The Buckeyes who earned Urban Meyer praise on today's call-in show were those that were good, but unsatisfied with their current performances. Joey Bosa, who Meyer praised as having a bright future, "thinks he can do more" and practices like he's got a long way to go. Encouraging words about Ohio's favorite pass-rusher, to be sure. Meyer had similar praise for J.T. Barrett, who he said has taken coaching input very well and is another player who thinks they can do more.
Meyer was excited about the opportunities this year's offensive players bring. Meyer bemoaned the fact that the playbook vs. Michigan State has been somewhat limited in the past two years, but was happy to report that the tight ends and wide receivers this year should allow them to open up a bit more. Tressel Ball is not totally dead, however, as Meyer reiterated that "field position wins games."
While Meyer said the offensive line still has a ways to go, he did callout Taylor Decker for playing exceptional football right now, and praised Jacoby Boren for winning offensive player of the week last week in the Big Ten. Meyer said that the defense is getting better at both the pass and the run, calling it one of the best in the nation over the past two weeks.
Meyer said the team is obviously excited about the game, and amped by all the coverage this week's matchup is garnering from media, but the team knows it's "all about execution ... when the foot hits the ball."
Ohio State meets Michigan State in East Lansing Saturday at 8 p.m.
You can listen to this week's coach's call-in show right here: