Week Seven Press Conference

posted by Lori Schmidt - 

Urban Meyer met with the media to preview Saturday's game against Minnesota. 

  • Ohio State did not name a special teams player of the week, just because their role this past Saturday was so limited.
  • The Buckeye offensive line had been playing well, but last week, they were a bit off. Plus, they need to get as good in run blocking as they are in pass protection in order for the team to be balanced. Offensive lineman Branden Bowen is close to coming back from his leg injury.
  • Meyer admitted to considering using quarterback Tate Martell in short yardage situations.
  • Is Meyer more comfortable on third down with one yard to go, or on third and seven at this point? He admitted it actually is pretty close. Might they then handle the former more like the latter? They might. Meyer says they are developing a willingness to throw on short yardage downs. 
  • Malik Harrison and Johnathon Cooper were taken to the locker room on a cart Saturday. Both players are "much better" today, Meyer said, and they should have a much better idea on their status later this afternoon or tomorrow.  
  •  After suffering a severe headache on the sideline against Indiana, and quite possibly Penn State, Meyer linked the issue to a cyst he had removed. He said he is monitoring it, and medical staff is treating it with medication.
  • The receivers are playing so well, it begs the question of whether their  position coach Brian Hartline should have the interim tag removed. "He sure could," Meyer answered when asked about the potential of having Hartline join his staff on a regular basis.

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