It's Labor Day, but it's no day off for Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and his staff. They are tasked with improving their team, which could have played better in an opening 40-20 victory over Buffalo.
It's Labor Day, but it's no day off for Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and his staff.
They are tasked with improving their team, which could have played better in an opening 40-20 victory over Buffalo.
"I think complacency is certainly not a problem this week," Meyer said today.
He will be prepping his No.2-ranked Buckeyes to host San Diego State, which shockingly lost 40-19 to FCS Eastern Illinois on Saturday.
"It's a bad day in San Diego, I would say, on Sunday and today," OSU safety Christian Bryant said. "But I heard that their running back went down (Adam Muema, ankle injury), and I heard he's supposed to be a good player. But I haven't really watched much film on them yet."
The positive news for the Buckeyes is they will welcome back all-Big Ten cornerback Bradley Roby, who was suspended for the opener because of an incident in Bloomington, Ind., in late July. Meyer also expects senior safety C.J. Barnett, out last week thanks to a left ankle sprain, to be cleared to return this week. Also, running back Rod Smith will return after a one-game suspension for a team-rules violation back in the winter.
"I'm anxious to see a lot of improvement" in the defense, Meyer said. "Looks very positive for C.J. Barnett to be back. Bradley Roby will be back."
Whether Roby steps right back into a starting job will be determined. Armani Reeves made his first college start in the position against Buffalo and was targeted quite a bit because of it.
Roby is "competing for it," Meyer said. "He will not (just) be named starter."
Smith also must prove himself worthy again this week, and he will be trying to step back into a running back rotation that had four players gain carries against Buffalo, led by senior Jordan Hall's career-high 159-yard rushing day that included two breakaway touchdown runs.
"I hope he (Smith) does earn the right to carry the ball, because that will free Jordan Hall to maybe help us in some other areas as well," Meyer said.
He was concerned about the cramps several players experienced in the high heat and humidity on Saturday, including quarterback Braxton Miller and linebackers Ryan Shazier and Joshua Perry. Meyer said he will address that even more with the players and training staff this week.
"We can't have those issues, because that will be a major-league problem this week," Meyer said.