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Urban Meyer: Ohio State Running Back Demario McCall Is A 'Work In Progress'

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is in the midst of preparing his team for its second Big Ten game of the season, a home matchup with Indiana on Saturday.

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer was on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon to provide some updates on the Buckeyes and preview their upcoming game against Indiana, set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Columbus.

  • Meyer said there's no issue with focus when "the team is really good like Indiana."
  • He said freshman running back Demario McCall is "a work in progress." Physically, he's not quite ready to carry the load.
  • The coach reiterated that the biggest difference between this year and last for quarterback J.T. Barrett is that he's getting the majority of reps. Last season he was splitting time with Cardale Jones.
  • Meyer said it's "incredible" that Barrett has already established himself so much in the Ohio State record books.
  • Meyer said cornerback Gareon Conley is "much more confident" than he has been in the past. He also called Conley a "big time leader."
  • He said players like defensive tackle Robert Landers might not have made it to Ohio State if there was an early signing period. He stressed that it's important to allow high school recruits as much time as they need to pick a school. Meyer said the Buckeyes saw Landers in person before deciding to take him, and were impressed with his intensity and quick twitch ability.
  • Meyer said Curtis Samuel is having the sort of season that could get him in the Heisman conversation.

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