Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer met with the media to begin the Buckeyes media day Thursday morning. He touched on a variety of topics, including how he has approached bowl practice with such a young team.
- Meyer said he has a template he has used in years past for post-season games. He said the Buckeyes used a different preparation this year because of how young his team is. Said practice has been more intense than usual.
- Meyer said he first realized Clemson was a threat in college football when he lost a recruiting battle to the Tigers while at Florida. He added that Charlie Strong told him the Tigers were going to be a threat.
- Meyer credits his former and current players that seem to truly care about team success for his own success in bowl games.
- Meyer said he believes high school athletes should play more than one sport. He said once athletes get to the collegiate level, specialization in one sport needs to occur because of academic and physical demands.
- Meyer said Ohio State's on campus practice Dec. 26 was harder than usual. He said because of the game being played on New Years Eve, he wanted to get in a more physically demanding practice to keep the players locked in before leaving for Arizona later in the evening.
- Meyer was asked about Torrance Gibson, but did not provide any update on Gibson's status with the team. He said he is focusing on the Fiesta Bowl prep so hard, he has barely thought about it.