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Notes from Urban Meyer’s Monday press conference

The Buckeyes coach touched on the Oklahoma loss, and questions regarding J.T. Barrett

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Urban Meyer had his weekly press conference today; he touched on some questions regarding the Oklahoma loss, quarterback J.T. Barrett, and previewing Army West Point.

Here were the main points

• After the tough loss, Meyer said that he and the coaches went through the phases of “devastated to crushed to pissed” and you have to move on. Meyer said they are currently between the “pissed and moving forward” phases.

• The Wishbone offense gives Army West Point an identity.

• Whoever gets the starting job is the one who gives the Buckeyes the best chance to succeed. He also said that there “isn’t really a question” in regards to who will be the starting QB for Ohio State.

• Guys doing too much and not doing their responsibilities on defense led to Oklahoma making plays. Meyer also said the secondary did not play well against the Sooners.

• Meyer’s not blaming anybody for the loss — they’ve had close losses before. Playcalling will be reevaluated.

• Evolution of defenses has made the OSU offense evolve as well.

• Meyer was aware of recruits making critical tweets of the program.

• Buckeyes have seen zone defenses before, and have practiced it — but haven’t practiced it enough.

• If Dwayne Haskins is “game ready,” he will get the chance to play. Meyer said it wasn’t the right time to put Haskins in the third quarter vs. OU.

• The intangibles (e.g. leadership ability) does play a role in who gets to start.

• Receiving rotation will keep on going; guys are still growing.

• Meyer said Austin Mack is probable for the Army West Point contest Saturday following a concussion against Oklahoma.

Mike Weber is not 100 percent, but there is anticipation that he will be 100 percent soon.

• How evaluations work: Can the personnel do what’s been done in the past.

• Some of the priorities are obvious, some are not.

• Meyer said J.T. is mentally tough and mature —he’s seen it all. With the corners, Meyer said that the position is tough as you’re on an island, but said that the staff will work on making sure that the players have the confidence and ability to do the job.

• On offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson: The flow and merging of ideas will constantly be added to make the offense better. Against Indiana, the flow in the second half was there; was not against Oklahoma.