Week Thirteen Press Conference

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is 6-0 against Michigan and discussed what it would take to move that record to 7-0 at his weekly press conference. 

  • Meyer again described the defensive effort against Maryland as "alarming." Missed tackles were an issue, but not too much of one. They had eight missed tackles, and their goal in that category is five. 
  • Dwayne Haskins showed toughness as a runner this past Saturday. Meyer admitted that was an element of his game that was missing before, but it has developed as quarterbacks coach Ryan Day has impressed upon Haskins the need to be a complete player at that position.
  • Meyer described offensive lineman Thayer Munford (ankle) as probable for Saturday's game against Michigan. He believes he will even be able to return to practice tomorrow.
  • Ohio State is an underdog for Saturday's game against Michigan, but the former psychology major doubted he would use that this week as he gets his team ready for the game.  
  • Meyer conceded that in a game like this upcoming one against the Wolverines, where the talent level of both teams is roughly equivalent, a coach is sometimes required to take more risks. 
  • Could Meyer get away with using the same motivational and coaching techniques as former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes? "Zero chance," Meyer answered.
  • There is something, Meyer admitted, that players who hail from the state of Ohio grasp about this rivalry more than out of state recruits.
  • Everyone on the team, but coaches in particular have to watch their emotions this week, because of the way that can affect everyone else.