The first college football weekend of the season unofficially starts with tonight’s 15 games. Meanwhile, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer met with reporters last night to preview Saturday’s game against the Miami Redhawks. Among the highlights of his talk:
- He said Nathan Williams has been cleared to play and has been practicing with the defense. How much he’ll play in his first game since knee surgery, however, remains to be seen.
- Running back Jordan Hall is still out, but Meyer said that he has at least started jogging.
- Bradley Roby will eventually be worked into the return game, but Meyer wants to hold off on that for now. The coach likes what he’s seen from Roby, but feels he might not be quite ready because he doesn’t handle the ball enough in practice.
- Linebacker David Perkins, center Jacoby Boren, defensive back Najee Murray and walk-on Logan Beougher all had their black stripes removed. That’s significant, because Meyer says that does factor into how much (if any) playing time a freshman receives. That also makes it significant that, as far as we know, wide receiver Michael Thomas and defensive lineman Se’Von Pittman are still sporting black stripes.
- Meyer indicated that Nike may have tweaked the Ohio State uniform, but you won’t see major changes. That’s because the Buckeyes don’t want to mess too much with tradition.
- Meyer says one important reason more teams don’t run an up-tempo offense is the difficulty that comes from having to signal in plays that quickly. As for Meyer’s offense? They’ll push the pace, but still occasionally huddle. Meyer likes his quarterbacks being able to gather the team together to lead the squad.
Here’s the complete audio:
And remember, the first Coach’s Show of the season airs at noon on 97.1 The Fan!