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Urban Meyer Updates: Ohio State Receivers Must Get Separation On Routes

Urban Meyer joined the Big Ten teleconference to preview Ohio State's road matchup at Penn State

Head coach Urban Meyer answered questions from the media during Tuesday's Big Ten teleconference as Ohio State prepares for its game against the Nittany Lions.

  • Meyer said he would like to get more involved in recruiting in Pennsylvania. Junior quarterback Justin Cook and sophomore safety Malik Hooker are the only players currently on the roster.  
  • He also said that Pittsburgh and Penn State make it difficult to recruit in that state. 
  • Meyer said he does not get more aggressive in overtime situations. He noted that the team spends a lot of time in spring ball and training camp practicing those extra-period scenarios.  
  • The head coach also said that quarterback J.T. Barrett and center Pat Elflein were the common denominators in the Buckeyes' two overtime wins at Wisconsin this year and at Penn State in 2014. 
  • He feels this group of PSU receivers is the best his coaching staff has faced from the Nittany Lions since coming to Columbus. 
  • He said the OSU receivers played better in the game against Wisconsin. "The rotation is going to continue. It's a work in progress." 
  • Meyer on the timing issue in the passing game: "Newness to personnel. Separation from man coverage is the biggest issue." 
  • Meyer on sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker's progression: "We always knew he had exceptional talent. He's a very highly productive guy."
  • And he said he wishes he could keep placekicker Tyler Durbin for a few more years.

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