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Urban Meyer talks Ohio State football off-season preparations

Press release courtesy of Ohio State athletics

 

The Ohio State football team starts spring practice today, Wednesday, March 28 at 4 p.m.

It’s the first of 15 practices which includes the annual Spring Game which occurs on Saturday, April 21 at Ohio Stadium at 1:30 p.m.

The Buckeyes will also practice this Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31.

Coach Meyer gives an update on the status of the team heading into Spring practice.

 

QUOTING COACH URBAN MEYER

Winter conditioning: “We take great pride in our off-season program. In
our very strong opinion, championships are won in the off-season. I would
grade ourselves as a plus. We had a very good off-season. The team looks a
lot different to me, especially the offensive line. I was very
disappointed in some body types that were here, and a lot of those bodies
have changed.”

Urban Meyer (megasportsnews.com photo)

Surprising position: “Probably the position I’m most excited about right
now is the tight ends. We have three good-looking guys. We’d go out and
recruit those guys any day of the week. We’re not known as a
fullback/tight end offense but you are going to see some formations [with
these players involved]. We have to get our best 11 on the field and if
they are our best 11, than there are creative ways we can get those guys
involved.”

Spring priorities: “I made it clear to the players that by the time we hit
training camp [in the fall] spots are done. It’s game over. We’re trying
to beat Miami of Ohio. Sure, some things will happen to the depth chart,
but the two-deep will be set after spring practice. This is development
time now. Once you get to August, we’re all about trying to find a way to
win a game.”

Key traits of a first-teamer: “The competitive nature of a guy … the guy
that refuses to lose … the fighter … the tough guy … the John Simon
type kid. That’s why we do so many win or lose days. I want to see that
distaste in someone’s face when they lose. If they don’t share that same
distaste that a lot of our coaches have then I don’t really want to see
them play. I don’t care how fast or how high they jump or how much they
bench press. If I don’t see that competitive nature in them … that’s the
number one thing I look for.”

Leadership: “We’re looking for leadership by doing … by work ethic …
by leading. I’m not interested in a bunch of group hugs or team meetings.
I really want to see guys lead by not losing. You want to be a great
leader? Go win!”

Position in need: “No question offensive skill. I don’t know who is going
to catch a pass. There’s no track record. I don’t know who is going to
carry the ball. Who is going to touch the ball? I don’t know. I can’t tell
you who is going to touch it.”

 


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