Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer addressed the media after the ninth spring practice of 2016 on April 5. Below are some of the main takeaways from the presser.
- Meyer addressed the comments of UK recruit Landon Young who alleged Meyer called him a bad player. Meyer said he was dissapointed in his coaching staff for not offering Young sooner.
- Meyer said "the ship has sailed" on his thoughts of losing nine players to early enrolling to the NFL. Said guys like Michael Thomas, Ezekiel Elliott and Taylor Decker have been around to help bring along younger players.
- Meyer said the progress of the defensive line has been "just OK." He added Robert Landers, Davon Hamilton has improved in the spring. Mentioned Sam Hubbard is having a good spring. Meyer said of Hubbard, "he has to" become the next star along the Ohio State defensive line.
- Meyer said that the next practice, he wants a closed door practice with no outside attention. He used student appreciation day to see how players reacted with eyes on them. Said this week is about building a depth chart.
- Meyer said if a player is not playing well, it is because of one of three reasons. 1. Poor player, 2. poorly coached, 3. something wrong within unit or personal life. Cited Curtis Grant and Steve Miller as players in the past who fixed one of the "reasons," in their final season.
- Meyer said Elliott was "a very mediocre running back" his freshman year. He said the spring of 2014 was when Elliott and members of the 2013 recruiting class became the players they were at Ohio State. Said he is hoping to see that leap from younger players in remaining practices.
- Meyer said James Clark and Johnnie Dixon are having the best springs of their careers.