Monday, August 27, 2012

CULTURE AT OHIO STATE HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY

Urban Meyer
(The Buckeye Times/Lee Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Every time Urban Meyer speaks you can't help but notice the dramatic change in culture within the Ohio State football program.

Where former Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel always kept things even keeled, Meyer is all about intensity — and 100-percent pure bluntness.

When asked Monday if he uses last season's woes to get his team motivated, the new Buckeyes' boss didn't pull any punches with his answer.

"I think it depends on the day, if I want to make them angry, yeah I'll fire some shots at them," Meyer smiled. "Motivating 18-year olds, if I see a window opening to piss them off and get them going a little that day ... yeah, I'll do that a little bit."

Meyer stated that the team most certainly needs to look back and use the downfalls as motivation for the present and future of the program.

"They're not very well thought of," Meyer said. "They lost a lot of games (last season), the most since the 1800's. The John Simons and (Etienne) Sabinos and those kind of guys, that's their legacy. They were that group ...

"I don't want them to be that group."

Meyer has preached competitiveness. Everything from his practices, meetings, and even in the classroom, is a competition. During practice sessions, if a play isn't made, Meyer won't accept guys who just let it slide. He wants them angry.

"Non-competitors can't play for us," Meyer said.

Meyer not only wants his team to be emotional when they fail, he wants them to know what they are truly playing for on Saturdays in the fall.

"It's about making the great state of Ohio proud," Meyer said. "Go win the game and look good doing it. Our players deserve that.

"All of our players deserve that and it's our job as coaches to help them go play well."

FRESHMAN-LADEN DEPTH CHART ... Ohio State released its two-deep depth chart for this Saturday's game against Miami (OH) on Monday and there are 14 freshman listed, including 10 true first-year guys.

However, the only freshman (true or otherwise) who is listed as a starter is tight end Nick Vannett. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound redshirt from Westerville is considered a co-starter with sophomore Jeff Heuerman.

Other notable freshmen who aren't starting but could see significant work against the RedHawks are tailback Bri'onte Dunn, wide receiver Michael Thomas, defensive linemen Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt, and linebacker Joshua Perry.