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Urban Meyer softens stance on Corey Smith’s Week 1 performance

The wide receiver was dealing with a hamstring issue during Ohio State’s season opener.

Bowling Green v Ohio State Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Urban Meyer spoke to the media following Wednesday’s practice, and just a few days before the team faces Tulsa at home. The head coach and players have noted throughout the week that this Week 2 matchup will be a tougher test than Bowling Green.

Never one to be happy with good enough, Meyer is expecting more from his young group of receivers and is looking for someone to step up and into Tracy Sprinkle’s spot following his season-ending injury.

  • When asked if it was weird that the offense had so many passing yards, yet none of the receivers were graded a winner, Meyer noted it’s a big deal to be graded a winner and its rare for a player in that position to earn it early in the season.
  • Corey Smith wasn’t 100% healthy during Week 1 with a hamstring issue, which Meyer learned of later, which softened his stance on his performance against Bowling Green.
  • When asked about the development of true freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Meyer noted that “he’s so talented” and would like for him to compete for the backup role. He admitted the competition was a little overwhelming early on, but the coaching staff sees a great future for the young quarterback.
  • While Joe Burrow is still the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, Meyer admitted he showed that he was tough in his first collegiate game, but wouldn’t go so far as to say he would be comfortable with him as the starter.
  • Dante Booker remains questionable for Saturday, with Joe Burger expected to step up and contribute more as needed.