Notes From Urban Meyer's Latest Spring Press Conference

Notes From Urban Meyer's Latest Spring Press Conference

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Notes From Urban Meyer's Latest Spring Press Conference


Urban Meyer held a press conference on Monday to give a status update on spring practice. Here are some notes from that time.


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Notes From Urban Meyer’s Latest Spring Press Conference

Urban Meyer took to the podium again on Monday to answer questions from the media on how the spring is shaping up thus far. You can listen above courtesy of Cleveland.com, but here are some things that stood out:

  • The coaching staff is very high on the linebacking corps. Tuf Borland is out with an Achilles injury, but the depth and talent is there to keep things moving along. He made a point to signal out Baron Browning, Justin Hilliard and Pete Werner the most. “Really talented guys,” said Meyer.
  • The defense is further along than the offense right now. Some of that can be attributed to some more seasoned offensive-linemen and wide-receivers being held out to protect them, but there’s still some growth needed on that side of the ball.
  • Speaking of offense, the quarterback battle is still ongoing with little separation thus far. “You just wish one would take it, but that’s not happened,” said Meyer. When asked on whether he plans on having a clear starter by the end of spring, it was a short and decisive “I don’t know.”
  • Thayer Munford is making an impression on the offensive line. He comes from a rough background, but he’s really developed and was pointed out as the most consistent performer on the line right now. He was mentioned at length with glowing remarks and looks to be a potential breakout star for 2018.
  • It’s clear that Tate Martell is making an impression. Meyer, when asked about playing more than one quarterback responded, “The one thing is Tate’s got an incredible skill set. There’s some conversation about that, because he is a gifted guy.”
  • The coaching staff hopes to have middle linebacker Tuf Borland back by September.
  • There’s still a leadership void, especially with J.T. Barrett no longer on the team. Meyer says that gap is closing and isn’t as noticeable anymore, but is hoping that gap is gone by the start of the season.
  • The quarterbacks haven’t looked great, but it’s a day-to-day thing. The scrimmage Friday wasn’t great, but they had a better day on Monday.
  • Jordan Fuller is playing exceptional at the safety position, and there’s a good cornerback rotation right now. Could that be a sign that new defensive-backs coach Taver Johnson will again use the same type of two-deep rotation that Kerry Coombs employed?
  • There continues to be a reiteration that leading the huddle and team is the biggest separator that needs to take place for one of the three quarterbacks to start to set himself apart.

 

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