Highlights of coach Urban Meyer’s discussion at the podium of Big Ten Media Day…
- Braxon Miller is now healthy. In fact, according to Meyer, “He’s full speed, in the best shape of his life.” As far as worries that Miller might get hurt again? “He goes above and beyond what his body is going to allow him to do.” Also, Meyer praised Miller’s surrounding cast when it came to the wide receivers.
- Two areas of concern? The offensive line (Meyer said they had a disappointing spring, but good summer.) and the pass defense. (It was was completely blown up and started over from scratch this spring.)
- “The East Division is very strong.”
- In what may be a first during Meyer’s tenure as head coach of the Buckeyes, he spoke about the linebackers as, “one of our stronger groups.” He went on to explain that he likes what he’s seen there “as far as chemistry as far as trust.”
- Meyer was asked about his relationship with new university president Michael Drake. Meyer answered by saying they’ve spoken briefly on several occasions and Meyer has invited him to speak to the team.
- “We have to be much more balanced than we’ve been.” They were relying on Carlos Hyde more than would be ideal from a balance-standpoint last year.
- Tracy Sprinkle’s status with the team remains unchanged. As before, he’s not considered a part of the roster, although that decision could be revisited pending the outcome of his legal case.
- Leadership courses for the coaches went about five weeks this summer, and players underwent eight weeks of leadership training.
- Dontre Wilson has apparently stepped up by gaining weight and becoming more well rounded. “He’s an impact guy.”
- Meyer said Larry Johnson is a top shelf coach. The players love him. That was pivotal for a simple reason: “We lost a homerun. I love Mike Vrabel.”