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Meyer focuses on passing game in Scarlet-Gray game

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It’ll be many months before we find out if Urban Meyer can immediately re-energize Ohio State from a 6-7 team a year ago to one that, once again, is competing for national championships on a consistent basis. But today, the Buckeyes played their Scarlet and Gray game in front of a crowd that was already in midseason form — all 81,112 of ‘em.

For those of you keeping score at home, that’s roughly 2,500 more than what Alabama had at its spring game.

(We had to stir the pot a little bit)

Back to football, the Scarlet team defeated the Gray team 20-14 (whatever that means), the former of which was led by quarterback Braxton Miller. The sophomore went 24-of-31 on the day with one interception.

True freshman receiver Michael Thomas had a really nice day, catching 12 passes for 131 yards. Thomas could be an under-the-radar guy who makes a bit impact this fall.

Afterward, Meyer said the offense would be a lot more balanced with the running game than it was today (also, Jordan Hall was held out with what was said to be a sprained ankle). The Buckeyes were atrocious in the passing game last season, and according to Meyer, today’s scrimmage was about scoping where the improvements needed to be made.

“We did some things offensively that we wouldn’t normally do,” Meyer said. “We are going to be a very balanced offense. We are taking one of the worst passing teams in America, a year ago, and we need to find out if we can pass. We know we can run the quarterback, we didn’t run him one time today. We need to find out if we can throw the ball. That was the objective today. I have a better opinion of the guys now.”

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17 Responses to “Meyer focuses on passing game in Scarlet-Gray game”
  1. imforbigblue says: Apr 21, 2012 10:08 PM

    Good luck running QBs don’t win you games get one that can throw the damn ball

  2. tr975 says: Apr 22, 2012 12:46 AM

    imforbigblue says:

    Good luck running QBs don’t win you games get one that can throw the damn ball
    ————
    “bigblue”. I’m assuming that means Michigan.

    Two words: Denard Robinson.

    Dismissed

  3. frank booth says: Apr 22, 2012 4:05 AM

    Cam Newton ran for over 1000 yards and 20 TD’s in Auburn’s NC season, and Tebow ran for over 900 yards and 14 TD’s. I think Vince Young ran for over 1000 yards in Texas’ championship season as well.

    Seems like running quarterbacks can win games, and championships. Good ones do, anyway.

    Denard Robinson won’t.

  4. florida727 says: Apr 22, 2012 8:11 AM

    I know there are a lot of people who, rightly or wrongly, hate Urban Meyer. I’m just not one of them. I think this guy is going to not just turn around Ohio State, he’s going to do it quickly.

    Meyer has never gotten the credit he deserves for using his talent in a way that best fits. When he had Alex Smith at Utah and then Chris Leak at Florida, both were prototypical “pocket passers”, and he ran that style of offense. Utah to an undefeated season, Florida to the first of Meyer’s two national championships.

    When he had Tebow, he modified the system to take advantage of a QB who could (obviously) run the ball. And got another national title. (BTW, when Florida played an undefeated Cincinnati team in Tebow’s last collegiate game, he THREW for 482 yards and 3 TDs, along with running for 51 more and another TD.)

    Take the “hate factor” out of the equation, and it’s pretty hard to deny that Meyer knows how to coach the talent he has to work with. He WILL implement a system that ensured Braxton Miller, and OSU, will succeed.

    Let the thumbs-down haters begin :)

  5. blueglaze says: Apr 22, 2012 9:46 AM

    Ya big blue… They do in college. And in NFL so as long as they have the ability to pass. But I still hope urban does horrible and fakes a heat attack to get out of contract…

  6. mtheparrothead says: Apr 22, 2012 10:14 AM

    Tr975, you know big blue is Kentucky right? Dismissed.

  7. 10kmp says: Apr 22, 2012 11:02 AM

    @mtheparrothead
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    Tr975, you know big blue is Kentucky right?

    Maybe if we were on a college basketball site, but we’re not. This is a college FOOTBALL site, and Kentucky has absolutely no reason whatsoever to be the subject of a discussion/debate on CFT.

    Back to the topic of this post: Meyer will win, and win big at Ohio State. For those of you pretending, hoping, insisting or wishing that he won’t you’re fooling yourselves… and you know it.

  8. dkhhuey says: Apr 22, 2012 2:34 PM

    What an awesome sight at the Horseshoe yesterday – passing, lots of passing!!! I can only imagine what it is going to be like once Braxton starts running the ball as well – going to give some defensive coordinators nightmares!!!

  9. frank booth says: Apr 22, 2012 3:16 PM

    florida727 says:
    Apr 22, 2012 8:11 AM
    I know there are a lot of people who, rightly or wrongly, hate Urban Meyer. I’m just not one of them. I think this guy is going to not just turn around Ohio State, he’s going to do it quickly.

    Meyer has never gotten the credit he deserves for using his talent in a way that best fits. When he had Alex Smith at Utah and then Chris Leak at Florida, both were prototypical “pocket passers”, and he ran that style of offense. Utah to an undefeated season, Florida to the first of Meyer’s two national championships.

    When he had Tebow, he modified the system to take advantage of a QB who could (obviously) run the ball. And got another national title. (BTW, when Florida played an undefeated Cincinnati team in Tebow’s last collegiate game, he THREW for 482 yards and 3 TDs, along with running for 51 more and another TD.)

    Take the “hate factor” out of the equation, and it’s pretty hard to deny that Meyer knows how to coach the talent he has to work with. He WILL implement a system that ensured Braxton Miller, and OSU, will succeed.

    Let the thumbs-down haters begin
    ===================================
    I don’t think that there are a lot of people that doubt Meyer’s ability to coach. I also don’t have a problem with him going after “committed” recruits that haven’t signed yet.

    It’s a lot of other stuff about him that is BS- he’s disingenuous (his phony retirements) he could care less about the character quality of the players that he recruits (as evidenced by the 30+ arrests of his players during his tenure in Florida). He speaks about the importance of character, but he could really care less about it.

    He’s a great football coach, but not a great person. He’s a hypocrite and a liar- not much different than a lot of successful high-performing football and basketball coaches in the NCAA. But he’s not paid on character- he’s paid on wins and results- and on that basis, he’s one of the best at that. College administration’s know what these guys are about, but profit motive trumps everything, like it or not.

  10. tr975 says: Apr 22, 2012 4:07 PM

    mtheparrothead says:

    Tr975, you know big blue is Kentucky right? Dismissed.
    ——
    Now that I think of it, I believe “bigblue” refers to your balls, since your wife gives it away to everyone but you.

  11. mtheparrothead says: Apr 22, 2012 5:16 PM

    Not married but thanks. I’m a Michigan fan and I’ve never once heard to it referred as big blue. Stay classy my friend.

  12. tr975 says: Apr 22, 2012 7:48 PM

    mtheparrothead says:

    Not married but thanks. I’m a Michigan fan and I’ve never once heard to it referred as big blue. Stay classy my friend.
    ————–
    I’m not a Michigan fan and I’ve heard it referred to in that manner many, many times (the addition of “big” to blue must be an inadequacy issue). You must be suffering from cranial rectumitis to have never once heard that.

  13. frank booth says: Apr 22, 2012 8:03 PM

    If you google “Big Blue” and “Michigan” you’ll see a lot of references to it. Not a Michigan fan but I’ve heard it plenty of times here in the midwest, on the internet, and there is even a book called “Go Big Blue: The Michigan Wolverines Story.

    So maybe we can just close the book on this pedantic argument and move on.

  14. spunhead73 says: Apr 22, 2012 10:13 PM

    OSU will suck with Miller as the QB,and Meyer will have them in worse shape then Tressel did. He didn’t leave UF cause he was sick,he left cause of all the arrests. He’s a dirty coach and recruits nothing but thuggs. Good luck Suckeyes,you wanted Meyer. Hahahaha

  15. gatorprof says: Apr 23, 2012 9:37 AM

    florida727 Re: “Meyer has never gotten the credit he deserves for using his talent in a way that best fits. When he had Alex Smith at Utah and then Chris Leak at Florida, both were prototypical “pocket passers”, and he ran that style of offense. Utah to an undefeated season, Florida to the first of Meyer’s two national championships.”

    Meyer is a very good coach, but you must be smoking crack and not watching football to make that statement about Chris Leak.

    Meyer FORCED Leak into that dumbarse spread and nearly ruined him. The Gator offense was amazingly anemic while Meyer was being stubborn. There was even talk about Leak not being the starting QB going into his senior year. Leak basically peaked in his soph year before the arrival of King Urban, Meyer and Mullen killed his jr. year and finally relented his sr year so that he could return to his soph form.

    I don’t know if any considered Alex Smith a prototypical drop back passer. Such a player usually has a decent arm. No one confuses Alex Smith with having a strong arm.

  16. dkhhuey says: Apr 23, 2012 10:43 AM

    “OSU will suck with Miller as the QB,and Meyer will have them in worse shape then Tressel did. He didn’t leave UF cause he was sick,he left cause of all the arrests. He’s a dirty coach and recruits nothing but thuggs. Good luck Suckeyes,you wanted Meyer. Hahahaha”
    ___________________________________

    You mad bro? Did a Buckeye steal your girlfriend from you? Steal your lunch money? I’m sure OSU will be just fine under Meyer and I’ll expect you to admit how grossly wrong you were after we capture another NC.

  17. gatorprof says: Apr 23, 2012 4:15 PM

    dkhhuey,

    Time will tell, time will tell…

    Facts of the matter include 2 national titles, 30+ arrests, and a program in disarray upon leaving.

    I assume that OSU fans will take the first item and pass on the latter two. People I know with detailed knowledge of the program state that the latter two items have largely been swept under the rug and are actually much, much worse (i.e., bad drug issues with a large number of star players), hence the long line with Boom as the roster purge continues.

    Time will tell…. Have fun.

    Frank Booth nailed it with “He speaks about the importance of character, but he could really care less about it.” Unfortunately for OSU, you just traded in a coach with that attitude for another one.

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