Ohio State is off Saturday before next week’s marquee matchup against Penn State, but the Buckeyes will have a modified scrimmage Thursday.

Meyer said he will put his players through a practice that will consist of roughly 60 snaps, though they won’t be in full pads.

“Today will be what we call a coordinators practice,” Meyer said on his radio call-in show on 97.1 The Fan. “The only people are the coordinators (Kevin Wilson and Greg Schiano) and myself.”

Other assistants are out on recruiting visits.

Players will be off this weekend and due to return by 6 a.m. Monday.

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Other highlights from Meyer’s radio show:

* Meyer on what awaits Ohio State now, with Penn State kicking off a stretch that includes Iowa and Michigan State: “This is the big month coming up."

* Meyer on the Buckeyes’ increasing use of two tight ends at once. Said it’s because of that position’s improvement: “Rashod Berry has really grown up at that position. Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann continue to get better, and Marcus Baugh is playing probably the best football of his career. He’s always been a good player but he’s never been a guy who’s strained himself to be a great player and we’re seeing that.”

* Meyer on OSU’s receivers: "This is by far the best group, top to bottom, of receivers we've had. We’ve had great receivers. But the depth has never been like this. We’re six-strong across the board. You saw K.J. Hill have a bunch of catches and he’s a very good player, a very good blocker. The chemistry between the QB and receivers is as good as we’ve had.”

* Meyer on the Real Life Wednesdays program and career counseling that players get: "We're getting job after job after job. The results have been amazing." Meyer said former OL Marcus Hall is one of the players who's gotten a good job and doing well. Meyer said the Real Life Wednesday program will never stop as long as he is at OSU.

* Meyer said DE Jalyn Holmes and WR Parris Campbell will play next week. Added that LT Jamarco Jones has been practicing.

* Meyer said he likes his play-caller to be in press box where it's sterile, clinical environment. He wants his offensive line on the field to be able to make quick adjustments and talk to his unit.

* Asked who he’s rooting for this week in the Michigan-Penn State game, Meyer said he can't ever imagine cheering for "our rivals."

* Meyer on cornerbacks coach/special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs' enthusiasm: "He's a whack job. He's nuts. He's always that way. I love him to death. He's energy-giver, not an energy-taker."

* Meyer is asked why he kept J.T. Barrett in the game so long against Nebraska. Said he has a rule that he allows starters to begin the second half. Meyer added that when Nebraska scored consecutive touchdowns, he decided to leave starters in for another possession. “We just try to make sure it's over."

* Meyer on Penn State QB Trace McSorley: "We love to play those drop-back quarterbacks who don't move. That's not going to happen (next) week."

* Meyer said freshman WR Jaylen Harris "got dinged up a little bit of practice," which is why he didn't play vs Nebraska. Freshman WR Elijah Gardiner has also been dinged.

* Meyer on J.K. Dobbins: "He does well at everything he does. A very disciplined player." He added that RB Mike Weber looks good in practice but doesn't quite look "loose" in games. Said OSU needs him to hit his stride.

* Meyer said Nebraska played much different defensive style than expected. Played 4-3 instead of 3-4 with safeties close to line at start.

* Meyer on RG Demetrius Knox, who has taken over for the injured Branden Bowen: "He graded a champion. He’s always had the ability to play. He played pretty good for the first game."

* Meyer said he will watch is son Nate play Friday for Watterson. The rest of the coaches will be across the country watching games.

* Meyer said he's proud of how strong the OSU team’s parents group is, even after players graduate: "Once you leave here, it's not over."

* Meyer asked about Tim Tebow, mentions John Simon and Tyquan Lewis as guys he also respects so much because of their toughness and because they'll do anything for the team.

Sean Nuernberger gets a cameo on Meyer's radio show.

* Nuernberger on Drue Chrisman not having to punt vs Nebraska: "Must be nice."

* Nuernberger on his record streak of 148 straight PATs. Said it's more of a challenge mentally. Credits line, snapper and holder for his success.

* Nuernberger said he constantly checks his phone for weather updates, even for practice.

* Nuernberger said will practice once a week at Ohio Stadium because the wind pattern there is different from at the Woody.

*Neurnberger on having to make tackles on kickoff coverage: "I've only tried to tackle one game, against Maryland. Didn't work.”

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