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Ohio State’s Urban Meyer vouches for an underclassmen combine for draft prospects

Meyer is always ahead of the game.

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“We’re going to try to get something where there’s a time those [scouts] can actually come in and they can work out the juniors. Because information is good.”

- Urban Meyer via Zac Jackson, ProFootballTalk

Urban Meyer has always seemed ahead of everybody else when it comes to just about anything in the world of football. Wednesday, he said that he’s working with coaching colleagues and the American Football Coaches Association on allowing potential early entries for future NFL drafts to work out for scouts and execs early without losing eligibility. This seems to somewhat parallel what the world of college basketball has done, by allowing players to declare for the draft and testing their stock without losing eligibility. Meyer being at the front of this movement makes sense, especially after the Buckeyes had nine players give up their remaining eligibility to enter this past NFL Draft.

Meyer says the current process isn’t great, and he’s right. Many juniors look to go to the NFL, and the league takes a hard look at a lot of those guys, but the evaluations can’t be thorough without a player losing his eligibility. Meyer told PFT’s Zac Jackson, “[The players] are getting their information somewhere, so why not get it from the experts — the scouts, the general managers, people who have the right information? They’re getting it from agents and they’re getting it from wannabes, and that’s not good information.” If you talk to any of Meyer’s past players, they will tell you he’s not only helped them grow in every way, but that he also wants what is best for them. This is yet another example of such.

“For the fifth straight year [Urban Meyer] teamed up with fellow Ashtabula native Dean Hood, [...] on a three-hour camp for youth up through the eighth grade.”

- Tim May, The Columbus Dispatch

Camps have been a big discussion in the world of college football this season, but this camp was one that was for fun more than anything, and involved Urban Meyer getting the youth involved. Along with Dean Hood, former Eastern Kentucky head football coach, the two had a three-hour camp that was held at the Spire Institute. It also sounded like Meyer preferred this camp over the satellite camps. He told Tim May that he worries about the staff burning out, and added, “At some point when do you get to watch your kids play baseball? I know what I’m going to do, I’m going to watch my kid play baseball. I want our coaches to do that.”

Meyer added that he felt that camps were a must for schools outside of the Power Five. Hood added to the benefits it had for schools like his, in the fact that other schools were doing camps on their campus, so they didn’t have to travel as much and could even get to the point where they don’t have to travel. The long-term positives and negatives of satellite camps still seem to be working themselves out, and it will be interesting to see how schools handle them moving forward considering their respective situations.

“[Noah Spence] was outstanding. It was one season but it couldn’t have gone any better.”

- Dean Hood, Eastern Kentucky head coach, via Zack Jackson, ProFootballTalk

Dean Hood recalls to PFT’s Zac Jackson that Urban Meyer came to him about Noah Spence, saying that he needed a second chance and would make the most of it. Knowing Meyer, Hood immediately took him up on it since he had never come to him with such a situation before, and it’s turned out pretty well for all that have been involved. Spence was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 39th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and could end up having a great NFL career after almost losing it.

Hood’s remarks on Spence couldn’t have been more reassuring, saying, “Every scout that asked about him, I said Noah has a work ethic that was [outstanding],” Hood told Jackson. “He has a competitive rage that’s coachable. I’ve been around some kids that have that rage, that edge, but it wasn’t controllable. But Noah liked coaching. He handled everything. I think he’ll be successful.” It’s great to see the former Buckeye finding success and overcoming his obstacles, some of which many people are unable to overcome.

It’s been 12 years to the day that Thad Matta became the Ohio State head coach, and Big Ten Networks’ Brent Yarina shared this gem from one of his better postgame pressers.

Matta has given the Buckeyes over 300 wins in his tenure at the school (320 to be exact), and has won at least 20 games in every season. While things haven’t been the best for the basketball Bucks the past two seasons, there’s not many coaches who you’d rather have on your team than Matta.

Ohio State senior punter Cameron Johnston has been named to the Ray Guy award watch list.

To no surprise, Ohio State Buckeyes punter Cameron Johnston has been named to the Ray Guy award watch list. The award is given out to the best punter in the nation. He was named to the preseason watch list last season, and has been a semifinalist for the past two seasons.

Perhaps this could be the year that Johnston takes home the hardware. He’s been great in his time with the Bucks. The team has led the Big Ten in net punting for the past three years, and he led the conference in punting in 2013 and 2014 in averages, and finished second last season. He stands at third all-time in school history with a career average of 44.3 yards per punt.

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