Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer, Coaches Wrap Up Spring

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and a group of assistant coaches met with the media Wednesday to wrap up the Buckeyes spring practice.

With the spring game finished Ohio State heads into the offseason with a better idea of where it will stand when the Buckeyes take the field this fall. 

Still, Urban Meyer and his staff are tasked with a young roster and replacing a number of elite players. With that in mind the Buckeyes are focusing on development in the offseason more than usual, making sure the assistant coaches are in Columbus at least one day a week to meet with their unit, even if there is a sacrifice on the recruiting side.

Defensive line coach Larry Johnson spoke about that decision and what he saw out of his unit this spring.


Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell also addressed the defensive line and how the players that the Buckeyes use up front impact what his linebacker unit does.


Co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano discussed his unit room, which converted cornerbacks will remain safeties and his takeaways from his first spring in Columbus.


Kerry Coombs, Ohio State's cornerbacks coach, was the main who lost a pair of players to Schiano this spring, but the coach remains confident that the remaining players at his position can get the job done for the Buckeyes this fall.


As for the running backs, assistant coach Tony Alford said things remain relatively even between Bri'onte Dunn and Mike Weber, adding that true freshman Antonio Williams also had a nice spring.


The position of most strength for the Buckeyes this spring was quarterback as J.T. Barrett has the starting spot firmly in his grasp during spring ball for the first time in his career. Still, the Ohio State captain has room to improve and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck spoke about where progress was made for Barrett.


Wide receivers Zach Smith spoke about the need for his unit to develop a deep threat and who stood out in that regard this spring despite missing multiple players due to injury.



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