Press Conference Transcript, Sept. 28
Sept. 30, 2013
An Interview With: COACH MEYER
COACH MEYER: Thanks for being here. A couple comments about the Wisconsin game. Great win.
For the Buckeyes on offense, the champion efforts were once again, this was very big with our team on how we try to reward great efforts and Marcus Hall graded at champion.
Two receivers, Evan Spencer and Devin Smith, arguably the most improved area on our team. It's a common thing now, we are getting several receivers grading out champions, and that's just not obviously catching the ball but they are very involved in the perimeter blocking of our run game. Then Co Offensive Players of the Week, Philly Brown had eight catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns and captain Jack Mewhort played very well.
So that was our champions and players of the week. On defense, Adolphus Washington came back from injury and played very well, graded champion effort. Mike Bennett, very consistent player, also came back from injury and, and CJ Barnett, who is arguably one or our most consistent players. And Shazier, Ryan Shazier defensive player of the game and has really come on the last couple weeks playing for us.
Special teams Player of the Week was Devin Smith. Devin Smith, our punt team held him five of six times and one time on the 16 yard line. So our special teams, return game was very average, once again, which we have to at some point have something more than average.
But our coverage unit were really good. Our kicker did a nice job and then our coverage units continued to be very impressive. Very pleased with the effort obviously after the game.
We had a shot to our team where we lost Christian Bryant. We still feel that way, the sign of a good team is always someone that really moves on and has someone step up in his place. The issue is going to be not just as a player but who he is. That's one of the greatest things you get to do as a coach is watch and witness a young man turn into a young guy turn into a man and he has. I can't say enough good things about Christian Bryant and what he means. I'm hoping we can bring him with us to Northwestern, but he's an extremely valuable member of this team.
Great win. Best thing about 5 0 is a chance to go 6 0. Really difficult game coming up, back to back games against ranked teams. Other than Christian, we should be healthy still a couple weeks away but everybody else from what I'm told looks like they will be ready to go play.
Another night game. Game Day I hear is going to be there, and it will be a heck of an atmosphere so we look forward to this challenge.
Q. Is there any chance that Christian Bryant could return next year?
Q. Is Pitt Brown now the next guy up?
Q. How difficult is this turnaround? You go night game tonight game, ranked team to ranked team and you're playing a team that's had two weeks to prepare for you guys.
I'm going to be very smart how we do Tuesday and Wednesday, because that's usually very physical. Today I'm getting a feel for how our guys are when they are going through the training room and treatment. It is what it is. It's part of the season.
Q. Of the guys that you mentioned, Tyvis Powell, Pitt Brown and Vonn Bell, is it a hard thing to try to figure out how to mix and match them? Is there a clear frontrunner? What are you looking for for that?
But I have great confidence in all of the above men are experienced. This is not an easy one. If this was a game that you out man them, very easy offense this is a very complicated offense. One that's going to require, you know, one of the disappointing things we had last Saturday was not just a couple guys got beat but we had some errors in checks and communication, and we can't have that, and that position is open now, that's a big part of it.
Q. And the timing of it, playing a team like Northwestern?
Q. How did you finally judge Braxton Miller's comeback? What did you see there that pleased you?
You know, hindsight, maybe take a couple more shots, but I'm not sure that would be the right thing to do either. I thought he did well.
Q. Bradley Roby seemed to have a little bit of a challenge out there at times on Saturday. Is he a guy that you need to get his confidence back this week or how did he play in your opinion?
Our defense, I didn't think we could do that. I thought we could be a 200 yard rushing day because I think that number 20 and number that on the offensive line are very good players. But you have to at least he did give up some yards, but we won the game and we couldn't stop the run game unless you have a guy that you can hold off out there.
Q. He also got banged up early. Did you think that affected him?
Q. Do you recall your 2001 win over Northwestern as BC head coach?
Q. How significant was that for you as a young head coach?
We were down and the game is over great memories of the kid, the running back gets a first down, we come in, strip the ball and go down and score and go for two. We are down by one and there's no way we are going to stop them to go for overtime and we decide to go for two with 20 seconds to the left and we pitch it to a kid from Alaska, and he goes in to score and we win.
Q. Inaudible as a head coach
Q. How does having Carlos change your running attack?
Q. Talking about Carlos, better than a year ago? Has he changed at all?
Q. Just wondering with the number of weapons that you have offensively, how difficult is it you're talking about Jordan getting involved, do you go into a game and think, we've got to give this guy this many touches; we've got Dontre, you have receivers; how difficult
The kid, the young man that goes to class that lives right, practices hard, that does it right, that's real hard for me because I get really close with these players, all our coaches do and you just want to do right by him. That's why we made a concerted effort with Spencer the week before where we had to throw him the ball. There was a couple times where I said, throw him the ball, because he earned that right.
The kid that doesn't go to class, the guy that's a pain, no, it's not hard at all. Stand back and watch these guys play. And we have a good majority of our guys do everything right. So that is difficult, especially when you're talking about a kid like Jordan Hall.
Q. You talked about you went into sort of win the game mode in the second half with Wisconsin. What's that balance of, I don't know, trying to have a killer instinct or whatever and keep your foot on the pedal versus not taking too many risks, how does a coach balance all that?
They run the style of defense, now that I look back that they don't allow you to just run the clock. There's so many people packed in there that you can tell the way we scored our points were shots.
That's not the kind of you'll see all year they are not the kind of defense that's going to give methodical, running the ball, they force you to take the shots. That's why we try to run Braxton a couple times and spread them out and they work very, very well. That's what goes into the process. The end of the day, you're up three scorers against a team that supposedly can't throw the ball as well as they did and we made a decision that the way we lose that game is turn the ball over, and maybe style points, I heard something style points, we're not really concerned about that but we won the game.
Q. Cameron, the backspin he gets on, he seems like he really is able to place it there inside the ten.
So he's a very valuable weapon for us. He's a freshman, too, so we've got him for a long time.
Q. Northwestern, the two quarterbacks, and a guy that obviously has had success over the years, what kind of input does he give the defense and what makes him so effective?
Q. Philly Brown is a guy who I know was not on your most favorite nation's status at the start of your tenure. Can you describe his development on and off the field?
Man, I mean, it's just he's got a nice life ahead of him. He's got to continue doing what he's doing, but in the classroom, doing the same thing. Yeah, this time last year, I was hoping he would move on somewhere else. We had enough. And he's really done a nice job not a nice job. A great job.
Q. As you look at your passing offense, you guys are on track to obliterate the school record for touchdown passes. What do you see that's really clicking there, or is that just the way things have happened the first five games?
Now, this Saturday, we are going to try the same thing. That's a big part of who we are. So we would have more explosive pass plays I don't know if I remember this many early in the season, ever.
Q. No. 2, as you look I would think you've looked at north western a little bit, defensively, what sticks out about them? They have given up a lot of yards but they seem to make plays.
Obviously the head coach is very involved in the defense. They are very sound, so 4 3 defense, they are not a radar, bizarre looking defense. So it's very sound. Sound defenses at times give up yards because not doing all the chaos that we see nowadays in college football, but it's hard to score on very sound defenses because at some point, they are going to force you to make up a mistake. They are not going to give up the big one are going to force you to make a mistake.
Q. Johnson, that last punt, from a confidence standpoint, obviously it was huge for you guys, just what does that do for a kid to maybe deliver in the clutch?
Q. Braxton ran the ball 22 times the other night. Obviously they were not all designed, but did you want him running the ball that often especially given what he's coming off of?
Q. Are what they are doing, too, what's out there for you to take?
Q. Did you like him as a blocker?