What did we learn from Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer at the Big Ten media day?
Now former running back Bri’onte Dunn has no chance of ever wearing the scarlet and gray again. Urban kicked Dunn off the team after a violation of teams rules. Meyer thinks redshirt freshman Mike Weber will be the starting running back with senior Dontre Wilson, junior Curtis Samuel along with true freshman Demario McCall and Antonio Williams in the mix.
Meyer mentioned his goal is to play every freshman.
“If we’re going to play – my goal is to play every freshman,” said Meyer. “I know that doesn’t happen, but we want to play the freshmen as soon as we can.”
When asked about people picking the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten and being a contender in the college football playoff:
I see that potential. I see I think 2014 was the template that everybody wants. J.T. Barrett was buried in the depth chart, Darron Lee, Eli Apple, Zeke Elliott, Mike Thomas – those guys were no-names, and they became very good throughout the course of 2014. And another guy, Cardale Jones, was buried in depth chart.
A lot of pressure on our coaches, assistant coaches and myself, to get them game-ready. I would say going into this this is as talented a group top to bottom as we’ve had. Now how do we get them game-ready?
Naturally, coach Meyer was asked about the rivalry with Michigan being restored with head coach Jim Harbaugh leading the maize and blue. Urban pretty much put it to bed with saying it’s a long way off.
When asked about starting junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and his comfortability especially since former Buckeye signal caller Cardale Jones left for the NFL.
“Great question,” said Meyer. “And I think so. Remains to be seen. He did not have a great training camp last year for whatever reason.
“We had a great conversation, actually drove him to the airport on the way here, talking about that. And there was a lot of distraction with Cardale, with who is going to be playing quarterback. And he was still overcoming a pretty serious injury that took a long time to heal. So he didn’t have the spring reps that he needed. He did this year. And I anticipate he’ll be as good a quarterback as we’ve had. It’s his show and he knows it and he’s prepared.”
I believe you could tell Meyer was very happy for maybe the first time when asked about the wide receivers, especially Noah Brown coming back from injury.
Receivers, top to bottom, are as good as we’ve had talent wise and speed-wise, athleticism. They did take – Parris Campbell had an incredible catch, did some things that I hadn’t seen.
K.J. Hill is an unknown name that I’m excited to watch and there’s many more. Noah Brown was going to be a starter when he had that tough injury a week before our first game and he’ll be a starter this year.
You have Corey Smith also, who started for us and played a lot of football, then had a tough injury a year ago as well. Got a sixth year. So talent shouldn’t be the issue. It’s consistent performance and playing when it’s show time is going to be the key. The talent and speed and athleticism will not be an issue. It’s how they perform. That’s where J.T. is going to be so critical because you’re going to see a lot of wide eyes. A lot of those guys have not played.
We have also learned the Buckeyes have taken another hit to their defensive line. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dylan Thompson has been ruled ineligible for the fall.
Per Bleacher Report’s Ben Axlerod:
Urban Meyer says DL Dylan Thompson won't be eligible this fall.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) July 26, 2016
Urban Meyer confirmed senior linebackers Joe Burger and Craig Fada will be put on fall scholarships as well. You can put two losses and two additions together, right?
(all quotes taken first hand unless otherwise noted)