said all of his early enrollees were “very professional” in the way they handled their announcement. Mentioned Ezekiel Elliott and Cardale Jones as doing their own thing but did not seem angry at all. 

Meyer said he does not foresee any staff changes. 

Meyer said he recruited with the assumption that about six players would be leaving for the draft. Said the number nine slightly surprised him. 

Meyer said the running back competition is “open door.” Mentioned Bri’onte Dunn and Mike Weber as top candidates. Added Dontre Wilson is a candidate to get touches out of the backfield. 

Meyer noted he was slightly surprised at Tyvis Powell’s decision to turn pro, but added he had accomplished so much and earned his degree. 

Meyer noted his quarterback will be back for “a couple of years,” in reference to J.T. Barrett. 

Meyer named Pat Elflein, Barrett and Raekwon McMillan as captains for 2016.

Said it took until “about November” for Torrance Gibson to mature. Said he would like to see him at both quarterback and receiver because of his high ceiling. 

Meyer named Isaiah Prince, Noah Brown, Marcus Baugh, Jamarco Jones, Jerome Baker, Chris Worley, Erick Smith, Cam Burrows and Malik Hooker as additional guys who will make an impact in 2016. 

Meyer said early enrollees out of high school will be on campus in “about a week.”

Meyer said there is still potential for Corey Smith to be back for a sixth year. 

Added K.J. Hill almost played in 2015. 

Meyer called the Fiesta Bowl the "best special team’s effort" he has seen since coming to Ohio State.

Meyer mentioned that the turnaround for the season was at Senior Tackle before the Michigan game. Said seniors like Taylor Decker and Nick Vannett spoke and made an impact to end the season on a positive note.


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