CHICAGO - Urban Meyer was the final Big Ten coach to take the podium at Big Ten Media Days and had plenty to discuss as Ohio State heads into its 2016 campaign.
The Buckeyes replace starters at a multitude of positions, have to replace dismissed running back Bri’onte Dunn and are set for a primetime showdown with Oklahoma in week three in Norman.
- Meyer opened by offering his condolences to the Mike Sadler and Sam Foltz family. The two punters died in a car accident on Sunday.
- Meyer said “there is no chance” that Dunn will return to the football team after his dismissal.
- When asked his biggest concern for the 2016 season, Meyer mentioned the “experience factor.” Added he is curious to see how his group of young players will react to a game day atmosphere.
- Meyer said his goal is to play every freshman. Added he knows that likely isn’t possible.
- Meyer said true-freshman Michael Jordan “will probably be in the starting lineup” on the offensive line. Jordan started at guard in the spring game as an early enrollee.
- “It’s there. We know it’s coming. We will be ready,” Meyer on the Oklahoma game looming week three. Added he is worried about the opener against Bowling Green first and foremost.
- Meyer said he believes Patrick Elflein is the best center in college football. Elflein moved to center for this season, replacing two year starter in Jacoby Boren.
- “It’s his show and he knows it,” Meyer on J.T. Barrett in 2016. Added he hopes the knowledge of it being his position alone will add confidence for the Texas native.
- Meyer officially named Noah Brown a starter. Said he would have been a starter last year had it not been for the broken leg suffered before the opener against Virginia Tech.
- Meyer said he has “absolutely not” sent a negative message out to recruits regarding Penn State. James Franklin accused Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State of negatively portraying the Lions to prospects on the recruiting trail.