September 11, 2012

Meyer provides update on weekly teleconference

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Urban Meyer hopped on the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference on Tuesday and touched on a number of topics heading into Ohio State's game against Cal on Saturday. Below is a list of updates that the first-year Buckeyes head coach provided the media with as he answered questions for just less than 11 minutes.

-Called California coach Jeff Tedford a friend and wide receiver Keenan Allen one of the best receivers in America.

-Meyer expressed concerns about the uniqueness of California's '46 Bear' defense.

-Said that the Bears can expose the Buckeyes real fast if they don't get a consistent pass rush and defend the pass better.

-Bri'onte Dunn and Rod Smith are the two running backs Meyer knows will be available Saturday. Was non-commital on the status of Jordan Hall. Said he'll know more after today and tomorrow.

-Meyer said that sometimes Bradley Roby gets bored, which explains some of his lapses. Said he's the fastest player on the team and that the matchup with Allen means that he shouldn't have a problem getting motivated.

-Meyer sees lots of similarities between Dunn and Smith talent-wise, but expressed disappointment with their lack of production to this point.

-The concerns that Meyer and his staff has had regarding the number of Braxton Miller's carries are no different than the concerns he's had with past quarterbacks like Josh Harris, Alex Smith, Chris Leak, and Tim Tebow. Ideally, Meyer would like to keep the number of quarterback carries in the 12-15 range.

-Meyer is skeptical about two-quarterback systems, but the uniqueness of Leak and Tebow's skills and character allowed him to do it in 2006. Called a situation like that "rare."

-Explained that the Bear defense exploits the offense's center and leaves him with one-on-one matchups that aren't always favorable.

-Meyer noticed that Corey Brown turned a corner when he turned in a 3.8 GPA this past summer.

-Miller is much improved as a leader, but still doesn't have a lot of flexibility to change plays at the line of scrimmage. That will come as he gains a better understanding of the offense.


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