Urban Meyer opened the press conference for Minnesota week with some disappointing news for Buckeye fans. Per Meyer and multiple reports, Wilson broke his foot, says he caught a touchdown pass with a broken foot. He's out for a few weeks, doesn't know how long yet, will know more on Wednesday. Corey Smith will be in the mix to catch some of those passes, as will Nick Vannett. Says Noah Brown has earned the chance to pray.
The defensive champions for the game were Vonn Bell and Michael Bennett . Doran Grant was defensive player of week.
Meyer said WR Evan Spencer is his MVP of the team thus far this season. On offense, Jeff Heuerman graded champion, along with Pat Elflein and Billy Price. Meyer says offensive linemen played very well after struggling early. Other champions included Jacoby Boren , J.T. Barrett , Ezekiel Elliott , who plays as hard as any back he's witnesses without the ball, and Devin Smith , who played with the most emotion Meyer has seen him play this season.
Special Teams player of the week was Evan Spencer, who Meyer said deserves more targets, while he also lauded Corey Smith on special teams. Meyer added Smith could be hopping in the rotation at WR.
When asked about this week's game, Meyer pointed out how Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has won at every level and has enjoyed staff continuity. Very well coached, very good on special teams and defense. Meyer added that OSU is done with celebration part of their Michigan State win, and will be moving forward.
Meyer says he won't move Curtis Samuel out of running back, says we're "beat up at tailback" too.
When asked if he's coached anybody who has grown as quickly as J.T. Barrett, Urban says Alex Smith couldn't call a play in his first snap, and went out to be what he was, made huge jumps from week to week, and says J.T is similar, in how he handles his business and his passing accuracy. Meyer passed on whether Barrett should be in the Heisman talk, saying he doesn't watch enough other teams.
When asked about the potential Braxton Miller / J.T. Barrett battle next year, Meyer says that "competition brings out the best", and that he is excited about having two really good quarterbacks for next season. Says he that's fortunate and blessed to have the level of quarterback depth that the team has. He also continued to praise the wideouts and linemen, and says that Barrett's success is also a product of those around him.
Meyer added that Barrett and the wideouts were very prepared for the Michigan State game, and lauded their coaching staff. Barrett also really understands defenses now, and that when he's accurate, he's a very tough guy to stop. "Very intellectual".
Meyer said that last week was their best offensive performance since Meyer has been there, since this was a balanced effort against a legitimate, top five defense in america, with NFL talent. That overshadows statistically superior performances over weaker teams.
When asked about the second half defense, Meyer said that Ohio State played a little "bend but don't break" once they got up a couple of scores, which he "can't stand", but understands is the smart play. Says their defensive coaches are a little upset about the yards that were given up, and the rotation at defensive line.
Meyer says they're always looking for multidimensional players on offense, for tailback-H backs and tight ends-H backs.
When asked about the Virginia Tech game, Meyer added that "early in the season, we were not a great team. We had an offensive line that played horrible. This is the most improved team I've been a part of."
Meyer says that not having class on Tuesday will be a big "makeup" day opportunity. Is happy about having a lot of "invested" players on their team.
Meyer says the 2012 team was "pathetic" at passing the ball, but likes the passing game a lot this season. Says there are 4-5 guys they can throw the ball too, and that Evan Spencer deserves more targets than he's getting.