Urban Meyer: Mike Weber Is Heading In The Direction Of Ezekiel Elliott's Level Of Play At OSU

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer joined the Big Ten teleconference on Tuesday to preview his team's upcoming matchup against Michigan.

Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer met with the media on Tuesday via the Big Ten teleconference to look ahead to Ohio State's top-three tilt with Michigan on Saturday. 

  • Meyer said the OSU program has put more of an emphasis on having a presence on social media. He said that having a larger presence helps with recruiting and portraying the program in a positive way. "You don't have to wait for people to write stories about you. You write your own stories."
  • He said that senior H-back Dontre Wilson has been cleared to play and sixth-year senior receiver Corey Smith had the pin taken out of his wrist and may be able to play vs. the Wolverines.
  • Meyer said that the amount of respect he learned from Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler in the rivalry was real. "The fight is there at the highest level but there's also respect." 
  • "There's much more to it," he said when asked if this week is the same as other weeks in the season. 
  • Meyer said he was shocked about the level of disrespect the Big Ten was taking nationally when he first came to Ohio State in 2012. 
  • A reporter asked Meyer if there is an advantage of having one running back have 30 carries (Ezekiel Elliott) vs. having a committee of running backs share the load (Curtis Samuel and Mike Weber). His response: "There's always an advantage when you have the best tailback in college football." He said Weber is heading in the direction of Elliott.
  • Meyer on Michigan's defensive line: "This will be the best D-line we face." He said the OSU offensive line is getting better and better each week.
  • He said the rivalry has not changed at all over the years. 

In Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh's portion of the teleconference, he said that his special teams play needs to be at the top of its game vs. Ohio State.

“We’re hoping to be better on special teams and get the great performance that (kicker) Kenny (Allen's) been giving us," Harbaugh said. "But we’re going to have to be better. We’re going to have to play our best game on special teams. Ohio State is very good in the kicking game in all phases. So, it’s a real challenge for us and we need to step it up in terms of our coverage game, in terms of our protection, kickoff return, punt return, kickoff, field-goal protection. We’ll be challenged in every department in this ballgame.”  

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