Week Eight Press Conference

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer previewed the team's road trip to Purdue.

  • Kicker Sean Nuernberger strained his groin/quad right before last Saturday's game against Minnesota. Blake Haubeil won special teams player of the week in his absence. So does that mean Haubeil could take over as the starter at that position? Meyer didn't have an update on Nuernberger's injury status, but even if healthy, Meyer conceded he considers it an open competition.
  • Meyer deflected pretty much all of the "big issue" questions he was asked. Do the very best teams improve every single week? Has he spoken to the Big Ten about having to play so many road night games? Does he take solace in the fact that there are teams that are losing when they have a bad game while OSU has hit rough patches but remained undefeated? These were all questions that Meyer answered by indicating his focus was on more immediate concerns. 
  • Nick Bosa is having another checkup tomorrow. Meyer is hopeful to have the defensive lineman back at some point this season, but could not commit to that. 
  • More on the injury front: corner Damon Arnette is questionable for Saturday's game against Purdue. Meyer expects linebacker Malik Harrison and defensive lineman Johnathon Cooper to return for the road contest with the Boilermakers. Defensive lineman Robert Landers should be available. Meyer conceded that with all those defensive injuries, at times it's felt like they've been in "survival mode" on that side of the ball. 
  • Offensively, left tackle Thayer Munford is "sore," but considered probable this week. 
  • Meyer said that the run game needs work, but maybe not as much as some people think. That's because some of the yards that are technically recorded as pass yards are the result of RPO (run/pass option) plays, and Meyer considers that rushing. 
  • Because quarterback Dwayne Haskins is not an exceptionally mobile quarterback, there are teams stacking the box in short yardage situations and making it difficult for the Buckeyes to run. 
  • The bottom line from Meyer today was that they are making progress. "I do feel like we're getting better," he told our Matt McCoy.