Notes From Urban Meyer's Big Ten Coaches' Spring Teleconference

Notes From Urban Meyer's Big Ten Coaches' Spring Teleconference

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Notes From Urban Meyer's Big Ten Coaches' Spring Teleconference


The Big Ten held its annual spring coaches teleconference today with all fourteen head men taking turns providing updates on spring drills. Here’s what head coach Urban Meyer had to say about the state of things in Columbus.


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Notes From Urban Meyer’s Big Ten Coaches’ Spring Teleconference

The OSU LiFE Sports Spring Game is this Saturday, meaning spring practice is nearly complete. Other spring practices across the Big Ten have either concluded already, or will be shortly.

The Big Ten held its annual Spring Coaches Teleconference, and Urban Meyer provided some updates to where things stand. Here’s the highlights of what was asked and discussed on the call.

Question: Meyer was for an update on the quarterback position as things head into the spring game and what bearing any performances Saturday will have on the competition.

Answer: All three are still very close and none of them have separated. However, all three have been very good. There’s not a timetable based on Saturday, but some tough decisions will need to be made on the horizon. Today was the best practice of the group of all three combined, and all three played well.

Question: How difficult will it be to have someone coming out of the spring?

Answer: Meyer didn’t want to get into some of the things going on behind the scenes and the conversations that are being had, but it’s a good problem to have because all three are very good.

Question: How much has the early visitations now available in recruiting impacted recruiting?

Answer: Meyer, like other coaches pointed to the fact that the early period is really almost too early to have kids commit, and he’d prefer to not have to hold onto a guy so long. They are being very selective and it’ll be interesting because it’s all new for everybody. They’ll have more time to focus on it after the spring game. Timing will be of the essence. However, if a kid’s going to make an early decision, then the staff will consider an early visit.

Question: Are there other position groups that bear watching besides quarterback on Saturday that’s?

Answer: The safety position. Jordan Fuller is pretty set at one spot as one of the best players in the spring, but competition is still ongoing at the other safety position. Isaiah Pryor, Jahsen Wintt, Brendon White and other freshman coming in that are up for grabs. Center is also a position of concern, but Brady Taylor has really stepped up this spring. Lastly, the tight end position is still being finalized with Luke Farrell advancing in front of the others right now.

Question: Back to official visits in the spring. Regular Games have been used in the past, and the spring game has been used as well lightly, does the early period allow you to be more interactive now than during the regular season.

Answer: Yes. It does open up more things because you don’t have to work around game days in the fall. Sunday is an issue because you are getting ready for the next game. They can now use the spring game more, but you can’t have them on the field. Still, more time will be spent around this time than what can be done later in the year after the game.

Question: A question was asked on what Thayer Munford is doing, and does he have a chance to start this year.

Answer: Meyer reiterated that Munford is doing very, very well. In fact, he’s not doing good things, he’s done great things. He came from a tough past but he’s been embraced by good support and has earned a starting spot. He’s a big fan of Munford.

Question: How comfortable is Meyer with the notion that each of the three quarterbacks could perform to his liking?

Answer: Not yet, but in due time yes. There’s still plenty of time to go and all three are talented enough to perform to the standards the coaching staff would like.

Question: Can you talk about Tommy Togiai and him being the first to have the black-strip removed as an early enrollee. What did he do to earn that right so quickly?

Answer: He’s done everything right. It’s something that’s not to be taken likely. He’s had great family from Idaho come in and to be the first black-stripe guy, is a heck of an honor. It’s great to have a guy like that on the team.

Question: Is the defensive tackle position as a whole have more depth than maybe people thought?

Answer: I think we will. We don’t yet. Taron Vincent is coming in and Antwaun Jackson has been limited because of surgery on his foot and others have been out. But Dre’Mont Jones has been elite, even better than he was last year. Robert Landers has done some good things and Davon Hamilton has grown up, so they are getting depth. It’ll be a strength once everyone is full speed by fall.

 

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