This season, we’re trying to get you twice as much information as usual, with a Tuesday SBP following Monday’s presser and one just before gameday. Let’s go Bucks!!
Urban’s Presser: Urban Meyer’s first weekly press conference didn’t reveal the secrets to the cosmos but it did reveal his thoughts on depth, week one opponent Buffalo and the mentality of his football team.
Youth in Depth: Meyer is still doubtful about the cohesiveness of his linebacking core. The unit is still young in the depth chart and according to Meyer Curtis Grant is catching up after an injury during training camp. There’s a lot of speculation that Shazier will be named captain, as he’s known for flying around the ball and motivating team mates with his energy and tenacity. Leading the B1G Ten last season with 17 tackles for a loss and ranking top 10 in multiple categories nationally, Shazier will be crucial to the success of the young linebackers in this core. Curtis Grant and Josh Perry will see time at linebacker, but Grant’s lack of game-day experience and training camp injury keep him from being where the team would like.
Up Front: While the jury is still somewhat out, Coach Meyer said that he feels better about the depth in the offensive line than he previously did.
Sunny Side Up: Meyer was asked whether he thinks Braxton Miller will be the team’s leading rusher again this year; As you can imagine that was not his goal last year and replied with a resounding no for the same this year. Miller is by far the teams biggest play maker and most gifted athlete but according to Meyer most of Miller’s scrambling yards came from designed QB runs, not from an experienced scrambler. Meyer claims Miller’s pocket presence has improved including his ability to recognized a breakdown in the play and improvise when the pocket collapses.
The Test Of The Shoe: Meyer was asked about his many Freshman classically seeing playing time in these early non-conference games. Meyer seemed more worried about their reaction to the atmosphere in Ohio Stadium than their actual athletic performance. Imagine how the kids from Buffalo feel Coach! Ezekiel Elliot from St. Louis will see playing time according to Meyer as well as Dontre Wilson who were both absent for spring ball and haven’t had the chance to get that “big game” feeling under their belt.
Fast Start: Meyer also talked about his desire to see his team perform much better than they did against last season’s MAC foe, and that his expectation for a veteran offense was focus and poise. This was echoed by Offensive Coordinator Tom Herman, who spoke about Ohio State doing what was necessary to win, not what was needed to get to a certain number of plays.
Things To Look For: The Coaching Staff indicated that they were still searching for people to step up and be leaders, but admitted that several players were very close. In addition, the key thing that the staff examines during early season matchups are the fundamentals- blocking and tackling, good position, poise- that they’ve been drilling since January.
Still Waiting:No “depth chart” this week due to some injury issues, and the team would be voting on captains late Tuesday. Expect both to be announced as soon as today.
Couldn’t Agree More: Coach Meyer’s quote of the week- “I just can’t wait to play football…”
Huge Schedule News: On Monday, the AD at Virginia Tech announced that the Hokies/Buckeyes game for 2015 would be played at night on Labor Day. In addition it being the Monday Night Football game for that week, it’ll also give Ohio State a chance to respond in one of the more energized stadiums in the nation: