Ohio State coach Urban Meyer loves his players.
Just ask him.
In his opening press conference on November 28th of last year, Meyer met Braxton Miller for the first time. Meyer called it the highlight of his day.
Since that time Meyer has said he "loves" John Simon. He also "loves" Zach Boren and of course now that he knows Braxton Miller a little better, he loves him too.
This is no bro-mance. This is Meyer seeing guys play approach the game of football in a winning, competitive manner.
Meyer mentioned these attributes in his press conference the week before the Buckeyes opened spring drills.
Meyer has shown through the course of the first six games of the regular season that he will always give credit where credit is due and for him that means telling the world when he likes or loves one of his players.
Remember a few weeks ago when he called Miller a hell of a player 5 times in 37 seconds?
A week ago when discussing the win over Michigan State, Meyer said of linebacker Etienne Sabino, "it's hard for me to say he's not my favorite player on this team."
What? What about Simon and Boren and Miller?
Meyer was a psychology major so all of this "love-talk" has some purpose I would guess.
As we prepare for another Monday press conference, one has to wonder who will get the love treatment after the win over Nebraska.
After scoring 63 points, there are several qualified candidates. Carlos Hyde rushed for 140 yards and 4 touchdowns. Bradley Roby had two picks and took one of them to the house. It could also be tight end Jeff Heuerman who scored his first ever touchdown Saturday.
Meyer is a direct, no-b.s kind of football coach. I think he does "love" his players especially those who buy in to Meyer's way of doing things.
Work hard, put in the effort to be better and go to class. That's not too much to ask for most players.
And those who don't agree with those principles can sometimes be found tweeting their way right out of uniform.