Big Ten Championship Press Conference

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's Buckeyes are coming off a big win over Michigan, and will now head to the Big Ten title game to play Northwestern, so there was plenty for him to address at his weekly press conference. 

  • Meyer started, as he usually does, by naming the players who graded champion efforts the previous week. During this time, he referred to Dwayne Haskins as "the quarterback." 
  • The moment Haskins arrived as a leader was the Maryland game, as that was the time Meyer saw him "drop his pads" to make things happen.
  • "Offensive football is a ten-yard war," said Meyer, and Haskins can prove himself as a leader by going out this Saturday and winning those skirmishes.
  • Describing Chris Olave, Meyer said he is an "elite player as a freshman." 
  • Olave and offensive lineman Wyatt Davis have made a steady progression this year, which is what has allowed them to contribute here in the later part of the season. Josh Alabi is in that mix, too. 
  • Meyer praised Parris Campbell's pregame speech before the Michigan game.
  • There are still areas where Meyer wants to see his team improve. "The pass defense is bothering a lot of people," he said. 
  • Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald is one of the best coaches in America, according to Meyer. He leads a defense that keeps plays in front of them. "You just don't see big hits against them." 
  • Asked by Dispatch reporter Tim May how he is faring, Meyer repeatedly responded, "Good." 
  • Meyer is a great admirer of former Northwestern coach Randy Walker, and pointed out that he models some of what he does after Walker, as does Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. 
  • Northwestern has had the Big Ten's West Division wrapped up for a while, and Meyer conceded that is a fairly significant advantage for them in terms of their ability to rest and look ahead when it comes to film work. 
  • Deferring a question about the playoff, Meyer chose to address Northwestern's punt coverage instead.
  • And with the following question being about his plans for next year, Meyer answered, "I plan to coach, and their kickoff team is very good, too."