When Urban Meyer coached receivers as a Notre Dame assistant, his players had to learn to block before they earned the privilege to be pass-catchers. Some days, the balls never left the bag.
When Urban Meyer coached receivers as a Notre Dame assistant, his players had to learn to block before they earned the privilege to be pass-catchers.
Some days, the balls never left the bag.
Meyer still places a priority on blocking from his receivers and he hasn't been happy with the way the Buckeyes have performed in that role. In fact, his patience has run out.
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"I was really disappointed with the perimeter blocking last week," Meyer said on his call-in radio show on Thursday. "We had a chance to pop one and we didn't block very well. We will make changes out there."
Meyer didn't specify what those changes were, but a knee injury to redshirt freshman Parris Campbell will give true freshman K.J. Hill a chance.
Campbell will miss Saturday's game against Western Michigan with what Meyer said was a bone bruise and strained ligament suffered in the first half against Northern Illinois. He is expected to return next week.
With Campbell out, Meyer said that Terry McLaurin and Hill will get their shot.
"He's had an incredible week of practice," Meyer said of Hill. "He's earned that right."
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When asked on his radio show about the play of the tight ends, Meyer described their performance as merely "OK."
"I expect Nick Vannett to be an all-Big Ten-type tight end, and we haven't seen that yet," Meyer said. "He has to play better. The guy that's pushing him a little bit is Marcus Baugh. He's had a couple good weeks of practice and you might see him more."
Vannett has six catches for 39 yards this season. He dropped a low, third-down pass from J.T. Barrett last week.
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Senior center Jacoby Boren was named one of 135 semifinalists from all levels of college football for the William Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the top scholar-athlete in the sport.
According to Ohio State, Boren has a 3.83 grade-point average as a sustainable plant systems major with a minor in agricultural systems management. The Campbell honor was formerly known as the Draddy Trophy.Still out
The Buckeyes were hopeful that freshman running back Mike Weber would return this week, but Meyer said he will need one more week to heal from arthroscopic knee surgery. Weber had an impressive start to training camp before he was injured.
"He should be fine next week," Meyer said.