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By Matt McCoy
When Urban Meyer met with reporters at Ohio State football media day Sunday, he wasted no time in stressing the importance of the next week of training camp.
"This next week is tough," Meyer said in his very first sentence of his 20 minute visit with the media. "We've got nine practices in six days so the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes will be determined by this week coming up."
The Buckeyes move camp from the Woody Hayes Facility to the Ackerman Road fields.
"There's a lot of reasons why we do it but the most important (reason) is you have to feel bad before you feel good and appreciate what you've got," Meyer said.
The coach talked at lengh about several key positions and issues facing the 2013 Buckeyes. Here's some of the highlights.
On Braxton Miller:
"Braxton had a very good scrimmage (Saturday)...I have to be careful because I just glow...I love Braxton Miller. He and (offensive coordinator and quarterback coach) Tom Herman have something really special going right now. You can see it on the field and you can see his maturity..He's a different guy. He's never been a bad guy, he's been a great guy but now he has a little confidence."
On the Buckeye running backs:
"We have some depth and that's a good thing. That's the best form of motivation is recruit really well and then when they show up, have good players and that's what we have. There's not a miss in that running back group...We have good depth there right now."
On freshman Dontre Wilson:
"He's a running back. He also has a unique skill set where he's extremely dynamic and fast and we all know what that means in the game of football...especially in an offense where you try to create space. Here's the way we evaluate offense..get the player to the second level and then recruit your tail off. When they get to the second level that's when you see that crazy stuff that God blessed these incredible athletes with and that's 'big hits.' We were not a big hit team last year. We got to the second level a lot of times but the second level made the tackle."
On the freshmen class adding a new dimention:
"The 2006 team did that at Florida. The '06 team injected a bunch of speed and play makers into that 2006 team. I see very similar qualities (here). You watch a practice and you look again to see what number it is (making a big play). I feel that way, certainly on offense. I feel a little bit of a jolt that's really going to help us."
On handling distractions and high expectations:
"There were some teams last year that had very high expectations that didn't make it and it's not because of bad coaches and it's not because of bad players, it's because of distraction. As much conversation we spend about x's and o's, I spend a lot of time talking about that. Our clientele is 18-to-21 year olds and if you kind of recall they kind of get distracted."
On being eligible for post-season after last year's bowl ban:
"This might be hard to imagine but we really are a one game at a time (team.) I've always been a one game at a time coach. I've been on staffs and you look at something other than the next game and you wake up in the morning with a loss...that motivates me. That's my mindset and a lot of times the teams mindset is that of the coach. I really don't feel that much different than we did last year. I'm not worried about the third game or the fifth game, obviously there is one game (Michigan) that's really important on our schedule but that's in November and it does occupy some thought but we are really focused on getting to August 31st (vs. Buffalo) and that's no different than it was a year ago."
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